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Oct. 14, 2022 – The film repeatedly portrays Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as beset by “skyrocketing crime and violent attacks” and repeatedly characterizes the city’s homeless population as “violent.” It ultimately blames “harm reduction” programs as well as Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart for not increasing the city’s police budget.
Joining Gunn at the screening was Ralph Kaisers, head of the Vancouver Police Union – one day earlier, the VPU controversially broke with tradition and endorsed right-wing mayoral candidate Ken Sim for mayor.
Kaisers, who is also a donor to Ken Sim and appears in the documentary, spoke on a panel following the premiere. Photos show he was seated next to a controversial right-wing political activist named Angelo Isidorou.