Events

Fighting for Space in Toronto: a book launch and harm-reduction history
When: Monday, March 19, 2018 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where:  Glad Day Books (499 Church Street, Toronto, ON)
What: Through the 1990s, Vancouver experienced a drug crisis similar to the epidemic that Canada struggles with today. Travis Lupick, author of Fighting For Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction, will recount how the city responded then and what lessons should be applied now. In partnership with the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance. Additional details on Facebook.

A Tale of Two Cities: Fighting for harm reduction Ottawa and Vancouver
When: Friday, March 16, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where:  University of Ottawa Social Sciences building (120 University Private, Ottawa, ON)
What: Through the 1990s, Vancouver experienced a drug crisis similar to the epidemic that Canada struggles with today. Travis Lupick, author of Fighting For Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction, will recount how the city responded then and what lessons should be applied now. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with interdisciplinary experts, activists, and people with lived experience. In partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Criminology Graduate Student Association. Additional details on Facebook.

Fighting for Space in Montreal: a book launch and harm-reduction history
When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where:  Cactus Montreal (1300 rue Sanguinet, Montreal, QC)
What: Through the 1990s, Vancouver experienced a drug crisis similar to the epidemic that Canada struggles with today. Travis Lupick, author of Fighting For Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction, will recount how the city responded then and what lessons should be applied now. In partnership with the AQPSUD. Additional details on Facebook.

Fighting for Space in a Drug Crisis
When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 West Georgia, Vancouver, B.C.)
What: Through the 1990s, Vancouver experienced a drug crisis similar to the epidemic it struggles with today. Travis Lupick, author of Fighting For Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addictionand Ann Livingston, a Downtown Eastside activist whose story is featured in the book, will recount how the city responded then and what lessons should be applied now.

Fighting for Space community reading
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.)
What: On behalf of the Carnegie, we want to congratulate Georgia Straight reporter Travis Lupick on the release of his new book, Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle With Addiction (2017). Please join Lupick in the Carnegie Theatre on Saturday, December 2, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an author reading and launch celebration.

World AIDS Day at the Carnegie Community Centre
When:
Friday, December 1, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.)
What: As part of the Downtown Eastside HIV/IDU Consumers’ Board’s schedule for World AIDS Day 2017, Travis Lupick will draw from his new book, Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle With Addiction, to present on the role that drug users played in responding to Vancouver’s HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1990s, discuss where the city learned from its mistakes, and explain how lessons learned could be applied today.

Housing Central Conference 2017: Dialogue with Thought Leaders-Exploring Harm Reduction
When: Monday, November 20, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, B.C.)
What: Following Johann Hari’s keynote, he will join a panel of affordable-housing providers and thought leaders to explore harm reduction within a local context. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the history of harm reduction in B.C., what has worked, what has not, and innovative ideas for the future. The panel will be moderated by Travis Lupick, who will add his own knowledge and experience from reporting on the fentanyl crisis in Metro Vancouver.
Presenters: Travis Lupick, author, Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction, journalist, the Georgia Straight; Johann Hari, author, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs; Ross Laird, consultant and professional development, Laird Associates; Keir Macdonald, deputy executive director, Lookout Housing and Health Society; Janice Abbott, CEO, Atira Women’s Resource Society

Fighting for Space: The Fentanyl Crisis & Where We Go From Here
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Beaumont Studios (316 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.)
What: In conjunction with the release of Travis Lupick’s Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction, this event will bring together a politician, a mother and advocate, a nonprofit service provider, a representative for the health-care system, a drug user, and a journalist, for a public discussion about B.C.’s fentanyl crisis.
Free admission. All are welcome.
Speakers will include: Nichola Hall, co-founder, From Grief to Action; Jennifer Breakspear, executive director, Portland Hotel Society; Don Davies, member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway; Lorna Bird, president, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users; 
Dr. Bonnie Henry, deputy provincial health officer, British Columbia; Travis Lupick, author, Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction; staff reporter, the Georgia Straight newspaper.
The evening will begin with a short performance of Illicit: Stories from a harm reduction movement. The theatre production by David Mendes and Kelty McKerracher shares the stories of residents of the Downtown Eastside who are working on the front lines of the community’s response to the overdose epidemic.
We’ll then proceed with a discussion with the panelists mentioned above, assessing the state of the overdose epidemic, and debating what steps need to be taken next for the province to begin reducing overdose deaths. The floor will then open up for questions from the audience.
Copies of Fighting for Space will be available for purchase, and for Lupick to sign and discuss.

Fighting For Space: Trauma and Resilience
When: Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 4: 30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Homewood Health (600 – 575 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.)
What: Join us for a discussion about Vancouver’s opioid crisis, trauma, and treatment, as we celebrate Travis Lupick’s new book, Fighting For Space, and the launch of the Trauma Support Program at the Homewood Clinic in Vancouver.
Featuring a panel discussion with: Travis Lupick, award-winning journalist and author; Lynn Noftle, staff sergeant in the mental-health portfolio of the Vancouver Police Department; and Richard Marquez, trauma specialist with the Homewood Clinic in Vancouver.