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Love on the street

Jason and Brendan are members of The Squeegee Punks, which is a well-known group who wash windscreens for money in Montréal. When the city’s street paper L’Itinéraire asked them about whether it was possible to find love on the street, both men looked back in amazement: “Why can’t we?”

#VendorWeek 2019: L’Itinéraire throws doors open to the public for second year running

Montréal street paper L’Itinéraire opened its doors to readers, partners, and any other interested members of the public, for yet another ‘Journée Portes Ouverts’ (Open Doors Day) to celebrate #VendorWeek.

Vendor City Guide: Montréal

In collaboration with The Big Issue, vendors from street papers across the world have been sharing some insider tips on the cities they live and work in, which we are sharing during #VendorWeek. Here, L’Itinéraire vendor Tuan talks about Montréal.

#VendorWeek 2019: A street paper vendor’s gender affirmation journey

Yannick, a L’Itinéraire vendor whose pitch is at Jacques-Ferron Library in Longueuil, Canada, is undergoing gender reassignment. Over the next few weeks, they will see their body start to change as they commence the physical transition towards becoming Yannick. As the process begins, they will no doubt face numerous questions from customers and loved ones alike – something that is only natural when many people don’t know much about gender reassignment. So, what is there to know about the process? We asked Yannick to tell us more.

#VendorWeek 2019 interview: From Australia to Québec, two street paper vendors become fast friends

Cindy sells The Big Issue on the streets of Adelaide. Lynn sells L’Itinéraire on the streets of Montréal, Canada. The blazing heat has officially hit Cindy’s city, while Lynn shivers through snow and ice. Sitting in vendor offices on either side of the world, they stare into computer screens and greet each other ahead of #VendorWeek 2019.

Our vendors: Luc Lenoir (L’Itinéraire, Montréal, Québec)

Luc Lenoir is 59 years old and sells L’Itinéraire from his pitch at the corner of De Maisonneuve and Saint-Denis Streets in Montréal, Québec. He is a L’Itinéraire pioneer: Luc has been involved with the magazine since the mid-90s and was one of the organizers of its launch. He credits the magazine with helping him to forge meaningful relationships with others and providing him with independence.

INSP Vendor Playlist: L’Itinéraire vendors on the reasons behind their song choices

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. A handful of L’Itinéraire vendors talk about their particularly festive choices for the #VendorPlaylist.

Our vendors: Mélanie Noël (L’Itinéraire, Montreal, Quebec)

37-year-old Mélanie Noël sells L’Itinéraire from her pitch at the Verdun metro station in Montreal, Quebec. Here, she looks back on a childhood spent moving from home to home and her troubled relationship with her sister, while affirming how positive her time as a L’Itinéraire vendor has been. She loves her work and has found strength through relationships forged with friends and mentors.

INSP Awards: Presenting the Finalists for Best Online Presence 2018

Today we bring you the first Finalists in our Impact categories, for the Best Online Presence from the street paper network.

INSP Awards: Presenting the Finalists in Best Vendor Contribution 2018

With just two weeks to go until the INSP Awards 2018 are presented, we reveal the Finalists for Best Vendor Contribution.

INSP Awards: the Nominees in Best Vendor Contribution 2018 are here

Our final Editorial category to be revealed is the Top 10 nominees for Best Vendor Contribution – here’s who made the list…

Our vendors: Antoine Desrochers (L’Itinéraire, Montréal, Québec)

Working as a L’Itinéraire vendor has put a smile back on Antoine Dereochers’s face. Here, he looks back on his past and reflects on his experiences of living without a permanent address. He also talks about his experiences as a vendor and thanks his customers for their support and encouragement.

INSP Awards: 2018 Best News Feature Nominees Revealed

We’re delighted to announce the first set of nominees for the INSP Awards 2018 today, and we’re kicking off with the Top 10 Entries for Best News Feature.

Looking at the world through Mario’s lens

Readers of L’Itinéraire might not be familiar with the name Mario Alberto Reyes Zamora; however, they are more than likely to be familiar with his photography, which is regularly featured in the magazine. L’Itinéraire finds out more about Mario’s background, his work as a photographer and his recent move into subsidised housing.

The Covers of March: A round-up of this month’s front pages

Another month is coming to a close, meaning it’s time to reflect on the street paper covers that have been making waves amongst vendors and readers alike during March.

February Feels: A round-up of street paper covers this month

With entries for the 2018 INSP Awards opening very soon, has February delivered us any potential winners in the Best Cover category?

#VendorWeek 2018 interview: From one coast to another, two street paper vendors share their lives

In honour of #VendorWeek 2018, Megaphone vendor James Witwicki and L’Itinéraire vendor Yvon Massicotte had a ‘face-to-face’ interview to swap experiences of how both wound up selling street papers.

#VendorWeek 2018: L’Itinéraire holds first-ever Open Doors Day

Canadian street paper L’Itinéraire welcomed their readers, community organisations, sponsors and partners into their Montréal offices for their first-ever “Journée Portes Ouvertes” (Open Doors Day).

#VendorWeek 2018: More than a magazine

To celebrate #VendorWeek 2018, The Big Issue Australia took an in depth look at the ways street papers around the world are creating extra employment opportunities for the people who need them most. And what better way to learn about them than from the people who are employed by and benefit from them. Social enterprises featured in the article come from these INSP members: The Big Issue Australia, =Oslo, The Curbside Chronicle, Shedia and L’Itinéraire.

Vendor moments 2017: “I felt like Elvis when he visited the White House”

As 2017 draws to a close, we asked vendors across the global street paper network to look back on the highs and lows of their year and reveal their hopes and aspirations for the next one. First up is Jean-Claude, a L’Itinéraire vendor.

November No More: A look back at the month’s covers

Time to reflect back on the unsung month of November, and the impressive bunch of street paper covers we’ve seen around the world in the past 30 days.

INSP Awards: Finalists for Best Vendor Contribution 2017 Award

The 2017 ceremony countdown is well and truly on – and here’s our fab five finalists in the Best Vendor Contribution category.

Summer cover-lovin’: our round-up of July’s covers

We’ve been having a blast looking at the highlights from July of what our network has been producing.

INSP News Service hits 1 million word download milestone

INSP is very proud to announce that a ground-breaking 1 million words have been downloaded from the News Service’s updated online platform since December of last year. Here’s a look at why.

Our vendors: Simon (L’itinéraire, Montréal, Canada)

Simon first ended up on the street at the age of 16, where crime and drug use got him into trouble with the law. He eventually found stability and started a family, before the death of his father led to another downward spiral. Now he sells L’Itinéraire, and says it probably saved his life.

INSP Awards: Best Vendor Contribution 2017 Nominees

The final set of nominees are here – have a look to see who’s made the top ten in the Best Vendor Contribution category.

#VendorWeek interview: James and John share two sides of North American vendor life

They’re both North American street paper vendors, yet over a recent Skype interview James and John – from Montréal and Portland respectively – discovered that Canadian and American vendor life can be very different.

Our vendors: Tania Croisetière-Langevin (L’Itinéraire, Montreal, Canada)

“Despite all the tough situations I’ve been through, I know the best is yet to come,” says L’Itinéraire vendor Tania. Having experienced poverty and teenage pregnancy in her youth, Tania has been hurt many times. But she says selling L’Itinéraire is like an oxygen mask – now she has helped herself, she wants to help others.