Downtown Eastside residents mark health-emergency milestone with call for names of the dead

One year has passed since the B.C. government declared a public-health emergency in response to a sharp rise in drug-overdose deaths.

To mark the sad occasion—sad, because since then, it appears that the crisis has only intensified—the Downtown Eastside Street Vendors Society erected a wall that the group is encouraging people contribute to to create a memorial.

“I’m losing all my friends,” reads one message written on the white canvas created there.

Travis Lupick reports. 

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