Harm Reduction International Intervene in Insite Case

Date: 25 April 2011

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Harm Reduction Association, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and CACTUS Montréal have been granted joint intervener status to appear before the Supreme Court of Canada to support Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, against the Canadian government’s attempts to close it down.

In a landmark 2010 decision, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that Insite fell within the jurisdictional authority of the provincial government, since the supervision of injections of illicit drugs within a health-care setting constituted a matter of public health, and as such did not violate federal health or drug laws — a decision the federal government lost little time in appealing. This appeal is now before the Supreme Court of Canada.

The three NGOs have been granted 10 minutes to make oral arguments before the Supreme Court Justices when the case is heard in mid-May. The outcome of this appeal will carry serious implications for other jurisdictions across Canada looking to emulate Insite’s success by implementing their own safe-injection sites.

Please click here to view a press release on the Insite case.

Please click here to view a pleading to the supreme court of Canada from IHRA (HRI), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Cactus, Montreal.

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