Author Archives: Heather McCain


I get so frustrated with people judging an entire people or area without actually getting to know those people or the area. For example, the Downtown Eastside is the place I feel the safest in Metro Vancouver, which comes as a shock to many. A few nights ago, around 10 pm, I was double-checking a… Read More »

New Year, New Name

As part of CAN’s ongoing decolonialization work, we have decided to rename our organization. When we started in 2005, we wanted the CAN acronym because we believed that “we CAN make change”. I founded this organization after unsuccessfully trying to work through the system via local government and I thought of the word citizens because… Read More »

Disability Justice

As a queer, nonbinary, disabled person, I understand the intrinsic need to recognize and honour people’s intersecting identities. We are never just one identity, just one issue, and yet society often addresses us with one narrow image in mind, leaving many unseen, unheard, unconsidered. My experiences with ableism, cissexism, and anti-queerness are very much rooted… Read More »