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Canada’s life-saving supervised consumption services could be in jeopardy

Service providers and their clients are at risk of criminalization unless there is a federal exemption that protects them from prosecution for drug possession.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor can and should immediately issue five-year exemptions to new and existing services, write Cécile Kazatchkine and Janet-Butler McPhee of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites save lives by allowing people to use drugs safely under the supervision of trained volunteers and staff. This should be reason enough for any government to take bold, rapid action to scale up access to these services, especially as Canada is now fully immersed in an opioid overdose crisis—fuelled by a contaminated drug supply—that is killing at an alarming rate.

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Digital ads the story of election 2019 budgets, say campaign vets

The NDP’s downsized leader’s tour could be a sign of things to come for future contests.

Campaigning ‘from the front’ will test Liberal strategists

News|By Abbas Rana
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is relying on the same senior strategists who helped him win a majority government in 2015. But it's a whole new ball game this time after four years in power.

Tried and tested team behind Conservative Party’s bid to return to government

Hamish Marshall is in charge as national campaign manager, supported by two deputy campaign managers: Dustin Van Vugt and Marc-André Leclerc.

Liberal election ad ‘head and shoulders’ above Tory, NDP offerings, says U.S. campaign guru

Justin Trudeau rides the bus as the Liberals contend with a ‘distance’ between high-flying Trudeau and average joes.

More parties, more polls, and voter ‘malaise’: tracking 2019 trickier, pollsters say

'People are waiting, they’re more and more strategic about their vote as well, so we feel like that last weekend is becoming extremely important,' says Léger’s Christian Bourque.

NDP defection gives Greens ‘boost’ in New Brunswick, but it’s still an ‘uphill battle’

The NDP needs to do a better job differentiating from the Greens, says interim NDP provincial leader Mackenzie Thomason. 'That is on us.'

‘They simply ran out the clock,’ says PSAC, as feds, union fail to reach deal before election

News|By Mike Lapointe
But a spokesperson for Treasury Board president Joyce Murray says the government continued to demonstrate its commitment to negotiating in good faith in last week’s talks with the union.

Trudeau triggers federal election call amid shadow of SNC-Lavalin affair

News|By Beatrice Paez
In seeking to contrast his party with the Conservatives, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaned on familiar attacks, invoking the spectre of the Harper government’s decade in office and the unpopular Ford government.

Parties take on phone bills, internet prices in election platforms

The Liberals and NDP have said price caps might be the answer, while Conservative MP Dan Albas said that would ‘knee cap’ investment.
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