It’s been four months since the B.C. government set up a rapid response team to help at-risk kids on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
It was in response to a report on a young woman named Paige, who aged out of government care and died of a drug overdose in that neighbourhood when she was 19.
Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux was asked — had the team been in place before Paige died, would she still be alive today?
Cadieux says she would “like to have that kind of certainty.”
“But I don’t. And I don’t, not because I don’t believe what we’re doing now isn’t good, and not that I don’t think it is an improvement, but I think there are very tragic circumstances and very difficult circumstances with you that we work with at times and I would hope that things could’ve been different for Paige.”
The ministry says of the 28 youths the Rapid Response Team has seen since October, half of them are out of the program because of positive outcomes.