When it comes to considering the missing and murder women from the Downtown Eastside, these are the concerns:
• Why did so many things go wrong?
• A lack of trust for police still keeps women from reporting violence.
• What can we learn about solicitation laws and why they don't work?
• Jurisdictional issues need to be addressed.
• A necessary evaluation of any public program is needed.
• What can we learn about marginalized women and men?
• What do policymakers need to understand and learn?
• It's not about pointing fingers.
• Why are sex workers treated differently under the law and their safety not taken seriously?
Editor's note: The following exclusive interview, recorded by rabble.ca, took place between Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, and Marc and Jodie Emery in January 2010 in Vancouver, days before his extradition was expected to take place. Marc, 52, was extradited to the US on May 20th to serve a five-year prison sentence for shipping marijuana seeds to Americans. This far-ranging interview covers the reasons for Emery's extradition, the war on drugs, Canadian sovereignty, and Marc's previous experience in prison.
Q - This is my first visit to the new Woodward's development. It is amazing to look at the big photograph from the Gastown riots.
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.
Protection of our public health-care system always ranks as Canadians' number one concern. It reflects deep Canadian values of fairness and accessibility in the provision of basic services that we all need.
I hear all the time from people who are very worried about what the Conservative government is up to when it comes to health care.
This week, Victoria will host the premiers' conference on health care. But their meeting has already been undermined by the federal Finance Minister's unilateral declaration on future federal funding for health care, when the current Health Accord runs out in 2014.