Woman Dies Occupy Vancouver

November 7, 2011 by staff 

Woman Dies Occupy Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson says the death of a woman at the Occupy Vancouver camp means the site has become so unsafe that it must be shut down as soon as possible. Robertson says he’s instructed city officials to look at how that can be done safely and without disruption.

The woman in her 20s died after being found unresponsive in a tent in front of the Art Gallery shortly before 4:30 p.m. A volunteer medic on site tried to resuscitate her until BC Ambulance arrived, but she was pronounced dead in hospital.There are reports she died of an overdose, but Const. Jana McGuinness with Vancouver Police will only confirm the death is not suspicious.

“We haven’t confirmed the identity of the young woman yet,” McGuinness says. “It’s a real tragedy. This woman has died very suddently. She was found by people who cared about her, from what I understand.”The fact is, this person didn’t die at home, they died in the site, in a tent. We need to make sure that cover off all our bases, and ensure that we do a thorough investigation.”

Robertson says the woman’s death is tragic and upsetting for him because he has a daughter about the same age.

“I have directed the city manager to expedite the appropriate steps to end the encampment as soon as possible, with a safe resolution being absolutely critical to that,” he says.

Occupy Vancouver supporters tried to drown him out as he spoke to reporters, with one woman shouting that at least his daughter has a home.

McGuinness says neither the cause of the woman’s death nor her identity will be released because her family has not yet been informed.

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