From the Raw Opium blog: "A major story-thread in the film focuses on Derek, an IV drug user on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the InSite clinic which has been so central to his life. So we expect a major topic of the chat will relate to last week's Supreme Court decision ordering the Conservative government to allow Insite to stay open."
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When: Oct. 5, 9 -10 p.m. EST
(Part 2: Oct. 12, 9 -10 p.m. EST)
One of Raw Opium's characters, Derek, on the streets of Vancouver.
TVO and Kensington TV are hosting an online live chat during the broadcast with Special Guest Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Richard is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Human Rights and Drug Policy. He has authored numerous reports, papers and articles on a range of legal and human rights issues related to HIV/AIDS, appeared before legislative committees, taught and lectured at several law schools, and presented extensively on HIV-related human rights issues across the country and internationally.
Richard Elliott and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network defended Insite at the Supreme Court of Canada in May 2011, in the case in which the Conservative government tried to shut Insite clinic down.
Raw Opium hopes the online discussion will come from a broad spectrum of opinion about harm reduction and drug policy reform -- it's especially timely with the Conservative crime bill currently before the House.
Hello Cool World partnered with Kensington TV to promote the DOXA premiere of Raw Opium just before Insite went to court. Insite is a strong throughline in the documentary which takes an international look at the drug trade and harm reduction but begins on the streets of Vancouver and creates a compassionate portrait of Insite and the people who access its services. This is one of the reasons we felt the film would be such a strong tool in the international fight for harm reduction and drug policy reform. See our blog about our POV ad.
Please join us!
When: Oct. 5, 9 -10 p.m. EST (Part 2: Oct. 12, 9 -10 p.m. EST)
JOIN RAW OPIUM'S TWITTER CAMPAIGN
Raw Opium is launching a Twitter conversation around #DrugPolicy. @RawOpium and @TVO are starting the conversation now. Just tweet us at @RawOpium and use the hashtag #drugpolicy to share relevant links.
@HelloCoolWorld will be participating and adding the hashtag #SMWhealth. Check out Michelle's wrap-up blog from our Social Media and Health Promotion mashup. We're still tweeting using #SMWhealth for all our health campaigns if you care to follow our conversation.
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