UPCOMING

November 14th, 2016
Ottawa, ON

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Doors at 6:30 pm
Admission is free

Canada is the first G7 country committed to ending cannabis prohibition, announcing at the United Nations that legislation will be introduced in the spring of 2017.

Join us and Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, with guests from the UK, US, Jamaica, Mexico and the Netherlands to explore cannabis policy reform around the world and the challenges posed by international drug treaties for countries wishing to regulate cannabis.

Hosted by Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and Richard Elliott of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.Expert Guests:

Poster of Cannabis and Canada Event

Downloadable Poster for Cannabis: Canada in the Global Context

David Bewley-Taylor, UK, Global Drug Policy Observatory
• Damon Barnett, UK, International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy
• Tom Blickman, Netherlands, Transitional Institute
• Kathy-Ann Brown, Jamaica, Deputy Solicitor General & Director International Affairs
• Lisa Sanchez, Mexico, Mexico United Crimes Transform Drug Policy Foundation
• John Walsh, US, Washington Office on Latin America

Located at the University of Ottawa in the Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, Johnson Hall 116

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PAST EVENTS

This is a critical time in Canada for the development of a comprehensive drug policy based in science, public health and human rights. It is also an important moment in International drug policy. The CAHR session will consider the outcomes of the UN General Assemble Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs that will have just taken place in New York April 19 – 21, 2016. The UNGASS will set in motion a process to review the global response to drugs over the next three years 2016 – 2019.

This process will culminate in 2019 when UN Member States come together to agree on the focus for the global response to drugs over the decade 2019 – 2029. With a new federal government that is interested in innovation and new approaches to drugs there is an opportunity to accelerate the development of a comprehensive health and human rights response to drugs in Canada and to provide much needed leadership in the upcoming global discussions that may lead to a new approach to drugs within the UN system.

The session will explore 1. Canada’s role in reforming the international drug control system, 2. Building a comprehensive health and human rights approach with a focus on decriminalization and regulation of drugs.

Objectives:

1. Learn about the outcomes of the UNGASS meeting that takes place April 19 – 21, 2016.

2. Explore two components of a public health and human rights approach to drugs – decriminalization and regulation of drugs.

 

SCREENING OF BEVEL UP

“Bevel Up” (2008) is a compelling, award-winning documentary that chronicles the work of the BCCDC street nurses as they provide compassionate, effective – and non-judgmental – health care to men and women in Vancouver’s inner city.

Harm reduction is a cornerstone of this “best nursing practice” It is evident in the care provided for people who are most vulnerable, often stigmatized and face multiple barriers in accessing health care because of drug use, sex work, homelessness, mental health issues, racism, poverty. Nettie Wild’s documentary continues to be powerfully relevant to issues facing people who use drugs today.

The documentary will be followed by a free panel event.

Time: December 9, 2015 at 7 PM

Location: Simon Fraser University Room 7000 – Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings St., Vancouver

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