The Hope in Shadows calendar turns 10 years old this year and Megaphone is celebrating the Downtown Eastside's best-known cultural export in issue #114 of Megaphone. Providing Downtown Eastside residents the chance to capture life in the neighbourhood as they see it, while calendar vendors gain some financial independence and pride from selling a product they can be proud of.
Also in this issue: The seventh annual Homelessness Action Week takes place around the Lower Mainland this week, and in this issue we discuss this year's theme of a healthy, welcoming community for everyone. But while a homeless person with a drug addiction in the DTES has the safety of harm reduction in his community, Megaphone talks to Dr. Thomas Kerr about the lawsuit brought against the federal government to force federal prisons to offer inmates clean needles for injection drug use.
We also feature poetry from our DTES writing workshops; David Suzuki urges parents to get kids turned off and tuned out in the great outdoors; we look at the pros, cons and roadblocks of the City of Vancouver's affordable housing plan; plus horoscopes, arts listings, and much more. Support your local vendor by picking up a copy of Issue #114 today!