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Winter in the Downtown East Side

A young woman stood under the awning of a darkened store, holding a needle close to her wrist. Her red jacket hung open and she staggered a little in the grey slush pooling at her feet. Meters away...

Alstonvale Net Zero House runs entirely off renewable resources

To solve the issue of food production, the home's landscaping will be made entirely of edible plantation.

A Tour of Tent Village on the Downtown Eastside, Guided By Ivo (age 17)

Ivo takes Christabel Shaler on a tour of the tent village as he discusses his personal perspective on a demonstration to highlight homelessness on the Downtown Eastside.

The Olympics Are an Opportunity to Put Affordable Housing Back on the National Agenda

The 2010 Olympics are finally here.  Recent polls show that only 50% of Vancouverites support them.  Rather than focusing on what divides us, it is time to harness the energy and focus our...

Gregor Robertson and Rain City Housing Provide More Shelters Despite Tight Timelines, Budget Cuts and Controversy

When a reporter asked whether residents could stop shelters from entering their area, Robertson unapologetically said, “No.”

City's Olympics Home Rental Session Weighs Short Term Gain Against Long Term Pain

A diplomatic warning was given to tenants looking into subletting their living units with or without their landlords’ permission and to landlords considering evicting their usual tenants for the...

A Backwards Approach to Homelessness

With the Olympics approaching in just a few months, it’s hard to see what noticeable difference the province has made helping homelessness in Vancouver. It’s true there are some new shelters, but...