• My first action as Mayor was to launch an Emergency Overdose Task force. This task force identified 31 recommendations to address the overdose crisis. Since then I have fought to expand OPS sites despite NPA opposition, lobbied for the expansion of safe supply, and worked to make Vancouver the first jurisdiction in Canada to adopt decriminalization.

  • In April 2021, the Drug Overdose Response Team, a joint initiative of Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver Fire Rescue Services to connect overdose patients with health care recieved permanent funding of $180,000, after a successful pilot initated under the Mayor Emergency Overdose Task force.

    In addition, as part of the Mayor's COVID-19 Pandemic response, we worked with demonstrated a crucial need for front line workers in the DTES to recieve more training and PPE. The COV also created a PPE distribution centre in the DTES were front line workers and resident could access donated supplies such as mask, gloves and sanitizer etc.