Urban Challenges Forums

February 09, 2016


This event has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Stay tuned for updates.


The SFU Urban Studies Program joins Douglas College and the City of New Westminster in co-sponsoring two public forums on urban challenges.

The urban challenges forums are free and open to the public.

Download the poster.

Fentanyl: breaking the cycle

February 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The fentanyl crisis is new, but the opioid crisis is not. Join a frank discussion of how fentanyl fits within a pattern of opioid crises that goes back to the 1970s; the overlapping issues of homelessness, addiction, mental illness and criminality; how police are responding and the challenges they face; and long-term solutions based on a practical understanding of the larger issues.

Where: Douglas College, New Westminster campus. Room 2201


  • Dr. Regina Casey,  psychosocial rehabilitation program coordinator, Douglas College (moderator)
  • Dr. Julian Somers, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU
  • Dave Jones, chief constable, New Westminster Police Department

Homelessness and housing

March 9

Featuring: Mayor Jonathan Cote, alumni of the SFU Urban Studies Program