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Late one evening last February, Sarah Bowman was on her way home when she was approached by two RCMP officers at the Edmonds SkyTrain Station in Burnaby. She had just smoked a joint, Bowman recounted in a telephone interview, but she didn’t think she was in real trouble. Bowman explained that she had a doctor’s prescription for the drug and […]

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A survey of more than 50 street venders in the Downtown Eastside reveals that a majority feel they are negatively impacted by new policies the City of Vancouver implemented on November 16. Since that date, the Vancouver Police Department has kept hawkers off the once-crowded unit block of East Hastings Street, which runs between Carrall and Columbia streets. The survey, conducted between […]

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In the early 2000s, Health Canada began requiring graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. In explicit detail, they depict children harmed by secondhand smoke and conditions such as lung cancer to remind consumers of tobacco products’ full effects on human health. Now a plan is in the works to see the same sort of campaign raise awareness of climate change […]

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A prominent First Nations activist is appealing a decision by the Vancouver Police Department’s professional standards section (PSS) to dismiss a complaint she filed claiming abuse of authority and oppressive conduct toward a member of the public. Audrey Siegl is a member of the Musqueam First Nation and a 2014 COPE candidate for city council who received more than 19,000 […]

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British Columbia has become the second province in Canada to make it official policy to hold transgender prisoners in facilities based on gender identity as opposed to physical attributes. As the Straight reported on November 4, B.C. Corrections permitted the first transfer of such an inmate in September. That individual is named Bianca Sawyer, a transgender woman who was born […]

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A small but vocal protest stopped the flow of traffic along East Hastings Street at Main for more than an hour this afternoon (November 20). The demonstrators, mostly students from Simon Fraser University, said they were there in response to what they described as the city’s forced removal of vendors who once lined the unit block of Hastings between Carrall […]

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The City of Vancouver has finally cleared vendors from the unit block of East Hastings Street, officials confirmed in a November 17 meeting with community members and police at the Woodward’s Building. Taking care to avoid saying that people are being forced to leave the area, the city made clear it will no longer tolerate the crowd that for years […]

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The Mayor of Vancouver’s right-hand man has been regularly deleting emails, a practice that has engulfed the provincial government in a widening scandal related to how civil servants destroy information in ways that may interfere with the public’s access to information. That city-hall revelation was included in a complaint review by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for […]

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Bianca Sawyer was overjoyed when she entered the Alouette Correctional Centre, a provincial prison for women located in Maple Ridge. “For three days my face hurt from smiling,” she wrote in a letter to the Straight. Born Jaris Lovado, Sawyer is the first transgender individual that B.C. Corrections has allowed to be transferred to a facility of the gender she identifies as, […]

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An advocate for recovering heroin addicts has taken the first step in a potential class-action lawsuit against the Government of British Columbia. “I want to help everybody in the Downtown Eastside who is on methadone and who has to pay this,” Laura Shaver told the Straight. According to a notice of civil claim filed today (November 4) in the B.C. Supreme […]