Good Mom

Each month, Megaphone features an image chosen as a Top 30 finalist in our annual Hope in Shadows photo contest.The winning 13 photos are published in the 2020 Hope in Shadows calendar, on sale now in Vancouver and Victoria.
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Dear Pen Pals...

Do you have a question about drug use, addiction, mental health, relationships, sexuality or other life issues? We’ve got you covered with real life advice from those in the know. Building on the open dialogue fostered by Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau program, we publish a monthly advice column that aims to...
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Invisible

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Fashionistas in focus

Artist Alex Sandvoss trains her creative intelligence on the people we pay too much attention to: social media influencers who dictate our desires to the detriment of the planet. Image provided by the artist.
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Vancouver: Only the lonely?

Megaphone volunteer and marketing writer Mark Shelling sometimes feels vexed in the city... until he reaches out.  Paula Carlson photo illustration.
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Affordable housing 2.0

The Balmoral and Regent hotels have ben expropriated and the possibility of rent control blooms. We asked Wendy Pedersen what's next for Vancouver's Single Room Occupancy buildings. Paula Carlson photo.
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Diplomats of the Downtown Eastside

Austin Lui (centre), programming and outreach director for Embers Eastside Works, which created the Chinatown Community Stewardship Program, shares a smile with Grace and Richard at the Embers office in the Downtown Eastside. The program helps foster a more inclusive community. Melanie Orr Photography.
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Femme Town: Thoughts from a 'feminist geographer'

Leslie Kern says that when it comes to urban planning, by looking through a lens that includes women's lives and experiences, solutions could have a ripple effect on many other groups. Mitchel Raphael photo.
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Megaphone: a decade in review

Director's Corner: Looking back can help us move forward conscientiously, with intention. Megaphone vendors (clockwise from top: Peter Thompson, Juliana Yabut, Stephen Scott, Mario Bessette with dog Suzie, and Priscillia Tait. Tanya Goehring photo.
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Hendrik Beune, a Downtown Eastside icon, passes

Hendrik Marinus Beune: March 22, 1951 — Dec. 14, 2019. Megaphone file photo.
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Late vendor remembered for putting others first

Maria Sonia "Sandra" Czechaczek: Oct. 18, 1964 — Dec. 24, 2019. Megaphone file photo.
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Starting off on a good note

From music, to friends, to family, Victoria vendor James Hope has found his rhythm again following a bout with mental illness. Travis Poor photo.
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Stories that inspire change

Director's Corner: Incoming Executive Director Julia Aoki notes that even the most modest of narratives offers endless possibilities.
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All about me

Memoirs offer a glimpse into authors' lives, where despite the differences, you may see reflections of yourself.
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The artistry of cosplay

Ainsley Bircher grew up hearing about comic con events from her mom and started attending them in 2013. She has been “cosplaying” as Pigtails and Powertools for about seven years. Wicked Sensations Photography.
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Straight from the heart

From his musical start in Vancouver, to headlining the global stage, Bryan Adams keeps his focus on a widespread problem: homelessness
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Angel

Each month, Megaphone features an image chosen as a Top 30 finalist in our annual Hope in Shadows photo contest.The winning 13 photos are published in the 2020 Hope in Shadows calendar, on sale now in Vancouver and Victoria.
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Sex, lies and HIV/AIDS: New play puts deeply personal subject on stage

'I would love for this to get under people's skin.' Playwright Rick Waines delves into a controversial topic in his work Secret/e.
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Being happy vs. being successful

Vancouver vendor Dennis Chernyk muses about the stuff of life.
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Do you have a question about drug use, addiction, mental health, relationships, sexuality, or other life issues? We've got you covered.
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