BC NDP under fire for progress on homelessness despite massive spending

Premier David Eby found himself on the defensive this week over his government’s inability to make progress clearing homeless encampments, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the issue. Federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre sideswiped his government with a new attack ad showing public spaces in Vancouver, Abbotsford and Kelowna that have devolved into … Read more

B.C. Supreme Court rules against Vancouver group’s challenge to stop supportive-housing project for homeless

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Residents of a Kitsilano neighbourhood say they’re alarmed by the news the provincial government is changing legislation to push through a controversial social housing project. As Kamil Karamali reports, the housing minister isn’t ruling out using the same legislation in other parts of B.C. – Apr 18, 2023 The B.C. Supreme Court has thrown out a legal … Read more

Over 100,000 B.C. households on the verge of homelessness

“THE RENTAL CRISIS IS WORSE (IN B.C.) THAN PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY.” The average rent in B.C. increased 30 per cent from 2016 to 2021 — the largest increase of any province — making B.C. one of the country’s most unaffordable place for renters to live, according to a new analysis. However. The most … Read more

Vancouver homeless people in tents get evicted

Vancouver police clashed with residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as the city began to remove an encampment there. The city’s fire chief ordered the tents to be cleared last month, saying they were an extreme fire safety hazard. • “Our crews are going to be facing a really difficult time pulling up here … and … Read more

Eviction Self Defence Handbook (learn your rights!)

Eviction Self Defence Handbook (learn your rights!) As a tenant in British Columbia, you have rights under residential tenancy law, and your landlord has responsibilities. The Eviction Self-Defence Handbook is designed to give you a basic understanding of those rights and responsibilities during the eviction process so that you can prepare to dispute your eviction, … Read more

Small wins keep Vancouver activist Fiona York from losing hope

The homeless have run out of places where they can be, so parks are about the only option, advocate Fiona York says. PHOTO BY RICHARD LAM /PNG

Homeless have run out of places where they can be, so parks are about the only option, advocate says Poet and author Charles Bukowski described himself as a series of small victories among many defeats, and he often wrote about the kind of underdogs Fiona York advocates for today. It’s the small wins that offer … Read more

B.C. bans majority of evictions during COVID-19 pandemic

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Premier also announces up to $500 in relief for renters struggling to make rent B.C. is suspending evictions and freezing rent increases in an effort to help tenants make ends meet and keep their homes for the duration of the provincial COVID-19 emergency. Premier John Horgan said current and upcoming evictions in the province are on hold, … Read more

2019 Vancouver Homeless Count. Bad News

2,223 people were counted, But the REAL NUMBERS ARE MUCH HIGHER. Vancouver conducted its annual count over the course of two days in March, with 400 volunteers surveying people sleeping on the streets and staying in emergency shelters.  However. The numbers are higher than what the city states.  Either due to deception or recklessness. A … Read more

Sunday April 14th, 2:00pm — Maple Ridge plan to hold another rally against housing

Rally to stand with the homeless and for homes in Maple Ridge Homes not hate! Homes for all! Sunday April 14th, 2:00pm Corner of Lougheed Hwy & Burnett Street, Maple Ridge On Sunday April 14th, the anti-homeless NIMBYs of Maple Ridge plan to hold another rally against housing; current and former residents of Anita Place tent city are calling for a counter … Read more

Megaphone Magazine Speakers Bureau

Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau, established in 2019, is a public awareness program connecting audiences with speakers who have lived experience of drug use and overdose prevention. Our speakers offer candid reflections on their experiences navigating the world as a drug user, and speak directly to developing services that meet the needs of people who use drugs, … Read more