Discovery House Newsletter - Winter 2016 - 2017

Discovery House at Christmas Fair

Best looking booth at the Okanagan Makers Christmas Fair come visit Discovery House Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm. Christmas Candle holders, stained glass and dried soups and desserts.

As well, enter our draw to win a night stay ($250 value) in the Honeymoon Suite at Tiki Shores (tickets only $5 or three for $10)!

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The Cold Truth Behind B.C.’s Overdose Epidemic

GARY MASON - The Globe and Mail

Published 

When tucking into your holiday feast this weekend, spare a thought for those unable to enjoy such comforts.

First responders come to mind, especially in Metro Vancouver, which is in the grip of an epidemic of drug overdoses. According to the most recent statistics, 755 people have died so far in 2016, a 70-per-cent increase over this time last year.

If you are shocked by this news, you are excused. For some reason, this public-health calamity has failed to galvanize the country’s attention, certainly not like the great SARS panic of 2003 did. It was top of the news – and the federal government’s political agenda – for months.

SARS claimed the lives of 44 people in Canada. That many are dying of overdoses in a single week in British Columbia.

The province may have more than 900 overdose deaths by year’s end, at the rate things are going. The 128 people who died in November was the highest monthly total all year, which is pretty discouraging given that the provincial health officer declared a public emergency over the crisis last spring.

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Now we can serve even more men and families...

We took possession of this property on Friday Novmber 27th.

This will be the next incarnation of Discovery House helping us expand our services with an additional 12 beds!

Thanks for the support of so many... We are still in need of many things for this property to be up and running especially financial support over the next few months to help bridge interest mortgage payments, and contractor costs...

Thanks to the huge amount of Community Support, to BC Housing, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, MLA Dan Ashton, and to our many individual supporters.

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