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Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection site

Vancouver's supervised-injection site sees unusually high number of overdoses

Workers at Vancouver's supervised-injection site have been faced with a higher-than-normal number of drug overdoses this week. A spokeswoman with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says it's unclear...

Opening five safe-injection sites makes financial sense for Ontario: study

Insite is North America's only supervised-injection site, where addicts shoot up their own drugs under the watchful eyes of a nurse to prevent overdoses.
Stephen Harper, Canadian politics, Green Party, federal election, 2015 election

Time for change in Vancouver East, and in Ottawa

What would make Vancouver East matter more than ever in Ottawa? Voting Green. Here's why.

Insite helped me battle drug addiction and win

A first-hand account of how Insite helped one man beat 22 years of drug addiction.

Licia Corbella, ask anyone in Calgary where to score a cowboy hat and boots...

The recent assault on Vancouver by Licia Corbella is knee jerk reductionism. But we Canadians love taking pot shots at each other's cities don't we?

Occupy Vancouver reflects on day after death of 23-year old: slideshow

A day after a woman -- now identified by police as Ashlie Gough, 23, of Victoria -- was found dead at Occupy Vancouver, energy at the camp was "thick" as demonstrators debated their next steps.

Stories from creative writing workshops at Onsite

I facilitate creative writing at Onsite, the detox centre just on the upstairs of Insite on East Hastings Street. The workshop is organized by Megaphone magazine, a street paper sold by homeless and...

Tories miffed, but will keep Insite open

Supreme Court dramatically derails part of Harper's tough-on-crime juggernaut with landmark ruling that Vancouver safe-injection site stays open.

Insite coordinator expects public to be slower to warm to crack-pipe distribution program

Insite coordinator Russell Maynard said he expects some controversy over the recent decision by Vancouver Coastal Health to launch a pilot project that will distribute crack pipes to users....

Heroin clinic didn't hurt Montreal street: study

MONTREAL -- Heroin-related debris, like discarded needles, dropped 46 per cent in a Montreal neighbourhood after an injection clinic opened there in 2005, a newly published study suggests. The...