Our Projects

DTES FoodRun

The MAD Lab currently organizes the DTES FoodRunner program along with other local businesses in the area. By welcoming people from all backgrounds to participate, it creates a diverse environment for people to meet and exchange experiences and ideas. 


As of 2011, roughly 2,651 people in Vancouver were subjected to homelessness. Vancouver is a very costly city to live in and federal cuts to affordable housing will increase the homeless population. 

Many homeless people in Vancouver have mental health and addiction issues, and are subjected to high levels of crime-related victimization. There have been several approaches to reducing the homeless population in Metro Vancouver by the city and other organizations. As of 2011, the rate of homelessness in Vancouver has not been reduced.


In Canada, 40% of violent crimes against women were committed by former or current spouses or partners, according to Statistics Canada data from 2010. The victims of 49% of all solved homicides were women killed by their partners.


The MAD Lab is committed to working with local organizations to spread the message and create awareness that the violence needs to stop. We aim to present more information on the subject to the public and also provide resources for the victims, so they can get the help they need.


If you have a story on domestic violence that you would like to share, we want to hear from you.


  • 1 in 5 British Columbians will be affected by a mental health or substance use problem this year.


  • Approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide today in Canada and four out of five people who die by suicide have made at least one previous attempt. 


  • 8% of male students and 17% of female students in BC reported having thoughts of suicide this year.


  • Only 12% of sexual assaults against women are reported to the police.


  • 30 to 40 per cent of children who witness the abuse of their moms, also experience direct physical abuse themselves.


  • In Canada, it’s estimated that every year, 800,000 children witness a woman being abused.


  • In the 2005/06 fiscal year, spouse assault accounted for more requests for victim services than any other offence. In that year, 21,197 BC victims of spouse assault requested services from a victim service program.