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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Funding cuts has youth group facing homelessness

  Financial hard times don’t just affect individuals; they impact many of the fantastic non-profit and charitable organizations in our community. Sometimes it means that donors can’t spare extra money; sometimes it means that grants are no longer available. And sometimes it means that an organization can find itself facing something...
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We're still filling in the gaps—but please let us know what you think. Our old site is still available here.
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WAGERING Gambling addict sues BC Lottery corp for not preventing from entering casino. Sounds like the lawsuit is just another lottery. NEIGHBOURLY City Council invites West End residents to advisory committee. Residents are somewhat wary. NAMES Keeping Stanley Park over Xwayxway was an opportunity lost NOT SO FABULOUS Pride Parade...
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OLYMPICS VANOC's chief financial officer makes no apology for the the business plan that depended on no recession through Games time. So, that's okay then. HEALTH Vancouver Coastal Health and the Ministry of Health both want to fund 24-hour treatment facility for mentally ill. Wait, that's wrong, they each want...
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JUSTICE President of stata council says gay bashers, who attacked a couple out front, should be sentenced to street sweeping the Pride Parade NAMES The Feds have put the kibosh on removing the name Stanley Park but how does Stanley Park at Xwayxway sound? DRUGS Now the art gallery says that they need a new...
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FUNDING The idea was almost dead, but expecting private companies to build public services is back FUNNY Councillor George Chow takes makes fun of the head of CSIS during the council prayer SLICK Don't worry about increased oil tanker traffic. Each tanker has signed a piece of paper promising to clean up if it devastates the harbour...
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View Edit Clone Export Vancouver police accused of excessive force in Ali Ishag arrest

Video footage from a security camera obtained by Megaphone shows two Vancouver police officers repeatedly kneeing and kicking a Downtown Eastside homeless man without provocation. The homeless man was then charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm the officer. On the morning of Saturday, June 26, two officers approached Ali...
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WAR STORIES The Federal Government is addicted to 'war on drugs' SMELLY After years of complaints, a new odour bylaw may do something about the stink at Hastings & Victoria. FARMERS Mayor Robertson wants a large expansions in farmers' markets NEAT Beyond Robson takes a look at Megaphone's writing series  
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Catering to a Community: Potluck Café serves it up in the heart of the Downtown Eastside

Photos by Natasha Kanji Potluck Café is like a small corner of paradise in the Downtown Eastside. Located on a block of Hastings Street rife with fights and open-air drug dealing, such activities feel a million miles away when you walk inside and see fresh flowers peeping out of glasses...
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My Megaphone: Charles Demers on why indie bookstores matter

  Capitalism in Vancouver is an especially cruel mistress—by my last count there are only four business models left in this town that are guaranteed to turn a profit: sushi restaurant, grow-op, yoga gear supplier and being Bob Rennie. So in a city where every day businesses (and individuals) fail...
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Freed Weed: Exploring Vancouver’s counter-culture landmarks with Uncle Weed

  Photo by Kris Krug Vancouver is always on some “best of” something list extolling luxurious skiing or exotic bistros, but it’s rarely mentioned amongst North American art culture capitals. San Francisco gets credits for its psychedelic pioneers and New York is known for its art school punkers, with beat...
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Processing Change: Artist Melanie Schambach isn’t afraid of a little change

  Images by Melanie Schambach Melanie Schambach calls out “Hello” from the back room of the Gam Gallery and appears around from around the corner with a warm smile. Her solo exhibition, Processing Change, is on display at the collective gallery and features 16 pieces, acrylic on wood, mixed with...
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