Vancouver Downtown Eastside

A Message To People Who Bash Surrey, B.C.

Alex Sangha | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Many people in Surrey are hard-working families and just trying to get by. The last thing these families and their children need is your social stigma thrown at them.

Veteran B.C. MLA Seeks NDP Nod For Vancouver East

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The former Vancouver councillor was elected to the legislature in 1996 and subsequently became the first Chinese-Canadian to sit in the B.C. cabinet.

Vancouver Police Issue Painkiller Warning After Man's Death

CBC | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia

One man was dead and two others were in cardiac arrest when paramedics called police to a home in Vancouver last Sunday.  A 24-year-old man, who ...

► Homeless Man Shares What Little He Has With Stranger

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Homelessness is a longstanding and serious issue in Vancouver. But living in one of the world's most expensive cities means it's easy to feel like you...

Vancouver MLA Seeks NDP Nomination For Federal Riding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver MLA is seeking the NDP nomination for the federal riding of Vancouver East.Mable Elmore currently represents the riding of Van...

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...

Human Rights Complaint Filed Over Vancouver Advance Poll Locations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2014 | 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...

Homeless Shelters Anger Downtown Vancouver Residents

CBC | Posted 12.30.2014 | 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...

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...

Record Overdoses At Vancouver Safe Injection Site Due To Fentanyl

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE - Oct. 15, 2014: Drug samples taken after a recent rash of suspected heroin overdoses have come back from Health Canada labs as straight Fentan...

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. ...

First Nations Distance Themselves From Vancouver Homeless Camp

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Squatters given eviction notices for camping in a Vancouver park claim they have a right to put down stakes because they're on unceded lan...

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...

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...

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."

B.C. Addicts Ask To Keep Using Prescription Heroin

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of chronic drug addicts are asking a Vancouver judge for an injunction against the federal government that would allow them access...

Jenny Kwan Repays $35K To Non-Profit For Trips

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia New Democrat Jenny Kwan says she has reimbursed $35,000 after government audits revealed her family's trips to Disneyland...

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...

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?

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...