The Week in Pictures

A shrine to Verna Simard outside the Regent Hotel in the 100 block of East Hastings Street. Simard's body was discovered September 16 on the sidewalk below her sixth floor room at the Regent.



Crack pipes and syringes are a common sight on the streets and sidewalks of the Downtown Eastside.


Graffiti scribbled on scaffolding outside the Pantages Theatre, which is being torn down to make way for condos.

Beat officer Constable Tyler Urquhart checks in on an intoxicated man at Carrall and Hastings Street.

Illegal cigarettes and prescription pills are regularly bought and sold at the corner of Main and Hastings.

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4 Responses to The Week in Pictures

  1. Andrea says:

    I’ve found your blog to be incredibly interesting and offers some great insight into the world down in the downtown east side. I drive through the area on a daily basis going to work and my mind always wanders trying to figure out what happened to these people that has made them turn to the streets lifestyle.

    Only one complaint. For some reason my computer won’t let me view the pictures and they keep popping up with a little red “x” next to them. I’ve checked all the settings on my computer and everything is fine. I can see older pictures, but none of your newest ones. Have you changed something on the site to make this happen?

  2. Tony says:

    The proposed “Sequel 138” development for the former Pantages theatre is pretty controversial. It will probably send shock-waves of change around the neighbourhood, as a wave of affluent people move in.

    As a police officer, are you concerned that this sudden influx of people who have a lot of resources will create a public safety hazard? Do you imagine your job description may change so that you find yourself spending more time ensuring there isn’t a clash between the “old” residents and the “new” residents?

    The gentrification of a lot of areas in the DTES has already led to people you wouldn’t imagine ten years ago spending time in the neighbourhood suddenly living, working and playing there. Does this make your job different?

  3. Christine Simard-Chicago says:

    I just wanted to thank you for putting up the picture of the shrine for my cousin Verna Simard. It was nice of you to do that, as well as realistic. I just hope the VPD are able to properly sort out what happened to her. I would like to see justice for what has happened to my cousin.

    • saddison says:

      Thanks for your comment Christine. I had the opportunity to meet Verna on a couple of occasions and I found her to be a lovely and respectful person. My condolences to you and your family for your loss.