Supervised Injection Sites and The Latest Supreme Court Decision

April 18, 2016

So episode 33 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week we talked with Rob Boyd director of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre’s Oasis program.

The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre provides medical and social services for people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C, and who encounter barriers to services because they use street drugs, have a mental illness, are homeless or are involved in the sex trade.

The Centre is also in the process of conducting community consultations in support of an application to operate a supervised injection site in Ottawa.  As you may expect there has been some controversy about the proposed injection site – but Rob breaks it down and makes a very compelling case.

Programming note… So…. something happened with the audio of the last 10 minutes of our interview with Rob. Not sure what – maybe when the Mail Chip money starts rolling in we can do better.

We also chat about the latest Supreme Court case striking down another Conservative minimum sentencing law for drug trafficking.  Yep – another cruel and unusual law bites the dust.

Here are some links:

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Insite case: Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community

Bill C-2: Respect for Communities Act

My testimony at the Senate on the Conservatives’ supervised injection site law: Respect for Communities Act

The Supreme Court’s most recent decision striking down drug minimum sentences: R. v. Lloyd

We also have some new art – it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week – from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle – serious he is crazy good – go check out his work.

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