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The shared downtown VPL building complex on Georgia Street is filled with shelves of books, laughing kids and an array of community programs. The complex is also home to a government tower, housing a prison-like detention facility; temporarily holding non-citizens en-route to holding cells underneath YVR airport or provincial jails.

In Canada it is legal to detain non-citizens—including children—without formal trial or criminal charges. In this Orwellian exposé, you’ll hear lawyers and activists explore Vancouver’s detainment facilities in post-9/11 Vancouver.

By Areeka Riaz

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