A former chief coroner for B.C. and mayor of Vancouver from 2002 to 2005, Larry Campbell oversaw the establishment of North America's first legal injection site. He co-authored A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future (Greystone, 2009) with Neil Boyd and Lori Culbert. Campbell was appointed to the Canadian senate in 2005. His work as a coroner was the basis for a popular Canadian television drama DaVinci's Inquest. He is a part-time resident of Galiano Island.
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future
[BCBW 2009] "Galiano"
Nominated for A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future
BC Book Prizes (2010)
from BC Book Prizes catalogue
A Thousand Dreams raises provocative questions about the challenges confronting not only Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside but also all of North America’s major cities and offers concrete, urgently needed solutions including continued support for safe injection sites, the decriminalization of prostitution and drugs and more affordable social housing. In this mix of history, journalism, political analysis and first-person accounts, former chief coroner and Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell, renowned criminologist Neil Boyd and investigative journalist Lori Culbert, offer a portrait of one of North America’s poorest, most drug-challenged neighbourhoods: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Neil Boyd is a professor and associate director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Lori Culbert is an award-winning journalist with the Vancouver Sun. Larry Campbell was mayor of Vancouver from 2002 to 2005 and oversaw the establishment of North America’s first legal injection site. His career as chief coroner for B.C. inspired the television series Da Vinci’s Inquest.