An Intern’s Experiences during Remembrance Week…

This past week, I travelled with Libby on my first riding visit to Vancouver East. On Tuesday morning, we had the honour of attending a ceremony at the Victoria Square Cenotaph for National Aboriginal Veterans Day.

Many people do not know that National Aboriginal Veterans Day takes place each year on November 8th (three days before Remembrance Day) in order to recognize the special contribution Aboriginal veterans have made to protect our country and the freedoms we enjoy. [ read more…]

Some thoughts about the tragic death of Jamie Hubley

I didn’t know young Jamie Hubley from Ottawa, but his recent death by suicide is so very tragic and troubling that I’ve been thinking about it ever since I read the news.

It must be very hard for his family and I offer, like many, my deepest condolences and sympathy for their loss. [ read more…]

In Support of Insite

Today, as I stood in the grand, marble hall of the Supreme Court of Canada, awaiting the decision on Insite, my thoughts were back at Main and Hastings, knowing that many folks were gathered there, very early in the morning, to await this important decision. [ read more…]

Libby celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Dear Friends,

I am proud to stand with East Vancouver and join First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people in celebrating National Aboriginal Day. On this special day, I urge all of us to find a way to celebrate and honour the aboriginal community. [ read more…]

A week for housing

It’s the end of a busy week and first chance to think about how things went on Bill C-304, to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians.

It was great to see the Red Tents on Parliament Hill on Tuesday! [ read more…]

The Missing Women’s Memorial March 2010

Feb 14 – the 19th Missing Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – it was a day of much emotion, support and community spirit. Imagine that after the rain the sun came out, a warm wind blew through Main and Hastings, and high, high above us, eagles circled – looking down on the memories of the missing women, and the thousands who have come out in support. [ read more…]

Hunger Strike Day 7 – Thankyou

Almost finished week 55 of the Hunger Relay Strike to End Homelessness! Tomorrow I hand over that imposing wooden spoon at noon…..

The week has actually gone quickly and the support quite wonderful, so thanks to all the good folks who dropped by the Carnegie to say hello and show their support for the need for housing. [ read more…]

Hunger Strike Day 6 – An Excellent Day

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Day 6 was a very busy day! I left the house early and headed downtown to the courthouse to hear the decision of the BC Court of Appeal on InSite and the appeal by the Conservative Government to shut it down. [ read more…]

Hunger Strike Day 5 – Dealers and Memory Lane

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I think I’m losing track of the days – it seems like its still day 4. All I know is its colder and wetter today and many people at Main and Hastings were edgier. Turns out that cheque day is next week – so many folks are at that point of no return – money gone. [ read more…]

Day 4 – Homelessness: It’s so Solvable

Day 4 – going well – and I am delighted to see the commentary/support/tweets/facebook/discussion back and forth in support of the 2010 Hunger Strike Relay to end homelessness. Keep it all coming!!

I’ve had many comments about the “wooden spoon” (our relay version of the Olympic torch) and the picture of me holding it and making a comment that I’m tempted to use it to get Harper and Gordon Campbell’s attention! [ read more…]