She is committed to the ongoing development of educational initiatives that empower individuals, families and the wider community to understand and reduce the harms from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. She is passionate about the development and delivery of health promotion, prevention and early intervention resources, training and education, with a particular interest in tackling discrimination and the stigma associated with drug use. She gained her financial experience in her own business and in the community sector, but much prefers working within the non-profit sector, where she can identify with the goals of the organisation. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Education, and has worked with adult learners in a variety of settings over the past 16 years.
The Court's decision supports the Insite safe injection facility in Vancouver. Supreme Court has thrown the country's drug law into limbo with a ruling that says it conflicts with health concerns that constitutionally are a provincial responsibility, as well as conflicting with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In a surprise ruling yesterday, the court supported Vancouver's experimental supervised injection clinic and halted federal attempts to close the facility. Judge Ian Pitfield said Insite should be allowed to remain open for a year even without a federal exemption from current drug laws.
The judge declared a key section of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act CDSA of no force and gave Ottawa until June 30,to rectify the law because it Drug education reform to interfere with medical treatment.
Judge Pitfield said the current law governing illicit substances puts "unfettered Drug education reform in the hands of the Minister" and violates the Constitution.
Insite was established in September,as a pilot project to reduce disease, reduce overdose deaths and foster better health care for addicts. More than one million injections have occurred.
However, an exemption granted by the federal government for the clinic to operate expired, and the facility has been operating on temporary permits since. The ruling was greeted with near disbelief and euphoria by advocates, who have lobbied for years, first to open the site and then to keep it open.
Those were some of the generally positive conclusions, made public late Friday, of an expert advisory committee appointed by Health Canada. The committee was appointed last year to review existing research on Insite, as well as new studies commissioned, including one by Simon Fraser University criminologist Neil Boyd on public order.
But the committee of experts in addictions, mental health, and criminology found that the evidence about the site's impacts was generally favourable, although the experts did say they weren't certain that conclusions about the site's impact on reducing HIV infection were valid.
The report also suggested other types of research that could be done and it noted the limitations of existing studies. Rita Smith, a spokeswoman for Health Minister Tony Clement's office, said a decision on whether to extend that exemption will be made between now and June However, the Vancouver Police Union issued a statement late Friday saying the review committee's report suggests that the site costs a lot to run and serves only a tiny minority, doing little to reduce infection rates or overdose deaths.
Union president Tom Stamatakis called it a 'well-intentioned but expensive failure. He found that 80 per cent of a select group of police officers, business owners, residents and service providers in the Downtown Eastside thought the site should be expanded or retained.
Just over half of the 20 police officers interviewed had that opinion. The Conservative government of Stephen Harper is pushing crime policy to the forefront as it attempts to replicate a US-style drug war. The Ottawa Citizen reported on Feb.
The government has declared it a confidence motion, meaning an election could be triggered if the measure is defeated. Besides the crime motion, the government will face confidence votes over the federal budget at the end of this month, plus a motion to extend the Afghanistan mission that is expected to be put to a vote in late March.
However, it appeared yesterday that the crime motion would pass. Liberal leader Stephane Dion also vowed that his party would not fall for what he called a 'juvenile trick,' suggesting the Liberals will abstain from the vote.
Dion accused the government of trying to engineer its own defeat before having to table the budget. If that happens, the prime minister could ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament, thus triggering an election, on the grounds the Senate is preventing the government from carrying out its agenda.
Experts debated whether such a move would be constitutional, especially since Parliament last year passed a bill setting fixed election dates.
The next election is set for Octoberunless the opposition defeats the government. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Jan. Most of that time would be done in a Canadian prison, he said.
Emery had been facing a mandatory minimum term of 10 years and up to life if convicted in U. District Court for a crime that's rarely prosecuted in Canada. The plea agreement calls for him to plead guilty to a three-count indictment issued in by a Seattle grand jury. He was charged with manufacturing more than a ton of marijuana and conspiring to distribute seeds and launder the profits.
Attorney Todd Greenberg on Tuesday declined to comment on the plea bargain outlined by Emery. He said an extradition hearing scheduled to begin Monday in Vancouver so far hasn't been canceled.
To the dismay of the federal criminal justice establishment in Seattle, Tandy issued a statement after Emery's arrest in Julysaying:Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is questioning the hiring of a former CVS executive to oversee drug pricing efforts at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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