News/Links – #Decrim2018 Resolution Open Letter

Chronological updates and links to resources elsewhere

Thursday-Saturday April 19-21:
Liberal National Convention, Halifax
* Resolutions will be debated/voted on Saturday 8-10am Halifax time, livestream:

Friday April 20, 2018:
#Decrim2018 Open Letter press release: “Response to Liberal government decriminalization position on eve of vote

Thursday April 19, 2018:
Richard Elliot, president of signatory organization Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, co-authors op-ed with Ruth Dreifuss, chair of Global Commission on Drug Policy and former president of Switzerland: “Ottawa should decriminalize all drugs – it’s effective policy” (Globe and Mail)

Thursday April 19, 2018:
Signatory James Hutt on CBC Ottawa Morning radio to explain the open letter’s position and reasons for decriminalization

Wednesday April 18, 2018:
#Decrim2018 Open Letter referenced in article “Trudeau government rejects Liberal MPs’ call for decriminalization of all drugs” (Canadian Press/ Globe & Mail)

Wednesday April 18, 2018:
Signatory Marilou Gagnon to be awarded RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) Leadership Award for Political Action (note shirt in photo)

Tuesday April 17, 2018:
CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) releases new national policy paper calling for decriminalization as key to solving the opioid crisis

Monday April 16, 2018:
Coverage of open letter: “Ahead of party convention, petition urges federal Liberals to vote in favour of drug decriminalization” (The Georgia Straight)

Monday April 16, 2018:
#Decrim2018 Open Letter is publicly launched:
Press release – posted on
Letter published on Huffington Post
… update: French version

Sunday April 15, 2018:
Op-ed by signatories David Juurlink and Hakique Virani published in the Toronto Star: “The case for decriminalizing drugs

Monday April 9, 2018:
#Decrim2018 Open Letter text is finalized and private circulation for endorsement starts.

Monday March 26, 2018:
After the party’s online voting process, “Address the Opioid Crisis Through a Public Health Approach” is announced as one of the 30 resolutions to be debated and voted on at the Liberal National Convention

Friday March 9, 2018:
Signatory Gregor Robertson, Vancouver mayor,’s office issues statement that includes a call to “Convene a multi-sectoral task force to implement immediate decriminalization of personal possession of illicit drugs.”

Thursday March 8, 2018:
Time to Act on Harm Reduction Promises” Open Letter to the Liberal Party of Canada signed by 20 organizations (some also #Decrim2018 signatories) calls for adoption of the decriminalization resolution at the 2018 Liberal National Convention

Monday February 26, 2018:
Signatory organization Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Calls for the Decriminalization of Personal Use of Psychoactive Substances

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