Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside

By Bill Briscall | February 14, 2011

From it’s small, difficult start to the important and internationally recognized event that it is today, the 20 years of the memorial march is eloquently shown by film makers Alejandro Zuluaga and Harsha Walia. Please share the short film widely. Watch the film.

It’s all about trust

By Bill Briscall | January 4, 2011

Our Executive Director Mark Smith spoke with CTV about the success of the VPD’s Outreach Program, and that the key factor is building trust. Read the story.

Homelessness is not a Choice

By Bill Briscall | March 8, 2010

An Emily Carr University student created this years ago. We love it, and want to thank the student. If you recognize the work, please ask the artist to contact us so we can include their name here.

Sean speaks with CKNW

By Bill Briscall | December 23, 2009

Sean Spear, our Director of Support Services, speaks with Jill Bennett on CKNW about the temporary shelter on East Broadway, why it’s located in that neighbourhood and who it’s serving. Listen to the interview.

Sean Spear on CKNW

By Bill Briscall | October 31, 2009

Our Director of Support Services, Sean Spear, speaks with Jill Bennett of CKNW’s Weekend News about the Provincial Government’s Assistance to Shelter Act, and the impact it will have on the homeless. Listen to the interview.

The Homelessness Panel reconvenes

By Bill Briscall | October 16, 2009

At the tail end of Homelessness Action Week CBC Radio One’s ‘On The Coast’ brings together Laura Track from Pivot, Coast Mental Health’s ED Darrell Burnham and our very own Mark Smith to discuss what’s being done and what still needs to be done to address homelessness in Metro Vancouver. Listen to the panel.

Mark Smith on BC Almanac

By Bill Briscall | September 21, 2009

Our Executive Director speaks with Mark Forsythe on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac about what it might be like if the authorities had the power to compel the homeless living on the street to stay at shelters during extreme weather conditions. Listen to the interview.

Briony shares her Story

By Bill Briscall | September 9, 2009

A group of youth filmmakers displaying an amazing amount of courage, together with YouthCO and the help of the National Film Board of Canada, have assembled a number of stories of how at-risk youth can play it safe. After staying at our Granville Shelter, Briony was able to find her own accommodation. Watch Briony’s story.

Forgotten Women share their stories

By Bill Briscall | August 1, 2009

In the August issues of Chatelaine Magazine, ‘Dianne’, a tenant at the Vivian shares her story, and Manager Amelia Ridgway talks about the respectful way staff work with tenants. View the article.