Category Archives: Vancouver Politics

I Am Still Here: Reflections on #AmINext

Filed under Decolonization, Feminism, Vancouver Politics   ·   February 14th, 2015   ·   2 comments
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A while back there was a social media campaign called “Am I Next?” which aimed to raise  awareness about the numerous murdered and missing Native women in Canada. In solidarity with the campaign, many people changed their Facebook profile picture to a silhouette of a Native woman with a feather in her hair with the […]

Gupta’s Twitter Townhall: One Hour of Neoliberalsplainin’

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Vancouver Politics   ·   January 29th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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Photo Essay: Vigil for Phuong Na (Tony) Du

Filed under Activism, Disability Justice & Mental Health, Race and Racism, Vancouver Politics   ·   December 22nd, 2014   ·   2 comments
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On November 22, at the intersection of Knight Street and 41st Avenue in East Vancouver, Phuong Na (Tony) Du was shot dead by Vancouver police. He was unarmed and had been tapping a fence with a piece of wood. Witnesses say that he was shot within a minute of the police arriving on the scene, sparking the hashtag […]

The Four Pillars Revisited: A Look at Vancouver Drug Policy

Filed under Disability Justice & Mental Health, Vancouver Politics   ·   December 3rd, 2014   ·   0 comments
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In 2001, after much campaigning by activists, academics and public health officials, Vancouver’s municipal council approved the boldest, most progressive drug policy in North America: A Framework For Action: A Four-Pillar Approach to Vancouver’s Drug Problems. The Four Pillars‘ philosophy was simple but revolutionary: the government should lessen the harms associated with drug use, even […]

Ayotzinapa Protest and the Importance of Solidarity

Filed under Activism, Capitalism & Class, Global Politics, Race and Racism, Vancouver Politics   ·   November 26th, 2014   ·   0 comments
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These atrocious acts of censorship and abuse of institutional and political power mirror the recent Burnaby Mountain protests and the acquittal of Darren Wilson. There are clearly many layers of injustice here; why has there been so little investigation on the whereabouts of these 43 students? Why is police brutality still so prevalent when they are meant to protect us? Why does the Canadian government still consider Mexico a “safe country” for refugees? Why have so few Vancouver publications reported on the protests that happened in the heart of Downtown?

Defenders and Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain: We Stand with You

Filed under Activism, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Vancouver Politics   ·   November 21st, 2014   ·   0 comments
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Note: The Talon editorial collective would like to apologize for not having consulted Elders regarding place names on Burnaby Mountain. We understand that Lheklhukxate is one name belonging to the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people and as such do not want to erase place names known to and belonging to other nations. The Talon editorial collective would like to express solidarity […]

When it comes to policy and council record, Vision and the NPA agree on practically everything

Filed under Capitalism & Class, Vancouver Politics   ·   November 9th, 2014   ·   0 comments
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“Forget the issues, our politicians are now brands,” BC Business Magazine (November 2014) p. 58 This election season, Vision Vancouver and the Non Partisan Association (NPA) are putting forward wedge issues to give the appearance of a conflict about policies. But, as Frances Bula suggested in her recent article for BC Business (pictured above), it’s […]

Meet the Editors: Urooba Jamal

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They said I would get addicted. That once was not enough. That it would lead to more and more as I craved more and more. They were right. As soon as I had my first hit, I haven’t been able to stop since. Feminism was my gateway drug to social justice. It all began when […]

Kaitlyn Melton’s Teach-In Speech:

Filed under Activism, Campus, Vancouver Politics   ·   October 22nd, 2014   ·   0 comments
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Hello everyone. I want to start by echoing the sentiments of others who have spoken and thank you for taking the time to come out and learn and understand the complex dynamics behind everything that’s been happening these past few weeks. My name is Kaitlyn Melton, and I am the president of the Residence Hall […]

#raisetherates: BC’s 3rd Annual Welfare Challenge

Filed under Activism, Capitalism & Class, Vancouver Politics   ·   October 21st, 2014   ·   0 comments
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Shila is a third year Bachelor’s of Social Work student, a queer woman of colour, and an international student from Indonesia passionate about food, politics, and anti-oppressive social work practice. Samantha is a Vietnamese Chinese Canadian teenager born and raised in south east van. She is in her third year at UBC and plans on […]