A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future

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Greystone Books, a division of D&M, 2009 - HISTORY - 425 pages
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In this mix of history, journalism, political analysis, and first-person accounts, former chief coroner and Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell, renowned criminologist Neil Boyd, and investigative journalist Lori Culbert, offer a portrait of one of North AmericaOCOs poorest, most drug-challenged neighbourhoods: VancouverOCOs Downtown Eastside.
"A Thousand Dreams" raises provocative questions about the challenges confronting not only VancouverOCOs Downtown Eastside but also all of North AmericaOCOs major cities and offers concrete, urgently needed solutions, including:
Continued support for Insite, the safe injection site
Decriminalization of prostitution and drugs
The transfer of addiction services to the Health Ministry, allowing detox into the medical system
More government-funded SROs and more affordable social housing
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This is a well written and fascinating book about one of the most notoriously poverty stricken and drug addicted areas in the world. It illustrates how prohibition creates more social problems than it solves and tells the tale of the end of the BC safety net for the old, the sick, the poor and the mentally ill. 

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This is a must read for all Canadians, and for anyone interested in harm reduction policy, and the impact uninformed governments can have on the health and wellness of their most marginalized citizens. A brilliant, informative, heartbreaking read. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Larry Campbell was mayor of Vancouver from 2002 to 2005 and oversaw the establishment of North America’s first legal injection site. His career as chief coroner for B.C. inspired the Gemini Award–winning TV series Da Vinci’s Inquest. He was appointed a Canadian senator in 2005.

Neil Boyd is a professor and associate director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He is a frequent media commentator on drug law, drug policy, and criminal violence, and has completed community impact studies on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Educated in psychology at the University of Western Ontario and in law at Osgoode Hall Law School, he is the author of five previous books, including The Last Dance.

Lori Culbert is an award-winning journalist with the Vancouver Sun. She has spent years writing about the Downtown Eastside, including the trial of accused serial killer Robert Pickton.

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