It’s time for Vancouver to defend Insite in court

Conservative health minister Tony Clement has been stepping up his attacks on Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, ever since the Portland Hotel Society won a tremendous legal victory declaring the closure of the site a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But as Clement hammered at this vital project, the City of Vancouver remained silent under the leadership of Sam Sullivan, Peter Ladner and the NPA, claiming to support Insite but leaving the non-profit PHS to fight the battle on its own. Today, Dr. Kerry Jang and I called on the city to intervene in the appeal of the case scheduled for April, joining PHS and the Attorney General of BC in defending this critical health service. Check out the video of Clement railing against Insite in terms that parallel those used in the Mayor’s Office documents I disclosed earlier this month.