Opinion: Dear Premier, how your “families first” agenda can help the growing number of families living in poverty

 Photo by Stephen Hui   Premier Clark, if you are truly committed to helping families, then one of your first priorities should be to address the fact that B.C. has the highest child poverty rate in the country. With one in seven children living under the poverty line (and one-fifth...
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Opinion: What’s stopping us from helping the homeless?

Photo by Graham Ballantyne   Recently the Interfaith Alliance to End Homelessness, of which First United Church is a part, issued a call to the leadership candidates of both the Liberals and NDP to tell British Columbians where they stand on the issue of homelessness.   Despite reasonably good media...
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THE FOOTY Those who enjoyed the current edition of Megaphone will be thrilled about the first ever MLS game for the Whitecaps GREENING Big city elite type tells Vancouver developers how to be as environmentally friendly as New York City NEW NARRATIVES It's much easier to claim crime rates are rising...
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HOMES Little Mountain project remains years behind schedule TRIKES New cargo company opens using three-wheeled bikes PSA Randy Quaid sings an original composition tonight: Starwhackers EARTHQUAKES Why is it okay for kids to inhabit death traps ten months of the year? MOVE WITH THE MUSIC A nice feature on the...
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Vancouver: Soccer City

As the Vancouver Whitecaps get ready for their season opener this weekend, in Megaphone #74 we celebrate the team's ascension to Major League Soccer (the top professional soccer league in North America) by looking back at the sport's history in Vancouver.     Soccer (or football as the rest of the world...
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GOOD BUY? Olympic Village condo buyers sue for shoddy construction SIX BUCKS SUCKED BC's minimum wage will go up to $10.25 per hour, the idiotic training wage has been axed but 'alcohol servers' get $1.25 per hour less. FEET ON THE STREET Mayor Robertson joins in on the annual homeless...
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Vancouver's Hippie Heyday: City of Love gives perspective to Vancouver's hippie history

With its boutique clothing stores and high-end restaurants, it’s hard to imagine that Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue was once the epicentre of Canada’s hip- pie culture. Where lattes and yoga pants now dominate the street, the West 4th Avenue of the 1960s was overrun with longhairs and bellbottoms.   The...
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David Suzuki: If there is a war on cars, which side is winning?

  We humans like our wars. We have a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on crime, and now, it seems, a war on cars. The latter “war” has entered the political vocabulary in Vancouver, where city council has been trying to reduce reliance on private automobiles;...
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WIBBLE WOBBLE SFU geologist says comphrehensive study of effects of an earthquake on Vancouver has never been done GONE AGAIN The Van East cinema is gone for good, slated for redevelopment ALONE AGAIN Federal government plans to phase out solitary confinement for female prisoners EAT AND RUN 50 street meat...
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Ron McGrath

"I grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I’ve been out here for 30 years, worked for the railroad for 20 years. I got injured, but was denied compensation because of my medical issues. They can pick on people like me because I’m really sick and I can’t fight them."  ...
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Paradise In A Parking Lot: Intersection fence project showcases Downtown Eastside residents' artwork

Artists David Ostem and Colleen Carroll. Photo by Kevin Hollet.   The fence around the parking lot at 150 East Cordova Street consists of hard metal vertical rods, each filed sharply at the top to discourage fence-jumpers. It can be a lonely corner of the city, but if you find...
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EVERYTHING HELPS Ten UBC students will spend a week sleeping outside the campus library in a bid to raise $20,000 for Directions Youth Services Centre STRUCTURAL DEFICITS Frances Bula wonders how well Vancouver's buildings will fare after an earthquake. Meganews suspects that it will be a direct one-to-one ratio with the wealth...
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Opinion: Why the proposed mega-casino is a bad bet for Vancouver

  Almost a year ago, the province finalized a deal with Paragon Gaming of Las Vegas to build a major hotel and entertainment complex with a casino attached to BC Place. The proposed mega-casino would be home to approximately 1,500 slot machines, and be the largest of its kind in...
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Donate to the Canadian Red Cross for Tsunami Relief today. And put some water and dry food aside for emergencies, for pete's sake. WEIRD Son tells police that his murdered mom's body is buried in his old Rupert Street house. REMEMBER The killer of artists Lee Matasi was denied a new trial...
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Writing Workshop: I Am From by Joseph D.

  I am from the land of fish, water and sky The land is green and abundant with trees, though they’re only a few metres high. There are lichen and willow, ducks, snow and geese.   I am from a home where the northern lights glow, the summer days are...
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THE LAW HAS TEETH Inmate wins the right to be given a set dentures WELCOME MASSACRE The MV Sun Sea's Tamil passengers were being watched by thousands of government officials, police, and soliders WELL DONE The campaigners of Sister Watch and the Vancouver Police say they have found a working...
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Opinion: Pain in Portraits: The cancellation of Pamela Masik's art exhibit was a missed opportunity

  This Valentine’s Day, hundreds of people gathered at the corner of Main and Hastings for the 20th annual Women’s Memorial March. With sorrowful songs, speeches and silence, we remembered the many women who lost their lives to violence. But the recent decision to cancel an art exhibit of Vancouver’s...
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Megaphone: Word on the Street

  Megaphone provides an economic opportunity and a voice for our homeless and low-income vendors. See how the program works by watching the above video and help Megaphone fulfil its mission by making a donation to our organization.  
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FAIR GAME OVER Sarah McLachlan says the Lillith Fair is now history MONEY & POWER Premier-designate Christy Clark says that medical premiums and possibly electrity prices will be frozen EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN Surrey Councillor wants to bring back the living wage for suppliers. Incidentally, that's $18.17 per hour...
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