In 2018, the province for the first time surpassed 1,500 fatal overdoses in a single year.
In one capacity or another, Travis Lupick has been associated with the newspaper since he was 15 years old. Having joined the Straight's editorial department in 2006, Travis quickly gained a reputation as the office's resident workaholic and hopeless caffeine junkie.
Over the course of the last decade, Travis has written countless stories about Vancouver’s politics and social movements as they relate to mental health, addiction, and housing affordability. He has a particular interest in where those issues intersect. His other areas of focus include drug-policy reform, police accountability, immigration, and climate change.
In recent years, Travis was recognized with a Jack Webster Foundation award for excellence in journalism and received the Canadian Association of Journalists’ prestigious Don McGillivray award for best overall investigative report of 2016.
His first book, Fighting for space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction, is scheduled for release in November 2017.
An avid traveler, Travis has also worked as a journalist in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Malawi, Bhutan, Peru, and Honduras.