BEHIND THE SCENES: Right the Wrong

This video tells the incredible story of the struggle thalidomide survivors in Canada, who have sought justice after decades of neglect by the federal government. I was honoured to work on this issue with the Thalidomide Victims’ Association of Canada — including presenting a motion to Parliament, that passed unanimously in December 2014. [ read more…]

Vancouver’s new progressive city council embodies an exciting opportunity

Originally posted on October 22, 2018

Over the decades, I’ve run in nine Vancouver civic elections, winning five. But, as a long time voter, this latest election on October 20 was one to remember.

Into the wee hours of the morning we waited doggedly for the last polls to come in — hanging out at the legendary Polynesian bar room in the basement of the Waldorf Hotel on Vancouver’s Eastside, desperate to see who would be mayor. [ read more…]

Roger Waters lifts the curtain

The piece was originally posted on – November 2 2017. 

So, every time the curtain falls

Every time the curtain falls on some forgotten life
It is because we all stood by, silent and indifferent­

A few mindful lyrics from Roger Waters’ latest album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, draws us to be present and not absent from what happens around us. [ read more…]


In 2015 Libby gave the Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar Lecture at Simon Fraser University.

See the video of the lecture here

The transcript was shared on the SFU Contours Journal – which you can read here.  It is also reproduced below. 


 I did not know Grace MacInnis personally but had a pivotal moment in my earlier years that was formative and very important to me. [ read more…]

SFU Lecture: Reflection of a life in politics


September 21, 2016, Presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Watch the video of Libby’s interview with Jackie Wong here

Libby Davies has a long and storied history working in East Vancouver politics and community organizing.

Her history as a strong community activist for Vancouver began over forty years ago. [ read more…]

Marc Emery: An interview before U.S. prison

Reposted from – originally published May 24, 2010

Editor’s note: The following exclusive interview, recorded by, took place between Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, and Marc and Jodie Emery in January 2010 in Vancouver, days before his extradition was expected to take place. [ read more…]

Marking the 10th Anniversary of INSITE

It’s ironic, and typical, that as INSITE celebrates its 10th anniversary of successful operation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Conservative government in Ottawa is still railing against Safe Injection Sites and no doubt has Bill C-65 ready to go when Parliament returns October 16. [ read more…]