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The VLA neighbourhood in Prince George is named after the Veterans' Land Act, and was created as a place for soldiers returning from World War II to make their homes.

Today, it has a reputation for crime, gangs, and poverty.

In this special series, Daybreak goes inside one of the most notorious neighbourhoods in British Columbia to get the stories behind the statistics.


By popular request, we have created a podcast version of our entire series for you to download and listen to on your computer, iPod, iPhone, Android, or other portable music player or smartphone.

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About the VLA

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The VLA neighbourhood in Prince George is named after the Veterans' Land Act, and was created as a place for soldiers returning from World War II to make their homes. Today, it has a reputation for crime, gangs, and poverty.


It has some of the highest crimes rates in the city dubbed "Canada's Most Dangerous" three years in a row.

It has some of the poorest families in Prince George, and a decade ago was found to be the worst in the province for healthy child development.

The Fraser Institute consistently ranks schools in the VLA near the bottom of its school report.

Average home prices are less than half than in other neighbourhoods in the city.

It also home to many innovative social programs, creative people, and community-minded citizens who are proud to call it home.

In this series we explore both sides of the VLA, and ask what's in its future.



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In a special series starting January 20, Daybreak goes inside one of the most notorious neighbourhoods in British Columbia to get the stories behind the statistics.


We are also holding a free live event with music, food and discussion on January 24.


Find details on our special page dedicated to this series.

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At Home in the Hood Part Five: The VLA at night, a mother's loss, and hope for the future

All this week, CBC Daybreak North is running a special series called "At Home in the Hood: Stories from Prince George's VLA." The VLA stands for "Veteran's Land Act" because the neighbourhood was originally built to provide affordable housing for World War II veterans. Today, it has a reputation for being poor and crime-ridden. We hope to get people talking about the challenges and solutions for the VLA.

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Street soccer, inner-city boxing, and high-stakes poker: the VLA at night

We've heard nighttime in Prince George's VLA neighbourhood can be dangerous, so We take a walk around after dark and find street soccer, a boxing club for inner city youth, the Predator, and a high-stakes poker game.

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A woman's death haunts a community

One of the main features of the VLA is Hadih House. It's a large home converted to a community gathering place that provides family resources, drop-in hours, lessons in cooking and canning - and at Hallowe'en it's converted into a pretty cool Haunted House for the neighbourhood kids.

It's also a place Alvine Tom hoped to help people heal from the wounds of their past. She struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism, depression and anxiety, but believed she had left the demons behind her. A coroner's report indicates an overdose led to her death- although her family believes she was a victim of violence.

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What is in the VLA's future?


To wrap up our series, we ask people in the VLA what they think is in its future and get predictions from gentrification to safer places for kids to play.

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Find more coverage of the VLA, and get information about our community forum on January 24 on our special page dedicated to this series.