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David Fine

Filmmaker

David Fine is an Oscar-winning filmmaker who has lived in Vancouver since 2004, after visiting and falling in love with the city. He has a keen interest in local politics and started the VanPoli Facebook group. He is also a founding committee member of Vancouver’s Hockey Helps the Homeless and a mediocre hockey player himself.
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Vancouver Does Not Need More Barriers To Better Mental Health

The city is putting a million dollars towards a mental health hub. Councillor Jang called it "a big health investment for the city." This hub will help about 5,000 people in need per year. How many people die by jumping from Burrard Bridge every year? The answer is .08 people, but the suicide barriers will cost $3.5 million.
06/21/2016 11:36 EDT
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Vancouver Needs Mental Health Funding, Not Suicide Fences

The city starts its $35-million makeover of Burrard Bridge this month, so expect traffic chaos. Mostly, though, I feel hoodwinked by the consultation process, which changed nothing except for adding a major element which was not spoken of at all. The city decided, after the consultation, to include suicide prevention barriers after one single health officer spoke to the city to insist they should be done.
03/04/2016 10:43 EST