After more than two years of controversy the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan draft was released last month. The good news is it calls for more social housing than anywhere else in the city. The bad news is only 20 per cent of rooms will be rented at welfare rates.
Also in this issue: Two weeks before B.C. switches to a higher potency methadone treatment, users are still uninformed of the new drug's dangers; disability advocates demand a raise in disability benefits; Megaphone vendor Peter Thompson remembers another way he used to spend cold winter days; the City of Vancouver puts more money and person-power into sex worker safety; and much, much more!
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