The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

October 09, 2008 11:00 ET

Media Advisory: Former Vancouver Police Chief Jamie Graham Offers Solutions for the Downtown Eastside at Fraser Institute's Behind the Spin

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2008) - The problems of drug addiction, crime, and homelessness continue to grow steadily for the worse in the downtown eastside. Having dealt with these issues first-hand, former Vancouver police chief Jamie Graham will discuss his ideas for resolving the significant issues facing this part of our city during the second evening of the Fraser Institute's fall cocktail series, Behind the Spin: Fraser@Metro on Thursday, October 16.

The evening's discussion will also include an optional guided tour of the downtown eastside.

Graham retired as chief constable of the Vancouver Police Department in August 2007 after serving for five years. Before joining the VPD, Graham served in the RCMP for almost 35 years, holding a number of command, investigative and executive positions in British Columbia and Alberta. He is now a security consultant and speaker/lecturer on security issues, leadership, crisis management, mental health and workplace wellness.

Behind the Spin: Fraser@Metro offers a unique opportunity to discuss an array of issues with opinion-makers whose leadership on key topics informs the news and public debate.

The last event of the series on November 18 will feature the Honourable Chief Justice Donald Brenner speaking on civil justice reform.

Interested media are invited to attend.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Program from 6:30pm to 7:15pm)

Location: The Metro Restaurant
200 Burrard Street (at Cordova), Waterfront Centre

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