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What is Insite?

Hope In the Fight asks: What is Insite?

As North America's first supervised injection site, Insite provides life-saving health care services to a marginalized community in Vancouver. It's also a model for success for similar services in Ottawa, and across Canada.

Overdose Awareness Day 2013

We are marking International Overdose Awareness Day 2013 in Ottawa on Friday August 30th, and invite you to join us.

The event will start at 11am at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin St. in front of City Hall with a call to action and speeches.

At noon, we will walk to Parliament Hill for the performance of an Overdose Awareness Day song by local artist Michael Dalton, followed by a moment of silence to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose.

For more information, visit Ottawa Overdose Awareness Day on Facebook.

Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. For Overdose awareness day thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. The event is organized on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.

Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the wider community understand that fatal overdose profoundly affects mainstream society.

Prisoners' Justice Day 2013

On August 10th, 2013 we mark the 38th annual Prisoner Justice Day. Observed with hunger strikes in Canada and around the world, Prisoner Justice Day is about drawing attention to abuse, and exploitation faced by those imprisoned, and those targeted and affected by the prison system.

Location: Room 101 in the Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane)
Time: 4pm-6:30pm
RSVP on Facebook 

Learn more on the Prisoners' Justice Day Ottawa website.

Harm reduction meet & greet

Harm reduction meet & greet - July 24, 1:30pm at Dundonald Park

Drop by Dundonald Park Wednesday afternoon from 1:30-3:30 for some outdoor fun, and a chance to meet with your friendly neighbourhood harm reduction service providers. We'll see you there!

Drug User Memorial 2013

Drug User Memorial 2013 - July 19, 10am at Cathcart Park

Please join us in remembering those who have touched our lives.
July 19 at Cathcart Park (map)

Linking Struggles: Dave Diewert on the fight for Insite

Join CSCS and allies to an informal discussion and Q&A with Dave Diewert, a Downtown Eastside ally and organizer. Learn about the struggle to open Insite and share ideas for the campaign to open a supervised drug consumption site in Ottawa.

When: Saturday, June 15th at 5:00 PM
Where: Dundonald Park (across from the Beer Store on Somerset at Lyon)
RSVP on Facebook

Conservative government threatens community health and safety with Bill C-65

Our friends at AIDS Action Now! posted a powerful response to the announcement by Minister Aglukkaq of new rules being proposed by the government to restrict the opening of supervised consumption sites in Canada:

In 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Minster of Health Leona Aglukkaq actively violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by trying to shut down Vancouver’s supervised consumption service Insite. Despite this ruling, the Minster is at it again. Today Aglukkaq launched Bill C-65 known as the “Respect for Communities Act”. Despite the semantic public relations games being played with its name, the act itself does nothing but attack, degrade and violate our communities. “We desperately need these life-saving services, but Bill C-65 is aimed at making it more difficult for the opening of supervised consumption services that support the health and human rights of people who use drugs” said Zoe Dodd of the Toronto Drug Users Union.

(Read the full post here.)

CSCS stands in solidarity with AIDS Action Now, the Drug Users Advocacy League, the Toronto Drug Users Union, Pivot Legal Society, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, the Canadian Harm Reduction Network, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and many other groups and individuals across Canada who oppose the Conservative government's attempt to impede access to vital health care services for substance users.

In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled with respect to Insite that "Where, as here, a supervised injection site will decrease the risk of death and disease, and there is little or no evidence that it will have a negative impact on public safety, the Minister should generally grant an exemption.” Bill C-65 flies in the face of that ruling, imposing many obstacles to the creation of supervised consumption sites. With its Bill, the Conservative government is endangering the lives of thousands of people in what amounts to an attack on the health and human rights of people who use drugs throughout Canada.

Now, more than ever, our campaign needs your voice. Sign our petition in support of supervised consumption sites in Ottawa, and share it with your friends.

Let's show the government that Canadians stand behind these life-saving health facilities.

P.S. - The Canadian Nurses Association has created a petition urging the Health Minister to improve access to health & treatment services for people who use drugs, instead of creating more barriers. Please sign and share!

CSCS supports Pivot Legal Society's report on Bill C-10

The Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites is a group of community members who advocate for the opening of supervised sites in Ottawa for people who use drugs. We strongly support the work of Pivot and the findings of their report, Throwing Away the Keys.

Mandatory minimum sentences are harmful to low income people with problematic substance use issues in Ottawa, and across the country.

The consequences of longer and more frequent imprisonment are a threat to the health and well-being of people with drug addictions. Loss of housing, reduced employment opportunities, and separation from the support of family and friends only serves to push people to the margins of our society. These destabilizing effects are severe challenges to overcoming addiction.

Throwing away the keys: the human and social cost of mandatory minimum sentences

Lawyers from Pivot Legal Society are holding a press conference in Ottawa on May 30th to launch their new report, Throwing Away The Keys: The human and social cost of mandatory minimum sentences.

This report is based on interviews with drug users about their involvement within the criminal justice system, and assesses the potential impacts of new mandatory minimum sentences on low-income drug users.

Supervised drug consumption sites required in Ottawa, advocates say

Check out this must-watch report on the need for safer drug consumption sites in Ottawa, featuring Rick Sproule and Sean Leblanc of the Drug Users Advocacy League, Dr. Mark Tyndall, and Rob Boyd of Sandy Hill CHC. Keep an eye out for one of our CSCS stickers, too!

This video was created by Carleton University journalism students. Great work!

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