The 'Woodsquat' was an autonomous direct action which occurred in the Fall of 2002 and lasted nearly 3 months. It began on September 14, 2002, when radicals and homeless people occupied the old Woodward's department store in the Downtown Eastside. Prominent among their demands was for the building to be converted to social housing (it was 'redeveloped' and opened
In April 2006, protesters began blockading construction on the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver in an area known as Eagleridge Bluffs. They opposed expansion of the highway for the 2010 Games based on the environmental destruction that would occur. In May 2006, twenty-four protesters were arrested by West Vancouver Police, including elder Harriet Nahanee (who would later be sen
Pivot releases report on Vancouver’s low-income housing crisis
Vancouver, B.C., September 21, 2006
Vancouver’s homelessness crisis is about to get a lot worse unless immediate action is taken, according to Pivot Legal Society’s new report, Cracks in the Foundation: Solving the Housing Crisis in Canada’s Poorest Neighbourhood.
In the fall of 2006, the Anti-Poverty Committee carried out a number of squats (occupying empty/abandoned buildings) as part of a campaign to pressure government for more social housing. Several members were arrested over the course of these actions. During one, an entire platoon (30 or so) of riot cops were deployed to evict the squatters.
VANCOUVER - A large crowd of protesters used an Olympic flag-illumination ceremony Monday night at Vancouver city hall to protest everything from poverty and homelessness to Vancouver's missing women and native issues.