Category: Poverty and addiction

How Vancouver is supporting DTES street vendors with new, safe sales locations

Survival street vending is a critical source of income for many living in the Downtown Eastside, a fact that the city has recognized by investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in safe, seven-day-a-week locations for street vending in… Read More

Vancouver battle against homelessness undercut by federal inaction on housing

The rising numbers of homeless identified in last month’s Vancouver homeless count are being matched by increases in Toronto and Calgary, as well, says UBC Okanagan professor Carey Doberstein, because Ottawa is not doing its part to support… Read More

Metro Vancouver Alliance promises to be new, strong force for social justice uniting labour, community, faith groups

Last week’s founding gathering of the Metro Vancouver Alliance at a packed Maritime Labour Centre auditorium, resounding with singing and speech-making, signalled the arrival of a significant new force for social justice on the city’s political scene. Keynote… Read More

At Home project results show “housing first” can help confront crisis of mental health, addiction, homelessness

The new task force to tackle the crisis in mental health and addiction, announced yesterday by Gregor Robertson at his round table session at the Wosk Centre, will have huge obstacles to overcome, but solid scientific data on… Read More