Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA meets Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coaliton (CDPC) in Vancouver
Donald is drug policy change agent that believes a new paradigm is necessary that puts human rights, saving lives and public health first
CDPC is a broad based network of organizations, associations and individuals working together to develop drug policy and legislation based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health in Canada.
Health, Harm Reduction and the Law: The InSite Case and the Future of Canadian Drug Policy in Vancouver
Join us for Health, Harm Reduction and the Law
written by darcie| Thu, 05/05/2011 – 10:41
Next week, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Federal Government’s final appeal of the decision to allow the Insite Supervised injection facility to continue to provide lifesaving medical services and support to people who use injection drugs. We are inviting everyone who is interested in learning more about the struggle to open Canada’s first supervised injection site, the ongoing legal battle to keep it open, and the potential impact of a final ruling in this case to join us May 17th for Health, Harm Reduction and the Law: The InSite Case and the Future of Canadian Drug Policy.
Pivot board member and author of Vancouver’s groundbreaking Four Pillars Drug Strategy, Donald MacPherson will moderate an evening of discussion with legal professionals, medical experts, community activists and safe injection site users. The evening will focus on demystifying the case, celebrating the successes and challenges of the movement for evidence-based drug policy, and turning our attention to the future of drug policy in this country.
We’ll see footage straight from the courtroom in Ottawa. We will hear from the Portland Hotel Society, which operates Insite, and their lawyer, Monique Pongracic-Speier. Dr. Thomas Kerr of the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peters Aids Foundation will talk about the potential health implications of the decision in this case. Plaintiff Dean Wilson will reflect on his journey through the court process as a person who has used Insite. Downtown Eastside activist Bud Osborn will share reflections on the grassroots movement for a supervised injection facility. Dave Murray will talk about the unique perspective and legal arguments that the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users has brought to this case.
We’re looking forward to a lively evening of discussion, debate and reflection on the implications of this case for people who use drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and beyond.
AHA MEDIA to livestream at Human Rights and Media Matters: A Public Forum on Media Responsibility at W2 on Dec 9, 2010 7pm-10pm
Livestreaming of the event will be provided by AHA MEDIA
You can view it at http://www.qik.com/AHAMEDIA for our livestream videos
On the eve of International Human Rights Day, a public forum on “Media Matters and Human Rights” will be co-hosted by ACCESS Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, the Chinese Canadian National Council and W2 Community Media Arts Society.
Time: Thursday, December 9 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: 151 West Cordova, Vancouver
Moderated by Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, the members of panel are:
David Eby – lawyer and currently executive director of B. C. Civil Liberties Association
Tami Starlight – anti-oppression activist and a founder of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Harsha Walia – anti-racist, migrant justice, human rights activist and women’s advocate
Henry Yu – historian, educator, writer and UBC associate professor of history
By donation. No host bar and light refreshments available.
We look forward to seeing you this International Human Rights Day.
Please RSVP via Facebook event
Phone W2 at 604-689-9896