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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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Year of the Nuck: Can Vancouver finally bring home the Stanley Cup?

As hockey fever takes over Vancouver, Megaphone gives a preview of the playoffs and offers a few predictions (plus a desperate prayer on behalf of the Canucks).    In Megaphone #76, we also look at the politics behind the impending closure of five low-barrier shelters in Vancouver; David Suzuki defends...
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Your Weekend Ahead: Music Waste Fundraiser @ Anza, Record Store Day 2011 @ Scratch Records

Plenty going on this weekend, where to begin...     Tonight (Friday April 16th), our friends at Music Waste are throwing their second fundraiser for the upcoming festival over at the Anza Club.   Featuring a bunch of live music: 10:15pm - KEEP TIDY 10:40pm - PHONECALLS 11:30pm - MODE MODERNE 12:30am - WIZERDZ...
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PHOTOS: 24-Hour Soccer Marathon to Save New Fountain Shelter

Here are some hot-off-my-camera photos from the afternoon and late evening of the 24 Hour Soccer Marathon to save the New Fountain Shelter.   Bless the courageous and dedicated souls who've managed to brave a freakishly awful day of true Vancouver weather - hopefully the near-freezing temperature, rain, and snow(!)...
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A TREE GROWS IN THE DTES The Grove of Beautiful Trees, an important Coast Salish location for 3,000 years, makes a tentative return to the waterfront ONWARDS AND UPWARDS Olympic Village costs quadruple THAT PROTEST-REGULATION LAW Three experts talk about what a revised law should do HOLD IT JUST A...
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24 Hour Soccer Marathon to Save New Fountain Shelter

  This Thursday, April 14th, supporters of the New Fountain Shelter will be hosting a 24 hour soccer marathon at the Vancouver Art Gallery as a launch for their campaign to keep the shelter open. Organizers are getting ready to provide participants with plenty of food, live music, soccer, and a...
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Vendor Voices: Highlights of a Sex Worker

Megaphone vendor Suzanne Kilory. Photo by Leigh Eldrige.   I am an Indian Princess, and a smarty-pants who loves to walk down the street and tell people they have dropped their pocket. I am a person with heart, feelings, hopes and goals like anyone else. I am no different than...
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PROTESTS The City consulted the Chinese government over speech-limiting bylaw S1LLY The Province has released a list of rejected vanity plates. There will be no MILFs, WARLOKs, or ANRCHSTs on the road in BC. TWO WHEELS GOOD North Van charity wants your bikes for Uganda A ROOF IS NOT ENOUGH Landlord...
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