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HAND ME DOWN WORLD Burton Cummings is upset that the farm near his Vancouver Island house is trucking in compost  FLY OVER AND COME VISIT COUNTRY Even in the wilds of rural British Columbia, people don't like the idea of police investigating themselves SOMEWHERE FOR EVERYONE BC Housing promises to change...
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CALL MARTIN SCORSESE If you think we have gangs now, take a look at Gangs of Vancouver in history FINALLY Mayor of Surrey wants at-grade passenger trains ROMANCE IS DEAD Apparently, an abundance of pubs and golf courses makes Victoria Canada's most romantic city POLICE Woman sues Vancouver Police for policy...
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Taxing Times: Canadian authors tackle growing income inequality

  Billionaire Warren Buffett was an unlikely class warrior last year when he said that rich people, like himself, should be paying higher taxes.  It’s an issue that Buffett, the world’s third-richest person, has actually been arguing for some time—often pointing out that he somehow pays a lower percentage of...
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The Hidden Homeless: How municipalities are tackling increasing homelessness in the suburbs

  Vancouver’s well-documented dearth of affordable housing has been the subject of spirited debate for years, but our tendency to focus the discussion on the Downtown Eastside's urban poverty can mask the fact that Metro Vancouver suburbs also face unique and growing homelessness and housing issues.   In the last...
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PLACE YOUR BETS Some answers to some questions about the new casino IF THERE IS A DEPARTMENT, THAT EVENTUALLY MEANS LICENSES The City has set up a Department for Pedestrians SORRY, LADIES Victoria has put up one beautiful pubic urinal REVOLUTIONARY ROAD Meet Keith Wilson, scurge of governments ON THE BUSSES...
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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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