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The most feared gang on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Illustration for the Gazette by IFM61

They put the “mock” in local democracy. They are as “grassroots” as AstroTurf. None of them ever watched a single episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood. They think the “Anarchists” are an awesome band. They all read “Mao’s Little Red Book” and believe it’s a great novel. They like fire. They like rude signs. They really hate pigeons. They conduct “research” in our neighbourhood in the same way Japan “researches” whales. They constantly watch the police because they think the police are “out to get them”. They hold court at small, secret, lavishly catered meetings deep inside Vancouver’s Carnegie Community Centre. They are one of the most feared gangs on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  And you support them with your tax dollars every day you go to work.

The Carnegie Gang control the public board of the Carnegie Community Centre, the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP), the City of Vancouver’s DTES Local Area Plan Committee, the Downtown East “newspaper” and the Carnegie Newsletter.  They also control some of the staff positions for this year’s Heart of the City Festival. If there is a government funded initiative, you will find a Carnegie Gang member somewhere in the mix. Their strength, control and influence over this neighbourhood cannot be matched in any other part of Vancouver.

Over the past eight months the Gazette has been highlighting the activities of the Carnegie Gang.  But this Halloween you will be on your own.  Be careful – the Carnegie Gang is out there.

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Illustration for the Gazette by IFM61.

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Comments

  1. Barbara-Lynn Pollard says:

    and what do you to do make life better for the citizens of this neighbourhood, other than make unfounded accusations, libel people etc. I would suggest if you want to make a difference at Carnegie or any of the organizations that work to make this neighbourhood better for everyone, put your name forward to be a board member, volunteer and really learn what goes on. Practice what you preach or else get a new hobby, this one is getting very old and very played.

  2. Kim McKay says:

    I thought it was Halloween, not April Fool's. This is one of the most ridiculous pieces I've seen in local media in a long time, and that's saying something. I'd love to hear, what, if any, actual information you have to back up this ham-fisted slander.

  3. Wow. A bunch of extremely angry words with out substance. Thanks web-zine Gastown Gazette. This is neither Op-Ed or investigative journalism. Its simply a bunch of libelous statements that aren't backed up with any evidence.

    Ouch. Sucks to write for your zine.

  4. John Brown says:

    ccap does not make the neighbourhood better. that is your myth. pidgeon restaurant has made that corner a safe place where drug dealers do not push you around. the gentrifiers are stepping up and cleaning up. and this neighbourhood used to have stores and lots of them up and down hastings….not drug dealers and drug addicts. so i for one welcome our home back the way it was. all you drug addicted scum can move to surrey or langley or the north pole, you are useless like dog shit in our backyard.

  5. John Brown says:

    ccap does not make the neighbourhood better. that is your myth. pidgeon restaurant has made that corner a safe place where drug dealers do not push you around. the gentrifiers are stepping up and cleaning up. and this neighbourhood used to have stores and lots of them up and down hastings….not drug dealers and drug addicts. so i for one welcome our home back the way it was. all you drug addicted scum can move to surrey or langley or the north pole, you are useless like dog shit in our backyard.