Canada charts a new path on drug policy

Scott Bernstein is the global drug policy program officer at the New York-based Open Society Foundations. He’s also the former health and drug policy campaigner for Pivot Legal Society, where he initiated legal challenges to anti-harm reduction bylaws and restrictions to opioid substitution treatments.

Last week Scott attended the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), where Canada presented a new vision for drug policy.

 

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How bad laws lead to harmful enforcement

Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets to homeless people, a shocking situation both in substance and because it is so rare for officers to be charged criminally in relation to their duties.

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“We need every tool in the toolkit available.” More treatment options for heroin addiction

Yesterday the results from the SALOME study were published, and the groundbreaking findings are tremendously exciting.

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Addressing Canada's overdose epidemic

The flurry of new initiatives introduced by the federal government signals a major philosophical shift on drug policy issues.

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Time for Canada to recognize the rights of homeless

Canada has long maintained that it’s a standard-bearer for human rights internationally, a dominant myth that many of us hold to be true. A report from the United Nations released this month throws cold water on that notion, however. The international body has criticized Canada for failing to meet many of its international obligations to protect vulnerable Canadians. They have also outlined how Canada can, once again, become a human rights leader.

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How the national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women should look

Pivot Legal Society and the Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women have made submissions on the design on the national inquiry.

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Recognizing Adrienne Smith's contribution to Pivot

Adrienne Smith, who served as Pivot’s Health and Drug Policy Lawyer, has moved on to seek new opportunities beyond the Pivot family.  

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Joint letter on Canada’s response to CESCR list of issues

In response to the United Nation’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, for Canada’s Sixth Periodic Review.

 


 

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Homeless rights in Canada: Our address to the United Nations

Today Pivot's DJ Larkin appeared before the United Nation’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, for Canada’s Sixth Periodic Review. Here's what she said:

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Why we must include sex workers in the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

Pivot's Brenda Belak with members of Sex Workers United Against Violence at the Women's Memorial March.

I’ve walked in the Women’s Memorial March most years since I moved back to Vancouver in 2003. 

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Scott Bernstein is the global drug policy program officer at the New York-based Open Society Foundations. He’s also the former...
Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets...
Yesterday the results from the SALOME study were published, and the groundbreaking findings are tremendously exciting.
The flurry of new initiatives introduced by the federal government signals a major philosophical shift on drug policy issues.