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Bud Osborn

Bud Osborn

InSite Supervised Injection Site, 139 E. Hastings St.

  • Author: Mary
  • Date Posted: Jul 1, 2014
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  • Address: Plaque is on lamppost in front of the above address.

Bud Osborn

Photo credit: Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of the above address.

Downtown Eastside activist Bud Osborn was an originator of North America’s first supervised injection site here, near Hastings and Main.

Yesterday
when i got up
I thieved and conned and deceived
just to get for myself
and got hold of nothing but trouble
but today
when I give all
of what little I’ve got left of myself
I receive unexpected and abundant
blessings and gifts of kindness

From Wow

Also a superb poet, Osborn published six books, made a music CD and won the City of Vancouver Book Award. Also a co-founder of VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), Osborn was an unofficial archivist of Canada’s poorest neighbourhood and its most eloquent and forceful spokesman. “He could communicate with people,” said his friend and colleague, MP Libby Davies, “and he always spoke the truth, always. He never shied away from it. I credit him with being able to change the way people perceive drug users.” Hundreds gathered outside Insite for a memorial after Bud Osborn died, at 66, on May 6, 2014.

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Also a superb poet, Osborn published six books, made a music CD and won the City of Vancouver Book Award. Also a co-founder of VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), Osborn was an unofficial archivist of Canada’s poorest neighbourhood and its most eloquent and forceful spokesman. “He could communicate with people,” said his friend and colleague, MP Libby Davies, “and he always spoke the truth, always. He never shied away from it. I credit him with being able to change the way people perceive drug users.” Hundreds gathered outside Insite for a memorial after Bud Osborn died, at 66, on May 6, 2014.

Yesterday
when i got up
I thieved and conned and deceived
just to get for myself
and got hold of nothing but trouble
but today
when I give all
of what little I’ve got left of myself
I receive unexpected and abundant
blessings and gifts of kindness

From Wow

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