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.