InSite Takes on Conservatives

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…]

Calling for Federal Permit Renewal for Successful Safe Injection Facility

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…]

On MP David Emerson Crossing the Floor

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…]