Downtown Eastside

Texting System Warns Vancouver Homeless About Bad Drugs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A non-profit Vancouver group says a new text-messaging system that gets information to homeless people could potentially save lives.Tracey...

LOOK: Raw Vancouver Captured By Photographer In Recovery

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

When Donovan Mahoney first started snapping photos with his iPhone almost three years ago, he didn't realize it would change his perspective on life. ...

Brothers Reunite In Vancouver After 13 Years

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - They had been separated for 13 years and by 1,200 kilometres.But the chasm between Bill Olsen, 60, and his estranged brother, Bruce Sauer,...

Vancouver Servers, Bartenders Swap Aprons For Boxing Gloves

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

After hours on her feet slinging drinks and serving meals in downtown Vancouver, Shaylen Washburn swaps her restaurant apron for boxing gloves to trai...

Suspected Heroin Overdoses Prompts Warning

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police are asking local drug users to use the services of a well-known, safe-injection site after a rash of suspected heroin ove...

How A Dirty Couch Lifted Vancouver Man Out Of Addiction

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

After 20 years of helping others battle their addictions, Mike Pond succumbed to his own. It was 2008, and he had lost everything to alcoholism: hi...

DTES Slumlord Misses Court Appearance

CBC | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver slumlord George Wolsey failed to show up for a legal hearing on Monday morning, but his lawyer insists he isn't trying to evade justice...

How Fear Is Stopping Drug Legalization

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

"I think there is a fear of change, a fear of change that is ungrounded in any rational apprehension about what will happen. We accept at some level that the whole prohibition policy is a total failure, yet in some other part of our brain we are afraid of change because we worry that society would just turn itself into a collection of drug-addled morons."

Rock Stars, Politicians, Doctors Support Drug Policy Reform

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

"The reality is that young people today have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol and tobacco. That should be the core of the conversation right now."

The Berlin Wall Theory of Drug Prohibition

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

"We know that people get addicted to gambling and we don't say there should be no gambling. We know that people get addicted to alcohol and we don't say there should be no alcohol. As long as there is very strict regulation, I don't see why the same argument shouldn't apply to hard drugs."

Portland Hotel Society Needs Clearer Eyes, Sharper Minds

Candace Plattor | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

I'm hoping that whoever takes over for the executive director -- and for his other cronies who believe in their own sense of righteous importance and entitlement -- will look again at these programs with clearer eyes and sharper minds. I truly hope we will soon see some positive changes in this long-running DTES agency that has served a lot of needy people.

Portland Hotel Society Audits Reveal Lavish Spending

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A New Democrat who represents a Vancouver riding has admitted she and her family took two trips cited in scathing government audits that r...

Managers Behind Controversial Addiction Programs Quit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The board and senior managers of Vancouver's groundbreaking safe injection site have resigned amid concerns over spending by the group beh...

Downtown Eastside Needs To Be Normalized

Michael Geller | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Geller

The key issue is whether the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside should remain a low-income precinct with a high concentration of shelters, social housing, and community services -- essentially "walled off" from the rest of the city -- or should it become a more normalized community with a broader range of households and housing choices, including condominiums, restaurants and shops catering to the entire city population?

Crack Pipe Vending Machines? Are You Kidding Me?

Candace Plattor | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

In my lengthy experience with addiction, both as a practicing addict and as a professional therapist, I've seen that controlled drinking and/or using just doesn't work because, as we who work in this field well know, addiction is a progressive condition that becomes worse over time.

Profiting In Business Without Compromising People Or Principle

Heather O'Hara | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather O'Hara

Business can be profitable without compromising principle and people. Putting people, both inside and outside of the business, at the core of business decisions is a unifying theme. Businesses that respect and support the needs of the people who run them are just stronger businesses.

Pickton In Court Via Video

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Serial killer Robert Pickton has appeared in a Vancouver court via video over a series of lawsuits filed by the families of several murder...

A Cry For Mental Help

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Imagine this: Every day, you can feel people looking at you warily. They want to hurt you. Even the police are out to get you. You try to ...

Police Dog Attacked In The Line Of Duty

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver police dog named Shack is recovering after a man driving a stolen van tried to attack him. Police observed a stolen van on East Hasting...

LOOK: Haunting Vancouver Photos Revisited

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Lincoln Clarkes' "Heroines," a haunting photo series that shows Vancouver women in the throes of addiction, is gaining new exposure online as it goes ...

Pickton Inquiry: More Action Needed

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government has to act now on compensating serial killer Robert Pickton's victims and implementing other recommendatio...

B.C.'s Million Dollar Mental Health Plan

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government is promising immediate action to help some of the province's most difficult patients, those with both ment...

Non-Profit Downplays Spending Probe

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's housing agency has ordered a financial review of a non-profit organization that operates housing, a safe-injection site...

InSite Operator's Spending Probed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The CEO of an agency that helps British Columbians attain affordable housing says a third-party accounting firm is reviewing the books of ...

Police, DTES Advocates Set For Ticketing Showdown

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is set for a showdown with Downtown Eastside (DTES) advocates at a Police Board meeting this afternoon, where co...