Media Advisory - Public Forums on Injections Sites in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto



    OTTAWA, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Injection site supporters begin a
three-city tour tonight at the Ottawa Public Library as part series of public
forums this week, which will also include Montreal on July 15 and Toronto on
July 17.

    WHO:

    Liz Evans

    A nurse by training, Liz is the founder of the PHS Community Services
Society, which operates InSite, North America's first and only supervised
injection site in partnership with the local health authority. Liz is the 1999
recipient of the Registered Nurses Association of BC Health Advocacy Award as
well as one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40".

    Tony Trimingham

    After the death of his son from drug overdose, Tony helped found
Australia's first supervised injection site. Tony received the Australia Day
Medallion in 1999 for outstanding achievement in reduction of alcohol and drug
related harm recently awarded by the Australian Prime Minister's Award for
Alcohol and Drug Treatment Excellence.

    WHEN and WHERE

    Monday, July 14, 6:30PM (Ottawa)
    Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe

    Tuesday, July 15, 6:30PM (Montreal)
    McGill Campus, Rm 151 Bronfman Building, 1001 Sherbrooke St. West

    Thursday, July 17, 7:00PM (Toronto)
    Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West

    The BC Supreme Court recently ruled that the application of Canada's
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in regards to InSite, Vancouver's
Supervised Injection site is inconsistent with Section 7 of the Charter of
Right and Freedoms, protecting life and security of the person.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Nathan Allen, (604) 833-0748;
Emma Wolchok, (604) 614-0597

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