By Jamie Hellewell (for the Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA Alert)On September 15, Vancouver became the first city in North America to open a legal ‘safe injection site’ for heroine users. The site – called "Insite" – is a small clinic located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside district near the corner of Main and Hastings. Inside there are 12 private cubicles where needle drug users can inject between the hours of 10:00am-4:00am, seven days a week. The site provides a clean environment, spoons, water and sterile needles for users to prepare and inject heroine. There are also registered nurses on staff to supervise injections in case of an overdose or medical emergency. The site does not provide any drugs and prohibits certain types of injection behaviors: Sharing of drugs is not allowed, all users must self-inject, and there is a mandatory registration for anyone wanting to use the site.
By Doug Schouten (Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA), March 2003In 2002, MP Svend Robinson of Burnaby introduced a private member’s bill, C-415, with the aim of amending Section 318 of the Criminal Code, the section that deals with the so-called hate crimes. The bill proposed to add the three simple words “or sexual orientation” to Subsection 4, the part which defines the criteria for identifying groups that are protected by the hate crime legislation: religion, gender, ethnic origin, race and colour. Since the first reading of this bill in parliament, C-415 has been renamed C-250 and is currently in committee stage in Ottawa.
By George Gunnink (Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA)The freedom to express and promote a Christian worldview is being challenged on many fronts in our nation. In particular, this freedom has been challenged by the homosexual community, which is not interested in hearing any opposition to its sinful lifestyle. A story involving the BC College of Teachers (BCCT, the regulatory body responsible for monitoring the performance and conduct of school teachers) is just one example of the homosexual agenda at work in government and regulatory bodies.
By Peter Veenendaal, May 2002Most of our parents or grandparents were immigrants from Europe. Imagine that when these people were considering moving to a new country, the immigration promoters told them that in this great new country where you are going: child pornography is promoted as acceptable, public schools encourage sodomy, abortion is the most common surgical procedure in the country anddivorce is so common that it is met with shrugs. Do you think they may have had second thoughts about bringing their families to Canada?
By Doug SchoutenRecently, while at a meeting with a newly-elected Member of Parliament, a member of the Langley ARPA group asked what the MP proposed to do about the current lack of abortion legislation in Canada. His answer was rather surprising. He contended that the courts have effectively taken this aspect of social policy out of the hands of our legislative bodies. The MP thought that since the issue of abortion is so divisive in Parliament, and since the only way to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the pro-life movement is to invoke the Section 33 ‘notwithstanding clause’ (I’ll explain this clause later), the only way to effect positive change in this matter is to influence the culture of Canada outside of the strictly political circles. I would tend to agree.
By Stan Leyenhorst Human rights complaints related to discrimination as specified in the BC Human Rights Code are appearing more and more in various media and continue to be a source of concern for many. A general overview of the BC Human Rights Tribunal can provide information regarding its history, including recent changes, the establishment of the Tribunal, its role, and the process of complaints resolution.