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As a leader among homelessness service providers, the Lookout Society is often in the news. Here's a list of recent news coverage.

 

Vancouver's Homeless Need Your Compassion - Vancouver Sun, January 7, 2017

An inside look with Lookout's Yukon Housing Centre, located by Olympic Village. Shelter & Transitional Housing Manager Richard Marquez speaks about the importance of partnerships and building community.

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.

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.
RCMP to lead new plan to intervene in high-risk cases in Surrey, The Canadian Press, Dec. 7, 2015
RCMP in Surrey, B.C., are taking the lead in a new intervention plan touted elsewhere in Canada for reducing child protection cases, violent crimes and emergency-room admissions.
Surrey launches SMART approach to crisis, Surrey NewsLeader, Dec. 6, 2015
A single mom has been living on the street for some time and her child is missing school more frequently.
Rising number of homeless seniors face crime and disease, TheThunderbird.ca, Dec. 6, 2015
Seniors are the fastest growing group of homeless people in Vancouver, but shelters can be a risky option for them.
Minister says there's money for homeless shelter in Burnaby, Burnaby Now, Dec. 1, 2015
B.C. Housing Minister  Rich Coleman says there’s money on the table for a homeless shelter in Burnaby, but the province needs Burnaby’s cooperation to make it happen.
 LETTER: Thank you for winter homeless shelter, Abbotsford News, Dec. 1, 2015
 Our hard working Mayor Braun and city council members deserve to be commended for not only talking about but literally providing a much needed 40-bed winter shelter for the homeless by mid-December before the snow starts flying.
Burnaby homeless camp catches fire, Burnaby Now, Nov. 27, 2015
A fire at a homeless camp in the woods next to the corner of Gaglardi Way and Lougheed Highway early Friday morning highlights some of the dangers of sleeping outdoors in Burnaby, which does not have a year-round homeless shelter.
First Look: `Miracles will happen' at Surrey's new winter shelter, Surrey Now, Nov. 27, 2015
WHALLEY - It's not a polished operation just yet, but Surrey's winter shelter officially opened its doors Tuesday night, welcoming five homeless men in from the cold.
Winter homeless shelter to be built in Abbotsford, Abbotsford News, Nov. 26, 2015
A winter shelter for the homeless will be built in Abbotsford on Riverside Road.
B.C. government and Abbotsford partner to build 40-bed winter shelter, Global TV, Nov. 26, 2015
The B.C. government and the City of Abbotsford have partnered to build a 40-bed shelter that will be open from mid-December until the end of April, 2016.
Abbotsford converting empty lot into pet-friendly temporary shelter, CTV News, Nov. 26, 2015
The City of Abbotsford is partnering with the province to open a temporary shelter to get the city’s homeless population out of the cold this winter.
Dundarave's Forest of Miracles and holiday festivities, North Shore News, Nov. 25, 2015
The North Shore Dragon Busters are a team of dragon boat paddlers who are all breast cancer survivors. This year, as they did last year, they will decorate a tree at Dundarave Beach as part of the annual Forest of Miracles.
'Winter shelters make such a difference in people’s lives’: Surrey, Vancouver Province, Nov. 22, 2015
There’s a reason it’s called “sleeping rough.”
North Shore emergency shelter beds open as rains set in, North Shore News, Nov. 12, 2015
There’s a little bit more room at the inn for the North Shore’s homeless population when the weather gets particularly harsh for those outside.
Homeless shelter data critical for planning, Vancouver Courier, Nov. 10, 2015
Until last year, homeless shelter operators were required to gather the information as a condition of their provincial funding.
BC Housing no longer collecting data on homeless shelter turnaways, Globe and Mail, Nov. 8, 2015
British Columbia is no longer collecting information on how many people are turned away from homeless shelters, saying it doesn’t help assess shelter need in a community.
DTES residents tell story through acting, 24 Hours, Oct. 27, 2015
About a dozen people fill the InterUrban Gallery, sitting in chairs that mimic the inside of a bus, running through their script lines, discussing nerves when the director interjects after a mistake is made — preparing in the middle of chaos as often comes before a live show.
Abbotsford plans winter homeless shelter, but has not settled on location, Vancouver Sun, Oct. 16, 2015
The city of Abbotsford is considering setting up its first HEAT (Homeless Emergency Action Team)shelter for its growing homeless population this winter, but is struggling to figure out where to put it.
 B.C. to give $400,000 for winter homeless shelter in Surrey, CKNW, Oct. 13, 2015
The BC government will provide $400,000 to the Lookout Emergency Aid Society to run a new temporary winter shelter in Surrey.
New winter shelter in Surrey B.C. funded by province, CBC News, Oct. 13, 2015
The provincial government has announced $400,000 in funding for a new temporary winter shelter in Surrey B.C. just as a recently released report is criticizing it for not doing enough to help the city house its vulnerable population.

Province commits $400,000 to new winter shelter in Surrey, Surrey Now, Oct. 13, 2015
WHALLEY — In the middle of Homelessness Action Week, B.C.'s housing minister Rich Coleman made a visit to Surrey to announce a $400,000 funding commitment for a new winter shelter.
Province helps fund new winter homeless shelter in Surrey, Surrey Leader, Oct. 13, 2015
A 40-bed temporary winter shelter will be opened near the former Dell Hotel site in Whalley beginning in November, the provincial government promised Tuesday.
Wet Shelter Step Closer, Sudbury Star, Oct. 5, 2015 
Come today, the city could be one sizeable step closer to a residential managed alcohol program.
Surrey finds location for winter shelter after two years without, Surrey Now, Oct. 5, 2015
WHALLEY — The City of Surrey will have a winter shelter this year, after two years without one.
TransLink needs low-income options: forum, Vancouver 24 Hours, Oct. 4, 2015
TransLink’s current upheaval is being seen as a timely opportunity to talk about the benefits of low-income subsidies like those seen in Calgary and Seattle.
Focus: Surrey's problem with poverty, Surrey Now, Oct. 1, 2015  
“What will you do for Paula?” Paula is a woman living on the streets of Whalley. Dave Brown knows her well.
H'Arts for the Homeless, Miss 604, Sept. 28, 2015
Lookout Society is hosting its 7th annual H’Arts for the Homeless gala on Thursday, October 1st. This special evening includes entertainment, live painting and inspiration that celebrates the joys, successes, strengths and stories of the people Lookout serves.
H'Arts for the Homeless, North Shore News, Sept. 28, 2015
Lori Goldberg is among the artists participating in H’Arts for the Homeless, a gala fundraiser for the Lookout Society, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m., at Vancouver’s The Imperial.
H'Arts gala benefits Surrey Health Centre, Surrey604, Sept. 23, 2015
Get ready for the 7th annual H’Arts for the Homeless on Oct. 1. This gala fundraiser for the Lookout Society is a special evening of entertainment, live painting and inspiration that celebrates the joys, successes, strengths and stories of the people Lookout serves.
Whalley's Corner: We could do so much more, Surrey Now, Sept. 10, 2015
For Linda Fox, coming back to Gateway Emergency Shelter was serendipitous.
Vancouver shelter leader responds to safety complaints, CKNW, Aug. 6, 2015
A Vancouver man who spent a month in at one of the Lookout Society’s shelters says conditions there are out of control.

Whalley's Corner: The stuggles and triumphs of the Surrey strip, Surrey Now, Aug. 6, 2015
Santana said it was surreal the first time she stuck a life-saving syringe in someone's arm at the Front Room on the Whalley "Strip" - aka 135A Street.

DTES-area residents, businesses concerned about street market’s proposed move, Vancouver Province, June 8, 2015
Chuck Manaigre went out of town and came back to find that Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Street Market is about to be relocated to an empty lot beside his apartment.
A ray of sunshine in a troubled place, Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2015
On an early afternoon in Oppenheimer Park, the sun bravely tries to poke through to bless those who slurp free soup here, share war stories and let time drift by as aimlessly as the clouds in the sky.
High risk sex offender located, arrested in Surrey, BCTV, March 11, 2015
High-risk sex offender Darren Wheatley was arrested in Surrey on Tuesday, the day after missing curfew at the Vancouver halfway house where he lives.
How Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents pulled together in an emergency, Vancouver Sun, March. 5, 2015
As the 911 call came in alerting officials to a fire at the port at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Todd Spencer was watching the plumes of smoke go up from a friend’s apartment nearby.

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.
Port Metro Vancouver fire: What you need to know, CBC Radio, March 4, 2015
If you're in the downtown core, here's what you need to know about the chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver.
Chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver prompts police and health authority warnings, Georgia Straight, March 4, 2015
Today (March 3) a four-alarm fire burned inside the Port of Metro Vancouver facility in East Vancouver.

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.
Surrey series tackles drug lies, Vancouver 24 Hours, Feb. 23, 2015
A Surrey education series aims to be an honest look at substance abuse and addiction to rectify what organizers view are ‘lies’ told in drug education classes.
Surrey struggles with surge in homelessness as another tent city is dismantled, Surrey Now, Feb. 4, 2015
For the second time in recent months, a tent city has been cleared out of Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood, and some in the city blame the dismantling of Vancouver’s Oppenheimer encampment for a recent surge in homeless.
Standoff with Surrey RCMP highlights concerns about inmates’ release without meds, Georgia Straight, Feb. 4, 2015
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Jan. 29, more than a dozen RCMP officers surrounded the Grouse Creek Motel on King George Boulevard in Surrey.
Review decisions, council tells feds, province, New Westminster NewsLeader, Feb. 3, 2015
New Westminster council is going to bat for local organizations with a track record of reducing homelessness in the city.
Toque Tuesday hits Vancouver stations, Vancouver 24 Hours, Feb. 2, 2015
Volunteers across particular Lower Mainland’s SkyTrain stations will be hawking toques and socks in an effort to put a “cap on homelessness” on Feb. 3.
 New West can support homeless programs on Toque Tuesday, Royal City Record, Jan. 30, 2015
 Royal City residents can help put a cap on homelessness on Toque Tuesday.
Emergency shelters opened after rain storms, CKNW, Jan. 24, 2015
We can expect it to be chilly for the next little while in parts of the Lower Mainland, and for those who don’t have a home, that means trying to find a warm, dry place to spend the night.

Pineapple Express drenches Vancouver, Surrey Leader, Jan. 24, 2015
The Pineapple Express that drenched the Vancouver area is now drifting north, with heavy downpours expected to pummel the central coast of British Columbia.
 Pineapple Express drifts north after soaking Metro Vancouver rigion, Vancouver Province, Jan. 24, 2015
The Pineapple Express that drenched the Vancouver area is now drifting north, leaving localized flooding and warm temperatures in its wake.
Is Seattle's tent city solution right for Vancouver?, News1130, Jan. 20, 2015
As Vancouver struggles to find solutions to homelessness, Seattle is trying to deal with the problem with the help of regulated tent cities.
B.C. embarks on massive divestment of public housing, Vancouver Sun, Jan. 18, 2015
When BC Housing slipped letters under residents' doors advising in October that Stamps Place is being sold, it marked the beginning of a massive divesting of public property, public assets and responsibility for operating social housing units.
New West deli dishes up community spirit, Royal City Record, Jan. 15, 2015
Greens and Beans Deli is dishing out community spirit – with a helping hand from its customers.
Building a Sanctuary, Capilano Courier, Jan. 12, 2015
“It feels like we have a mop in our hands and we’re mopping up the floor, it’s raining outside and there’s no roof on our building."

 

As a leader among homelessness service providers, the Lookout Society is often in the news. Here's a list of recent news coverage.

 

Vancouver's Homeless Need Your Compassion - Vancouver Sun, January 7, 2017

An inside look with Lookout's Yukon Housing Centre, located by Olympic Village. Shelter & Transitional Housing Manager Richard Marquez speaks about the importance of partnerships and building community.

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.

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.
Watch the broadcast

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.
RCMP to lead new plan to intervene in high-risk cases in Surrey, The Canadian Press, Dec. 7, 2015
RCMP in Surrey, B.C., are taking the lead in a new intervention plan touted elsewhere in Canada for reducing child protection cases, violent crimes and emergency-room admissions.
Surrey launches SMART approach to crisis, Surrey NewsLeader, Dec. 6, 2015
A single mom has been living on the street for some time and her child is missing school more frequently.
Rising number of homeless seniors face crime and disease, TheThunderbird.ca, Dec. 6, 2015
Seniors are the fastest growing group of homeless people in Vancouver, but shelters can be a risky option for them.
Minister says there's money for homeless shelter in Burnaby, Burnaby Now, Dec. 1, 2015
B.C. Housing Minister  Rich Coleman says there’s money on the table for a homeless shelter in Burnaby, but the province needs Burnaby’s cooperation to make it happen.
 LETTER: Thank you for winter homeless shelter, Abbotsford News, Dec. 1, 2015
 Our hard working Mayor Braun and city council members deserve to be commended for not only talking about but literally providing a much needed 40-bed winter shelter for the homeless by mid-December before the snow starts flying.
Burnaby homeless camp catches fire, Burnaby Now, Nov. 27, 2015
A fire at a homeless camp in the woods next to the corner of Gaglardi Way and Lougheed Highway early Friday morning highlights some of the dangers of sleeping outdoors in Burnaby, which does not have a year-round homeless shelter.
First Look: `Miracles will happen' at Surrey's new winter shelter, Surrey Now, Nov. 27, 2015
WHALLEY - It's not a polished operation just yet, but Surrey's winter shelter officially opened its doors Tuesday night, welcoming five homeless men in from the cold.
Winter homeless shelter to be built in Abbotsford, Abbotsford News, Nov. 26, 2015
A winter shelter for the homeless will be built in Abbotsford on Riverside Road.
B.C. government and Abbotsford partner to build 40-bed winter shelter, Global TV, Nov. 26, 2015
The B.C. government and the City of Abbotsford have partnered to build a 40-bed shelter that will be open from mid-December until the end of April, 2016.
Abbotsford converting empty lot into pet-friendly temporary shelter, CTV News, Nov. 26, 2015
The City of Abbotsford is partnering with the province to open a temporary shelter to get the city’s homeless population out of the cold this winter.
Dundarave's Forest of Miracles and holiday festivities, North Shore News, Nov. 25, 2015
The North Shore Dragon Busters are a team of dragon boat paddlers who are all breast cancer survivors. This year, as they did last year, they will decorate a tree at Dundarave Beach as part of the annual Forest of Miracles.
'Winter shelters make such a difference in people’s lives’: Surrey, Vancouver Province, Nov. 22, 2015
There’s a reason it’s called “sleeping rough.”
North Shore emergency shelter beds open as rains set in, North Shore News, Nov. 12, 2015
There’s a little bit more room at the inn for the North Shore’s homeless population when the weather gets particularly harsh for those outside.
Homeless shelter data critical for planning, Vancouver Courier, Nov. 10, 2015
Until last year, homeless shelter operators were required to gather the information as a condition of their provincial funding.
BC Housing no longer collecting data on homeless shelter turnaways, Globe and Mail, Nov. 8, 2015
British Columbia is no longer collecting information on how many people are turned away from homeless shelters, saying it doesn’t help assess shelter need in a community.
DTES residents tell story through acting, 24 Hours, Oct. 27, 2015
About a dozen people fill the InterUrban Gallery, sitting in chairs that mimic the inside of a bus, running through their script lines, discussing nerves when the director interjects after a mistake is made — preparing in the middle of chaos as often comes before a live show.
Abbotsford plans winter homeless shelter, but has not settled on location, Vancouver Sun, Oct. 16, 2015
The city of Abbotsford is considering setting up its first HEAT (Homeless Emergency Action Team)shelter for its growing homeless population this winter, but is struggling to figure out where to put it.
 B.C. to give $400,000 for winter homeless shelter in Surrey, CKNW, Oct. 13, 2015
The BC government will provide $400,000 to the Lookout Emergency Aid Society to run a new temporary winter shelter in Surrey.
New winter shelter in Surrey B.C. funded by province, CBC News, Oct. 13, 2015
The provincial government has announced $400,000 in funding for a new temporary winter shelter in Surrey B.C. just as a recently released report is criticizing it for not doing enough to help the city house its vulnerable population.

Province commits $400,000 to new winter shelter in Surrey, Surrey Now, Oct. 13, 2015
WHALLEY — In the middle of Homelessness Action Week, B.C.'s housing minister Rich Coleman made a visit to Surrey to announce a $400,000 funding commitment for a new winter shelter.
Province helps fund new winter homeless shelter in Surrey, Surrey Leader, Oct. 13, 2015
A 40-bed temporary winter shelter will be opened near the former Dell Hotel site in Whalley beginning in November, the provincial government promised Tuesday.
Wet Shelter Step Closer, Sudbury Star, Oct. 5, 2015 
Come today, the city could be one sizeable step closer to a residential managed alcohol program.
Surrey finds location for winter shelter after two years without, Surrey Now, Oct. 5, 2015
WHALLEY — The City of Surrey will have a winter shelter this year, after two years without one.
TransLink needs low-income options: forum, Vancouver 24 Hours, Oct. 4, 2015
TransLink’s current upheaval is being seen as a timely opportunity to talk about the benefits of low-income subsidies like those seen in Calgary and Seattle.
Focus: Surrey's problem with poverty, Surrey Now, Oct. 1, 2015  
“What will you do for Paula?” Paula is a woman living on the streets of Whalley. Dave Brown knows her well.
H'Arts for the Homeless, Miss 604, Sept. 28, 2015
Lookout Society is hosting its 7th annual H’Arts for the Homeless gala on Thursday, October 1st. This special evening includes entertainment, live painting and inspiration that celebrates the joys, successes, strengths and stories of the people Lookout serves.
H'Arts for the Homeless, North Shore News, Sept. 28, 2015
Lori Goldberg is among the artists participating in H’Arts for the Homeless, a gala fundraiser for the Lookout Society, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m., at Vancouver’s The Imperial.
H'Arts gala benefits Surrey Health Centre, Surrey604, Sept. 23, 2015
Get ready for the 7th annual H’Arts for the Homeless on Oct. 1. This gala fundraiser for the Lookout Society is a special evening of entertainment, live painting and inspiration that celebrates the joys, successes, strengths and stories of the people Lookout serves.
Whalley's Corner: We could do so much more, Surrey Now, Sept. 10, 2015
For Linda Fox, coming back to Gateway Emergency Shelter was serendipitous.
Vancouver shelter leader responds to safety complaints, CKNW, Aug. 6, 2015
A Vancouver man who spent a month in at one of the Lookout Society’s shelters says conditions there are out of control.

Whalley's Corner: The stuggles and triumphs of the Surrey strip, Surrey Now, Aug. 6, 2015
Santana said it was surreal the first time she stuck a life-saving syringe in someone's arm at the Front Room on the Whalley "Strip" - aka 135A Street.

DTES-area residents, businesses concerned about street market’s proposed move, Vancouver Province, June 8, 2015
Chuck Manaigre went out of town and came back to find that Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Street Market is about to be relocated to an empty lot beside his apartment.
A ray of sunshine in a troubled place, Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2015
On an early afternoon in Oppenheimer Park, the sun bravely tries to poke through to bless those who slurp free soup here, share war stories and let time drift by as aimlessly as the clouds in the sky.
High risk sex offender located, arrested in Surrey, BCTV, March 11, 2015
High-risk sex offender Darren Wheatley was arrested in Surrey on Tuesday, the day after missing curfew at the Vancouver halfway house where he lives.
How Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents pulled together in an emergency, Vancouver Sun, March. 5, 2015
As the 911 call came in alerting officials to a fire at the port at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Todd Spencer was watching the plumes of smoke go up from a friend’s apartment nearby.

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.
Port Metro Vancouver fire: What you need to know, CBC Radio, March 4, 2015
If you're in the downtown core, here's what you need to know about the chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver.
Chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver prompts police and health authority warnings, Georgia Straight, March 4, 2015
Today (March 3) a four-alarm fire burned inside the Port of Metro Vancouver facility in East Vancouver.

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.
Surrey series tackles drug lies, Vancouver 24 Hours, Feb. 23, 2015
A Surrey education series aims to be an honest look at substance abuse and addiction to rectify what organizers view are ‘lies’ told in drug education classes.
Surrey struggles with surge in homelessness as another tent city is dismantled, Surrey Now, Feb. 4, 2015
For the second time in recent months, a tent city has been cleared out of Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood, and some in the city blame the dismantling of Vancouver’s Oppenheimer encampment for a recent surge in homeless.
Standoff with Surrey RCMP highlights concerns about inmates’ release without meds, Georgia Straight, Feb. 4, 2015
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Jan. 29, more than a dozen RCMP officers surrounded the Grouse Creek Motel on King George Boulevard in Surrey.
Review decisions, council tells feds, province, New Westminster NewsLeader, Feb. 3, 2015
New Westminster council is going to bat for local organizations with a track record of reducing homelessness in the city.
Toque Tuesday hits Vancouver stations, Vancouver 24 Hours, Feb. 2, 2015
Volunteers across particular Lower Mainland’s SkyTrain stations will be hawking toques and socks in an effort to put a “cap on homelessness” on Feb. 3.
 New West can support homeless programs on Toque Tuesday, Royal City Record, Jan. 30, 2015
 Royal City residents can help put a cap on homelessness on Toque Tuesday.
Emergency shelters opened after rain storms, CKNW, Jan. 24, 2015
We can expect it to be chilly for the next little while in parts of the Lower Mainland, and for those who don’t have a home, that means trying to find a warm, dry place to spend the night.

Pineapple Express drenches Vancouver, Surrey Leader, Jan. 24, 2015
The Pineapple Express that drenched the Vancouver area is now drifting north, with heavy downpours expected to pummel the central coast of British Columbia.
 Pineapple Express drifts north after soaking Metro Vancouver rigion, Vancouver Province, Jan. 24, 2015
The Pineapple Express that drenched the Vancouver area is now drifting north, leaving localized flooding and warm temperatures in its wake.
Is Seattle's tent city solution right for Vancouver?, News1130, Jan. 20, 2015
As Vancouver struggles to find solutions to homelessness, Seattle is trying to deal with the problem with the help of regulated tent cities.
B.C. embarks on massive divestment of public housing, Vancouver Sun, Jan. 18, 2015
When BC Housing slipped letters under residents' doors advising in October that Stamps Place is being sold, it marked the beginning of a massive divesting of public property, public assets and responsibility for operating social housing units.
New West deli dishes up community spirit, Royal City Record, Jan. 15, 2015
Greens and Beans Deli is dishing out community spirit – with a helping hand from its customers.
Building a Sanctuary, Capilano Courier, Jan. 12, 2015
“It feels like we have a mop in our hands and we’re mopping up the floor, it’s raining outside and there’s no roof on our building."

2014 News Coverage

Cold snap welcomed by North Shore ski hills, North Shore News, Dec. 31, 2014
The North Shore’s mountains may not look like white elephants yet but there’s enough cold in them thar hills for tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding.
B.C. shelters preparing for latest cold weather snap, Vancouver Province, Dec. 29, 2014
Extra shelter spaces have been opened to house the homeless throughout Metro Vancouver in expectation of below-freezing temperatures this week.
Former inmate shares his story of B.C. prisons' revolving doors, Georgia Straight, Dec. 23, 2014
The morning after Chris Trotchie was released from four months in North Fraser Pretrial Centre for an assault charge, he described even personal interactions as “sensory overload.”
Letter: Lookout letter from Shayne Williams, New Westminster NewsLeader, Dec. 19, 2014 
For 43 years the Lookout Emergency Aid Society has worked to end homelessness in Metro Vancouver.
Letter: Experience with the Russell House quite different, New Westminster NewsLeader, Dec. 19, 2014
 It is not my intention to question the experiences of Lee Smith, owner of Blood & Iron, or his students.
Letter: New Westminster`s Russell House has been a Godsend, New Westminster NewsLeader, Dec. 19, 2014
My father is a tenant at Russell House.
Letter: Blood and Iron should talk to their neighbours more, New Westminster NewsLeader, Dec. 19, 2014
Lee Smith, who operates Blood and Iron Martial Arts, is quoted saying `Threats of violence from drug dealers and criminals are frequent enough that it has become almost a running joke amongst the senior students."
Here's how to help a homeless person at Christmas, The Province, Dec. 19, 2014
There is no upfront money involved, just a chance to make someone’s Christmas gift wish a reality.
A tale of two shelters, from Surrey to Vancouver, Surrey Now, Dec. 18, 2014
Walking past Surrey's Gateway 40-bed barrier-free homeless shelter, it's impossible to miss. After all, it's on what's nicknamed "the strip," also known as 135A Street.
Letter: Carnarvon Street business should talk to neighbours more, New Westminster NewsLeader, Dec. 16, 2014
Honestly I thought I was reading the newspaper from April 1.
Carnarvon Street businesses and residents complain of abuse, New Westminster NewsLeader, Dec. 11
The staff and students at Blood and Iron Martial Arts know how to take care of themselves

 Numbers up at Burnaby extreme weather shelter, Burnaby NewsLeader, Dec. 11, 2014
The use of Burnaby's extreme weather shelter has seen an increase so far this year, says Dave Brown of its operator, Lookout Emergency Aid Society.
 Feet on the ground of addiction treatment weigh in on Surrey recovery homes, Surrey Now, Dec. 11, 2014
By the age of 10, Michelle Johnston had smoked her first joint and had her first drink.
New homeless shelter in the works for Surrey, Surrey Leader, Dec. 3, 2014
A new homeless shelter in Surrey is in the works, which will greatly expand services for those without housing.
B.C. government off-loading public housing with Stamps Place sale, Jenny Kwan says
NDP MLA Jenny Kwan suggests that the B.C. Liberal government wants shirk its responsibility for public housing.
"Where do we go if you have nothing and nowhere?, Surrey Leader, Dec. 3, 2014
At least 20 people were evicted from a tent city in Whalley this week, but service providers insist they will have warm places to stay.
Lights for Hope, West Vancouver Living, December Issue
Dundarave Festival of Lights raises funds and awareness for homelessness
Keys Housing merges with Lookout Emergency Aid Society to tackle homelessness, Surrey Now, Dec. 1, 2014
Keys Housing and Health Solutions has merged the Lookout Emergency Aid Society in an effort to make larger social impacts together.
Dundarave Christmas festival highlights seniors' homeless problem, CBC News, Nov. 30, 2014
West Vancouver's annual Christmas tree decorating contest is shedding light this year on a growing trend of seniors in need of shelter.
Surrey - Action needed on housing plan, 24 Hours Vancouver, Nov. 7, 2014
For the second year in a row, homeless people in Surrey won’t have the safety net of a winter shelter. After investigating 17 potential locations, city staff said they couldn’t find an adequate home for it.
Burnaby, Surrey shirk homeless duties, The Tyee, Oct. 28, 2014
Pity the homeless in Burnaby or Surrey because both municipalities are avoiding their social responsibility by not opening shelters for those in need.
Burnaby, Surrey shirk homeless duties, 24 Hours Vancouver, Oct. 27, 2014
Pity the homeless in Burnaby or Surrey because both municipalities are avoiding their social responsibility by not opening shelters for those in need.
Surrey residents continue to block the construction of a winter homeless shelter, Georgia Straight, Oct. 22, 2014
For the second year in a row, Surrey city councillors are sending additional homeless outreach workers into the streets after failing to find a suitable location for a winter shelter.
Surrey goes without winter shelter for second year in a row, Surrey Now, Oct. 22, 2014
The cold days of winter are nearly upon Surrey's homeless population, but after failing to find a suitable location for a winter shelter, the city will have to once again go without.
 Fear blocks Surrey winter Shelter, 24 Hours Vancouver, Oct. 19, 2014 
The Surrey Winter Shelter won’t open for the second year in a row. The program — intended to keep people from sleeping outside in winter — can’t find a home because neighbouring owners don’t want it nearby.

Social housing project generates 729 police calls in 16 months, Vancouver Courier, Sept. 23, 2014
A man in handcuffs lies face down on the sidewalk outside the Marguerite Ford Apartments, a recently opened 147-unit social housing complex on the edge of the former Olympic Village.
Opinion: Improving mental health and addiction services, The Vancouver Province, Sept. 22, 2014
The Vancouver mayor’s task force on mental health and addictions recently presented its report to council. In it were recommendations — all unanimously approved — that could significantly improve the landscape of mental health and addiction services in Vancouver.
Canadian Tire Corp aims to gain more customer data with new digital loyalty program, Financial Post, Sept. 9, 2014
Canadian Tire money stashed in shoe boxes and steamer trunks has been used to pay for everything from hockey skates to riding lawn mowers over the years, but the biggest payoff in the new digital version of the iconic paper rewards program is coming to the retailer itself.
 

2013 News Coverage

Cuts trigger panic, Royal City Record, June 14, 2013
Members of New Westminster city council are blasting Fraser Health's plan to cut Lookout Society's
budget, as they fear it could unravel improvements made to get homeless people off city streets.

Council grills Fraser Health over cut, New Westminster NewsLeader, June 13, 2013
Three Fraser Health (FH) representatives were grilled for more than an hour by passionate—and in one case, fistpounding—New Westminster councillors over a recent decision by the authority to reduce funding to the Lookout Society.

Hope in Shadows photo contest coming to the North Shore, North Shore Outlook, June 12, 2013
On Monday, 26 single-use cameras were handed out to the first participants in the inaugural Hope in Shadows
North Shore Photography Contest.

Lookout clients drumming up support for therapy, Royal City Record, May 17, 2013
Lookout Emergency Aid Society clients are drumming up support - so they can keep drumming.

Journey from homeless to hopeful – New Westminster NewsLeader, May 1, 2013
The only furniture in Doug Tetroe’s Queensborough apartment is a sleeper couch, a small coffee table and a fuzzy old
colour television. But at least he has an apartment.

Homeless people deserve privacy too, says advocate – Vancouver Sun, April 29, 2013
An agency that helps homeless people is waging a battle with government agencies over how much personal information to share about its marginalized clients.

Tenant upset about cuts – Royal City Record, April 26, 2013
My name is Misty Rafferty. I am a tenant in a building called Cliff Block, run by Lookout Emergency Aid Society.

Cuts to Cliff Block ‘quite shocking’ – Royal City Record, April 26, 2013
New Westminster city council is concerned that cuts to a local community service could have far reaching concerns for the city.

 Cliff Block outreach cut back – New Westminster NewsLeader, April 24, 2013
Fraser Health's decision not to fund Cliff Block's outreach services in New Westminster will mean a regression in the progress the city has made dealing with homelessness.

Support for homeless cut – Royal City Record, April 24, 2013
Homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in New Westminster may have more trouble accessing outreach services through the Lookout Emergency Aid Society as of July 10.

The New Westminster Rotary Club is teaming up with the Cliff Block in New Westminster to serve nutritious meals to Lookout Emergency Aid Society clients and tenants.

Hopes raised for transitional housing – Burnaby NewsLeader, Feb. 28, 2013
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan expressing support for a transitional housing facility in the city is a very positive step forward, say local advocates for the homeless.
In a recent interview for a column by NewsLeader editor Chris Bryan, Corrigan reiterated his opposition to emergency shelters, saying people who use them should be getting help elsewhere, such as addictions treatment, an institution like Riverview for the extremely mentally ill, or group homes.

B.C. deaths totaled 168 between 2007 and 2010 – Vancouver Courier, Jan. 10, 2013
When 49-year-old Rick Hofs died alone behind a dollar store in Marpole two days after Christmas, he became another unfortunate statistic in a city still mired in a homelessness crisis.
His death, which came after many in his community helped him with clothing, food and money, would have gone unpublicized had a friend not contacted the Courier.

Let's work together to address homelessness in Burnaby – Vancouver Sun, Jan. 10, 2013
As Pete McMartin points out, it is very difficult to serve the local homeless in Burnaby.
People don't have bus fare, they don't like to leave their home area because they know who the supportive businesses and residents are and they know the safe places.

Homeless shelter opened for holidays – Burnaby Now, Jan. 8, 2013
Burnaby's extreme-weather shelter slept a total of 13 people over the holidays.
"We were open for 10 nights, and we provided space for 13 people," said Karen O'Shannacery, executive director for Lookout Emergency Aid Society.

Political will needed to prevent more homeless deaths – Vancouver Courier, Jan. 7, 2013
The needless death of a 49-year-old homeless man in Marpole two days after Christmas is why the Lookout Emergency Aid Society believes strongly that we need services to go to the people. Unfortunately Rick Hofs is not the only person at high risk living on the streets. It is an unfortunate fact that many homeless individuals die needlessly, especially in the winter.

A tale of two cities – one big, one small – Vancouver Sun, Jan. 5, 2013
It gets cold in Burnaby. Burnaby is not exempt from winter.
When it does get cold in Burnaby - but only when it gets sufficiently cold, below zero - the homeless needing to get off the streets must go to the Westminster Bible Chapel, which houses an extreme weather emergency shelter. Those using the shelter sleep on the floor on mats. They get a hot meal.
The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes at 7 a.m. - either out of budgetary concerns or the notion that zero-degree weather is more tolerable during daylight, I'm not sure which.

Finding missing people is a calling – Vancouver Sun, Jan. 4, 2013
Brian is 50. He is short, a bit squat and stutters slightly when he is nervous. When he was younger, he and his father took part in search and rescue operations, and it was during a rescue that Brian fell and suffered a brain injury.

2012 News Coverage

Homeless folks head to shelters – Burnaby Now, Dec. 24, 2012
As word spreads that local extreme weather shelters are opening this month, Burnaby and New Westminster homeless people are starting to filter in from the cold.
"There's been a total of 40 people in New Westminster in the six days we've been operating so far, from Dec. 8 to (Dec. 20)," said Dave Suttie from Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which runs extreme weather shelters in Burnaby and New Westminster.

Stories from the side of the road – New Westminster NewsLeader, Dec. 20, 2012
While toxicity from heavy metal poisoning left Diane Haynes stuck in her Queen’s Park home for more than a year the isolating illness was also inspirational.
Haynes felt like she was stuck on the side of the road while everyone else whizzed by with their lives. She needed to talk about what she was enduring, but the only person she could burden with her experiences was her partner.

How To: Give Back This Holiday Season – Vancouver Sun, Dec. 18, 2012
Maybe it's all those Christmas lights, bells and animatronic reindeer. But something about the holiday season seems to bring out the best in people. Even with our busy schedules in the hustle and bustle of the seasonal rush, many of us would like to reach out to those in need. Here are a few suggestions to make your holiday season even more special by helping others.

15 ways to help Vancouver’s homeless – Georgia Straight, Dec. 18, 2012
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this fall, you’ve heard a lot about a certain Downtown Eastside diner and its famous sandwich tokens. In the lead-up to its second appearance on reality TV, Save-On-Meats was lauded for its new meal token program by politicians, fashion designers, TV news anchors, bloggers, and seemingly everybody on Facebook and Twitter— though there was certainly grumbling from activists.

City groups in need of a helping hand – Royal City Record, Dec. 12, 2012
The need for support continues to grow - both for individuals in need and non-profit community organizations that help on numerous fronts.

Divine Providence, and a movie, come to the Hollywood – Vancouver Sun, Dec. 5, 2012
A couple of months ago, Chris Unwin heard that his old place of employment, the Hollywood Theatre, had become a church.
The theatre had closed in May 2011, and had since been leased to a congregation affiliated with the Pentecostal Church. It had been renamed — logically enough — the Church at the Hollywood.
Burnaby must do more for homeless – Burnaby NewsLeader, Dec. 5, 2012
Burnaby does a great job helping to provide social housing.
For most people of modest means, living with a disability, elderly – or all three – there is a decent array of options. It could always be better, of course, but in general this city's got it covered.

Dundarave Festival of Lights focused on helping the homeless – North Shore Outlook, Nov. 29
A small army of West Vancouver firefighters set up 100 Christmas trees on Dundarave Beach last week for a fundraiser focused on ending homelessness. Money raised from tree sponsors of the annual event goes to the North Shore Lookout Shelter.

Extreme weather shelter sees first opening of season – Burnaby NewsLeader, Nov. 22, 2012
Burnaby's extreme weather shelter saw its first opening of the season last weekend, providing a meal and a warm place to sleep for a total of four homeless people.

Burnaby extreme weather shelter preps for opening – Burnaby NewsLeader, Nov. 12, 2012
Burnaby's extreme weather shelter is gearing up for the season and calling for volunteers and donations to help.
The shelter operates, generally until March 31, only on nights when weather is severe enough that it can create a higher health risk to homeless people.

Extreme weather shelter moves to Cliff Block, Royal City Record, Nov. 7, 2012
The Lookout Emergency Aid Society will be offering a warm and dry shelter to homeless individuals during extreme weather conditions this winter.
New Westminster city council has approved a temporary use permit that would allow the society to operate an extreme weather response program shelter at the Cliff Block until Oct. 31, 2015.

EFry gets third reading - councillor opposed – Royal City Record, Oct. 24, 2012
“We desperately need the housing for the women," said Karen O'Shannacery, executive director of the Lookout Emergency Aid Society. "Lookout has very few units available for women. We are turning women away because we don't have resources in our housing.”

Group in desperate need of warm clothes – Royal City Record, Oct. 19, 2012
Lookout Emergency Aid Society is in desperate need of donations to help keep people warm this?winter. The society has launched a Share the Warmth campaign as it is in urgent need of donations for people living on the street. Blankets, sleeping bags and winter clothes are needed for people who are living without shelter this winter.

Affordable housing task force defends action – Vancouver Sun, Oct. 17, 2012
As members of the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability, we are disappointed with some of the information reported in The Vancouver Sun about the composition and intentions of the Task Force. The task force was comprised of a wide range of people with experience in housing issues: architects, planners, academics, finance and real estate experts as well as not-for-profit and market housing managers and home builders. Of its 18 members, 12 work primarily with non-profit societies or First Nations or are elected officials; five provide services to private sector owners or developers. Only one is primarily a market housing developer.
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Lookout Society Share the Warmth 2012– Miss604, Oct. 16, 2012
With the falling leaves comes dropping temperatures around Metro Vancouver and a need to bundle up. For those who do not have the resources to purchase the the basics like socks and scarves – or for those who do not even have a roof over their head – the Lookout Society is ramping up its Share the Warmth campaign.

Tenant touts new social housing complex – Vancouver Courier, Oct. 12, 2012
Life is much better for Stacey Horbacio these days. Gone are the nights in shelters and living in single-room occupancy hotels. A hospital stay a while back after he attempted suicide is, thankfully, a distant memory. Now the 43-year-old transplanted Winnipeger has his own place, receives medication for his bipolar disorder and is hopeful he can find a part-time job soon to supplement his $906 in monthly income assistance.

Seniors add to homeless numbers – North Shore News, Oct. 10, 2012
This fall, a 75-year-old woman spent her nights sleeping outside at Ambleside Park. The news came from Paul Butler, who spoke to District of North Vancouver council last week on behalf of the North Shore Homelessness Task Force.

She knows the power of housing – Royal City Record, Oct. 10, 2012
Tracey Berry has seen the powerful impact housing can have in someone's life firsthand.?Years before depression took hold, Berry had been taking a medical office assistance program at Douglas College. "I worked, then I went to Douglas College," said Berry, who lived in New Westminster on and off since she was a child. "The funds weren't there, so I didn't continue, which was really stupid. I was doing really well."

Housing complex offers mental health, addiction services – 24 Hours Vancouver, Oct. 9, 2012
Ian Woods has fought addiction problems for 20 years – the last eight years of which were?spent without a place to call home. That all changed three weeks ago when he left his single room occupancy hotel to hang his hat at the First Place supportive housing complex on the corner of Main Street and First?Avenue.

Extreme weather shelter could relocate – Royal City Record, Sept. 21, 2012
The Lookout Emergency Aid Society is seeking the city's permission to operate an extreme weather shelter in New Westminster.
The society has applied for a temporary use permit that would allow it to operate an extreme weather shelter at 28 Sixth St. until Oct. 31, 2015. The permit would allow the society to provide shelter for homeless people in the basement of the Cliff Block during extreme weather events.