Downtown Eastside

Remove 'Selfish Yuppies' From Vancouver: Petition

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The topic of homelessness is a hotly contested one in Vancouver, especially for those residing in the downtown core. Plans for two homeless shelter...

Upvote This: Vancouver Redditors Help Former Addict

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Reddit users are prolific and inquisitive, but kind is not a common adjective applied to people on the social networking site where the anonymous comm...

If Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad Lived In 2014

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein is no stranger to stirring the pot. You may not know her by name, but you've likely seen her photos. Goldstei...

Homelessness Cuts Life Expectancy In Half: Vancouver Report

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - He was a wily character with a bright personality, known for philosophical musings as he sold flowers from the streets of downtown Vancouv...

Human Rights Complaint Filed Over Vancouver Advance Poll Locations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver man has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal claiming the city's most vulnerable people are being shut out of...

Aboriginal Art Hotel Is Unlike Anything Else In Canada

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Tucked cozily away in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood sits a building that is hard to miss. With ornate aboriginal designs and a majestic ...

Homeless Shelters Anger Downtown Vancouver Residents

CBC | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Tempers flared at a public meeting Wednesday night as downtown Vancouver residents got their first chance to voice their concerns over two new shelter...

Vancouver Park Campers Released From Custody

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Five people who were arrested during the dismantling of a homeless camp on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside have now been released from polic...

Vancouver Homeless Camp Disperses

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The day Ben DuPont walked out of jail last July, he bought a little green tent for $64 and pegged it into a Downtown Eastside park that so...

Tents Remain At Vancouver Homeless Camp After Deadline

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Tents remained up in a homeless camp on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside early Thursday, following an emotional day that saw a coroner remove...

Man Found Dead In Vancouver Homeless Camp

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A coroner wheeled a body out of a homeless camp on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside just hours before police were expected to enforce an inju...

Vancouver Allowed To Evict Homeless From Park: Court

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A judge has provided one week for homeless residents of a squalid tent city to vacate a downtown Vancouver park, in a ruling advocates say...

Texting System Warns Vancouver Homeless About Bad Drugs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2014 | 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...