ABC’s decision to close Larwill Place will further exacerbate mass homelessness in the name of developer profits. It also signals the end of the Temporary Modular Housing experiment, dreamed up by planners more than a decade ago.
On July 19, the City of Vancouver issued an email letter to Vancouver Coastal Health declaring the lease for Thomus Donaghy Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) in Yaletown will not be renewed in 2024 – only three years after it opened. The decision was praised by ABC Councillor Peter Meiszner, who in the weeks prior had adopted the campaign to shut down the OPS as his personal cause célèbre.
Over twenty tenants living in Vancouver’s West End neighborhood filled a small community space on the evening of June 19th, 2023. Attendees included a large number of seniors, some having resided in the neighborhood for more than three decades, alongside younger newcomers to the area.
This week marks one year since the tragic fire at the Atira-operated Winters Hotel. The fire, which occurred on April 11, 2022, was entirely preventable, displacing 72 residents and claiming the lives of tenants Mary Ann Garlow and Dennis Guay. On Tuesday, survivors of the fire spoke out, marched in the streets, and held a memorial for those lost.