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November 5, 2009

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SFU criminologist Neil Boyd has co-authored a new book on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that offers provocative solutions to the challenges facing all major North American cities and not just Canada’s poorest area code. In A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future (Greystone Books: 2009), Boyd and co-authors Larry Campbell, Vancouver’s former mayor and chief coroner, and investigative journalist Lori Culbert advocate far-reaching changes to address homelessness and drug addiction. They include decriminalizing prostitution, treating illegal drug use as a public-health problem and adopting a national housing strategy for the mentally ill and addicted.

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