That’s the title of this article in The Vancouver Sun.
OTTAWA â€” A diplomatic cable shows U.S. officials opposed the Insite supervised injection site in Vancouver and wanted the federal and municipal governments to shut it down. […]
The memo is generally favourable of the federal Conservative government’s efforts to clamp down on the production and distribution of illicit drugs, including a national awareness campaign targeting youth and parents.
“However, local and provincial authorities have embarked on a number of so-called ‘harm-reduction’ programs,” reads the cable, “including a drug injection site and distribution of drug paraphernalia to chronic users.”
The document notes the federal government “continues to deliver a sharp message” to cities and provinces about the programs, but called for stronger action.
“Canada, or, as appropriate, municipalities such as Vancouver and Ottawa, should implement the (International Narcotics Control Board’s) recommendations to eliminate drug injection sites and drug paraphernalia distribution programs,” the cable reads, “because they violate international drug control treaties.”
No real surprise, there.
Fortunately, Canada’s Supreme Court has protected the Insite clinic from attempts by the Harper administration to shut it down.
Canada’s top judges, in a sharp rebuke of one of Harper’s key law-and-order planks, said the government’s attempt to shut down North America’s only nurse-supervised injection site for drug addicts violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The U.S. cable is available here. It also notes that “DEA conducted a five-day seminar in Montreal on asset forfeiture and money laundering for 40 members from various law enforcement agencies…” Gotta export that drug war in every way possible, you know.