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Vancouver Mayor and City Council make waves with opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline

Kinder Morgan's plans would see close to one oil tanker a day passing through the narrows of Vancouver's harbour. (Photo:
This week Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted to oppose Kinder Morgan's pipeline and oil tanker plans for this narrow harbour.

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City of Vancouver apologizes to Japanese community for 1942 displacement and internment

The City of Vancouver issued a formal apology for its role in the 1942 internment of Japanese Canadians. 

The statement, passed unanimously Wednesday by Vancouver City Council, reads in part: 

"With humility and respect, the City of Vancouver formally apologizes for its complicity, its inaction, and for failing to protect her residents of Japanese descent ... the City of Vancouver pledges to do all it can to ensure such injustices will not happen again to any of its residents, thereby upholding the principles of human rights, justice and equality now and in the future." 


Vancouver's Insite celebrates 10 years as threat of Conservatives' Bill C-65 looms

It's ironic, and typical, that as Insite celebrates its 10th anniversary of successful operation in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the Conservative government in Ottawa is still railing against Safe Injection Sites and no doubt has Bill C-65 ready to go when Parliament returns October 16.

Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, was the last bill to be introduced before parliament recessed in June. It's a nasty bill, couched in anti-harm reduction rhetoric, full of misconceptions, and designed to shut down any attempt to open a safe injection site in Canada.

The bill is a shining example of Conservative ideology trumping evidence-based health and science.


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Global climate emergency: More bike lanes good, but we need a transportation transformation

| August 12, 2013

This is about more than just Russia: Homophobia and the Olympics

In June Russia, host of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, passed a federal law which will seriously impact the rights of Russians, all Olympic athletes, staff, volunteers and foreigners who are LGTTBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Two Spirited, Bisexual, Queer).

This has led to a call for a boycott of the Olympics. Calls for boycotts of the Olympics are not new tactics as a way to protest.


Live music and development: A double standard of noise pollution in Vancouver

| August 2, 2013

From public hysteria and hypocrisy to the Pickton murders: The story of closing Vancouver's Penthouse nightclub

Liquor, Lust and the Law: The Story of Vancouver's Legendary Penthouse Nightclub

by Aaron Chapman
(Arsenal Pulp Press,

The Penthouse Nightclub, the kind of place the tabloid press usually describes as "notorious," was known to be a centre of prostitution in Vancouver when, in the summer of 1975, the police launched an operation to shut it down. After a lengthy investigation involving wiretaps, hidden cameras and undercover surveillance, the vice squad came calling just before Christmas and arrested the three Philliponi brothers, who ran the club, along with three other employees.

The doors were padlocked, the business licence was revoked and the city’s most infamous night spot -- the Vancouver Sun columnist Allan Fotheringham once called it "a minor league equivalent of the Eiffel Tower" -- went dark. Nine months later the trial of the "Penthouse Six" began.


Vancouver's Grandview-Woodland urban development plan: Whose options are really on the table?

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In conjunction with what seems to be the year of the developer, the recently drafted Grandview-Woodland Community plan brings a new take on density to Vancouver's Broadway and Commercial neighbourhood.


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