Bearing Witness: Amnesty Film Festival spotlights human rights abuses around the world

  Human rights abuses are rampant in the world. They happen in times of peace and prosperity and in times of war; in developing countries and developed ones.   Alongside oppression and repression are strong networks of resistance, resilience and hope, testament to the strength of the human spirit. From...
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Street paper circulation increases 10%

  A global network of papers and magazines aimed at lifting homeless people out of poverty is bucking the overall slump in worldwide print sales, with a collective 10 per cent rise in circulation over the past year.   Titles within the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), in September...
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Vancouver Is Awesome

    Our pals at Vancouver Is Awesome have started their annual donor drive. Managing edito Bob Kronbauer did Megaphone a solid by writing an op-ed in the magazine and VIA has been a big supporter, helping promote many Megaphone-related activities. So show them some love and help make Vancouver a more...
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Morning Meganews

KWIK-E RATIONALISATION Convenience Store Association says people are buying less cigarettes because they are getting them from the black market UT‘ SAM Only 10 people out of 4,000 are still fluent in the Squamish Language STAYING PUT? Mayor Robertson will seek a second term as mayor, rather than run for the...
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Live Debate on the Ethics of Oil TONIGHT @ The Rio

  This looks like it's going to be really entertaining. Kudos to the Rio for hosting a free, live debate on such pressing sociopolitical/environmental issues; here's hoping we see more of this kind of thing in the future. If my chest weren't imploding into my windpipe, I'd definitely be going to...
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OLYMPICS The Olympic Village developer goes into receivership CLOSING DOOR The Aboriginal Front Door Society, a unique organisation that assists aboriginal homeless people is coming to the end of its city grant LESS THAN ZERO Roomates try living for a year without buying anything new or packaged. 15% SOLUTION It...
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Vancouverite of the Day: Clyde Hertzman

Clyde Hertzman is Canada's health researcher of the year. "“In my politically formative years, I became an egalitarian,” he said. “I learned that societies that can deliver more equality to all citizens are healthier societies. That, to me, became a very attractive fact and one that has kept me interested...
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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Food bank use up nine per cent over last year BITS AND POLICES Top Mountie responsible for uniting disparate RCMP detachments likes the patchworked system SOMEONE'S LEARNING ABOUT VIDEO Here's a video of the Vancouver Police handing out blankets to homeless people that they made GEORGIA ON HIS...
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Recommended Viewing: Al Jazeera's "Heartland" (2010)

 The latest installment in Al Jazeera's series of award-winning Witness documentaries takes viewers into the American Heartland for an eye-opening look into the catastrophic legacy of Manifest Destiny.With "Homeland", journalists Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson paint a desolate picture of life on South Dakota's isolated Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.We are...
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Growing Up In Crisis: Report reveals aboriginal youth still most vulnerable in B.C.

Despite being the province with the poorest children in Canada, the future is looking a little brighter for the youth of British Columbia. According to a new report from the provincial representative for children and youth and the provincial health officer, teen pregnancy rates are down, youth suicide rates have declined, and nearly 80 per cent of...
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Amnesty International Film Festival

This issue is currently being sold on the streets of Vancouver. Please support our homeless and low-income vendors and buy a copy from them. Housing Debate  Bill calls for national housing plan  Sandy Cameron Community's conscience is remembered Catching that Butterffly David Suzuki on why he's a Monarchist On the...
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Morning Meganews

NO MORE Innocent man who was beaten up by police will not appeal their police-investigated exoneration as he has lost faith in the system JAILHOUSE ROCK Provincial government should be ashamed by the number of in-custody deaths LOCK & KEY An innovative programme to safely store the belongings of homeless people gets...
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In the Heart of the City

Heart of the City Festival shows brighter side of community Growing PainsAboriginal youth are province's most vulnerable City SlickersDavid Suzuki on how cities hold the key to our future Vendor ProfileSuzanne Kilroy is your Indian Princess A Bug's LifeDealing with bedbugs PassingRemembering Megaphone vendor Joe Fook  
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Morning Meganews

NO SEX IN THE CITY Sex therapist in Nelson is upset with ICBC for refusing to issue SEXSFUN license plates REMEMBER Park Board approves plan for Missing Women memorial at Crab Park PHOTO Photographer Claire Martin documents the lives of several people in the Downtown Eastside DEVELOPMENT Campaigner believes that...
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Vancouverite of the Day: North Van mayor Darrell Mussatto

North Vancouver mayor Darrell Mussatto wants to turn front yard into vegetable gardens. We're okay with that.
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Vancouverite of the Day: Nancy Campbell

Teacher Nancy Campbell, wife of education-cutting, tuition-raising Premier Gordon Campbell has avoided the spotlight during her husband's reign.
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Morning Meganews

REMEMBER There was a special Remembrance Day service at Victory Square Monday that  recognised the sacrifices of  First Nations veterans, who previously had to give up their Indian status to serve in Canada's armed forces HMMM Judge at the Frank Paul inquiry finds that police did not provide a full report about the events...
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BLOCK WATCH Curtis Ralph Brick died from overheating in Oppenheimer Park last year. An earlier call to 911 by passersby could have saved him WATCHING THE WATCHERS When the Chief who cleared police officers of beating an innocent man calls for a civilian police investigation commission, the old system's days may be numbered NOT...
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Morning Meganews

YOU'RE NICKED When the Province is advocating for civilian police investigations, you know the days of police investigating themselves is nearly over HOMES The Cooperative Housing Federation of BC has been chosen to run social housing at the Olympic Village STEEVES MANOR The Courier has a story on what happens...
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Vancouver group calls for Black Bloc solidarity

  Around 100 people gathered in Vancouver on Sunday, July 3rd to protest the condemnation of black bloc tactics following the Toronto G20 summit. Organizers invited the public to wear black clothes and bandanas in order to express their solidarity with the controversial tactic. In a speech given at the...
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