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A step by step guide to making political change: Former MP Libby Davies

“The Pulse” @ Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CRFO 100.5 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In a time when many have felt hopeless, Libby Davies is anything but.

The former MP of Vancouver East of 18 years told The PULSE that she believes every group, no matter how marginalized, can “absolutely” make change.

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Feds discuss decriminalizing drug possession in Vancouver

By Moira Wyton, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The federal government has agreed to begin discussions about decriminalizing drug possession in Vancouver, Mayor Kennedy Stewart said  today.

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Campbell River: Illicit drug overdose deaths

A new report from the BC coroners service states that, as of the end of November, there were 153 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths.

The province is on the threshold of setting a new record.

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Vancouver asks for an exemption from Canadian drug laws

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Vancouver’s council made history this week by asking the federal government for an exemption from Canadian drug laws to decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use.

Council voted on the motion  the same day the BC Coroners Service reported 1,386 people have died so  far this year of an overdose, with deaths increasing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Toronto: supporting our unhoused neighbours campaign

By Sam Dharmasena,  CJRU 1280 AM – Ryerson University’s campus and community multi-media hub, Local Journalism Initiative.

Supporting Our Unhoused Neighbours is a recently-launched fundraising campaign by social venture Building Roots and the volunteers of Encampment Support Network (ESN). CJRU spoke with Building Roots’ outreach coordinator Hannah Backman about their campaign, the interlocking nature of food insecurity and other social disparities, and how they’re responding to the pandemic.

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