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Anna J. James

Homelessness

Can Victoria Fix Homelessness Without a Return to Institutionalization?

By Anna J. James
Jul 4, 2020

Only four hospital beds exist in Victoria for people presenting with an emergency mental health issue. If you’re non-violent but experiencing a severe psychiatric crisis in Victoria, there’s basically nowhere to go

Homelessness

Why BC Homeless Communities Were Spared By COVID-19

By Anna J. James
Jun 11, 2020

Despite fears they would be among the hardest hit by the pandemic, North America’s street communities emerged relatively unscathed

Homelessness

Inside Victoria’s New Temporary Hotels for the Homeless

By Anna J. James
Jun 4, 2020

Clean rooms, round-the-clock outreach workers, and semi-regular fires

Overdose Crisis

Province-Backed Anti-Overdose App Criticized As Out-Of-Touch

By Anna J. James
May 22, 2020

As one recovering addict told The Capital, when you’re looking to inject drugs “it’s not like you’ll look around for Wi-Fi” 

COVID-19

As Victoria’s Tent Cities are Dismantled, A New Neighbourhood Braces for the Consequences

By Anna J. James
May 17, 2020

Topaz Park immediately became an epicentre of crime and disorder, and Burnside-Gorge now fears the same fate will befall them

COVID-19

How Victoria’s Topaz COVID-19 Homeless Camp Went So Horribly Wrong

By Anna J. James
May 2, 2020

The camp site was designed to safely accommodate the vulnerable during the pandemic. Instead, it became a hotbed of crime, anarchy, and death.

COVID-19

What COVID-19 Could Do to Victoria's Homeless

By Anna J. James
Mar 18, 2020

The street population could be among the hardest hit by the virus. What is being done to protect them?

Housing

With Fairfield Hotel Closing, City and Operators To Meet Over Fate of $250,000 Paid to Keep It Open

By Anna J. James
Feb 26, 2020

Residents say that the notoriously poor conditions at the Fairfield Hotel have remained relatively unchanged since the funding injection