Downtown Eastside

Demonizing DTES restaurants the wrong place for activists to focus their energy

While poverty activists' concerns are valid, working to bring jobs and business to the Downtown Eastside is the surest way to alleviate poverty.

Hundreds call for justice for Aboriginal women at missing women's memorial march

Supporters demand a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Sausage and bacon-making in the Downtown Eastside

Save On Meats introduced their new series of cooking classes, including the Sausage and Bacon 101 which I delved right in to.

Test Kitchen Tuesdays at Two Chefs and a Table

Two Chefs and a Table, known for their workplace catering and their quaint bistro in Gastown, is now bringing to the table a new kind of dining - Test Kitchen Tuesdays. In an unconventional manner...

Hastings Urban Farm offers food security and connection to land

Rows of lush kale, beets and lettuce are a-sprouting on a Downtown Eastside lot, where the Portland Hotel Society is growing a new food garden and tackling food insecurity raised by a recent UN visit.

Pickton inquiry: "Erin Brockovich of Downtown Eastside" refuses to stay silent on missing women

Last April, as lawyers prepared for an inquiry into the Pickton investigation, retired street nurse Bonnie Fournier was told to expect a call. Nine days remain, and she's still waiting.

Amnesty International and Native groups release scathing open letter about Pickton inquiry

As the Missing Women Inquiry hit its last weeks – mired in claims of sexism, racism and illegitimacy – 15 excluded organizations called for national and international action.

Missing women inquiry lawyer resigns, saying police given priority over Aboriginal voices

The Pickton inquiry faced a new setback today, as the lawyer for Aboriginal interests quit – the latest in a string of boycotts and criticisms which some say has cost the commission its legitimacy.

Mayor Gregor Robertson on the passing of Jim Green

Jim Green, defender of the poor, activist, politician, football-lover, died Tuesday morning. He was 68 years old, and was battling lung cancer. "It is with great sadness...

Missing Women Inquiry: Ex-Pickton worker echoes lawyer allegations of police cover-up

Describing a 'turning, wrenching feeling,' would-be police informant Bill Hiscox reveals to VO what it was like on serial killer Robert 'Willie' Pickton's farm.