Daily Archives: February 29, 2012


Odd Squad gives Sutherland kids a glimpse of life as a street addict

North Vancouver students take a walk on the wild side BY NICHOLAS J. PESCOD, NORTH SHORE NEWS FEBRUARY 29, 2012 8:41 AM Students from North Vancouver’s Sutherland secondary take a tour of the Downtown Eastside with former Hell’s Angel Joe Calendino (far right) on Feb 18. Photograph by: NEWS photo , Nicholas J. Pescod VANCOUVER police officers from the Odd Squad have given 10 North Shore high school students a firsthand look at the harsh reality of drug and alcohol addiction. David Steverding, a Vancouver police officer and North Vancouver resident, was one of several Odd Squad members who took students from Sutherland secondary on an interactive tour of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on Feb. 18. According to Steverding, it’s a privilege to live on the North Shore but drug abuse has no boundaries. “The fact remains there are still addiction issues no matter where you go, whether its the Downtown Eastside or the North Shore,” he said. “I don’t think there is enough educational influence . . . this is just an opportunity to provide one side of the addiction issue to students.” The Odd Squad was created in 1997 and was made up of seven officers from the Vancouver Police Department. […]