Bridgette Watson

Bridgette Watson is an associate producer and writer at CBC Vancouver. You can reach her at Bridgette.Watson@cbc.ca or @Beewatz on Twitter.

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The homeless count: Challenges of voting with no fixed address

Homeless residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside say voting, or trying to vote, in Canadian elections can often be incredibly challenging with minimal benefits.

B.C. Liberals slam NDP and Metro mayors' tunnel choice for Massey crossing

A Metro Vancouver municipal task force has reached a decision on how to improve the Massey Tunnel crossing and while the NDP prepares to push it ahead, the B.C. Liberal Party is calling the plan a fiasco in the making.

Convoy of more than 100 logging trucks arrives in Vancouver to protest forestry job losses

Hundreds of logging trucks from across B.C. rallied in Vancouver on Wednesday to protest job losses in the forestry industry.

Students help remove racist covenant from Vancouver Island home

A Port Alberni property once owned by a member of parliament no longer has a racist clause preventing Asian residence there, after local high school students had the covenant stricken from the land title registry.

B.C. long-distance runner Al Howie's eccentric story captured in new biography

Al Howie was a 3 packs a day smoker running from Interpol. Then he took up running and his career is the stuff of legends.

Vancouver police say violent crime on the rise on the Downtown Eastside

VPD Const. Steve Addison says there's been an increase in assaults on community members and cops who patrol Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

'We don't have a choice': Experts call for the decriminalization and safe supply of drugs

Health experts and addiction specialists are pushing for drugs to be decriminalized to create a safe supply that would save lives. Advocates say the federal election is an opportunity for voters to pressure politicians to make these changes.

Stable housing critical to kicking addiction say users, experts

CBC Radio's The Early Edition continues its coverage of the Downtown Eastside by examining the link between the housing crisis and the opioid epidemic.
Still Standing

Café tucked above South Vancouver lumber yard still popular after 60 years

The Northern Cafe and Grill, a hole-in-the-wall diner above a hardware shop in an industrial area near the Fraser River, is still going strong with a little help from online reviews that are drawing tourists to the tucked away location.

'It's looking positive': Ahousaht First Nation still searching for missing man

Travis Damon Thomas went missing after being sent to Bartlett Island, off the coast of Tofino, B.C., as part of an Indigenous tradition to help him heal from addiction and other ailments. Thirteen months later, the Ahousaht First Nation is still trying to bring him home.

Cannabis use highest in Halifax, while Edmonton had highest use of meth, wastewater samples show

Statistics Canada tested wastewater samples from five urban centres for illicit drugs and cannabis, and the results are a snapshot of what substances are more common in those Canadian cities.

Kelly Ellard, killer of Reena Virk, granted extended parole, overnight leave

Convicted killer Kelly Ellard, who now goes by Kerry Marie Sim, was initially given day parole in 2017 and the Parole Board of Canada has now extended it for six months and approved overnight leave.

Single mother of 3 calls for better services for Indigenous families on DTES

First Nations activist Robin Raweater, who has lived on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for 30 years and is now raising three daughters there as a single mother, says Indigenous families in the neighbourhood are disproportionately impacted by poverty and trauma.

How did we get here? Failed public policy and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has been home to the city's most vulnerable residents for decades. Residents and some experts say failed housing, drug and mental health policies have exacerbated the problem leaving the neighbour in the worst shape it's ever been in.

New trial ordered for man accused of killing father over Ferrari

Alexander Shevalev was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2018 and sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his father over a Ferrari. That conviction has been overturned by the B.C. Court of Appeal.