Headlines in 2021

September

Vancouver police increasing patrols after open letter, concerns; critics speak out
September 16, 2021 News 1130

Are politicians brave enough to imagine a society without police violence?
September 15, 2021The Breach

Starting Monday, Some Doors Will Close for Unvaccinated People
September 8, 2021 – The Tyee

COVID 19: Human-rights advocates concerned by B.C.'s vaccine card
September 6, 2021 – Vancouver Sun

Vaccine passports will exclude thousands of vaccinated British Columbians, claim community groups 
September 3, 2021 – TriCity News

Vaccine passports ‘intensify discriminations against already marginalized groups’, advocates say
September 3, 2021 – CKNW (Radio)

B.C. vaccine passport risks discriminating against vulnerable groups, advocates say
September 2, 2021 – Global News 

Civil liberties advocate defends right to protest after rallies outside B.C. hospitals
September 2, 2021 – CBC News

Open Letter on Vaccine Passport
September 1, 2021 – CBC Radio, On the Coast

Sounding the alarm on vaccine cards in BC!
September 1, 2021 – CKNW Radio

B.C. vaccine passport: Advocacy groups raise accessibility concerns
September 1, 2021 – CityNews / News 1130

August

Homeless people need clarity on how they’ll access vaccine passports without ID or cell phones, advocates say
August 30, 2021 – CKNW (Radio) 

How B.C.’s vaccine card system could impact the homeless
August 31, 2021 – Global News (Video)

B.C.'s vaccine passport will likely make life more difficult for homeless people, advocates say 
August 29, 2021 – CBC News

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue discusses the criminal justice system in Canada
August 13, 2021 — The Peak

(VIDEO) Video shows Vancouver police officer shoving man to the ground
August 3, 2021 — Global News

July

(VIDEO) Proposed Mount Pleasant community police station faces backlash at City Hall
July 22, 2021 — CityNews

‘An Arrest Warrant Should Not Be a Death Sentence’
July 14, 2021 — The Tyee

Vancouver councillor, advocacy groups distribute drugs to highlight toxic drug supply concerns
July 14, 2021 — CityNews

June

Decriminalizing drug use is a necessary step, but it won’t end the opioid overdose crisis
June 28, 2021 — The Conversation

Vancouver trespass-prevention program hurts people who are homeless and poor, advocates say
June 17th, 2021 — CBC

City of Vancouver makes final submission seeking federal exemption to decriminalize simple drug possession
June 2nd, 2021 — The Globe and Mail

May

VANDU calls to revise drug decriminalization policies
May 28th, 2021 — The Peak

Downtown Eastside residents speak out about complaints process against Vancouver police
May 28th, 2021 — CTV

Downtown Eastside Residents Say They Were Taunted and Harassed by Two Police Officers
May 27th, 2021 — The Tyee

17 Downtown Eastside residents, workers file complaint against alleged police harassment
May 27th, 2021 — News1130

VPD accused of losing Indigenous mother's ashes during Downtown Eastside street cleanup
May 26th, 2021 — CBC

Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer says officers were acting in good faith when they wrongly detained 81-year-old former Justice Selwyn Romilly
May 18th, 2021 — The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn

Coalition says users were shut out of drug decriminalization proposal | 'Vancouver Model' gets panned
May 12th, 2021 — The Vancouver Sun

Plans for drug decriminalization in Vancouver could do more harm than good, coalition claims
May 11th, 2021 — CTV News

Advocates says users were shut out of drug decriminalization proposal, demands redo
May 11th, 2021 — The Globe and Mail

Drug user groups and others concerned about Vancouver’s decriminalization plans
May 10th, 2021 — The Globe and Mail

New downloadable ‘statement to police’ cards issued in Edmonton
May 6th, 2021 — APTN News

The “Vancouver Model” of decriminalization will set a dangerous precedent for drug users across Canada
May 3rd, 2021 — The Mainlander

Vancouver School Board decision to remove police from schools frustrates both supporters and critics
May 2nd, 2021 — The Vancouver Sun

Strathcona Park decampment 'stressful, tense' for residents
May 1st, 2021 — News1130

April

More than 180 moved out of Strathcona Park encampment ahead of Friday deadline: park board
April 30th, 2021 — Global News

‘More than enough’ spaces to house Strathcona Park homeless by deadline: Eby
April 29th, 2021 — Global News

How can the Province do better on homelessness?
April 29th, 2021 — Global News

‘More than enough’ spaces to house Strathcona Park homeless by deadline: Eby
April 29th, 2021 — Global News

Full show: COVID overwhelms India, EU open to visitors this summer, and the School Liaison Officer vote
April 26th, 2021 — The Jill Bennett Show, Global

Police in schools. Pandemic dancing.
April 26th, 2021 — BC Today with Michelle Elliot, CBC

COVID-19: B.C. travel restriction details revealed amid concerns about police enforcement
April 23rd, 2021 — The Georgia Straight

B.C.'s incoming travel restrictions worry RCMP, advocacy groups
April 22nd, 2021 — News1130

COVID-19: RCMP union, legal advocates and First Nations groups raise concerns over B.C. travel restrictions
April 21st, 2021 — Vancouver Sun

Activists Give Out Free Heroin and Meth as Vancouver Proposes Legal Limits for Drugs
April 15th, 2021 — VICE

How could decriminalizing drugs in Canada save lives?
April 14th, 2021 — Decomplicated

Defund the Police and Social Work’s Relationship to State Coercion and Control
April 8th, 2021 — UBC School of Social Work

Can BC cities prevent homeless camps in the future?
April 7th, 2021 — The Jill Bennett Show, CKNW

Can B.C. cities prevent homeless camps in the future? Not easily, say observers
April 6th, 2021 — CBC

March

Vancouver Pride to hold panel discussion about defunding police
March 31st, 2021 — The Georgia Straight

February

HIV Legal Network urges feds to decriminalize simple drug possession
February 24th, 2021 — Law Times

$1M donation to Vancouver policing inappropriate, critics say
February 22nd, 2021 — News1130

Meenakshi Mannoe and Harsha Walia: We can choose differently: safety beyond police, prisons and criminalization
February 20th, 2021 — The Province

Federal crime bill ‘completely disappointing’, says expert, and many agree it isn’t enough
February 19th, 2021 — The Star

Political Gesture or Real Change? BC’s Anti-Racism Effort Faces Tough Questions
February 17th, 2021 — The Tyee

No time to waste: Advocates warn red tape may slow decriminalization process
February 15th, 2021 — Ricochet

Little done to stop anti-Black racism in policing, criminal justice in last 25 years: Ontario report
February 11th, 2021 — Global News

Vancouver mayor and Health Canada to formally discuss drug decriminalization
February 9th, 2021 — The Drug & Alcohol Testing Association of Canada

VPD introduces new trespass program targeting homeless people
February 6th, 2021 — Coop Radio

Vancouver Police Department Trespass Prevention Program
February 5th, 2021 — National Indigenous Times

January

CiTR News: On The Point, 1/30: Interviews w/ Fiona York, Meenakshi Mannoe and Dr. Linc Kesler
January 30th, 2021 — CiTR News

One-third of all sex workers unable to call 911 due to fear of repercussions from cops: study
January 30th, 2021 — The Vancouver Sun

Scrap Vancouver Police’s Trespass Prevention Program, say organizations
January 28th, 2021 — The Indo-Canadian Voice

Advocates demand immediate end to Vancouver's Trespass Prevention Program
January 28th, 2021 — News1130

Canada Is Formally Considering Full Drug Decriminalization For One Major City
January 27th, 2021 — Vice

Vancouver, Health Canada to formally discuss drug decriminalization, mayor says
January 27th, 2021 — News1130

Homelessness in Vancouver won't end with COVID-19, say advocates urging forever services, not fleeting aid
January 23rd, 2021 — CBC

On the Coast January 12th
January 12th, 2021 — CBCListen

Downtown Eastside community holds vigil for victim of police shooting
January 12th, 2021 — News 1130

The Pulse Interview: Meenakshi Mannoe (PIVOT Legal Society)
January 12th, 2021 — The Pulse on CFRO

‘There Has to be a Better Way’: Police Kill a Sword-Wielding Man in the Downtown Eastside
January 6th, 2021 — The Tyee

More young men in Western Canada died than expected last year — and not just because of COVID-19
January 4th, 2021 — The Star