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Packaged meals from Watari. Image: Video still
Jase Tanner, Emma Gregory | Watari Counselling and Support Services Society serves hot meals and prepares food hampers for the Downtown Eastside community. The group also serves as a hub for its volunteers to support each other.
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Eliza McCullough: Still from video
Jase Tanner, Emma Gregory | Eliza McCullough is a legal advocate for women in the Downtown Eastside. She has built her professional career on support work and helping women in similar situations to her.
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Brian Rutledge. Image: Still from video
Jase Tanner, Emma Gregory | Brian Rutledge has lived in the Downtown Eastside for about four years. He works at Spikes on Bikes and Binners, and knows where to get a free meal.
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People participate in Moms Stop the Harm protest. Image: Still from video
Jase Tanner, Emma Gregory | They came from all over B.C.'s Lower Mainland to protest the current health policy, which, they say, doesn't see the facts for what they are. Addicts have a disease, and should be treated with care.
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Guy Felicella and Emma Gregory. Still shot from video.
Jase Tanner, Emma Gregory | Peer clinical adviser Guy Felicella staffs a COVID-19 vaccination table in the Downtown Eastside. COVID clinics weren't working, so they brought the vaccines to the neighbourhood.
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Jase Tanner, Emma Gregory | Robin and Donny both work construction, live in the Downtown Eastside and hang out in Victory Square after work. They talk about the stress of living in a single-room occupancy hotel.
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Jase Tanner, Emma Gregory | Charlize talks about being evicted from her previous home, about being homeless for months and about the challenges of now living in a single-room occupancy hotel in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
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Jase Tanner | Vancouver's Downtown Eastside faces severe issues, among them, poverty, homelessness and drug overdose. Three people who have made contributions to the neighbourhood speak about their experiences.
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Jase Tanner | Shane Simpson was first elected to the the B.C. legislature in 2005 and retired in the fall of 2020. In his youth he lived in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and was active in community development.
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Jase Tanner | Tracy Draper, program coordinator of the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, speaks about the organization's work and reflects on what's needed to address the issues faced by her community.
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Carnegie Community Centre
Jase Tanner | Artistic director of Theatre in the Raw Jay Hamburger discusses "Bruce: The Musical," a play about activist Bruce Eriksen, who started the Downtown Eastside Residents Association.
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Street scene from downtown Vancouver.
Jase Tanner | Three members of Vancouver's Overdose Prevention Society discuss how the organization saves people's lives from drug overdose, while also providing a safe haven and community.