Insite is very different from the dark picture the Canadian government tries to paint of it – and so much more than just an injecting site. It connects people to other services, such as shelter, food, detoxification, rehabilitation, financial literacy and sports facilities.
A fundamental issue with Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is the high rate of untreated drug and alcohol addiction. While complaints about underfunding of the addiction-treatment system have been regularly voiced, one of the basic reasons for the problem will come as a shock to many.
More than 500 doctors, scientists and academics, including BC-CfE researchers, are calling on the federal government to abandon a new bill that would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences on people convicted of drug offences.