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Canada West Foundation report will offer glimpse into Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

February 16, 2008
by Canadian Architect

The Canada West Foundation will be releasing a report on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, one of Canada’s most notorious neighbourhoods on Thursday, February 21, 2008, at 12:01am.

Letters From Hastings and Main: Signs of Hope in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside asks people working in the trenches what general lessons they could pass on to other neighbourhoods across Canada.

The report is not intended as an exhaustive examination of the complex social ills or even of the attempts at solution. The report does, however, offer a glimpse into some innovative programs operating in the neighbourhood and guidance about bridging the gap between policy and the people it is meant to help.

Letters From Hastings and Main is the third report of the Core Challenge Initiative, a three-year public policy research and communications endeavour and a major component of the Canada West Foundation’s Western Cities Project.

Funding for the Western Cities Project has been provided by the Cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Saskatoon.

Funding for the Core Challenges Initiative has been provided by an anonymous foundation, the Calgary Foundation, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, the United Way of Calgary and Area, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the United Way of Regina, the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, the United Way of Winnipeg, and The Winnipeg Foundation.

To download a copy of Letters from Hastings and Main, please visit

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