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Presentations to Parliament

November 19, 2009 – UHRI co-director Dr. Thomas Kerr testifies before the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. Speaking against Bill C-15, Dr. Kerr explains to the Committee why minimum mandatory sentencing for drug offences would make for bad public policy.

If it receives Senate approval, Bill C-15 will amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to create mandatory minimum penalties for some drug offences. It will also increase the maximum penalty for growing marijuana.

Transcript           Bill C-15


May 29, 2008 – UHRI co-director Dr. Thomas Kerr presents research findings from the scientific evaluation of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection facility, to the Standing Committee on Health.

"When it comes to Insite, the science is clear. Insite works and does not compromise other efforts related to prevention and treatment of addiction. Insite clearly must remain open."

Transcript           Webcast (Meeting #32)


UHRI Research in the House of Commons

May 6, 2008 – Hon. Hedy Fry refers to UHRI research on the scientific evaluation of Insite. Transcript

May 2, 2008 – Hon. Carolyn Bennett quotes UHRI co-director Dr. Evan Wood in a debate about Insite. Transcript

February 7, 2008 – UHRI research on HIV infection rates among Aboriginal injection drug users prompts an Emergency Debate in the House of Commons. Transcript


Expert Opinion in Court

May 2008 – In BC Supreme Court, UHRI directors provide affidavits on the efficacy of Insite:
PHS Community Services Society v. Attorney General of Canada, 2008 BCSC 661.

Drug laws unconstitutional: BC Supreme Court
CBC News
, May 27, 2008