urban health

City hopes Downtown Eastside plan will transform neighbourhood, stabilize low-income community

The City of Vancouver’s ambitious plan for the Downtown Eastside goes to council Wednesday and there are concerns about whether the plan is the right solution for the troubled neighbourhood.

The 300 page plan maps out development in the area east of the downtown core for the next 30 years, while striving to preserve the neighbourhood’s low-income community.


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B.C. heroin addicts still without prescription heroin despite Health Canada permission

Six months after getting Health Canada’s permission to use prescription heroin, a group of B.C. drug addicts are still waiting to receive what many professionals deem crucial supplies of the drug.

Providence Health, the organization approved to distribute the heroin, told iPolitics they have yet to receive the drug, despite placing an order with the manufacturer several months ago.

Annie Bergeron-Oliver Reports

Canada opposes ‘harm reduction’ in UN drug talks, NGO alleges

Canada appears to be taking a hardline approach to drug policy discussions underway in Austria, where UN member states are debating a joint statement on drugs ahead of a 2016 UN General Assembly session on drugs.

Heroin's resurgence as 'problem drug' in Canada

Heroin, a drug that had been dying out in use, is now seeing a resurgence in popularity that is worrying addictions experts.

Over the past several years, heroin has been centre stage at news conferences following big police drug busts.

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B.C. steps up measures to address viral hepatitis

New funding announced to support two projects that will help raise awareness about the transmission, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis throughout the province.


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