Seattle street paper visits Megaphone

Tara Moss, the vendor coordinator from Seattle's Real Change, talks with Megaphone and Hope in Shadows vendors. Photo by Paul Ryan.   Hope in Shadows and Megaphone were visited yesterday by Real Change, Seattle’s street paper.   Vendor coordinator, Tara Moss and one of the top vendors Susan McRoy made...
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USE IT OR LOSE IT Vancouver Coastal Health is urging drug users to use the city’s supervised injection site after learning the number of heroin overdose deaths has more than doubled in British Columbia over last year Also, the current and five former mayors of Vancouver write an open letter to...
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Megaphone's Voices of the Street event

Antonette Rea reading 'Laid to Rest'. Photo by Matthew Zylstra Sawatzky.   Megaphone would like to thank all those who came out to our Voices of the Street launch event last Tuesday at the Waldorf Hotel and for supporting the readers and our community writing workshop program.     The event...
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Telling Stories: Rain City Chronicles presents your stories, live

Rain City Chronicles founders, Lizzy Karp and Karen Pinchin. Photo by Christine McAvoy.   Lizzy Karp is passionate about stories. It’s fitting then, that our conversation should start with a story.   Meeting one morning over coffee, Lizzy Karp tells me about her previous night’s adventure at the Vancouver Art...
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LESS PARTICIPACTION The Missing Women Inquiry bars the Union of BC Indian Chiefs from full participation in the hearings JUXTAPOSITIONING Native Woman goes missing on Highway of Tears GENTRIFYING Catholic Church puts homeless shelter building up for sale ON THE BUSSES Increasing the density of the Cambie corridor will create...
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Join Megaphone for our 'Voices of the Street' launch

Join Megaphone for the launch of our 68-page 'Voices of the Street' literary issue at the The Waldorf Hotel on Tuesday, May 3rd. The event will feature powerful readings of poetry and prose from the marginalized writers featured in this issue.   All proceeds raised from the event will go toward Megaphone's community writing...
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Voices of the Street: Untitled by Kristy Devolin

(The following piece is published in Megaphone's special literary issue, Voices of the Street. Megaphone is hosting an official launch for this issue tonight at the Waldorf Hotel - 1489 E. Hastings from 8-10 p.m.)   My day started the day before yesterday. Figure that one out.   My friend...
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25 YEARS YOUNG A look at some collectibles from Expo '86. Nifty. WAVE GOODBYE A Vancouverite returns to their tsunami-hit home town THE BIG ISSUE A Vancouverite talks about covering the worlds war zones HOMES The Dependent takes a look at how the city can provide homes for everybody.
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Voices of the Street: Rooming House Blues by Henry Doyle

    Downtown Eastside resident and poet Henry Doyle will have two poems published in Megaphone's upcoming 'Voices of the Street' issue. In the above video (taken by Rita Jasper) Henry reads 'Rooming House Blues', which was published in Megaphone last year, and reprinted in 24 Hours.   Henry will...
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Vancouver Stories: Storytelling projects give voice to a city

Everyone has a great story. Whether it's the time you and your friends got chased by security, the terrible bind date you went on, or the incredible thing your child did, there's an amazing adventure in all of us. The problem is that we have few ways to share them....
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CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD Canada's future head of state marries the presumed mother of Canada's future head of state plus one, with no representation from Canada's elected leaders  HOMES Landlords and tenants agree: we're running out of rental units HOME SWEET CLINK The Vancouver lockup is being converted into...
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THE BIG HOUSE Inquiry makes recommendationsto improve prisoner safety from accidental shootings by Mounties GREAT OUTDOORS The first tent city for homeless persons of the year will be on Cardero Street SOMETHING The Province has found refuge for 30 out of 75 persons displaced by closed shelters HOMES Allan Garr...
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Voices of the Street buttons/bookmarks

  For a limited time only, Megaphone vendors will be giving away these fantastic Megaphone buttons and bookmarks with issues of Voices of the Street.    These buttons/bookmarks are courtesy of Pins and Needs, which makes one-inch buttons for charities. 
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ONE STEP FORWARD, THREE STEPS BACK HEAT shelter gets two month reprieve but four other faciliities get the axe NIFTY Vancouver archive digitises the 1928 book that created the Vancouver we know today ON THE BUSSES Three cheers for the U-pass EVERY VOICE HEARD The WestEnder looks at the challenge...
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Voices of the Street: Megaphone's special literary issue

Megaphone is pleased to launch a very special edition of the magazine: Voices of the Street, Megaphone's special literary issue.    This 68-page edition of the magazine exclusively features writing, poetry and prose from Megaphone's community writing workshop program, which is run in treatment centres, social housing buildings and community...
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Plea to Margaret Atwood

  Dear Ms. Atwood,   My name is Sean Condon, I am the executive director of Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. On top of creating an employment opportunity for marginalized people, Megaphone runs eight writing workshops in the Downtown Eastside for marginalized...
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HOMES BC Housing refused to help her after eviction from social housing for being transgendered, says woman READS April is autism awareness month. Here's a good piece from The Dependent. THAT ELECTION If you were to pick a party to alleviate poverty, which one would you choose? ON THE BUSES...
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Spare Some (Social) Change?: Harm reduction and the realm of reform

Dr. Gabor Mate. Photo by Jay Black.   I am a young Native guy. My biological mother was forced into a residential school and then drank herself to death trying to kill the pain, meanwhile passing on to her son (whom she never met due to adoption) a legacy of...
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GREAT. REAL SWELL. Insite has now become an election issue. TAKE NOTE, CRIME FANS Yet again, crime is down. Remember that when you watch the news. CRIME TV For example, when you watch this new network NANNY CITYSTATE Is your city holding your hand too closely?
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READ ALL ABOUT IT The Safe Injection Site significantly cuts death by overdose say those drug-crazed hippies at The Lancet CONSTITUTIONALISM British government starts discussion to modernise Canada's monarch by replacing a system that gives executive power to the oldest male person who leaves the womb of a specific woman...
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