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Abbotsford—Dignity Village Nick, one of the attendees from Abbotsford, explained how “Multi-family crime-free housing” prevented him from finding a safe place to live once his mother died.” I have…

S.O.S. at PHS: By SIC Society

A report from inside Victoria’s first Portland Hotel Society-run “supportive” housing In April after the government hired Portland Hotel Society (PHS) to manage Super InTent City, SIC Society…

Inside the jail of supportive housing: By Karen Lane

Since Canada’s federal government cut regular social housing construction in 1993, homelessness has become the central issue of anti-poverty and housing justice movements. Our movements have fought…

In Memory of Wolverine: By Karla Lottini

Love, respect, hope, strength, and a deep thirst for freedom and justice flowed through Wolverine’s Memorial held a few days after the 84-year-old warrior released his spirit on March 22nd, World…

Real Crisis, Fake Responses: Editorial

This issue of The Volcano circles around two main topics: One: The ongoing, widespread Indigenous resistance and resurgence through land-based struggles against dispossession. From our cover art,…

Rest in Power Brother Richard!: By Aiyanas Ormond

Richard David Cunningham 7 February 1961 - 23 December 2015 Richard was a member of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) “from the start” as he always said. He was an activist and leader in…

Rental Housing Crisis in Victoria: By V. Adams

With a vacancy rate approaching zero, a fast dwindling rental housing stock, and low interest rates encouraging the growth of luxury condominium developments catering to babyboomer retirees and…

Homeless on the Strip in Surrey: By Wanda

My name is Wanda and I live in Surrey on the strip (135A Street). I’ve been on the strip for 2 years now. I lost my home over two years ago, and it’s been a struggle. Everybody has their own…

Access Without Fear: By Byron Cruz

Recently members of Sanctuary Health and their allies attended a council meeting at Vancouver City Hall where the Access Without Fear policy was voted on. We made sure that Lucía Vega Jimenez…

Social Mix is Exclusion: By Karen Ward

I’ve lived in Vancouver for thirteen years, in SROs for seven, I was homeless for about eight months, and now I live in supportive housing at Woodward’s. I’m an artist, and I live with a mental…

Canada’s Refugee Crisis: By Sozan Savehilaghi

Over the past month the plight of refugees has been gaining attention in mainstream and social media. When the bodies of the Kurdi family were found on Turkish shores as they tried to reach Greece…

Tales from the Regent: By Joey A

I live in an SRO (single room occupancy) hotel in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, in what I devoutly hope is a temporary living arrangement. The Regent is rated the second-worst hotel…

Time to Flood the System: By Sean Phipps

Another year and another climate conference. This December, 196 countries will meet in Paris to address the ongoing climate crisis, as they have done for the last 21 years. Twenty-one years of…

End the War on Drug Dealers: By Dionne Molloy

On July 16, 2015, the Victoria Police Department issued warrants for 16 suspected drug dealers accused of preying on people who use shelters in Victoria. The result of a 6-week undercover sting in Our…

Homeless Counts for What?: By Scott Neufeld

Every year since 2010 the City of Vancouver has counted its homeless residents. Around four hundred volunteers are recruited, trained, and sent out to lie in wait at Vancouver shelters or…

Special online-only articles

September 15, 2015 A grassroots reply to the City of Victoria’s “Sheltering Solutions”: The Needs of the Homeless in the Interests of the Housed By Ashley Mollison and Flora Pagan On September 16,…

Death by Cops on the Rise in BC: By Dave Diewert

Despite new training programs, police are killing people at increasing rates in BC. Over the past 12 months there have been 16 known police-involved deaths in BC. All of the victims were…

Honouring Bea Starr: By Cecily Nicholson

We are sad to note the loss of Beatrice Lucy Starr, wolf clan of the Heiltsuk from Bella Bella, who passed away this June 14th in the company of family. As a community member, an organizer…

The Plight of Migrant Workers: By Hessed Torres

In recent years Citizenship and Immigration Canada has been shutting its doors on migrant workers. The Conservative government has made immigrating to Canada more and more difficult for…

The Ugly Reality of Anti-Poor Hatred: By Ivan Drury

“People who sleep alone in the woods are in more danger than people in the camp. They’re always in danger,” Mum said. “Living here in a community like this is safer because you can’t be targeted just…

Organizing Against Austerity: By Harold Lavender

Austerity is not a lack of money. Austerity is a lack of democracy. When government says we have to tighten our belts, they are hoping we won’t find out how their tax system helps the rich and…

Housing First or Housing Farce?: By Jean Swanson

The federal government’s idea of Housing First is to subsidize landlords, not build housing for homeless people. That’s what an official of a non profit group that provides services to homeless…

Welfare Rates are Tough all Over: By Phoenix Winter

At a meeting in early May, some MLAs from the NDP told a group of Vancouver activists that low welfare rates are a problem only for those in the Downtown Eastside (DTES).  Raise the Rates attended the…

Our long Summer of Evictions begins: By the Editors

When the Volcano editorial collective got together in April to plan this issue we had a different issue in mind than the one you’re holding in your hands. As the summer approached a theme imposed…

Seeking Refuge: By Karla Lottini

The following is the personal experience of Karla Lottini, a Mexican refugee and journalist who came to Canada as a refugee. Contrary to popular belief that “Canada accepts so many refugees,” it was…

Honouring the Life of Phuong Na (Tony) Du

On Nov 22, 2014 Phuong Na (Tony) Du was shot and killed by Vancouver Police officers at the corner of 41st Ave and Knight Street. Tony was 51 years old and lived with a mental health illness. At the…

Mining and Gentrification: By Sean Phipps

The mining company Tahoe Resources is currently being sued in a Vancouver court by seven Guatemalan men who allege they were shot and injured by Tahoe’s security personnel during a protest against the…

Welcome to The Volcano!

By the Editors The Volcano editorial collective gratefully acknowledges that we live, work, and struggle for justice and liberation on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh…

昭倫大廈的勝利!

作者:陳敬望 勝利!因DJ Larkin (樞軸法律協會/ Pivot Legal Society) 和另一位倡權人士的支持 及工作,住宅租務處會 (Residential Tenancy Branch;RTB)撤銷業主(昭倫公所)向 RTB 申請向奇化街325 號的昭倫大廈加租,加租超過40%! 在二月尾一個晚上,我幫昭倫大廈一位租客翻譯RTB 的文件。在過去的五個月,這位租…

Victory at Chau Leun Tower!: By King-Mong Chan

Victory! With the support and work of DJ Larkin from Pivot Legal Society and MPA advocate Stephanie Smith, the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) dismissed the Chau Luen Society’s application for…

We are poor because they are rich: By Bill Hopwood

Finally, the proof we have been waiting for. Most of us have long suspected that the government of BC was in bed with the richest 1%. On April 1, 2014, this was confirmed. During Raise the Rates’…

The Rebel Queen: By Diane Wood

I'm asking why women's achievements are written out of history by making Feminist Zombie Dolls. I'm researching and creating notorious bad girls and freedom fighters. These strong, independent women…

In memory of Lucia Varga Jimenez: By Dave Diewert

News broke this past week of the tragic death of Lucia Varga Jimenez while in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency. Lucia was a 42 year old Mexican migrant and hotel worker in…

Mental Health Crisis?: By Karen Ward

The Mayor’s problematic five-fold solution: Increase Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams; Increase supports at BC Housing; Enhance urgent care at the hospital; Pair the VPD with…

Homeless in the DTES: By Wendy Pedersen

What happens to your tent and belongings when the cops take it away?  It took a lawyer and a long-time advocate to figure it out and get the possessions back for Donny Miller, a local homeless man.…

Taking a Stand for Social Housing: By Dave Diewert

“STANDs for Social Housing” is a campaign strategy currently used by the Social Housing Coalition BC to draw public attention to the housing crisis in the province and the need for social housing.…

New DNC Board Elected: By Shannon Bundock

On December 8th 2012, the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council held elections for a new board for the upcoming year of organizing and actions. Board positions are divided according to housing type,…

Life in the Downtown Eastside: By Joan Morelli

By Joan Morelli, DTES Power of Women group Life in the Downtown Eastside is very often tinged with violence from strangers, service providers, and the police. We suffer particularly from the cruelty…

Who are the real bullies?: By the Editors

Downtown East editorial The very existence of the low-income communities of the DTES is threatened by rapid condo development and retail gentrification. The area is being invaded by high-end…

Good news for Asia hotel residents: By Jean Swanson

ATIRA women’s resource society will be the new manager of the Asia Hotel on Pender St. owned by the Mah Society. This news comes after over a year of uncertainty. The building was scheduled for…

Under pressure of gentrification: By the Editors

Throughout the history of the DTES, resident-based groups have arisen to build and strengthen the community through the struggle for social justice. Today, determined work continues to defend our…

The bottle depot block is home: By Ivan Drury

On May 16 Vancouver City Council passed a motion to support the United We Can bottle depot to move from its long-time home at the 000 block of East Hastings to an industrial area south of Terminal…

Amalia lives on: By Byron Cruz

Her name was Amalia, Amalia from Hastings, Amalia from Guatemala. Amalia was one of the first Latin American women to live and work in the DTES. Amalia had a history of pain, a history of suffering.…

Speculation Fever: By Ivan Drury

Gentrification in the Downtown Eastside is fueled by real estate speculation, investment, development and the promise of the already super-rich buying-low and selling-high. These speculators are…

DTES Historic Plaque Gone Missing: By Jean Swanson

A historical plaque that was supposed to have been put on a light pole near the Patricia Hotel at Dunlevy and Hastings is MISSING. The plaque is about the death of Olaf Solheim in 1986. Solheim lived…

Gentrification and Hipsters: By Karen Ward

You’ve seen them: the hipsters, walking down our streets and having expensive fancy coffees at the gentrifying shops along the west side of the DTES, like “Nelson the Seagull” and the shop below the…

For the Love of Our Community: By Tracey Morrison

I’m from Morson, Ontario, near Minnesota close to the Manitoba border. I’m from the Ojibway Nation from Big Grassy reserve. I’m adopted. My uncle and aunt adopted me and my siblings-- six of us from…

Responding to media attacks: By Kim Hearty

Pidgin’s owner said he wanted to start a conversation - he got more than he bargained for! Low-income people are speaking out against forced relocation and economic exclusion/segregation in Vancouver.…

We need homes: By Jean Swanson

The City and Province are trying to create the impression that lots of housing for low-income people is being built in the Downtown Eastside.  Councilor Kerry Jang says that hundreds of new units are…

Displaced & then replaced: By Therese Lulf

We, the displaced, and about to be displaced, are wondering what happened to some of our neighbours. We feel totally disconnected from some of them, and for all we know, they could have been…