Advocating for sobering centres

Former B.C. Supreme Court justice William Davies issued a series of recommendations in 2009 following the death of Frank Paul, an Aboriginal man who died from hypothermia after police left him severely intoxicated in an East Vancouver alley. One of his main recommendations was the establishment of a stand-alone, civilian-operated sobering centre in Vancouver, where intoxicated individuals can spend the night. Vancouver Coastal Health has committed to creating a centre, so when police are first responders, they will have the option of taking people to a health service rather than a jail.