Vancouver Dtes

Texting System Warns Vancouver Homeless About Bad Drugs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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. ...

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...

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."

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?

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.

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...

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 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."