Six years ago the Vancouver police declared a mental-health crisis; since then, little has changed
October 09, 2019 | Georgia Straight

In 2013, former Vancouver police chief Jim Chu and former mayor Gregor Robertson sat side by side at a news conference and called attention to a “growing crisis” of severe mental illnesses. Section 28 apprehensions under the B.C. Mental Health Act⁠—a law that lets police take a person...

Perry Kendall appointed to the Order of Canada
October 07, 2019 | UBC Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Perry Kendall, a clinical professor at the UBC faculty of medicine’s School of Population and Public Health, was recently appointed to the Order of Canada. He is one of 83 new appointments to the Order for 2019. Governor General Julie Payette made the announcement in June. Kendall, also the c...

Police practices in Downtown Eastside have negative impact on drug users: study
September 18, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

Policing practices in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are creating barriers for people wanting to access overdose prevention sites, according to a new study by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use and the University of British Columbia. The study also found police presence in the area increased...

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart wants federal leaders to act on overdose crisis
September 15, 2019 | Vancouver Sun

The mayor of Vancouver says the city that opened North America’s first supervised injection site following a surge in heroin-related deaths wants all federal party leaders to consider a proposal to allow substance users access to pharmaceutical-grade heroin. Kennedy Stewart is aiming for a Health ...

Fight for safe supply of drugs is ‘this generation’s Insite,’ advocates say
September 14, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

Two long-time activists see significant similarities between the current fight for a safe supply of drugs and the fight for Insite, Vancouver’s — and North America’s — first legal supervised consumption site. In the midst of an opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than ...

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