BC Nurses Union

BC Nurses Union

May 11, 2011 13:14 ET

Media Advisory: BC Nurses to be Available on Supreme Court of Canada Steps at 8 am EDT Before Start of Critical Hearing Thursday

They're in Ottawa to intervene on behalf of Insite, Vancouver's valuable supervised drug injection clinic that saves lives and moves people on to detox and safer housing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - BC nurses will be on the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada at 8 am EDT Thursday, as they prepare for the legal fight to confirm the right of Vancouver's supervised drug injection site to keep operating as a valuable healthcare service. The group includes a nurse who works at the site on a daily basis.

They're hoping the Court will uphold decisions by the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the BC Court of Appeal that Insite is a legitimate healthcare facility that saves lives, helps reduce the spread of disease and moves people to detox.

BC nurses available before Supreme Court hearing

Where:Steps of the Supreme Court of Canada Building in Ottawa
When:8 am EDT Thursday May 12, 2011
Who:Christine Sorensen, BCNU Nurses' Union Council member
Tim Gauthier, BCNU member, acting clinical coordinator at Insite
Marjorie Brown, BCNU legal counsel

The BC Nurses' Union is one of several intervenors in the case on behalf of Insite and the Portland Hotel Society which operates the facility. The federal Conservative government wants to shut the facility down. (The court hearing begins at 9 am EDT).

BCNU has intervened in the case because many of the people who use the clinic are homeless, suffer from the disease of addiction and, frequently, multiple mental health and other health issues. If the federal government has its way, nurses who work in the clinic could be seen to be breaking the law by saving the lives of their patients and providing necessary access to primary health care services to this population.

Contact Information

  • Art Moses
    BCNU Communications
    Cell: 604 868-4259