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A burly, brooding presence in Canada's poorest neighbourhood

When news of Jim Green's death broke early Tuesday morning, it brought together a wide set of friends and opponents, as they paid tribute to his work as a poverty advocate, housing developer, councillor, culture lover and ideas generator.

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Jim Green photographed July 4th, 2003 with the old Woodwards Building "W" in the background. Green was one of the people instrumental in brokering a deal with the provincial government for the City of Vancouver to purchase the site for social housing

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Jim Green as Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association fighting for CRAB Park in 1985.

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Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and Jim Green tour the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on Tuesday Sept. 21, 2004.

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At a private ceremony at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, family, friends and supporters gave longtime activist and former city councillor Jim Green a standing ovation, Sunday Feb. 26, 2012.


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