Simon Nattrass

SIMON NATTRASS: Drug ‘bust’ only moves buyers around

It was William S. Burroughs, beat author and self-professed morphine addict, who said it best...

SIMON NATTRASS: Police harass harm-reduction help

Victoria Police harass service providers.

SIMON NATTRASS: Mount Doug no more: reclaiming PKOLS

Over 160 years ago, a 14-year-old boy was travelling through the Camosun area to deliver news of James Douglas’ arrival...

SIMON NATTRASS: Families unable to make ends meet

Guess what? We’re still poor.

SIMON NATTRASS: Does feminism matter — who’s asking?

Pose the question to people you know: does feminism matter to you, to me, to anyone?

SIMON NATTRASS: Coal – not in anyone’s backyard, thank you very much

Think about coal for a moment. What comes to mind — 18th century industrial barons? Towering black plumes of smoke? Steam engines?

SIMON NATTRASS: International Worker’s Day is May 1st

On May 4, 1886, an unidentified protestor threw a stick of dynamite into a crowd of police.

SIMON NATTRASS: Landlords up to the same old tricks

By now, many of you have heard about the 60 or so tenants being illegally evicted from a former Traveller’s Inn at 3025 Douglas.

Pipelines on your mind? Look north

Recovering from city life in the interior mountains, I sought escape from the barrage of politics that comes with life in The Capital.

SIMON NATTRASS: Pipelines on your mind? Look north

Recovering from city life in the interior mountains, I sought escape from the barrage of politics that comes with life in The Capital.

SIMON NATTRASS: Victoria police force livens up spring

Winter is a slow time for politics.

SIMON NATTRASS: Local businesses at odds with liquor laws

In Paris or Milan, café patrons would be shocked to find a business that didn’t at least sell wine and beer, if not a few spirits...

SIMON NATTRASS: Restrictive policies continue to risk lives

In the distant memory of 1999, Judge Thomas Gove ruled that Victoria’s “Red Zone” policy violates Charter Rights..

SIMON NATTRASS: City’s noise weapons target our youth

It’s difficult to describe the sound emitted by mosquito machines.

City’s noise weapons target our youth

It’s difficult to describe the sound emitted by mosquito machines.

Film challenges street life assumptions

Kim Freeman is an active drug user. She's also the only harm reduction service provider able to reach some members of the street community.

Working poor need more council support

A few years ago, I sat through a meeting where Victoria City Council declared the lack of affordable rental housing a state of emergency.

Permit needed for fun, laughter, clapping

Politics has always been the art of saying one thing and doing another, and last week was no exception.

With neighbours like these . . .

Five years after someone first set about sweeping away the all-too-visible signs of poverty in the area around Pandora Green...

Commitment needed before committees

Glancing at a recent story on Victoria city council’s looming decision over the fate of its public advisory committees I took a moment...