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January 11 — Housing minister mum on rental zoning
January 13 — $14M for modular homes
January 29 — Emergency shelter plan approved by BC Housing
February 14 — Night of Hope seeks overnight success in North Van
February 22 — North Shore homeless shelter rolls out cold weather beds
January 7 – Vancouver’s homeless need your compassion
February 15 – New Surrey homeless shelter opens
October 2– UBC law students open homeless ID clinic
October 25 — Toured 135A with Dave Brown LookoutSociety
December 22 – ‘When we’re changing in health care, we’re saving lives’
Funding Extended to Keep Winter Shelters Open – CKNW, December 28, 2016
Lookout is one of several service providers which coordinate winter shelters and extreme weather response shelters during severe weather.
11 Year Old Boy Organizes “Sock Rock” Dance & Donation Drive for Lookout Society – Delta Optimist, December 24, 2016
A heartwarming story about how anyone really can make a difference and help people in need. Our Deputy Executive Director, Keir Macdonald, shares his enthusiasm for this gift in the holiday season.
Risk of Fire at Homeless Camps – CBC, December 23, 2016
Shayne Williams, Lookout’s Executive Director, speaks about increased fire risk during especially cold weather as people in makeshift shelters try to stay warm.
Powell Street Getaway Opens Overdose Prevention Site in the Heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – Globe and Mail, December 21, 2016
Lookout works with a provincial strategy to combat overdoses at our Powell Street Getaway Drop In. Our Executive Director, Shayne Williams, speaks about employee burnout from responding to overdoses.
Lookout’s Riverside Shelter Acting as Temporary Overdose Prevention Site – Abbotsford News, December 20, 2016
Fraser Health Authority has designated Lookout’s shelter in Abbotsford as an overdose prevention site to reduce the risks to vulnerable people in the area.
Burnaby Still Without Year-Round Homeless Shelter – Burnaby Now, December 16, 2016
Lookout operates an Extreme Weather Response shelter in Burnaby during severe weather, but a long-term solution is needed to address the needs of the homeless in Burnaby.
Lookout Staff Overwhelmed by Overdose Crisis – CKNW, December 7, 2016
Our Executive Director Shayne Williams says Lookout is acting as a first responder in many overdose incidents which reduces our ability to focus on providing housing and health solutions to vulnerable people.
Lookout Society Named as Potential Partner for Supervised Consumption in Surrey to Combat Overdose Crisis – The Now Newspaper, December 6, 2016
Part of a joint effort to explore solutions in the City of Surrey which is facing unique challenges in the overdose crisis.
Surrey Releases Community Outreach Plan to Combat Overdoses – Vancouver Sun, December 6, 2016
Story explores joint efforts between Fraser Health and City of Surrey to refer people in need to expanded shelter services provided by Lookout, with application for supervised consumption site operated by Lookout along 135A street in Surrey.
Lookout Weighs in on Lack of Supports for Teens Aging Out of Foster Care – Global News, December 2, 2016
Video segment features Lookout’s Keir Macdonald as he discusses the service gaps which lead to the tragic death of a young girl who recently aged out of foster care.
Lookout Opens Extreme Weather Response Shelter Due to Freezing Temperatures – Burnaby Now, December 2, 2016
Extreme cold temperatures and snow launch opening of Lookout’s Extreme Weather Response Shelter in Burnaby.
Emergency Shelters Along the North Shore See Rising Demand – North Shore News, November 24, 2016
Lookout’s Bailey Mumford, Manager for North Shore Services, discusses extreme weather response shelters and expected increase this year during the winter season.
Critics Concerned Over Red Tape Which Could Delay Safe Injection Sites – News 1130, November 10, 2016
Discussion from some organizations who see federal legislation slowing BC’s response to the overdose crisis. Lookout’s Drop In at 528 Powell is listed as a proposed site.
Discussing the Toll of the Overdose Crisis on Frontline Workers – CBC Radio “The Current”, November 14, 2016
Listen to the interview with Lookout’s Surrey Programs Manager Linda Fox, as she discusses some of the challenges of dealing with overdoses so frequently.
Supervised Injection Sites Proposed by VCH, Including Lookout’s Drop In at 528 Powell Street – Global News, November 2, 2016
A brief interview with Keir Macdonald, our Deputy Executive Director, as he discusses how Lookout may renovate the Powell Street Getaway to include supervised injection to combat the overdose crisis.
#RoyalCityGems: Lookout Society – Downtown New West Business Improvement Association, October 14, 2016
Background on Lookout’s programs in New Westminster and collection of donations for Sweater Day.
Extreme Weather Response Shelters Open Early to Prepare for Weekend Storm – Burnaby Now, October 13, 2016
Shelter opens in Burnaby, which is without a permanent year-round shelter, to provide emergency shelter from expected storms this weekend.
Emergency Grant Saves Rig Dig Program – for Now – CBC News, October 13, 2016
Shayne Williams speaks about the importance of peer-lead programming and needle cleanup in Surrey.
Surrey Needle Cleanup Program Temporarily Revived – The Now Newspaper, October 12, 2016
Our Executive Director speaks about the proven benefits to the community in needle cleanup as Lookout works to find long-term funding for Rig Dig.
Rig Dig Programs Resumes Temporary Operations in Surrey – Vancouver Sun, October 12, 2016
Discussion about an emergency grant to resume minimal levels of operations for Rig Dig program while Lookout continues to search for a more permanent funding solution.
Food Security and H’Arts for the Homeless – Pulse FM: The Kash Heed Show, September 29, 2016
Our Executive Director speaks about our annual benefit H’Arts for the Homeless on October 6, this year raising funds towards providing nutritious food to vulnerable people across the Lower Mainland.
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VCH Applies for Supervised Injection Sites, Including a Lookout Location – Metro News Vancouver, September 22, 2016
Vancouver Coastal Health announces Lookout Society’s DTES Drop In Resource Centre as a proposed safe injection site to combat the fentanyl crisis.
Scenes from the Fentanyl Crisis in BC, Lookout’s Response: Administering Naloxone – CBC News: Investigates, September 13, 2016
As part of CBC Investigates 8 part series “Preventable Deaths: Inside B.C.’s Fentanyl Crisis,” Lookout’s Shayne Williams speaks about front line staff administering naloxone to save lives.
Fraser Health Responds to End of Rig Dig Program in Surrey – Surrey Now Newspaper, September 12, 2016
Lookout’s Deputy Executive Director, Keir Macdonald, speaks about the termination of the Rig Dig needle clean up program.
Concern for Public Safety After Lookout’s Rig Dig Program Ends – Surrey Now Newspaper, September 9, 2016
Keir Macdonald, our Deputy Executive Director, discusses the benefits of the Rig Dig needle clean up program as it is scheduled to end.
Vital Needle Clean Up Service in Surrey Ending Due to Lack of Funding – CBC News, September 6, 2016
Our Executive Director, Shayne Williams, comments about how the Rig Dig program serves the community and has provided opportunities for marginalized people in Surrey.
Surrey Needle and Garbage Clean Up Program Ending – The Simi Sara Show, CKNW, September 6, 2016
Shayne Williams speaks with CKNW to talk about the Rig Dig program as it enters its final week of operation due to funding cuts.
Surrey Rig Dig Program Scheduled to Close This Week – Vancouver Sun, September 6, 2016
Keir Macdonald, our Deputy Executive Director, expresses concern that no further funding has been secured to keep Surrey’s peer-lead needle clean up program operational.
Responding to the Opioid Overdose Crisis – CBC News, July 28, 2016
Our Executive Director, Shayne Williams, interviewed about the Province’s response to the crisis and what more needs to be done to protect people and make lasting improvements.
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More Overdoses Expected in Surrey – What is Being Done to Prepare?, Vancouver Sun, July 24, 2016
Lookout’s staff raises concerns that on the upcoming “welfare Wednesday” there is likely to be another surge of tainted drugs and overdoses – which begs the question, what is being done to prepare and offset this?
Rig Dig Program Looses Funding Even as Need for Needle Cleanup Increases, Surrey Now Newspaper, July 21, 2016
With an annual cost of $50,000 to operate, Lookout is struggling to keep the program operation until September with reduced funding from Fraser Health Authority of only $8,400 per year.
Supervised Drug Injection Sites: Aid in the Overdose Crisis, CBC News, July 21, 2016
Lookout staff in Surrey administer naloxone and save lives – but at the expense of focusing on what we are supposed to do: provide people with housing and fill service gaps.
Fraser Health Warning: Fentanyl Found in Crack Cocaine, iNews 880 AM, July 18, 2016
Lookout’s Executive Director, Shayne Williams, discusses the increased potency and demand for Naloxone in light of 43 drug overdoses in Surrey over the weekend.
Drug Overdose Spike in Surrey and Lookout’s Naloxone Response, CBC News, July 17, 2016
Lookout staff are often first responders to drug overdose incidents in Surrey, notably over this weekend when fentanyl was found in crack cocaine.
Lookout Surrey’s Rig Dig Needle Cleanup Program Scheduled to End Due to Funding Cuts, Global News, July 17, 2016
Shayne Williams, our Executive Director, discusses reduced operations on this peer-lead program that is scheduled to end after funding reductions from Fraser Health Authority.
Lookout Society Responds to 17 Out of 36 Overdoses in Surrey, Vancouver Sun & Calgary Herald, July 18, 2016
Fentanyl now appearing in crack cocaine, leading to increased risk to all street drug users – not just heroin users.
Surrey Rig Dig Program Ending in September Unless New Funding Secured, Winnipeg AM News 680, July 15, 2016
With increased need for safe needle cleanup and disposal, Lookout Society’s funding for Rig Dig program reduced – leading to imminent closure.
Thousands of Used Needles Collected by Lookout’s Rig Dig Program, CTV News, July 14, 2016
Lookout’s peer-lead initiative cleans up discarded needles and garbage in the Whalley neighbourhood of Surrey, helping to clean and improve safety for the community.
New Surrey Homeless Shelter Proposal Sparks Resistance, The Province, July 13, 2016
Our Executive Director, Shayne Williams, is among several experts who discuss the need for more emergency housing available in Surrey as part of a long-term strategy.
Lookout’s Abbotsford Shelter Has Found Homes for 41 People, Abbotsford News, June 25, 2016
6 months after opening our Riverside shelter in Abbotsford Lookout Society celebrates finding housing for 41 people so far.
Lookout Celebrates COA Accreditation and Welcomes New Deputy ED, New West Record, June 15, 2016
A belated welcome article for Keir MacDonald, new deputy executive director at Lookout; and celebration of COA accreditation.
Interview with Shayne Williams, “The Kash Heed Show” on Pulse FM Radio, June 14, 2016
Our Executive Director speaks on a number of issues affecting our operations and involvement in Surrey.
BC Response to Opioid Overdoses: Naloxone, Times Colonist, May 31, 2016
Interview with Surrey local Douglas Nickerson who, along with staff at Lookout Society, respond to overdoses by administering naloxone.
Lookout`s Perspective on Proposed Revitalization of Pigeon Park, Vancity Buzz, May 16, 2016
Shayne Williams comments on the proposal saying that it needs to stay welcoming and useable to the people living in SROs nearby who access the space.
Province Commits to Funding to Keep Lookout`s Winter Shelter Open Year-Round, Surrey Now, May 5, 2016
Funding extended until May 2017 for our new 24 hour shelter in Surrey.
Homeless Face Heat and Dehydration During Summer Months, Vancouver 24 Hours, April 7, 2016
Lookout comments on health issues such as heat stroke and sunburn, which are common to homeless people who do not have regular access to shelter or cool places; and our efforts to combat this by handing out water and sunscreen.
Deaths of Homeless Up 70%, Vancouver 24 Hours, March 29, 2016
Shayne Williams speaks about the tragedy and loss of life affecting homeless persons, and believes the reports are undercounted.
Guide to Giving: How you can help others helping those in need in New West, New West Record, Dec. 9, 2015
New Westminster is known for being a generous community where residents and businesses help those in need – at Christmas and beyond.
Vancouver officials issue warning after port fire blankets part of the city in thick, chemical-laden smoke, The National Post, March 4, 2015
Symptoms of exposure to the chemical-laden smoke that blanketed portions of east Vancouver and carried into Burnaby could be delayed by as much as 24 hours, health officials warned after a massive container fire at the port Wednesday afternoon.
Tim Hortons apologizes after employee dumps water on homeless man, News 1130, Feb. 8, 2015
There’s an online push to boycott a Tim Hortons location in Downtown Vancouver after a store manager dumped a bucket of water on a homeless man and his dog.
December 19 – Lookout Society Launches Overdose Prevention Site at Powell Street Getaway
April 18 – Homeless and at-risk individuals affected by reduction to Lookout’s outreach team
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