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Impossible Tom Cruise stunts, teen life in Eighth Grade and real journalism in Shock & Awe
Plus class and race issues in Blindspotting, three good ones at the VanCity, and, for the kids, Teen Titans playing around with the movies
Jul 27th, 2018
How B.C.'s small businesses could be champions for $15 minimum wage
If the Province wants small businesses on-side for $15 minimum wage, it should take seriously the crisis of affordability facing small businesses caused by real estate speculation
Aug 29th, 2017
Vancouver's Chinatown grapples with growing pains of affordability, development
The transformation of Vancouver's Chinatown, fuelled by a changing population, crisis of affordability and ripe potential for new development, has left some locals calling it either a dying...
Aug 22nd, 2016
Jacobs and Florida and Gehl oh my! Who really influences our local politicians?
Still undecided about who to vote for? Second guessing yourself? Who really influences and inspires those candidates who are running for a seat in Vancouver's City Hall?
Nov 13th, 2014
DTES Local Area Plan pleases, and enrages, everyone
As the saga of our several community plans continues to unfold in Vancouver the DTES Plan proves to be perhaps the most complex and innovative, but surprisingly not the most controversial.
Mar 16th, 2014
A brief history of Vancouver gentrification: The drama of urban development
Vancouver has a history of power imbalance, which has fueled gentrification.
Oct 8th, 2013
Will taxes be the death of small businesses in Vancouver?
Vacant storefronts plague some areas of Vancouver, current tax policies play a major role argue local businesses
Sep 17th, 2013
Gentrification: Fight the system, not your neighbours
A recent op-ed piece by Sid Chow Tan, long-time Downtown Eastside (DTES) activist, captured nicely the current false dichotomy of self-interested gentrifying businesses vs. attention-loving, if...
Jul 19th, 2013
Squeezing Strathcona: Chinatown development and endangered neighbourhoods
Chinatown is getting high-rises soon, and Strathcona will be next.
Mar 27th, 2013
Gentrification killing off low-income rooms in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Report shows development driving up rents, reducing number of welfare-level rooming houses.
Dec 14th, 2011