Downtown Eastside

Rock Stars, Politicians, Doctors Support Drug Policy Reform

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 04.19.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 03.22.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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...

Arrest Warrant For Notorious DTES Landlord

CP | Kim Nursall, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An unprecedented 10 civil arrest warrants have been issued for a "notorious landlord" in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a move a local leg...

Serial Killer Slapped With More Lawsuits

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The children of three women who were murdered by Robert Pickton have filed lawsuits against the police and the serial killer, marking the ...

Twins Born In Vancouver Park Put In Ministry Care

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The birth of twins in a park where Vancouver police officers helped an apparently surprised mother wasn't such a happy experience after al...

Twins Born In Unlikeliest Of Settings

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A pregnant woman's late-night walk in a Vancouver park turned dramatic when she delivered twins, apparently long before her due date.Const...

HIV Meds Stolen In Downtown Eastside

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police say a courier truck carrying a large quantity of non-narcotic, HIV medication has been stolen.They're looking for a brown...

How Three Vancouver Groups are Feeding More than Just the Body

John F. Gray | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Food is so much more than what fills an empty stomach. It helps better connect people with their community. Amid Vancouver's culinary abundance, three organizations are working to engage disenfranchised groups to nourish people with a renewed sense of purpose through food.

The Anti-Anti-Gentrification Front

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Some Downtown Eastside residents and workers are fed up with anti-gentrification protests that they say misrepresent the neighbourhood. A coalition...

Moving On From Gentrification to 'Shared Neighborhoods'

Brent Toderian | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Brent Toderian

It's hard to have a conversation about gentrification, with all the baggage around the word. As long as many argue that any level of gentrification is to be absolutely avoided, positive and responsible change remains virtually impossible. Recently urbanist Richard Florida joined others in suggesting we need a new word to replace gentrification, asking "if all economic development and neighbourhood revitalization is gentrification, how do we grow and improve our urban areas?"