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Harper's policies on drugs are embarrassingly backwards

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Do the Harper government's drug policies link a national pharmacare plan with harm reduction and safe-injection sites?

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This is your prime minister on drugs

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Stephen Harper's policies on drugs are embarrassingly backwards. In Canada right now, millions of people are paying out of pocket for medically necessary prescriptions and supplies, or, becoming ill when they can no longer afford to. At the same time, proven life-saving initiatives like Insite, Vancouver's safe-injection site for drug users, are being threatened by new legislation. Canadian communities need a national pharmacare program but instead, on March 23 the Harper government passed the second reading of Bill C-2, the "Respect for Communities Act," to throw up roadblocks in the creation of safe-injection sites.

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Harper attempts to block supervised injection services for drug users

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The newly passed Bill C-2 will effectively block the establishment of new supervised injection facilities across Canada.

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Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

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Update: Health Canada has granted Insite an exemption to operate for another year. However, Health Canada has yet to decide to grant an exemption for Dr. Peter Centre, which has operated a three-booth injection room since 2002.

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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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