CBC Town Hall on despair, addiction, poverty in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Hosts Stephen Quinn, Mike Killeen and Anita Bathe joined by four panelists at Woodwards Courtyard: Karen Ward is a long-time drug user and advocate for drug users. She consults with the City of Vancouver on drug policy and lives at Woodward's social housing. Robin Raweater is an Indigenous activist and has lived in the Downtown Eastside her whole life, currently in a shelter. She co-chairs the board of directors for the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and runs a support group for families dealing with child welfare. She is Blackfoot from Siksika Nation in Alberta. Fred Mah is the president of the Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association. He has volunteered in Chinatown for five decades. Brandon Grossutti is the owner of Pidgin Restaurant. Six years ago, when he opened, the restaurant was the target of anti-gentrification protests.