Media advisory - 1000 Crosses to be Delivered to Stephen Harper: Vigil to Support InSite on Parliament Hill - June 5



    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Supporters of InSite, Vancouver's
supervised injection facility will hold a Vigil at 4 PM EST, Thursday, June 5,
on Parliament Hill to recognize the lives saved at the facility. The event
will culminate the cross Canada journey by Insite supporter Leah Martin to
deliver crosses originally planted in Crab Park of Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside that symbolize the lives of people with addictions saved in the
facility by nurses and healthcare workers. The crosses illustrate "something
that doctors and nurses have known for years: addiction is a health-care
matter and InSite is a vital part of how our health-care system helps to
prevent tragic overdoses" says Liz Evans, Executive Director of the PHS
Community Services Society.
    The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation has given their permission and blessing
for InSite representatives to hold this vigil on the traditional Algonquin
territory on which Parliament now sits. The BQ's Health Critic Nicole Demers
will be speaking in support of Insite and a recent BC Supreme Court decision
that declared that the closure of InSite would be unconstitutional.

    
    WHO:     InSite supporters holding vigil on Parliament Hill
             Speakers will include:
                   -Nicole Demers, MP (BQ)
                   -Leah Martin, Insite Supporter
                   -Nathan Allen, Insite For Community Safety

    WHAT:    1000 Crosses will be delivered to Stephen Harper to recognize
             lives saved at InSite

    WHEN:    Thursday, June 5, 2008
             4:00 PM - EST

    WHERE:   Parliament Hill, Ottawa
             On the front steps of Centre Block near Peace Flame
    

    InSite supporters will call on Harper to show leadership by withdrawing
his government's plan to appeal the recent BC Supreme Court decision
protecting Insite under the Charter of the Rights and Freedoms and to
re-invest money that would be spent on the court case into healthcare for
people with addictions. Last week, the Honourable Justice Ian Pitfield ruled
that people with addictions have a fundamental right to the vital health care
and treatment that InSite provides.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Nathan Allen, (604) 833-0748, InSite for
Community Safety; www.communityinsite.ca

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