Ivan Drury

Articles by Ivan Drury

After the Fightback – Remobilizing labour and anti-capitalist resistance in the BC Liberal era

When Gordon Campbell was elected to the BC Premier’s office I was a young activist, and an anarchist more by disposition than ideological commitment. (…)

From serving workers to serving the NDP – Electoral pragmatism and the end of a fightin’ democratic unionism: An interview with BCTF activist Tina Anderson

There is a famous expression that Margaret Thatcher’s most lasting legacy in British politics is her impact on the Labour Party. (…)

The BC Liberal new-normal – A brief history of how we got in this mess

with Jean Swanson

In the two decades after World War 2, Canada and the United States, alongside Britain and other Western European countries, drew in enormous wealth from the profits and power from winning that war. (…)

BC Liberal self-celebrated Overdose Prevention Strategy doesn’t amount to much in practice

On December 19th all of British Columbia’s regional health authorities issued coordinated statements announcing the actions they would be taking to stem the tide of opioid overdoses throughout the Province. (…)

The class anxiety of Ridgeilantes – Uncovering the shared roots of homelessness and anti-homeless hate in Maple Ridge

For those anti-displacement activists who showed up to support the low-income community at a BC Liberal-organized meeting about homeless shelters, the outpouring of hate from Maple Ridge homeowners was jarring. (…)

Creating Temp Tenants – Burnaby’s demoviction tenant assistance policy abandons the most vulnerable and subsidizes condo developers

The ‘eviction’ part of a demoviction is a long process that starts long before a developer-landlord signs the legal eviction notice. (…)

Hell No We Won’t Go – Demovictions, the end of social democracy, and the rise of an alternative

On the last day of January I knocked on Nick’s door to give him a pamphlet about his rights as a renter being demovicted in Burnaby. (…)

drury-martin-in-the-hallway-of-his-old-building-with-his-two-sonsBC’s broken Residential Tenancy system adds insult to demoviction in Burnaby

On July 1, 2016 Martin Lenin Fernandez, his elderly mother, and two young sons were evicted from a one-bedroom apartment on Imperial Street in the Metrotown area of Burnaby. (…)

victoria copyBeing the thinking point between experience and action – Social movement journalism in 2016, a Volcano year in review

Articles published in The Volcano this year sketch a map of the difficulties that our social movements – particularly the anti-displacement and anti-dispossession movements where our editors are directly involved – have faced. (…)

maple-ridge-rally-against-quality-inn_vansunCancelling the promised Maple Ridge shelter is part of a broader anti-poor reaction

Anyone who has driven Highway 7 east of Coquitlam since the summer will be familiar with the Ridgeilante movement. (…)

hastingssawmillUniversal housing – Refusing imperialist survival

In January 1911, the city of Vancouver expanded its limits eastward to consume the wild and industrial lands around the Hastings Townsite at the Mill. (…)

burnaby-city-hallBurnaby Mayor blames immigration for his mass displacement development plans

The scene at Burnaby City Hall was a predictable one. More than two-dozen people rallied in the lobby outside council chambers with banners and signs reading “stop demovictions,” “homes not condos,” and “stop displacement.” (…)

drury-anti-trump-demo-in-la-burns-trump-head-in-effigy_nov9-2016No unity with fascists, no hiding behind borders – What not to do with a Trump presidency

I woke up the morning of September 11th 2001 to a man shouting from a dirt road near the shack I had built on Haida Gwaii.

drury-demovict-the-plan-protest_ad_nodeetsEmergency call to action to save 3,000 units of rental housing in Metrotown

with Stop Demovictions Burnaby Campaign

This Saturday November 12th marchers will take the streets around Metrotown to protest against the city of Burnaby’s proposed “downtown” Metrotown plan.

home-owner-millionAbolish private property – How to bridge the home-ownership and home-less housing crises

It is easy to say whether the home-ownership and home-less housing crises are the same. They are not. (…)

insert_summitgroupshotCommon Language, Common Struggle – Defining the Terms of Our Times

At a Downtown Eastside community meeting a few years ago, a woman stood up in the crowd assembled in the Carnegie Theatre and demanded that we stop using language she didn’t understand. (…)

drury_corrigan-kills-burnaby-paint-inNew report confirms Demovictions are causing the Lower Mainland’s boom in homelessness

An independent report released by Union Gospel Mission and the University of Victoria on October 12th confirmed the concerns that Burnaby housing advocates have raised about the relationship between demovictions and mushrooming homelessness. (…)

drury-ohcw-with-signed-agreement-from-gregorThe shifting sands of Foundation funding for social housing

On August 2nd the Downtown Eastside Our Homes Can’t Wait (OHCW) campaign and the tent city at 58 W. Hastings announced a win. (…)

rosaluxemburg-lasallemarxReading Rosa

In two weeks the Alliance Against Displacement reading and discussion group will tackle some pages from Rosa Luxemburg’s Anti-Critique, where she defends the arguments advanced in her great tome, The Accumulation of Capital. (…)

metrotown_anthea-alexanderMetrotown residents speak out against yet another Corrigan demoviction

On Tuesday September 20th Burnaby City Council held a public hearing for an application by Polygon developers to rezone, demovict, and demolish seven more buildings with thirty-five apartment units and seventy tenants. (…)

img_4798Trudeau’s “new” housing strategy revealed as same old neoliberalism at Vancouver consultation meeting

On Wednesday September 14 the Trudeau Liberals held a consultation meeting in Vancouver for a “new national housing strategy.” (…)

bby_group-photo-with-evicted-90-yr-old-woman_28370323002_oBC Supreme Court backs developer’s private property rights over homeless peoples’ lives

During the twelve days of the Anti-Imperial Squat in Metrotown, more than a dozen homeless people passed through the doors of the evicted apartment building. (…)

IMG_4273The Demovicted “Paint-In” the empties in Metrotown

June 30th was eviction day for nearly 100 people in three buildings on the 5000 block of Imperial Ave in a heavily demovicted area of Metrotown, Burnaby. (…)

AcknowledgementSuperInTentCityVictoria protest challenges Canada’s housing ministers by bringing politics to street level

On Tuesday June 28th, Victoria, British Columbia took centre stage in Canada’s housing crisis. (…)

victoria2 copyWhen “rights” are not enough – Lessons from Tent City Resistance

with Ashley Mollison

It felt like a major victory when, this spring, the courts refused to grant an injunction to the Provincial government to remove Super InTent City (SIC) from the lawn of the Victoria court house. (…)

homeless signNo homelessness on stolen Native land? How demands for wealth redistribution can rely on colonial domination

with Natalie Knight

These days, a lot of thinking about how we organize our social movements is focused on the connections between different struggles. (…)

pg7_latinofamily_metrotowncondo_posterizedGrassroots “Demovictions” Report Warns of Metrotown’s Collision Course with Mass Displacement

By the end of the decade, every old low-rise apartment building on the square block around Dunblane Ave in Burnaby will be destroyed and replaced by spires of concrete and glass. (…)

vancouvertovictoriadelegationSolidarity between tent cities strengthens their political threat

To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy: all well-housed people are alike; each homeless person is homeless in their own way. (…)

campbellrivertent-inTent-in Protest Overcomes Barriers to Services in Campbell River

The tents set up on the lawn of the Campbell River City Hall looked like a tent city, and the space served as a tent city for about 20 homeless people, but it was more a tent-in protest for services than a spontaneous survival space established by homeless people. (…)

superintentcity“Enlarged Citizenship” in Coleman Country – The failure of BC Housing creates tent cities where homeless people are building their own power

with Ashley Mollison

Forty tents set up on the Victoria courthouse lawn surround a sacred fire, open kitchen, and supply tent. (…)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaple Ridge homeless still need a tent city

with a poem by Tracy Scott

The Cliff Avenue tent city is only the visible tip of the iceberg of homelessness in Maple Ridge, where people live in temporary camps hidden from sight throughout and around the city. (…)

greece-bank-of-berlin-copyYou can’t vote against the free market – Lessons from the Greek struggle against austerity

This was almost the summer that the army of austerity got turned back at the Greek gates. (…)

mapleridgecopsatcampCities alone cannot solve the housing crisis and it is misleading to say they can

While living in the Mission area in 2013 I regularly picked up hitchhikers traveling on Lougheed Highway in the first rural area beyond the suburbs of Vancouver. (…)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWho’s experiencing the real housing crisis? The homeless or young professionals?

Are young professionals who can’t afford to buy a single-family home in a similar “housing crisis” to people who sleep on the street? (…)

section8The Truth about Rent Subsidies: from British Columbia to the Section 8 program in the U.S.

with Sarah Sheridan

While rent subsidies might be a new trend in Canadian politics, they have a long history in the U.S. as the “Section 8” housing program. (…)

pg17_violenceagainsthomeless_mama_abbotsford_camp_greyThe Ugly Reality of Anti-Poor Hatred

“People who sleep alone in the woods are in more danger than people in the camp. They’re always in danger,” Mum said. (…)

amit-sfu-copyFamilies facing displacement from SFU housing

When Teresa Dettling noticed that Simon Fraser University’s administration had closed applications for the huge campus residence she lives in, she started to worry. (…)

RCMP muster at Elsipogtog stand-off, October 2013

Canada’s proposed anti-terror act is part of a government campaign to criminalize dissent

On January 30, 2015 the Conservative government introduced Bill C-51, an omnibus bill (a single Bill that will impact many laws and policies) that the media refers to as Canada’s “anti-terrorism” act. (…)

abby-copyVoices from the Abbotsford Dignity Village

The Dignity Village homeless camp in Abbotsford, established in the spring of 2013, is the longest running protest tent city in postwar history of BC. (…)

monawoodwardThe funding cut & displacement agenda behind the PHS scandal

The Portland Hotel Society (PHS) is at the centre of a shit storm. The spectacle of the storm has captured all the press (…)

property-values-at-five-undeveloped-condo-sites_final-copyCity Hall gives developers $71 Million, they cry for more

City Hall is making and proposing pro-development policy changes and neighbourhood plans. The first effect is a great leap in land values. (…)

srorally“The Hotel Study” – bad scholarship that could further institutionalize low-income people

A UBC psychiatry department report about SRO hotel residents was released in early August. (…)

social-justice-zone-heartOnly low-income community organizing will make the DTES a Social Justice Zone

For many years low-income community groups and residents in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) have fought for a place at the planning table, mobilizing around slogans like “nothing about us without us.” (…)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADTES Community Plan challenges City Hall’s pro-developer planning process

As the main points of the City’s coming DTES Local Area Plan (LAPP) begin to emerge from the highest offices of city hall, a caucus of low-income people who have been involved in the consultation process around the LAPP are developing their own plan. (…)

Tony SnakeskinThe bottle depot block is home

On May 16 Vancouver City Council passed a motion to support the United We Can bottle depot to move from its long-time home at the 000 block of East Hastings to an industrial area south of Terminal Avenue. (…)


Gentrification in the Downtown Eastside is fueled by real estate speculation, investment, development and the promise of the already super-rich buying-low and selling-high. (…)

TDTW_parc_macpheeThe Canadian prison system is racist and getting racist-er

On March 7th Canada’s corrections investigator announced that 1/4 of people in federal prisons are status Indians (…)

noii_no_borders_no_fencesMake Vancouver a Sanctuary City Today – Make No One Illegal Tomorrow!

Downtown Eastside residents without citizenship status can’t get welfare, don’t qualify for social housing or most homeless shelters, risk deportation if they go to health clinics or the hospital, and are vulnerable to racist police (and immigration officer) harassment and brutality. (…)

557-e-cordova-renderProposed condos next door to Oppenheimer Park already hurting low-income residents

Daniel Boffo is a young developer born into a family real estate development company far from poverty and the streets. (…)

peoples-pigeon-parkPigeon – a recent peoples’ history of a peoples’ park

The view of Pigeon Park that gets shown on the media is an outsider’s: gawking from the window of a commuter’s car or through the blue lens of a police reality TV show. (…)