Podcast, Social Justice, Urban Issues

Episode 167: Housing Affordability and Safe Supply — with Jean Swanson

April 05, 2022
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City of Vancouver Councillor Jean Swanson joins Am Johal to discuss her time in politics, both as an anti-poverty activist, and as a city councillor.

In this episode, they discuss the housing affordability crisis in Vancouver, the need for safe supply, and the high cost of living. Jean also describes how she was introduced to political activism through Bruce Eriksen and Libby Davies, the experience of developing a community newsletter, and her memories of being a political candidate over the decades.


About Our Guest(s)

Jean Swanson

Jean Swanson has been a city councillor in Vancouver since 2018, when she was elected through COPE (The Coalition of Progressive Electors).

Jean is an anti-poverty activist who has been working with Downtown Eastside organizations for almost 50 years, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2017. She is the author of the book, Poor Bashing: The Politics of Exclusion. Jean recently announced her intention to run for re-election in 2022

Cite This Episode

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Johal, Am. “Housing Affordability and Safe Supply — with Jean Swanson” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, April 5, 2022.


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