Vancouver Downtown Eastside

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."

B.C. Addicts Ask To Keep Using Prescription Heroin

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 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...

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?

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...

Safe-Injection Site Wants Legal Operation

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - After running a safe-injection site for 12 years without an exemption to drug laws, the operators of a Vancouver health centre are asking ...

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...

Free Phones Given Out In The DTES

CBC | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Hundreds of old cell phones are being handed out to low-income seniors in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside today. The initiative started by the Po...

DTES Women Were Terrorized

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Two violent drug dealers who terrorized vulnerable women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside have been sentenced for their crimes.Vancouver P...

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 ...

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...

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.

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...

'Crack Shacks And Brothels'

CBC | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Several tenants and ex-employees of publicly owned housing in Vancouver say their buildings are marred by revolting conditions, rampant crime and shod...

MISSING: One Police Hand Gun

CBC | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada

Vancouver police have launched an intensive search for a police firearm after an officer lost the handgun in the city’s Downtown Eastsi...

Serial Killer Warnings Were Unnecessary, Police Testify

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Three senior police officers felt it unnecessary to put out a public warning that women were vanishing from the Downtown Eastside in the l...

Sex Offender Facing Charges Over B.C. Teen Deaths

CBC | Posted 02.22.2013 | Canada

Convicted sex offender Martin Tremblay was formally charged in relation to the deaths of teenagers Kayla Lalonde and Martha Jackson in a V...