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Photo: Spartacus Books Facebook group
| May 21, 2014

The Mainlander's Second Annual Fundraiser

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 6:00pm


Russian Hall Strathcona
600 Campbell Ave
Vancouver, BC
49° 16' 44.04" N, 123° 5' 5.118" W

The Mainlander has been covering municipal politics from a critical perspective for four years, and our last year has been spent digging deeper into the politics of the housing crisis in Vancouver. We're hosting our second annual fundraiser on May 23 to allow us to continue our coverage of the overlapping issues of colonialism, racism, gentrification and policing in our city.

Last year's fundraiser was a seriously good time, and we used the money we raised to provide stipends to a wide range of writers, to editors for administrative work and to fund the costs for a series of free public panels.

This year's event features:

Keynote speakers
Julia Aoki
Natalie Knight

The benefits of Portland Hotel Society's programs at risk

Photo: flickr/Jen Gibson

Recently, Rich Coleman, the B.C. Minister Responsible for Housing, made vague announcements to media regarding whether not some programs such as social enterprises led by Portland Hotel Society (PHS) community services would continue. It was also stated that decisions will eventually be made about all of the PHS operations.


Image: flickr/mjmilloy
| March 21, 2014
Photo: Erica Holt
| March 20, 2014

Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto

For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless and poor residents go?

Disappearing homes: Legal perspectives on gentrification in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:30pm


Room 122, UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall
1822 East Mall
Vancouver, BC
49° 16' 8.49" N, 123° 15' 11.43" W

We are pleased to invite you to a collaborative panel between the UBC Law Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and the UBC Law Social Justice Action Network!

This panel will address the intersection between gentrification, equality, First Nations' rights and the law. This is a particularly interesting topic for Vancouverites, as some of our city's low-income communities face growing threats to their ability to remain in their neighbourhoods.

Come hear from three speakers, who will discuss this issue from the perspectives of community activism, legal work, and geography. 

This panel will feature:
Wendy Pedersen: Grassroots Organizer 


Exploding some of the myths about gentrification

October 20, 2013
| David Madden argues that gentrification is not synonymous with urban renewal. Madden is an assistant professor in the Sociology Department and the Cities Program at the London School of Economics.
Length: 15:46 minutes (14.44 MB)

Anti-gentrification activists attacked

September 17, 2013
| Esther Hsieh was interviewing three Downtown Eastside activists in a coffee bar when they were attacked by the manager of a nearby hotel. Wendy Pedersen and Beatriz Osario talk about what happened.
Length: 15:40 minutes (14.36 MB)
| July 25, 2013
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