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Directors Statement


Affordable housing crisis or unsustainable living crisis?

Everyone was calling it an ‘unaffordable housing crisis’, the headlines always referred to it that way and reported on the issue almost daily for the past couple of years. Yet the ‘crisis’ wasn’t just about affordable housing, it transcended far beyond ‘shelter’. Vancouver was experiencing an unsustainable living crisis. Yes, single family homes were selling for millions and rentals were at 1% vacancy. Clearly there was an affordable housing crisis.

There is a trickledown effect and the impact is catastrophic to every level of living. It’s not necessarily obvious just how it permeates every part of living until you dig deeper and see the cracks in the foundation. That is why I went beyond exploring the crisis exclusively from an affordable housing perspective. I really wanted to explore how the housing crisis affected the health of the city and even look to the future because residents are clearly living in an unsustainable situation. Vancouver city officials produced a report on future predictions for the city and it was pretty dire. Even if you don’t live here, what Metro Vancouver is going though is a foreshadowing of what’s to come for other major cities. We really are the canary in the coalmine. What is happening here will move across the entire country – Toronto is also seeing this change begin. People have been impacted enough that they are forced to leave. The problems aren’t being solved, people are just moving on. That’s the money side though. There’s far more to the story…

British Columbia

British Columbia … the name says it all. Our roots tie back to colonialism. Now approximately 50% of Vancouverites have Asian roots and in Richmond, where Vancouver’s main airport (VYR) is located, it is now estimated that over 70% of residents are Chinese. Richmond is where I found a man named ‘Andreas Kargut’ who claimed he was forced to move hundreds of miles away after filing a human rights complaint against his strata unit after they refused to speak English at his condo strata meetings. Since the majority of owners were Chinese, they choose instead to speak only in Cantonese despite Canada's official languages being English and French.

Andreas felt that foreign speculators weren’t invested in building a community and being Canadians, rather they were only interested in protecting and creating personal wealth in real estate and that they were essentially living in an enclave. Andreas and his family questioned how officials allowed immigrants to live contrary to Canada’s core values of equality and inclusiveness. I personally think they felt betrayed by Canadians. They were also an immigrant family, but they had over the period of a generation, made an effort to assimilate while still keeping ties to their heritage. Despite the obvious problems, politicians were ignoring the issue of language entirely. They had the ability to make the city more inclusive with simple remedy’s like creating dual signage with English, but stayed clear of any attempt at a fair resolution. I suspect for fear of being branded a racist. I think some of the long-term politicians really failed the city of Richmond because you now have animosity within the community and a lack of willingness by the majority, many of whom do not speak English, to include others within the community.

I came from a family of immigrants. My Mom learned English alongside me and my own husband is an immigrant who started his life all over in his 20’s by initially delivering newspapers. I felt a lot of empathy for the challenges new immigrants face. Yet something was different about what was going on in Vancouver. The typical immigrant story of the past where a family would start all over again in a new land, learn the language, assimilate and build their dreams, no longer existed. The new immigrant story was not really an immigrant story at all—it is a foreign investment story.

The foreign investment story

If you have never stepped foot in Vancouver you probably wouldn’t know that approximately 50% of Vancouverites have Asian roots. Step off a plane at our main airport (VYR) in Richmond and you might think you are in Hong Kong. This is where I found a man named ‘Andreas Kargut’ who moved hundreds of miles away from Metro Vancouver after he felt forced to file a human rights complaint against his strata unit because they refused to speak English at the strata meetings. Choosing instead to speak only in Cantonese. Andreas felt that foreign speculators weren’t invested in building a community but rather only interesting in protecting and creating wealth instead of in an unpredictable China where you couldn’t buy property. The negative side to unquestioned foreign investment is that we may be attracting people who are using Vancouver as a kind of home away from home while they park their wealth. Almost like creating exclusive enclaves rather than inclusive. Inevitably someone is going to feel left out when you have enclaves. Richmond is ground zero for this issue starting with non-English signs throughout the city. There was animosity simmering underneath and this was being ignored by politicians who were more driven by being reelected and the fear of being branded a racist.

I came from a family of immigrants. My Mom learned English alongside me and my own husband was an immigrant who started his live all over in his 20’s by delivering newspapers. I felt a lot of empathy for the challenges new immigrants face. Yet something was different about what was going on in Vancouver. The typical immigrant story of the past where a family would start all over again in a new land, learn the language, assimilate and build their dreams, no longer existed. The new immigrant story was not really an immigrant story at all—it was a foreign investment story.

Chinatown and Sugar Mountain

Chinatown and Sugar Mountain are symptoms of everything that is wrong as a result of the crisis.

Chinatown is probably one of the best examples of gentrification we have in Vancouver. Mainly because it’s a very distinctive area and has a rich historical presence within the city. It is also part of the Down Town East Side (DTES) where homelessness has exploded. It really looks like a third world country down there. In fact, when I drove on the media bus with the Royal family tour, the bus took a long route around the DTES to avoid showing the area to the international press. I sat beside a journalist from Germany who seemed surprised when I told her just how bad parts of Vancouver was.

Developers on the other hand, had their eye on some of the cheaper land that was adjacent to the downtown core. A lot of the backlash against the crisis wasn’t just against the ‘cost’ of housing but against what was going up on the land that was being bought up by developers and investors. Community activists wanted social housing, not more coffee shops. The size and purpose of new buildings became a hot topic, especially in Chinatown. Would new buildings fit with the historical significance of Chinatown? Would these buildings create a community that was traditionally poor, or were developers redesigning Chinatown in order to drive out its poor and vulnerable, thereby driving up the value of the land?

Sugar Mountain is the fourth tent city in recent years that I have followed. Most of the tent cities started in parks but now they are organized and are setting up on vacant city owned property as a kind of half protest/half homeless community. Tent cities really are the opposite end of the crisis. This is where things get more complicated. You can’t just blame foreign speculation entirely but there is a connection in terms of limits on affordable rental space. I have met a lot of people who ended up in tent cities because they were evicted from their affordable rental units owing to ‘demovictions’. Now we have garden sheds being converted to living spaces, and even they renting at twice the price of the average welfare cheque.

Condocouver

I almost called my film ‘condocouver’… a portmanteau of the word condo and Vancouver and it pretty much sums up how Vancouver is shaping up. One of the major artery roads into Vancouver called the Cambie street corridor was a prime example of condocouver. The original homes there were tiny bungalows built in the 1920’s. Today there is a plan in place to build condos all the way down the street as a response to the crisis. Its hard to believe that this will address the crisis when the market value of a two-bedroom condo in Vancouver is often well over a million dollars. There are very few affordable condos being built for families. I think that is the real hidden issue. It isn’t all about market pricing but about the size of the units. Three and four-bedroom units are almost unheard of in Vancouver. Add to this, intercity transportation is not adequate, with the result that parents are sitting in traffic for hours a day just so they can live outside Vancouver in an affordable place in the burbs. How can the city really expect children or grandma and grandpa to move in to a two-bedroom unit? It was almost like the city was involving itself in social engineering by keeping families to a minimum and driving out the elderly.

Plus, not everyone wanted Vancouver to turn into a concrete jungle. There was a kind of ‘taking back’ of the city against developers and public scorn towards the donations the developers were giving to the politicians at all levels of government. If anything irked me in this film it was the payoffs and the lack of will on the part of the officials to enforce family suites with developers that would keep young people in town and allow for a more balanced city.

Millennials in Millionaire City

In my film, I talk about becoming a millionaire overnight from an inheritance that was in part created by the real estate boom. Admittedly it’s lot of money. Everywhere else but here. In fact, one of the local headlines in the National Post newspaper was; “Hey Vancouver homeowners, the good news is you’re all millionaires. The bad news? You’re all millionaires.” It really doesn’t matter how much you have if the playing field is the same. The only way to make money was to cash out and buy cheaper in another part of the country. You could really only do that if you had a job lined up or were retiring. Cashing out was also changing the fabric of the city. No one seemed more affected than what was being referred to as the ‘missing middle.’ Millennials that were not homeless but had little prospects of owning a home in Vancouver.

The Senior Tsunami

There was a real housing boom after the second world war. At the time, you could easily buy a starter bungalow for 30 thousand. Many of those same homes are now worth 4 million and higher. They called it a Senior Tsunami because a wave of elderly were being forced out unable to pay the ever increasing property taxes. On the other-hand there was also a lot of seniors who were underutilizing homes that only added to the problem. This crisis required a different way of thinking and it required everyone to work together. In the film I talk about my own grandmother who lived in a two-story home that had six rooms but she used only one room. She bought it in 1970 for 30 thousand, the year I was born. She never bought another house and lived there for 46 years. At one point, we suggested that she rent out the basement her response was a resounding ‘no.’ Her house sold for 1.75 million.

Speaking about our Politicians…

Most of what was ‘funny’ in the film could be attributed to politicians. I would say that Dr. Kerry Jang, a Vancouver city counsellor and psychologist, is a pretty interesting character.

I first met him at a press conference. He stood there with a fedora hat, tipped to one side slightly and long trench coat. He looked like a politician from New York, not Vancouver. At this conference, he announced the first modular housing unit in Canada. Making this hilarious comment about filling it with IKEA furniture saying something like; “if its good enough for us its good enough for them.” When I heard that I knew this is was a guy I wanted in my film. So, I did an in-depth interview with him.

He was a third generation Chinese Canadian as well so his perspective was really very interesting and much more thought out than most of the people I had filmed. After I had filmed him for a day, I kept meeting him at various events around town. I think he was constantly being set up by people with different agenda’s. He was asked to fill in at the last second to hoist the Chinese flag at City Hall while donning a red scarf. The symbolism and meaning of the ceremony was to mark the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Most people associate it with support for communism. Next, I saw him at another event where he was asked to come on to the stage to give out certificates on behalf of the city. The organizer stood there and shoved a sign in his hand saying ‘Friends of Seniors.’ It was in reference to a decision he made at city hall over a development in Chinatown. He had a good sense of humor through it all and I felt he was more genuine than most politicians.

Filmmakers are also journalists so I try to be politically neutral. I don’t even vote for this reason—to keep my neutrality. I’ve been around a lot of politicians and I’m always surprised at the public persona of politicians vs. what they are like behind the scenes. As a filmmaker, you can really see how power, greed, patronage and now personal branding largely fuels the decisions politicians make. Its disheartening. Especially in Richmond where some politicians have paved the way for real estate speculators to buy up farmland to build mansions. Its called by many ‘the Richmond Massacre.’ When politicians sell the soul of the city for political gain but say it is in the name of stamping out racism, I find this a total betrayal. We are now in a situation where we are not producing enough crops to feed people. All because politicians have allowed farms to build mansions for wealthy speculators and private numbered companies. Ultimately one has to ask whose equality and rights are more important? There is a fine line between acceptance and being taken advantage of because of the nature of being an open and welcoming society. We definitely need to have a conversation around this and not let politicians constantly tell us what to think or we risk losing our countries identity and values.

Racism and Real Estate

People ask me a lot about how much ‘racism’ I actually saw in this film. I definitely experienced some. People would look at me and see this upper middle class white woman and assumed I would just agree with them, which wasn’t always the case. I also had a couple of comments made to me about being ‘white’. In one case, it was an elderly Chinese lady. When I asked her translator why she disliked white people it came back to her husband’s experience with the ‘head tax.’ She lived in Chinatown most of her life in poverty. So, who could blame her for her feelings. Most of the time racism is either taught or created through some kind of experience. I understood that and thought the best way to warm her heart was to give her a hug. Then she laughed. Love truly does win over hearts and minds.

Truthfully, I think I see more ‘class racism’ and ‘infighting’ between Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong Chinese. There is animosity between new money’ vs. old money from China. As well as astronaut families who were not necessarily invested as immigrants vs. multi-generational families who have immigrated and put down roots in Canada. I did see xenophobia, but I don’t see that as racism. Xenophobia refers to dislike or fearing the unknown or something that is different from you, while racism is more about racial superiority.

What fueled the xenophobia was a perception that there was a deliberate attempt by China to increase the value of homes here as a way to create extreme wealth for people that didn’t even live here, thereby pushing out locals.

As a filmmaker, exploring how much was legitimate manipulation of the local economy, sovereignty issues, fear of change, fear of foreigners, xenophobia and racism were all a challenge. I’m sure there was more racism on all sides going on but for the most part I don’t think the word is applied correctly anymore. It is a damming word that has the power to brand and stop meaningful discourse. The ‘racist’ word was used a lot by all sides but mostly from developers and politicians who wanted to manage the crisis in their favor. ‘Sid Chow Tan’ who appeared in Millionaire City said it best; “I find it ironic that a bunch of middle age white capitalists are suddenly standing up for the Chinese…where were they for the poor Chinese years ago?”

Truth in Cinema

When I first started filming I hated having to continually search for locations because of the amount of construction noise in the background. It actually became very hard to find locations where there wasn’t construction. Then I realized that this a part of the narrative. I liked that this film was not overly constructed and managed and that I just allowed stuff to happen.

Once I was filming some b-roll of an old house being torn down. All I really wanted was to get some images, so I left my sound equipment in my car. After about 10 minutes of filming I started to noticed the same car driving around the block in front of my camera. You can actually see it in the film. Since this was a quite area of the city I thought this was unusual but I often find that people are curious when they see a film camera so I passed it off. That is when I met Rosa Mizrahi, a woman who immigrated from Israel to Vancouver in the same year that I was born in Vancouver. She eventually parked her car and walked directly over to me. It was as if she was on a mission and as if she knew what I was filming on. “Are you filming about the housing crisis,” she said. She then launched into what she thought of the affordable housing crisis, and the impact it had on her personally. She was really upset, and her emotions had been building for some time. She painted a personal picture of how the affordability crisis had hit home for her.

Technically speaking, I didn’t have my external microphone with me and relied on sound from my internal camera. Was it perfect…no…but it was real and honest? So many filmmakers these days would pack up and come back later with a full crew but how would I have captured her true feelings if it was planned perfectly? That is something that is increasingly getting lost where capturing production value is more valuable than capturing truth. It was at that point that I decided my approach and how I wanted to film Millionaire City.

I wanted Millionaire City to be real, raw and authentic. I didn’t want to have interviews lined up in a room with a black backdrop or multi camera angles and a sanitized script that censored racist language or thoughts. I tried to be balanced and fair to all opinions in order to seek the truth. I hope that the audience is also fair to them as well.

Millionaire migrants

As the saying goes, we’re all just a pay-cheque away from living on the street. Most of us live our daily lives by planning a little, leaving a lot to chance, hope for the best but expecting the worst. For this reason, allowing ‘chance’ and spontaneity to happen in my film was an important element in its making. Life is also a lot about chance meetings. A chance meeting with someone can change the trajectory of one’s life. When people saw me filming around town, they would interject and make comments about the housing crisis—completely uninvited of course. It was on the minds of Vancouverites, so much so, that they just seem to instinctively know the topic of my film before they even asked. Some would stop their cars and turn around, yelling out their car windows to tell me what they thought about the crisis. While others would sit beside me in cafes when I was conducting interviews and would join the conversation.

Inevitably, the conversations would turn to more personal talk ...”are you renting or do you own?…do you make enough to live here?…will you cash-out?”. Where else would you get people so willing to fill you in on their personal financial situation within 5 minutes of meeting you but in Vancouver where real estate is an obsession. I never tried to stop people from stepping into the film because to me it was authentic and real, just like life we can’t control everything. Control was also an underlying topic in the film, although not obvious. When people lack control over situations they personally can’t change, they can look for someone or something to blame. Enter the foreign real estate speculator from China aka ‘the millionaire migrant.’

Communism and the Global Citizen

There is no question that part of the film was entering into the ‘conspiracy theory’ zone. I loved the late-night texts I received from people tipping me off or telling me their theories on what was fueling this crisis. Some people I interviewed had experienced imprisonment in China during the communist revolution so to be fair, I couldn’t dismiss their theories outright. They had every reason to fear that Vancouver was being taken over by the Chinese communist party (CCP) because they had first-hand experience.

As a young girl, I traveled around the world because my Dad worked in aviation. Once we went to East Berlin before the wall came down. I saw first-hand what communism looked like. Was China implementing property sabotage as a way to gain entry into North America? When you look at the Poly Culture group one would certainly think that there is a concerted effort on the part of China to do just that but more as a soft sell. I think a more moderate view of what is going on is that countries are now borderless. We are leaning toward globalism not a communist take-over. Its really about the all mighty dollar.

PROPERTYganda Posters

We are having our own mini-revolution here in Vancouver against unaffordable housing and unsustainable living. Whenever there is a problem of any kind people tend to want to cast blame but what if you are the person that everyone is pointing the finger at? You would shift blame rather than stand in front of the crowd of revolutionists in an attempt to defend yourselves. So just how would you do that? Let’s just say that under the surface of the affordability problem there were influencers who wanted to craft the narrative in such a way as to inspire people to in essence ‘revolt.’ This was part of the inspiration behind the PROPERTYganda posters. The rest has to do with how the film unfolds (sorry no spoilers!). The posters are meant to be satirical and visually based on the Chinese communist propaganda posters from the cultural revolution. Like propaganda posters, our posters communicate various ideas and issues within the film and are meant to spread the message of ‘Millionaire City’ and to invite people to follow us (on social media).

Most people don’t know that the Chinese government is still involved in producing propaganda films. Only now they are including westerners in the narratives. In one such film, Actor Jackie Chan tells the audience: 'The country is good, the people are good, everyone will be good. Everyone fight for the Chinese dream, only then can you get the dream to come true. The power of the Chinese dream.' Another film features a US journalist explaining China's infrastructure dream through a bedtime story to his daughter. China is definitely spreading their influence past its own doors through the use of cultural propaganda. We just took a page from that to spread the message of our film. Help us spread the PROPERTYganda!

Art was designed by Peruvian/Vancouver artist Bernardo Garcia.

When I was homeless …

When I made this film I frequently thought about my own life in my 20’s when I felt the rug was pulled out from under me in the space of 24 hours. I was homeless, couch surfing, and eventually living on disability.

My fortunes changed quickly and by the time I was in my 40’s I had become a millionaire, owner of several properties and landlord. That is part of why I called my film Millionaire City. I think that fear of wealth building up around people actually fuels a lot of xenophobia. When people feel stuck financially but see others having their wealth increase all around them. They start to look for reasons why and it scares them.

It was also not lost on me that there was virtually no backlash against wealthy migrant’s other than from developers but no shortage of support for refugees who had no money. There were no protests at Vancouver city hall with signs saying ‘support wealthy Asian investors’ but there were over 4 thousand at a rally in support of anti-racism, with most signs supporting refugees. Perhaps it’s the idea that the wealthy can take care of themselves?

My experience of going from a brief moment of homelessness to living a very comfortable life, 20 years later still affects me and has shaped my world view. Its really why I wanted to make Millionaire City.

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Director Ina Mitchell as a child in Hong Kong circa 1971

One of the film participants gives Ina a gift

Press Kit

MILLIONAIRE CITY
The City that 'Sold Out'

Someone is buying up the City of Vancouver at an alarming rate leaving an unsustainable living crisis in its wake. Filmmaker ‘Ina Mitchell’ looks at how ‘Race’ played into her hometown of Vancouver Canada's obsession with the game of Real Estate in her documentary film ‘Millionaire City.’

Vancouver is home to the most expensive property in Canada valued at 75 million, while only 7 kilometers away lives the poorest postal code in Canada. It’s a city of extreme contrasts where windowless garden sheds are now being converted to apartments that are rented for thousands a month. Dilapidated bungalows sell for over 4 million, the rental vacancy rate is near zero, and the homeless count is rising by the thousands each year. Someone or something must be to blame for how a city got to the point of being unlivable for its citizens. Locals were pointing their fingers at global citizens, in particular foreign investors from China who were looking to build and protect wealth outside of China. With a history of racism in Vancouver, many more wondered if they were being unfairly targeted because of a rise in populism.

There’s funny business going on in the City of Vancouver. Now the good people of Vancouver are mad and are fighting to get their city back to a livable level ... but is it too late?

Millionaire City is a uncensored, politically incorrect, and totally ‘unCanadian’ film that explores the high cost of Race and Real Estate.

Downloadable Media Images

Canada’s history with immigration
Sid Chow Tan 周明輝 is a ‘Paper Son’ who fled China to live in Canada.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Language War in Metro Vancouver
Kerry Starchuk looks at office wall of Hon. Teresa Wat who is the Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.
Kerry campaigned against Chinese-only signage
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
City for Sale
‘Vancouverites’ protesting the unaffordability of housing blaming Foreign Investors from China
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Vancouver's Abandoned Mansions
An abandoned mansion for over 20 years. Located in ‘Billionaire Row’ in Vancouver. The street is home to three of BC’s five highest valued residential properties ranging from approx. 30 Million to 50 Million
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Ambasador of China in Vancouver and Prime Minister of Canada
(L to R) H.E. LIU Fei, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver, Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defense, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
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Another Tent City in Vancouver
Home Sweet Home sign welcoming residents to ‘Tent City’ in Vancouver City. The number of homeless residents has gone up 26 per cent every year since 2011.
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The most Chinese city in North America
‘Mao Zedong’ aka Chairman Mao the Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China adorns the walls of some Chinese run businesses.
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Temporary modular housing
ean-Yves Duclos, the federal minister responsible for housing and Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver unveil new temporary modular housing units.
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Older Vancouver Neighbourhood
Once considered cheap starter homes are now valued at the millions.
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‘New’ BC Premier
Politician John Horgan defeats Premier Clark over issues related to affordable housing.
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China buys satellite company
Chinese takeover of a Canadian high-tech firm & jeopardizes U.S. national security.
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Chinese language only apology
Local business apologizes for Chinese only need apply ad
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City of Vancouver
Vancouver is the most expensive city in Canada (Mercer).
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Canada’s poorest community
Vancouver’s down town east side is the poorest postal code in Canada.
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Flag of China Vancouver
Controversial Chinese flag-raising and red scarf ceremony at Vancouver City Hall.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Former BC Premier
Politician John Horgan defeats Premier Clark over issues related to affordable housing.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Mayor of Vancouver
Mayor Gregor Robertson, named after relative of famous Chinese communist revolutionary hero Dr. Bethune.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Vancouver Activists
Anger is growing against the rising cost of living in Vancouver.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Red Scarf controversy
Controversial Chinese flag-raising and red scarf ceremony at Vancouver City Hall.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Tenant rights
Vancouverites are fighting to take back their city.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Vancouver Skyline
Vancouver is the most expensive city in Canada (Mercer).
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Chinese dissidents
Director talks with exiled Chinese dissidents who now live in Vancouver to get their perspective on the role that the Chinese Government has on Vancouver Real Estate
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Neighbourhood fights Homeless shelter
Vancouver citizens from the quiet Neighbourhood of Marpole protest a homeless shelter that the Mayor wants to put beside an elementary school.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca
Vancouver fights Homeless shelter
Vancouver citizens from the quiet Neighbourhood of Marpole wear surgical masks in protest to a homeless shelter.
Credit: Ina Mitchell / MillionaireCity.ca

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