Monthly Archives: September 2011

Supreme Court decision on Insite

Just woke up after night shift to learn the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled Insite, the controversial supervised injection site, can stay open.  I haven’t had a chance to dissect the ruling or contemplate what it means for the … Continue reading

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The Week in Pictures

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Welfare Wednesday

0005 hrs – It’s midnight, but you wouldn’t know it by the number of people on the street. The line-ups already stretch out the doors at the bank machines, and the little corner stores that line East Hastings Street are … Continue reading

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An ounce of prevention

The solution to the scourge of the Downtown Eastside seemed more black and white when I began working down here. I figured then, as some do now, that the salve for this neighbourhood’s problems was strict enforcement and harsh penalties … Continue reading

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Email Inbox

Eastside Stories is a blog that is open to everyone, and I encourage you to share your thoughts, opinions and questions on the topics we discuss. All comments must be approved prior to appearing in the blog. Though there may … Continue reading

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“I cry, and no one cares about why”

I met a young lady not long ago in the lane behind the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings. She was alone in the lane, which smelled of urine, and seated on a landing next to some dumpsters. Normally, people … Continue reading

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The Week in Pictures

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A Drop of Human Potential

I try to avoid talking about my job when I meet new people. It’s not that I don’t want them to know what I do for a living. I just cringe at the barrage of questions I don’t want to answer. … Continue reading

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Welcome to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

It’s been called a chemical gulag, a place where the most hardcore drug addicts plunge poison into their veins in search of the ultimate high. It’s been defended as Vancouver’s last refuge for the marginalized and working poor, the majority … Continue reading

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