Harold Lavender

Articles by Harold Lavender

The NDP won’t save renters

with Sarah Sheridan

The situation for low-income renters in BC has never been worse. (…)

migrant_refugee-welcome-protestThe global crisis of displacement is intensifying

According to the United Nations there are more than 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world. (…)

anti-fracking-symbol-mdFracking poisons water, destroys fish, and causes global warming and earthquakes

Huge fossil fuel corporations and their allies in government have tried to sell natural gas as a clean alternative energy source. Christy Clark promotes a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) boom but willfully ignores its destructive impacts on the earth, all life and the climate. (…)

CCAPvisionformentalhealthCCAP working on “Community Vision for Mental Health”

The Carnegie Community Action Project  (CCAP) is working with Downtown Eastside residents to create a Community Vision for Mental Health. Our approach is “nothing about us without us.” (…)

288-copy288 Hastings Wrong Model to End Homelessness

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is being swamped by high impact gentrifying projects including at 288 East Hastings, southwest corner of Gore Street, across from First United Church. (…)

trudeau-neb-hearing-rally_greyJustin Trudeau offers a new brand but no fundamental change

Justin Trudeau has become popular by cultivating a drastically different image of Canada than the widely hated Harper government. (…)

bakertradepolicy-aUnderstanding and Opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement

Corporations continue to pursue their agenda to rule the world through ever expanding so-called free trade deals. (…)

neverhome_welcome-copy“Never Home” report reveals the truth about migration to Canada

The NeverHome multi-media website (http://www.neverhome.ca/) produced by No One is Illegal is an invaluable and timely resource. (…)

austerity1_definitionOrganizing Against Austerity

Governments at all levels (federal provincial and municipal) are increasingly saying no to spending money on programs that meet human needs. (…)

bc-housing-selloff_coleman_greyWill junking public ownership of BC Housing make things better for low income people?

with Jean Swanson

The BC Government is selling about 350 parcels of land and 9 public housing buildings that it owns and operates. (…)

 DTES Local Area Plan: What did we get? What did we lose?

with Jean Swanson

Vancouver has approved the DTES Local Area Plan. What will be its positive and negative effects? Was it worth the three-year effort put in by low-income reps to work with the City? (…)

homelesscamphastingsandgoreNo new social housing from the Province – 3 community views

with Jean Swanson and Andrea Craddock

New numbers confirm what many of us are experiencing: homelessness is up and the low income housing crisis is going from bad to worse. (…)

Cartoon by Diane Wood

Consultation is not consent – reflecting on community participation in a city planning process

The DTES Local Area Planning Process is rapidly winding down to an unsatisfactory conclusion. (…)

FraserjuneStorm Brewing – Local Area Plan and the Future of the DTES

with Jean Swanson

The fight over the future of the DTES is heating up. A DTES Local Area Plan that could last up to thirty years will be presented to City Council for a vote, probably in March. (…)

enbridge-hearing-jan-14-streetNO PIPELINES! NO DISPLACEMENT! NO DTES CONDOS!

Well over 1,000 people took to the streets of Vancouver in a very spirited, creative and loud protest against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway and other pipeline projects. (…)

sha-fiery-file_protest-in-ndp-office_greyMaking B.C.’s Housing Crisis an Issue

Vancouver and other parts of B.C. are experiencing a dire housing crisis. Huge numbers of people are affected when rents soar far beyond their incomes and ability to pay. (…)

benathousingmarchThe struggle continues after the BC election

The May 14 provincial election proved to be a disappointment to many in the DTES. We are now saddled with four more years of a right-wing Christy Clark-led B.C. Liberal government dedicated to serving the interests of the rich and powerful. (…)

mybrooklynFilm review – My Brooklyn

“My Brooklyn” is a moving, informative but ultimately very sad documentary about how a vibrant diverse neighbourhood can be wiped out by the forces of gentrification. (…)

Raise the Rates walk for welfare group in front of Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (pic. p0stcap)

Standing, Walking, and Flying for Social Justice

It is election time. Will the urgent needs of the low-income community in the DTES (and elsewhere in B.C.) to raise the rates and build social housing NOW be met? (…)