Olympics

Up Close and Personal With Mayor Sam

Had a chance, thanks to an invitation from a friend of a friend, to attend a Q and A session with the Mayor in a private residence in the West End last night. The night was a little surreal, with the...

An Invite To Talk Housing With Mayoral Hopeful Robertson

I'd like to invite anyone interested in housing issues in Vancouver to come to an event I've got set up, (thanks to some dedicated help from some very good people), for May 6, from 7:...

550 Housing Units Worth of Medals?

The Government of Canada, combined with various government and private partners is spending $110m, the equivalent of 550 fully paid for social housing units, on winning more gold medals in 2010. A...

Ladner Proposes Cutting Social Housing Requirements

After running into Peter Ladner in Downtown Eastside (DTES) again yesterday, I'd begun to think that he was pitching himself as a kinder, gentler Sam Sullivan. Think again. Ladner is...

City Apologizes, But Will it Cancel Concord's Permit?

In the face of concern about lack of notification of the Greenwich development at Abbot and Hastings to stakeholders in the Downtown Eastside (DTES), the City of Vancouver has apologized for...

Let's Clean Downtown Up For 2010

I am increasingly concerned about the state of the condos in the downtown core. As recent coverage shows, these condos are a rat's nest of illegal activity. On Friday, a crystal meth lab was...

VPD Think DTES Is Full of Bank Robbers

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that the Police Department believes we are in a bank robbery maelstrom, and that the Downtown Eastside (DTES) is full of Bonnie and Clyde types, plotting bank...

City sneaks in another major DTES condo

The City of Vancouver, without notice to any stakeholders in the neighbourhood, and illustrating the perils of not having a long-range plan for the Downtown East Side, has approved the lots purchased...

$10 Million Clean Up for DTES a Mystery

If Frances Bula of the Vancouver Sun can't get an answer about something, you know it's a mystery. Frances writes in the Sun that she's been trying to track down the use of the $10m given...

Mayoral Hopeful Al De Genova Talks DTES

Vision Vancouver mayoral hopeful Al De Genova made a speech two nights ago at the Commodore Ballroom that I missed, which apparently I shouldn't have, for two reasons: first, there was apparently...