The Insite Decision and the Case for Supervised Consumption Facilities in Ottawa

(2012) Canadian Journal of Poverty Law 1(1): 91-120

30 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2014

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Suzanne Bouclin

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Priyanka Vittal

University of Ottawa

Date Written: December 1, 2012

Abstract

In this analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to allow a safer supervised consumption facility (SCF) to remain open, we first describe the context in which Insite emerged in Vancouver, British Columbia. We go on to discuss the legal mobilization that led to the Supreme Court decision and the framework under which Insite currently operates. In the final part, we explore the decision’s implications for another jurisdiction – Ottawa, Ontario. Our starting assumption is that many of Ottawa’s vulnerable, and certainly marginalized, people could also benefit from access to a SCF. With a sizeable number of people who inject or inhale illicit drugs under dangerous circumstances, there is need for harm reduction strategies and additional primary care facilities in Ottawa. While there remain challenges to fostering harm reduction strategies in the city, we maintain that these are not insurmountable.

Keywords: harm reduction, insite, safer consumption, street-involvement

JEL Classification: I00, I31, I30, I38, J00

Suggested Citation

Bouclin, Suzanne and Vittal, Priyanka, The Insite Decision and the Case for Supervised Consumption Facilities in Ottawa (December 1, 2012). (2012) Canadian Journal of Poverty Law 1(1): 91-120 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2269009

Suzanne Bouclin (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Priyanka Vittal

University of Ottawa ( email )

2292 Edwin Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7
Canada

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