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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Vancouver city councillor and former NDP MP Libby Davies discusses the issue of missing and murdered women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
This episode documents the 30th annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The march, which first took place on Valentine's Day in 1992, commemorates lost loved ones.
Former NDP MP Libby Davies discusses the past and the present of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, reflecting on how austerity policies of the '90s have created the challenges of today.
Former NDP MP Libby Davies discusses the history of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where she started out as a community worker in the 1970s.
Professor Salaita is at the centre of an international protest against academic censorship. He spoke in Vancouver earlier in January 2015.