The thickets of morality, judgment and history have grown so thick that it’s hard to cut to the heart of our prostitution laws
Reinventing Skid Row
When hipsters met the homeless, and made a new downtown L.A. (via Politico)
Which makes it all the more striking that the march of gentrification, of yoga studios and big real-estate developments and more than 23,000 new residents in just the last seven years, is pushing into the vicinity of soup kitchens, of shelter beds, of sidewalk encampments—of the greatest concentration of human misery to be found in all the United States.
Hastings Street was once the heart of downtown Vancouver, home to the city’s top shops, restaurants and hotels. But that was about 1910.
The spotlight is once again being focused on the lack of government services available to Canadian veterans.
Last week our municipal government here in Abbotsford said “no” to over $15 million of provincial funding from BC Housing. The funding was earmarked to build and operate a 21-unit apartment on the edge of our historic downtown that would become home for 20 men who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The land for the project was donated by Abbotsford Community Services (ACS). The funding was available. And they turned it down.
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Tyendinaga Mohawks begin blockade for missing/murdered women
By Krystalline Kraus, Rabble.ca, March 3, 2014
As of Sunday, roughly 70 members and supporters of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga erected a blockade on Shannonville Road, pushing for the Canadian government to host a genuine inquiry into the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women across Canada — thus stating their dissatisfaction of the Oppal Inquiry.
As of reports from Sunday night, “two large fires are going across the street and vehicles are parked, blocking Shannonville Road.”
The federal government has already insisted that it is willing to commit $25 million to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains. While this is a start, the mandate is not specific to why First Nations women are at a higher risk of violence due to historical and socio-economic factors.
This blockade should not be a surprise to anyone, since Tyendinaga Mohawk resident Shawn Brant had already warned the federal government — and especially Stephen Harper — that the government had until the end of February 2014 to start a campaign of direct action if an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women was not called.
Much love and respect to my family out there!
Huge respect to folks up at Tyendinaga, they are always on it.
Vancouver Confidential, the book cover, painted by artist Tom Carter. I predict this forthcoming book edited by John Belshaw will be one of the most anticipated titles of the year in Vancouver! Full disclosure, I also happen to be contributing a chapter to this book, along with a long list of exceptional local writers and historians.
Tonight at the VPL there is a special event with three of the contributors to the book. See the Facebook event for more details.