Bearing Witness: Amnesty Film Festival spotlights human rights abuses around the world

  Human rights abuses are rampant in the world. They happen in times of peace and prosperity and in times of war; in developing countries and developed ones.   Alongside oppression and repression are strong networks of resistance, resilience and hope, testament to the strength of the human spirit. From...
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Street paper circulation increases 10%

  A global network of papers and magazines aimed at lifting homeless people out of poverty is bucking the overall slump in worldwide print sales, with a collective 10 per cent rise in circulation over the past year.   Titles within the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), in September...
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Vancouver Is Awesome

    Our pals at Vancouver Is Awesome have started their annual donor drive. Managing edito Bob Kronbauer did Megaphone a solid by writing an op-ed in the magazine and VIA has been a big supporter, helping promote many Megaphone-related activities. So show them some love and help make Vancouver a more...
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Morning Meganews

KWIK-E RATIONALISATION Convenience Store Association says people are buying less cigarettes because they are getting them from the black market UT‘ SAM Only 10 people out of 4,000 are still fluent in the Squamish Language STAYING PUT? Mayor Robertson will seek a second term as mayor, rather than run for the...
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Live Debate on the Ethics of Oil TONIGHT @ The Rio

  This looks like it's going to be really entertaining. Kudos to the Rio for hosting a free, live debate on such pressing sociopolitical/environmental issues; here's hoping we see more of this kind of thing in the future. If my chest weren't imploding into my windpipe, I'd definitely be going to...
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Morning Meganews

OLYMPICS The Olympic Village developer goes into receivership CLOSING DOOR The Aboriginal Front Door Society, a unique organisation that assists aboriginal homeless people is coming to the end of its city grant LESS THAN ZERO Roomates try living for a year without buying anything new or packaged. 15% SOLUTION It...
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Vancouverite of the Day: Clyde Hertzman

Clyde Hertzman is Canada's health researcher of the year. "“In my politically formative years, I became an egalitarian,” he said. “I learned that societies that can deliver more equality to all citizens are healthier societies. That, to me, became a very attractive fact and one that has kept me interested...
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Morning Meganews

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Food bank use up nine per cent over last year BITS AND POLICES Top Mountie responsible for uniting disparate RCMP detachments likes the patchworked system SOMEONE'S LEARNING ABOUT VIDEO Here's a video of the Vancouver Police handing out blankets to homeless people that they made GEORGIA ON HIS...
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Recommended Viewing: Al Jazeera's "Heartland" (2010)

 The latest installment in Al Jazeera's series of award-winning Witness documentaries takes viewers into the American Heartland for an eye-opening look into the catastrophic legacy of Manifest Destiny.With "Homeland", journalists Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson paint a desolate picture of life on South Dakota's isolated Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.We are...
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Growing Up In Crisis: Report reveals aboriginal youth still most vulnerable in B.C.

Despite being the province with the poorest children in Canada, the future is looking a little brighter for the youth of British Columbia. According to a new report from the provincial representative for children and youth and the provincial health officer, teen pregnancy rates are down, youth suicide rates have declined, and nearly 80 per cent of...
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