Theresa McManus
Not enough shelter: The Elizabeth Fry Society estimates it turns away about 40% of the calls it gets for shelter from women. Shelter priority is given to women with children. photo SeventyFour/iStock/Getty Images Plus

May 10, 2023

A “staggering” number of women and children have become homeless since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shawn Bayes, executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society, said the society currently has 113 shelter beds for women and children in its facilities – and that’s not nearly enough to meet the need.

“I would say we turn away probably 40 per cent of the calls we get,” she said.

Zak Vescera
Several major unions and the BC Federation of Labour have criticized the City of Vancouver’s approach. Photo by Jen St. Denis.

Apr.27, 2023

CUPE local that represents workers involved condemn the city’s approach.

Geoff Meggs
The Sen̓áḵw development in Vancover ‘ticks every box of contemporary housing strategy,’ says Geoff Meggs. Image from Sen̓áḵw.

Apr. 21, 2023

An Indigenous Vancouver project shows a way forward.

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Illustration by Ata Ojani

Apr. 6, 2023

Is ‘renewable’ natural gas a climate solution — or masterful greenwashing?

Each time Tim Crossin turns on his gas fireplace to heat the modest home he shares with his partner, the avowed environmentalist "assuages" his climate guilt with a reminder that he is paying a premium for so-called "renewable" natural gas.

The Thorn
Mayor Sim’s sweeps are cruel, costly, and counterproductive

Apr. 7, 2023

City sweeps on East Hastings are a cruel, costly and counter-productive spectacle 

Less than six months into their term in office Mayor Ken Sim and his ABC majority have made clear their vision for Vancouver: more police, less justice. More inequality, less compassion. 

Bridgette Watson
City of Vancouver employees work to dismantle tents in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Apr. 5, 2023

Police moved into Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on Wednesday morning as the city began carrying out its plan to remove a street encampment from the neighbourhood.

East Hastings Street, where people have been living in tents and make-shift structures, has been shut down at Main Street while the process begins.

Naomi Klein, Andrea Krombein, Zuzana Modrovic, Robert Patterson, Mohammed Rafi Arefin and Geraldine Pratt
The lack of decent, affordable housing makes it harder for tenants to survive extreme weather events. Image via Shutterstock.

Mar. 30, 2023

Two years after the deadly heat dome, urgent action is needed to safeguard BC’s tenants.

Emiko Newman, Eric Doherty
B.C. currently has five new liquefied natural gas projects in play, including LNG Canada. PHOTO BY LNG CANADA /via REUTERS

Mar. 28, 2023

 B.C. is taking valuable steps but the new budget is full of mixed climate signals.

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that future action to curb emissions will become progressively more difficult — and undoubtedly more expensive — with every increment of warming.


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