Are you one of the many Canadians increasingly concerned about the situation of our country’s media? Media diversity is the cornerstone of democracy, yet in recent years consolidation has left our media in the hands of fewer and fewer big corporations, with ownership (control) among the most concentrated in the industrialized world; the CRTC has advanced consolidation and commercialization while neglecting the public interest and even adopting policy breaking its own legal mandate; insecure and inadequate funding has compromised our public broadcasting, and English CBC now earns most of its revenue from commercial sources. [ read more…]
VANCOUVER – Last week, in an uncharacteristic move, the Conservative government was forced to bow to public pressure and allow InSite, North America’s first safe injection facility for Intravenous Drug Users, to continue for another 18 months under a special exemption under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. [ read more…]
WASHINGTON, DC- Over the past 2 days I have had the privilege to be involved in an anti-war hunger strike action, organized by CODEPINK, a major women’s peace group in the US. The action, TroopsHomeFast, has had broad support since it began July 4, calling for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. [ read more…]
North America’s first Safe Injection Site could be in jeopardy. InSite began as a three-year study in September of 2003, and legally operates due to an exemption by Health Canada under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. If the federal Minister of Health, Tony Clement, does not renew this exemption, the facility will shut down as of September 12, 2006. [ read more…]
Fifteen days ago, Vancouver-Kingsway voters re-elected David Emerson as their Liberal Member of Parliament. Yesterday, the outgoing Industry Minister declared himself a Conservative MP.
By crossing the floor, Mr. Emerson has set back the cause of democratic reform and betrayed his voters’ trust. [ read more…]