By Garth Mullins - June 21, 2013
It has come to my attention that you were in Vancouver this week to announce your new high-end hotel/condo tower in Coal Harbour, near where I work. My fellow citizens and I decided not to picket your event. Instead, I opt for polite correspondence, to respectfully inform you that we are sufficiently supplied with luxury condominiums at present and require no further units. We'll call if we're running low.
By Kaitlin McNabb - rabble.ca
It seemed unreal. An independent, local, radical bookstore survived a renoviction attempt in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia. I spell that out so finitely because all those qualifiers are a sure recipe for a rent hike, renoviction and then subsequent explosion of condos. Yet, here Spartacus Books stands.
By Duncan Cameron - May 21, 2013
The capitalists won the B.C. election. Extractive industries make big profits in the province, and have bigger plans for its future...Corporations support the BC Liberals as a form of insurance protecting shareholder privileges. Most of the business and commercial world follows the corporate lead.
Uninvited and Unwelcome: First Nation Asks Enbridge to Leave Territory Following Botched Consultation
May 17, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
The Gitga’at First Nation has instructed Enbridge to leave its territory after the company and a team of oil spill response surveyors showed-up uninvited, during the nation’s annual food harvesting camp, a time of rich cultural activity and knowledge sharing...Enbridge representatives were instructed to leave Gitga’at council chambers and Gitga’at territory, Wednesday morning, after councilors voiced their displeasure at not being consulted on an Enbridge oil spill response survey.
By Nathan Crompton - May 15, 2013
In reality the [New Democratic Party] allowed itself no alternative platform from which to launch a criticism against the BC Liberal record. On each big issue the NDP chose instead to emulate the BC Liberal platform: rock-bottom corporate taxes, privatized affordable housing, health care austerity and ongoing neoliberal reforms. Instead of fighting on the basis of a progressive policy platform, the NDP message was simple: We can govern; we can oversee the status quo because we are as mature as the common-sense Liberals.
By Kaitlin McNabb - May 14, 2013
So there it is. Vancouver's charming ultimatum to existing [Downtown Eastside] businesses and communities: Pay the high rent or get out. For a city wanting to be the next big cultural "it" place, it sure seems to be alienating the existing community that got it on the map in the first place. If Vancouver is not careful, it will whitewash over every unique aspect of a fledgling city and end up with a cookie-cutter version of itself.
By Dylan Lubao - 13 May 2013
[BC New Democratic Party leader Adrian] Dix has emphasized the NDP’s support for the huge deterioration in the social position of the working class over the past three decades, by stressing that he will not make the purported mistake of previous NDP governments of “trying to do too much.” With the full support of the trade unions, Dix has been avidly courting big business, pledging that an NDP government will be “business-friendly” and will use its ties to the union bureaucracy to develop a right-wing “consensus.”
By Maryam Adrangi - May 9, 2013
When Trevor was 16, he won the Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge which Enbridge sponsors. At the time, he didn’t realize who Enbridge was. After a photo shoot with company representatives, his photo was used in an Enbridge print ad displayed across Canada. He came to the Enbridge AGM yesterday as part of a delegation which included his chief, Chief Na’Moks of the Tsayu Clan of the Wet'suwet'en.
By Derrick O'Keefe - April 22, 2013
B.C. is a province awash in wealth, much of it on ostentatious display. There is simply no excuse for anyone to be malnourished, homeless and otherwise severely indigent...The tepid promises of the B.C. [New Democratic Party] on welfare rates indicate that even with the B.C. Liberals out, neoliberalism will remain mostly in command – for now. Reversing this state of affairs is an ideological and political battle that must continue, one step at a time.
By Kim Hearty and Nicholas Ellan - April 26, 2013
Consecutive increases in police budgets have given the VPD more resources for a dual strategy of heightened ticketing in the DTES and the increased criminalization of protest. Under [Vancouver Mayor Gregor] Robertson’s direction, Vancouver’s police have been pressed into a campaign of harassment and intimidation against democratic protests perceived as anti-business.
By Maria Wallstam and Nathan Crompton - April 23, 2013
Recently, the relationship between Vancity and community groups...[has] been strained by increasing conflicts over gentrification. Vancity’s own financial interests in the neighbourhood, combined with pressure from business lobbyists and corporate media, have pressured the credit union to go to bat for the cause of gentrification...The unnamed source of the rift is the ongoing picket of the Pidgin restaurant...
April 18, 2013 - CBC News
Tanya Belleau, 26, says she was walking home alone when police stopped her at the corner of Hastings and Carrall streets for no apparent reason..."Two of them were talking to me at the same time, one asked me my name, one asked me where I'm going..."
By Nathan Crompton - April 18, 2013
After nine steady weeks of nightly protests by anti-poverty activists in front of the PiDGiN restaurant in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, police have stated that they plan to arrest picketers. In a press conference delivered yesterday, Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Brian Montague stated that his department is “anticipating an arrest soon.”
April 7, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
On day 14 of a non-violent protest held at the Burns Lake Band office, approximately 50 or more riot police, many with shotguns drawn, evicted three adults and one 12 year old child. 92 percent of the eligible voters on-reserve had signed a petition in support of the protest despite claims to the contrary by the INAC chief councilor, Albert Gerow.
By Mathew Kagis - April 4, 2013
After an eight month process that was at times nonexistent and at other times exhausting, traumatic and triggering, I am left with two distinct impressions...The police still hold the thin blue line and will bend over backwards to protect their own...The criminalization of dissent continues unabated and remains the order of the day.