Advocacy Update

On October 29 the SBIA published an open letter in the Vancouver Sun expressing concerns about the consultation process ahead of two supervised injection services (SIS) in Strathcona. Since then the SBIA has been working on a number of follow up areas. We hosted a member event to discuss the two proposed SISs on November 16 with the VPD, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the City of Vancouver. In late November, we met with the Mayor, Councillors, the City Manager and senior staff and conducted a walk-through of the neighbourhood with the City Manager to address concerns and to look at capital investments for the neighbourhood.

We have since drafted a list of capital improvements, such as pedestrian signals for crosswalks on Clark and another at Venables and improved lighting. We will be working with the City on these improvements over the coming years with some implementation starting in 2017. The SBIA co-hosted and served on a panel with the VPD, City of Vancouver, VCH, First Nations Health Authority and local residents on a dialogue on community health with January 19th at the Strathcona Community Centre. On January 25, City Council approved funding for a Strathcona Community Policing Centre. More details on this project can be found below.

On February 27, VCH announced the opening of DTES Connections, a new clinic for people with untreated addiction. This is part of the DTES Second Generation Strategy, which after extensive consultation with stakeholders, clients, staff and physicians, identified the need for low barrier services that are well integrated with other health services.