downtown east side
Speed-skating champion, once a troubled youth, wants to help others overcome adversity
By Lindsay Kines, Canwest Olympic Team; Canwest News Service, The Vancouver Sun
It was last summer that Clara Hughes took a wrong turn and ended up in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
The Canadian Olympic champion, who moved to Richmond two years ago to train at the speed-skating oval, was looking for the organic food stores and cool shops of downtown. Instead, she stumbled on a neighbourhood beset by drug addiction, poverty and despair.
The Harper Government’s "tough on crime" stance ignores reality in favour of dogma.
Johannes Wheeldon, The Mark
In the latest round of the Harper Government’s quest to shut down Insite, the Conservatives will challenge the decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal that would allow Vancouver’s supervised injection facility to remain open.