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...

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.

Alcoholics Taught To Make Booze

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Many extreme alcoholics on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside hardly ever drink beer or wine — instead they drink rubbing alcohol, hair spray, and hand s...

Alcoholics Taught To Make Booze

CBC | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A non-profit agency that provides social services to people living on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is running a unique program aimed at helping extr...

LOOK: Jail Turns Into Affordable Housing

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver's latest stab at innovative and affordable housing (after laneway homes and shipping container homes) comes in a more unexpected form: a jai...

This Photo Could Reunite Brothers After 12 Years

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

CALGARY - He left home for the West Coast when he was 16 to make a name for himself in music.But fame was always just out of reach for Bruce Sauer. Hi...

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.

Crack Pipe Machines Snubbed By Federal Gov't

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The federal government does not support two vending machines in Vancouver that dispense crack pipes as part of a campaign to curb the spread of diseas...

Four DTES Drug Raids

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

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police officers have raided four locations in the city's downtown core, as they try to shatter an organized crime group they bel...

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?"

Unusual Voter ID OK'd In Downtown Eastside

CP | Rebekah Funk, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Voting isn't often the first priority in a community were many residents are preoccupied with poverty, homelessness and drug addiction, bu...

Vancouver Housing Issues Need New Development Model

Daniel Boffo | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Daniel Boffo

This model of development, mixing both non-market and market uses in a self-supported manner is an innovative, yet repeatable approach. We recognize these two projects will not solve the housing or affordability issues that plague Vancouver, but we do believe they are small, positive steps forward towards creating more vibrant mixed communities throughout the city.

Anarchists Smash Pizzeria's Windows

CBC | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A local restaurant owner says someone smashed the windows of his pizzeria on Commercial Drive for the third time in the last half year. Ry...

Vancouver Police Deny Discrimination Allegations

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Two groups representing residents on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside plan to file a complaint with the police board over allegations of disc...

Vancouver Bands Sing It Forward For Downtown Eastside Music School

Cory Ashworth | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Cory Ashworth

"Sing It Fwd is what we call it passion in practice. We had seen and experienced a growing gap in terms of the cultural and arts vision of the city and the province and one of the many issues that really concerned us was youth arts and opportunities for youth to engage in arts in music specifically. So we created our initiative vision — to create an example of the rippling benefits of the power of connecting drivers in the community to take action, mobilize instead of compartmentalize, and hopefully share the story forward to inspire other people to do the same."

Makeover For Downtown Eastside Hotels

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A multimillion-dollar restoration will soon begin for 13 run-down hotels in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.The B.C. government announced Ha...