The Changing Face of Homelessness

In the latest issue of Megaphone we finish our two-part series about Vancouver's changing face of homelessness. With rising real estate prices pushing more people out of the downtown core, Vancouver's homeless numbers have been quietly growing in the city's suburbs. In this issue we break down what Burnaby, Richmond, Delta,...
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Welcome to East Van

  Towering over the western entrance of East Vancouver is Ken Lum's iconic 'East Van cross'—a powerful neon notice to all those who enter about the neighbourhood's stature. The cross has become a symbol of East Van's gritty past and cultural future.   For anyone who lives in East Vancouver,...
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DR. NO In an effort to harass gangsters, the BC government bans James Bond THE ONE A lovely recollection of the Only cafe HOMES City councillor says the solution to homelessness involves wheels THE STING Downtown Eastside hotels used by alleged drug crime organization THE BIG BET Casino promises that...
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Gimme Shelter: Coquitlam OKs first permanent shelter, angers residents

  The City of Coquitlam delivered an early Christmas present to the homeless population last month when they approved a proposal to construct the first permanent shelter in the Tri-Cities area. But some residents who live near the proposed shelter site and oppose its construction feel like council has left...
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TIP OF THE DAY SFU researchers have discovered that the safest way to ride a bus is to stand sideways and hold on at shoulder height RIDING THE DOG City Council will decide today whether to transform the old Greyhound station into the new Vancouver Art Gallery MORE CHEAP HOUSING...
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PLAN TO PLAN City staff recommend a $22 million earmark in the budget for affordable housing MUSIC TO OUR EARS City staff are also recommending a new, streamlined way for venues to host live shows, even with booze HMMM Developer applies to raze empty West End church because he is...
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Levi Holland

What I like most about selling Megaphone is just getting out there, meeting people. It brings your spirits up. I also like going to different areas of Vancouver that I don’t usually go to. I think that’s important, because you should get to know other people from other communities and...
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ANNALS OF INVESTIGATION A 2002 internal report by the Mounties found that they did an awesome job on the Robert Pickton investigation TAX ON THE POOR Vancouver raked in $60,000,000 in casino money over the past 11 years COO COO Neighbours of pigeon owner take court action HOOF IT Liberal...
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AN EXPENSIVE SERIES OF TUBES CRTC ruling on usage-based billing threatens affordable internet access, critics say ART FART Proposed Vancouver Art Gallery site reserves space for 'cultural hub' WE'RE # 1 B.C. cities are world-class in their lack of affordability B.C.'S FINEST RCMP tried to 'smear' kicked man: advocate
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Tar on The Tusks: Canadian magazine sells out to Big Oil

Illustration by Kevin Lo   “Divest from the Royal Bank of Canada, close your accounts, tell RBC to stop funding the tar sands project.” This was the advice filmmaker Shannon Walsh gave an audience in Toronto after a screening in 2009 of her documentary on the Alberta tar sands project,...
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Perseverance is Bliss: David Ngomane forges a unique path to success

Photo by Janicka Grayston   Anyone who doubts the indomitable power of the human spirit should try talking to David Ngomane. An immigrant from South Africa, the founder of Bliss Hot Sauce exudes an airy charm while commanding attention with the subtle humility of someone who has seen it all....
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STOP, OR MY MUM WILL SHOOT BC Civil Liberties Association is horrified at plans to expand the powers of citizen's arrest BIG DECISION City Council has scheduled their meeting on downtown building heights for February 1. FREE FLICK Check out An Island by Vincent Moon for free at the W2...
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WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY, KENNETH? Former BC Solicitor General scared that the Mounties are out to get him IF YOU BUILD IT Painter says that new Vancouver Art Gallery should be as beautiful as the art it contains MISSING WOMEN A gallery show of Vancouver's Missing Women that was cancelled by the Museum...
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IF IT BLEEDS, IT LEADS This can't be good for business at The Province, as Vancouver has its lowest murder rate in 25 years DEEPER & DEEPER Families at the Missing Women inquiry want to go back to the 1970s, when sex worker murders were not recorded DOWN BY LAW...
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Job Opening: Megaphone advertising rep

  Megaphone, Vancouver's street paper, is looking for a part-time advertising rep to join our award-winning magazine. Megaphone is published bi-weekly and is sold on the streets by homeless and low-income vendors. Our mission is to provide a voice and an opportunity to homeless and low-income people while building grassroots...
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Base Logic: Hanging Out with DTES Drug Dealers

Photo: Liam Hanham/The Dependent Over the course of three months last year, journalist Matt Chambers with Vancouver magazine The Dependent formed a (relatively) trusting relationship with a small group of drug dealers working the alleys of the Downtown Eastside. The result of this is Base Logic, a four-part feature series...
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HOMES DTES campaigners protest against low-income people being pushed out of the community ANOTHER HOME Downtown South Granviile apartment owner sues City for $10 million because new social housing building next door allegedly has damaged his building SERVING PAPERS Newsy who was beaten by off-duty cops launches civil suit, alleging...
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THANKS, PARK BOARD Community Centres throughout Vancouver—but not all of them, so check—have opened their showers for homeless persons OH YEAH, PEOPLE LIVE THERE You know who really like the Olympic Village? People who live there THANKS, SCHOOL BOARD The VSB looks into opening a mini-school with an aboriginal focus...
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MOBILE HOMES The Salvation Army in Chilliwack has created homeless shelters from shipping containers WORLD CLASS The Economist weighs in on the Olympic Village woes. And it's not pretty. SECRET CODES The City has now decided to be in the slum eradication business. Publicly, at least. SHOWBIZ Some photos of the...
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HOSPICE VS CONDO Funny, because most people think condo owners are dead inside: B.C. luxury condo owners oppose hospice CHICKEN RUN This could get strange: Few people have registered their chicken coops in Vancouver GRAND SLAM LABOUR Is it that hard to find underpaid Canadian workers to cook over-salted fat to seniors?: B.C. Denny's...
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