Community Conversations on Local Issues


On March 3, 2022, Councillors Sarah Kirby-Yung, Lisa Dominato and Rebecca Bligh hosted an open forum on public safety in Vancouver. Moderated by Ria Renouf, we heard perspectives from panelists Howard Chow, Deputy Chief of the VPD; Guy Felicella, Harm Reduction & Recovery Advocate and Nolan Marshall, President & CEO of the DVBIA.

Watch the video here:


Ria Renouf

A former news anchor and reporter in Metro Vancouver, Ria has been heard — and seen — on Global News 980/CKNW, CITYNews 1130, and most recently CityNews Vancouver’s television program. A multi-award winning news anchor with nearly a decade of experience, she’ll report on anything, but her passions include the courts and municipal issues. In her spare time, she’s exploring different neighbourhoods, walking 10,000 steps a day, and getting ready for her next big writing project.


Howard Chow

Vancouver Police Department Deputy Chief Constable Howard Chow has spent most of his career in public-facing roles within the department, including crowd control, Canine Unit, Integrated Riot Investigation Team, Recruiting Unit, Marine Unit, Traffic Section, Beat Enforcement Team of the Downtown Eastside, media relations spokesperson, and most recently as a Public Order Commander. Deputy Chief Chow pioneered the use of social media for recruiting and is himself a prolific poster. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, as Past President.

Guy Felicella

Guy Felicella spent years in the grips of addiction and now dedicates his career and personal passion to advocating for harm reduction and removing the stigma against addiction and substance users. In addition to his career with the BCCSU, Guy commits his time to public speaking at conferences, seminars, summits, in schools, podcasts, documentaries and written articles. He educates the public and students on safer supply of drugs, decriminalization, harm reduction and treatment options. Guy is pushing barriers to address the current overdose crisis and addressing the truth behind the toxic drug supply.

Nolan Marshall III

Prior to joining the Downtown Vancouver BIA as President and CEO, Nolan Marshall served as the Chief Engagement and Solutions Officer at the New Orleans Business Alliance, where he led cross collaboration between our Small Business Growth, Strategic Neighbourhood Development, and Industry Attraction and Retention teams. His prior work includes grassroots and grasstops community organizing in public safety and public education policy, place-based economic development strategies, and the creation and implementation of both macro and micro economic development policies and programs.

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