Canada's Slum: The Fix

    The Globe and Mail and CTV examine what's wrong with Vancouver's Downtown
    Eastside and how to fix it

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Close to a decade of robust public spending
hasn't bought change for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Now, in a
ground-breaking series beginning Saturday, February 14, The Globe and CTV
investigate why shovelling cash into the country's worst slum has had so
little impact. In print and online this month and next, Canada's Slum: The Fix
discards conventional wisdom and lays out four fresh solutions to the Downtown
Eastside's woes. The series culminates in a public forum hosted by CTV's
Mi-Jung Lee on Tuesday March 24 at 7 p.m., in partnership with the University
of British Columbia.
    The public forum will feature four experts with backgrounds in
architecture, public policy, international development and education, all of
whom advocate departures from conventional wisdom on the Downtown Eastside.
    "Huge amounts of money have been spent on the Downtown Eastside, but
little has changed," says Patrick Brethour, The Globe's British Columbia
Editor. "We'll do more than catalogue that failure. We'll lay out a path to
transform the Downtown Eastside - and push policy makers to take it."
    When the 2010 Winter Games begin one year from now, the world will be
watching Vancouver and its Downtown Eastside, a blighted neighbourhood that
still draws in the desperate and tormented from all over the country. Canada's
Slum: The Fix aims to change the conversation, to change minds and to compel
political leaders to act -- long before the Olympic Games.
    To buy tickets to the public forum, which will be held at UBC's Robson
Square campus, and for slideshows, stories and online discussions about the
Downtown Eastside, visit

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of
CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multimedia company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster. CTV, Canada's largest private
broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and
entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV
National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for
prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's premier multi-media company
which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations
across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other
CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports &
Entertainment Ltd., and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the
provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More information
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Teresa Pagnutti,, (416) 969-2721 (o), (416)
230-0172 (c); Jennifer Hills,, (416) 969-2669

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