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Province takes control of the Downtown Eastside’s PHS, housing, injection site as founders agree to step aside

March 19th, 2014 · 31 Comments

Mark Townsend and Liz Evans of PHS Community Services tried one last time to make the case to the provincial government that there were no problems at their organization that couldn’t be fixed with some good will. But they acknowledged, in the end, that the province had simply lost faith in them.

Last Thursday, they agreed to step aside. They told all their staff Saturday what was happening. And the province is on the verge of installing a new board for the non-profit, one that includes former Vancouver Coastal Health leader Ida Goodreau and former PHS board member Jim O’Dea.

It’s been a long, incredible journey for this group. My story here has many more details.

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