Brave Technology Co-op Releases BeSafe App
Vancouver’s Brave Technology Co-op is releasing BeSafe, its remote supervision mobile app ahead of schedule so that people using drugs don’t have to do so alone. BeSafe is an overdose prevention tool that allows people to support each other. It’s also anonymous and free.
Brave is working on activating community responders for rural areas and other situations where a citizen responder is the quickest or best first responder.
In May, 170 people died from drug overdoses in British Columbia, the highest total ever recorded for a single month in provincial history. THE BC Coroners Service said more than 82% of overdose deaths involved fentanyl, and cautions that right now, the drug supply is highly toxic.
In addition, the Coroner reports that 70% of those dying from drug overdoses this year were men and 85% of the fatalities took place inside a home.
The Co-operators Continues To Give Back
The Co-operators Insurance Group has always given back to its members and communities. And it’s stepping up once again to support Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent initiatives include:
-a $20,000 Co-operative Assistance Fund to provide provincial co-op associations with financial support so that they, in turn, can help co-ops in their communities re-adjust to the “new normal.”
-$220,000 to support youth and marginalized communities with services such as care packages, daycare for essential workers and virtual programming for kids of all ages. This is an ongoing collaboration with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada which was already teaching financial literacy to young people with support from The Co-operators
-$200,000 to The United Way Relief Fund
-$30,000 a year for the next 3 years to support The Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op in Saskatoon which provides alternative education programming and skill building for vulnerable youth.