Today Vision Vancouver issued another eviction notice to the residents of the Oppenheimer Park Tent City. This will be the third official eviction notice delivered to the campers since July. For months VANDU members have supported, lived at, and been involved in the Oppenheimer Tent City. The following is an open letter issued by the VANDU Tuesday Education Group.
Often, we liken cafés to living rooms due to their hospitable decorum. To apply that comparison to a concert floor, however, is much less precedented. On an overcast summer evening, I arrived at Sunset Terrace, an independently operated gallery in East Vancouver, to find an impressive makeshift tent fashioned from tarps, rope and planks of wood. Beneath the tent was a selection of inviting armchairs, stools, and ottomans stationed upon Mexican blankets strewn like area rugs where audiences could sit crossed-legged for the evening’s lineup.
Earlier this week the Mayor and city council voted to approve the recommendations of the Mental Health and Addictions Task Force. At the public hearing, several VANDU members spoke against the city’s emerging police-led approach to mental health in the Downtown Eastside and city-wide. The following is an open letter issued by the VANDU Tuesday Education Group.
Tomorrow morning a group of parents and supporters will be picketing outside one of Vancouver’s most well-funded private schools. While public schools remain closed, private schools continue to operate and draw on the public purse. We will be picketing to call for the immediate opening of public schools, full funding for a quality public education system, and an end to public funding for private elite schools.
Contained within a reasonably small vestibule on the 6th floor of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch was a picture archive. It was an index of images known as the Picture File, a collection of visual anecdotes obsessively and systematically categorized into 30 filing cabinets over the course of eighty years. The Picture File was a seemingly arbitrary and incomplete archive with a variation of moiré patterns amalgamated into a compilation of creases and folds. Every picture contained its own evidence. Ink smudges and fingerprint markings traced back to the many visitors that touched the paper over time. Every picture was unique, with differing shapes, weights, textures and printing processes.
The UK and France are commonly perceived as the former dominant colonial powers in Africa, retaining commercial interests in their former colonial territories. In the last few years an emerging discourse has emerged in the West about China’s involvement in Africa. Yet the reality is that Canadian mining corporations continue to dominate mining activities in Africa.