CBC hosted a public town hall on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Woodwards Courtyard in Vancouver from noon to 1:30 p.m. PT.

Hosts Stephen Quinn, Mike Killeen and Anita Bathe were joined by four panellists:

• Karen Ward is a long-time drug user and advocate for drug users. She consults with the City of Vancouver on drug policy and lives at Woodward’s social housing.

• Robin Raweater is an Indigenous activist and has lived in the Downtown Eastside her whole life, currently in a shelter. She co-chairs the board of directors for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and runs a support group for families dealing with child welfare. She is Blackfoot from Siksika Nation in Alberta.

• Fred Mah is the president of the Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association. He has volunteered in Chinatown for five decades.

• Brandon Grossutti is the owner of Pidgin Restaurant. Six years ago, when he opened, the restaurant was the target of anti-gentrification protests.