New city funding endorsed for anti-sexual-harassment group Good Night Out Vancouver

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      A group that helps to keep women safe on Vancouver’s Granville strip is likely to keep going.

      Fresh city funding of $25,000 has been recommended to support the work of Good Night Out Vancouver.

      Good Night Out deploys volunteers on late weekend nights in the Granville Entertainment District to assist women as well as LGBT individuals and other vulnerable people.

      The program was piloted in 2017 as one initiative that followed the city’s review of safety on the Granville strip.

      Kathryn Holm, who is the city’s chief licence inspector, prepared a report to council, which noted that the group has collected data on their activities since June 2018.

      According to Holm, Good Night Out “made contact with over 2,500 people between June 2018 and April 2019, with the main reasons for contact being general check-in for well-being, assistance to intoxicated individuals, and providing information on informed consent”.

      The city approved a $20,000 grant to the organization in September last year.

      Good Night Out operated until April this year, using the city’s grant and $15,000 funding from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

      Holm wrote in her report to council that $20,000 of the $25,000 new grant will sustain the group’s operation for the remainder of 2019. The balance of $5,000 will be used to develop a fundraising strategy.

      Holm’s report recommending fresh funding for Good Night Out is in council agenda Tuesday (June 25).