We are healthcare workers in so-called British Columbia, Canada who stand in solidarity and in grief with Palestinians and our medical colleagues in Gaza.
Healthcare worker collective Care Not Cops calls on the leadership of Vancouver’s health & social service organizations to break their silence on the genocidal violence against Palestinian people. After 40 days of death, BC Premier David Eby refuses to join the international calls for a ceasefire. The health and nonprofit sector have echoed this settler colonial complicity and abandonment of the global health community — all while hospitals are attacked, while thousands die, and while healthcare workers are killed in Gaza.
This piece takes a critical look at the nonprofit housing landscape in Vancouver, where a small number of nonprofit housing organizations – among them PHS and Atira – receive the lion’s share of public funding and other resources to provide housing for people living with low incomes.
On July 25, 2022, the Vancouver Fire Service issued an order to decamp the newly-formed tent city of people sheltering outside on Hastings Street. Every year the tent cities continue to grow as the housing crisis worsens. Unhoused people and low-income SRO tenants are now creating an alternative community of survival and mutual support on Hastings Street. Earlier this week the City and VPD began enforcing the Fire Order, with events on Tuesday (August 9) that can only be described as a police riot.