Mark Hasiuk
Mark Hasiuk is a former columnist at the Vancouver Province, former columnist/reporter at the Vancouver Courier and former editor/reporter for Black Press. He hosts an online broadcast at and, despite his likable personality, is generally despised by every mainstream political party and government bureaucracy in British Columbia and beyond.

Entries by Mark Hasiuk

Is InSite Really All It's Cracked Up To Be?

(32) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 7:15 PM

Ten years ago this week, Insite, North America's first supervised drug injection site, opened at 139 East Hastings in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, thanks mainly to two men, Dr. Julio Montaner and Thomas Kerr of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

It's an amazing story.

Since 2003, folks...

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Vancouver Pride Parade Numbers Just Don't Add Up

(34) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 2:06 AM

Skepticism should drive journalism. To fulfill its role in a democracy, the news media, in whatever form, must always question the official story. Sometimes the official story is true. Sometimes it isn't. Journalism must bridge that gap. Anything less is public relations.

This Sunday, the annual Pride Parade will...

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Sexist? No, Just Trying To Crack Open The Rob Ford Scandal

(22) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:35 PM

The Rob Ford reality TV show took another unexpected twist Tuesday when Robyn Doolittle, one of two Toronto Star reporters responsible for the "crack smoking" story, went all Joan of Arc, throwing herself at the stake of modern-day misogyny. More on that in a moment.

Last week, of course, the...

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Rob Ford 'Crack' Scandal Cooked Up By The Worst Kind Of Folks

(67) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 12:32 PM

To be clear, I'm no Rob Ford fan. Living in Vancouver, I'm not sure exactly what that is.
The guy seems to own a galaxy of apologists who love their Mayor Joe 12-Pack, and in their eyes, he can do no wrong.

But nothing is right with this...

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Surprised The Liberals Won? It's The Chinese, Stupid!

(27) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Everyone was shocked by Tuesday night's BC Liberal election victory. Everyone but me.

I haven't trusted a pubic opinion poll since 2000. Why? Because most pollsters in Canada, like most journalists in Canada, are liberal. And despite best intentions, they rarely ask the right questions.

Obviously, the face of B.C.,...

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The MLA, The Mayor And A Sweetheart Deal

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 7:14 PM

This Wednesday, one day after B.C.'s provincial election, Vancouver city council, led by Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision majority, will approve the development of four city-owned sites, including a riverfront property on Southwest Marine Drive, as part of the mayor's grand plan for "affordable housing" in Vancouver.

Distracted by...

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Elections BC Should Keep Their Nose Out Of Politics

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:23 PM

Are you eligible to vote in British Columbia's May 14 provincial election?

The requirements seem simple enough. Age (18 or older), citizenship, residency.

But according to an advertisement from Elections BC, the province's "non-partisan" elections branch, voters must transcend those formalities and reach a higher plain.

The 30-second...

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BC Housing Paid $400,000 In Little Mountain Rents

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 7:18 AM

According to documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, BC Housing, an arm of the provincial housing ministry, paid nearly $400,000 in “private market rent supplements” to former residents of Vancouver’s Little Mountain social housing project.

The federal government built Little Mountain, a small village of white tenement-style buildings...

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