Just woke up after night shift to learn the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled Insite, the controversial supervised injection site, can stay open. I haven’t had a chance to dissect the ruling or contemplate what it means for the Downtown Eastside, although I’m sure it won’t end debate over the facility. Some are already saying the decision paves the way for other supervised injection sites to open.
To read the entire Supreme Court decision on Insite, click here.
Insite opened in 2003, operating under a constitutional exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The exemption allows intravenous drug users to possess and consume otherwise illegal substances in the building under the eye of medical staff.
The legal history since 2003 has been complicated, as have the arguments for and against, which are outlined in this Globe and Mail piece.
I can’t wait ’til everyone’s comments begin rolling in.
I’m rushing off to spend the first day of my weekend in court, but tonight I’m being treated to one of the many perks of my job. I get to work the opening game at the revamped BC Place stadium between the BC Lions and the Edmonton Eskimos. I’ll try to sneak a couple of snapshots to share with you tomorrow.Share