UBC medical student Elaine Hu speaks on the need for safe supply in the context of a formal public health emergency in BC that has killed 13,000 people since 2016. Speaking at the Jan. 16 2024 Rally for the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF), Hu also addressed the limits of a medical-only model for ending the drug toxicity crisis.
ABC’s decision to close Larwill Place will further exacerbate mass homelessness in the name of developer profits. It also signals the end of the Temporary Modular Housing experiment, dreamed up by planners more than a decade ago.
This piece takes a critical look at the nonprofit housing landscape in Vancouver, where a small number of nonprofit housing organizations – among them PHS and Atira – receive the lion’s share of public funding and other resources to provide housing for people living with low incomes.
On July 19, the City of Vancouver issued an email letter to Vancouver Coastal Health declaring the lease for Thomus Donaghy Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) in Yaletown will not be renewed in 2024 – only three years after it opened. The decision was praised by ABC Councillor Peter Meiszner, who in the weeks prior had adopted the campaign to shut down the OPS as his personal cause célèbre.