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Harper's Bill C-2 is spreading misinformation about harm reduction

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Let's get one thing straight: If Bill C-2 is passed it will only present new barriers to health care for people with addictions.

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Bill C-2 spreads Harper's misinformation about harm reduction

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Bill C-2, known as the Respect for Communities Act, was drafted by the government in response to the Supreme Court ruling of September 2011 that supported the continued operation of Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection facility.

It has completed first and second readings in the House of Commons and is currently one-third of the way to becoming law.

If passed, Bill C-2 will create substantial barriers to the establishment of safe consumption sites, such as Vancouver's Insite.

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Libby Davies remembers activist and poet Bud Osborn

rabble.ca is saddened to learn of the death of Bud Osborn. Osborn was a founding member of VANDU and memorialized Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in his poetry.

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Downtown Eastside activist and poet Bud Osborn has died

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rabble.ca is saddened to learn of the death of Bud Osborn. Osborn was a founding member of Vancouver Area Network of Drugs Users (VANDU), a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who use illicit drugs through user-based peer support and education.

His work with VANDU led to the creation of North America's first supervised injection site in Vancouver, and continued through legal challenges to laws affecting controlled substances and their users.

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Vancouver's safe injection site marks its 10th anniversary

October 5, 2013
| In 2003, Insite opened its doors to provide harm reduction services to people who inject drugs. In that time, there have been 1.8 million visits and no overdose deaths.
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Insite safe injection facility celebrates 10 years of operation

Countless rallies over the past 10 years have defended Insite. (Photo: www.undun.org)

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Vancouver's Insite celebrates 10 years as threat of Conservatives' Bill C-65 looms

It's ironic, and typical, that as Insite celebrates its 10th anniversary of successful operation in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the Conservative government in Ottawa is still railing against Safe Injection Sites and no doubt has Bill C-65 ready to go when Parliament returns October 16.

Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, was the last bill to be introduced before parliament recessed in June. It's a nasty bill, couched in anti-harm reduction rhetoric, full of misconceptions, and designed to shut down any attempt to open a safe injection site in Canada.

The bill is a shining example of Conservative ideology trumping evidence-based health and science.

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Conservative NIMBYism and class warfare: Why safe injection facilities need our support

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The Canadian Conservative Party's director of political operations, Jenni Byrne, does not believe those suffering with drug addiction deserve a second chance. On the contrary, she unapologetically supposes that heroin and cocaine users are better to shoot up on a mephitic street corner than within safe, clean and regulated injection sites.

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Insite

Insite's safe injection centre

Insite is a supervised injection site located in Vancouver.  It is the only legal site of its kind in North America.  The facility first opened in 2003 as a pilot project based on a harm reduction model.

Grassroots activists in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood were instrumental in the establishing the safe injection facility, and continued to actively defend the initiative in court. Initially operating under a temporary judicial exemption, the site’s legal status was confirmed in a groundbreaking ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2011.

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