July 2000

Canada's killing fields

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Quickly: which community records the highest HIV rate in the western world? Answer: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

This small section of the jewel of Canada's western-most province harbors more poverty, misery and death than any other part of the western world.

That's hardly a record the nation voted the best to live in by the United Nations five years in a row can be proud of.

Earlier this week, residents of Downtown Eastside demonstrated against the lack of government action in the face of the appalling death rate from illicit drug use in the area.