Rachel Tetrault

Nov. 24, 2022

Vancouver's choice to adopt a contentious anti-semitism definition should worry us all

The first time I really understood what it meant to be Jewish was when I was 14 years old. I was preparing for my bat mitzvah, where I was to give a speech about what Judaism represented to me in front of all of my family and friends.


Andrew MacLeod
Premier David Eby says the new legislation is just part of the government’s response to the housing crisis. Photo via BC government.

". . . BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau said she was concerned that the bills failed to mention non-market housing or protect against real estate investment trusts buying and redeveloping strata housing.. . . " indeed!

Nov. 22, 2022

Two bills aim to increase condo rentals and set housing growth targets for cities.

On Monday, the British Columbia government introduced two bills aimed at easing the province’s housing crisis.

NBC Bay Area.
Unhoused Individuals to Build Rent-Free Housing in Oakland, CA

Nov. 17, 2022

Oakland, California – It’s been a long-term problem addressing the homeless crisis in Oakland and now those at the center of the fight are trying their own solutions.

A group of unhoused individuals are buying land and building their own community to get people off the street permanently.

The land on MaCarthur Boulevard and 76th Avenue is where they plan to build their own rent-free permanent housing community.

“This dream of Homefulness is a homeless people solution to homelessness,” said Tiny, co-founder of the organization Homefulness.

Jen St. Denis
Experts and advocates say expanding crisis lines, preventive measures and more social supports would be more effective than hiring more police for mental health calls. Photo via Shutterstock.

Nov. 18, 2022

Vancouver’s new council wants to spend $6 million on more police and mental health nurses. Experts say there’s a better way.

[Tyee Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of suicide prevention and mental health distress. It may be triggering to some readers.]

Nairah Ahmed
Emily Amon, 26, the green infrastructure programs lead at Green Communities Canada, at a Depave project at Wolf Island Pier near Kingston, Ont. Photo by Mitch Bowmile / North Country Media House

A Canada-wide initiative is showing people it's not too late to return the concrete jungle back to nature.

Depave Paradise, a multi-community project run by environmental non-profit Green Communities Canada (GCC), challenges the idea of urbanization as irreversible by ripping out asphalt surfaces and replacing them with gardens that can help to soak up excess rainwater.

Rumneek Johal
Right-Wing Group Funded by Lululemon Founder Helped Promote Film Demonizing Vancouver’s Homeless

Oct. 14, 2022

A group funded by Lululemon founder Chip Wilson sponsored an event that brought together Vancouver’s police union and right-wing political activists

Vancouver’s police union president, city council candidates and far-right political activists came together at a film screening event last week that was sponsored by an organization funded by the founder of Lululemon.

Peter Yeung
Paris - Credit: Shutterstock

Note the article's discussion of how people's class status intersects with auto ownerships and use.

            - Gene McGuckin


 Sept. 26, 2022

Michelle Gamage
Gibsons, BC, crunched the numbers on the value of its natural assets. ‘The foreshore area of our beaches acts as a natural seawall,’ the city says — for example this foreshore area at Labonte Park. Photo by NothingEatsYou via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

“It’s so painful to realize some of the local initiatives are directly undermined by weak provincial and federal policies where government seeks to reduce emissions with one hand and increase emissions with the other by building fossil fuel projects,” he [Jens Wieting] says. “It’s so important for municipalities to increase pressure on senior levels of government to stop pursuing policies that are destructive and undermine local progress.” 

Sept. 19, 2022

Sandy Garossino
A home is surrounded by floodwaters caused by heavy rains and mudslides throughout Sumas Prairie near Chilliwack, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Jul 27, 2022

Vancouverites were taken aback last week at the news that city council, in a divided vote, passed a motion by Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr to allocate up to $700,000 towards a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies.

This measure was instantly slammed as a performative stunt and window dressing for the enviro vote as we head into election season.

Brittany Roffel
Vancouver city council has approved a motion to back a plan to take oil companies to court for their role in climate change. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

July 21, 2022

The city would allocate up to $1 per resident to support the 'Sue Big Oil' campaign

Vancouver city council passed a motion Wednesday to allocate funds toward a potential climate lawsuit against major oil companies in Canada. 

The motion brought forward by Coun. Adriane Carr was passed in a 6-5 vote and will set aside up to $1 per Vancouver resident — or up to approximately $700,000 — to support a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies. 


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