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Vancouver asks for an exemption from Canadian drug laws

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Vancouver’s council made history this week by asking the federal government for an exemption from Canadian drug laws to decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use.

Council voted on the motion  the same day the BC Coroners Service reported 1,386 people have died so  far this year of an overdose, with deaths increasing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Vancouver seeks to alleviate homelessness

“The Pulse” @ Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CRFO 100.5 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter  and rebroadcast over the Oct 30, 2020 edition of Cortes Currents.

Vancouver’s City Council has been passing a number of motions to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis since May. But for those on the street or in tent cities, those motions haven’t translated into changes in their living conditions.

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Strathcona Park tent city: Problem or community?

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

One evening this August, Peter Portuondo was stabbed in the arm when he attempted to block a man who was not welcome at the Strathcona Park  tent city in Vancouver’s east side. 

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Remembering Lives Lost in the Downtown Eastside

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A beloved older sister. A friend who loved listening to Steve Earle. A quiet brother-in-law who was always reading.

More than 100 people gathered at Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside Saturday to remember family and friends who died in recent months, when COVID-19 precautions have prevented gatherings to remember lost loved ones.

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Will Vancouver create a sanctioned camp for unhoused people

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Strathcona Park tent city supporters, neighbourhood residents and a Downtown Eastside community activist are pleading with governments to  create a sanctioned camp for unhoused people.

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