"Eddy had been collaborating on his healing lodge idea with Joe Wai, an architect with a lengthy track record of working with community groups in the neighbourhood. Wai got a phone call from NDP MP Libby Davies, who had been told by Conservative cabinet minister John Baird that he was looking for a “shovel-ready” project in the Downtown Eastside as part of the federal stimulus program. 'There’s a lot of serendipity with this building,” Eddy said. “Libby called Joe and yes, bingo! It’s one of those New Age meant-to-happen things if you believe in that stuff.'"
Perhaps no part of the city is as politically secure as Vancouver East, where Davies rules. She first won the NDP a seat there in 1997 and hasn't deigned to leave since, having gone on to win the five subsequent elections...Particularly invested in the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (which she helped found) and drug policy reformation, Davies brings both an eloquence and a righteousness to debates at the margins of our mainstream.