Not only am I pleased with the Insite ruling, I’m pleased it’s unanimous, in a strong rebuke to the Conservative government, who’s been trying to close this since 2008:
A supervised needle injection site for heroin addicts in Vancouver has gotten a constitutional reprieve following a landmark ruling Friday by the country’s top court. In a decision that sharply pits the court’s view of a coherent drug strategy against the Conservative government’s, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 9-0 that the federal government cannot refuse to extend a legal protection to addicts and clinical health workers at the InSite clinic in Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside who would otherwise be penalized by federal drug laws… In its precedent-setting ruling, the high court ruled that federal Conservative government effectively made an unconstitutional decision not to grant the clinic an exemption, and so breached the Charter rights of addicts and health workers. The court found denying access to such life-saving services violates Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which says life, liberty and security of persons cannot be threatened by arbitrary or heavy-handed state decisions.
Take note that the current court includes 3 Conservative nominated Justices. 2 were nominated by Harper, and the Chief Justice was appointed by Brian Mulroney.
Facts don’t have a Conservative bias, it appears.
UPDATE @ 6:21 pm: I totally missed this from yesterday. The Federal Court struck down the Conservative government’s attempt to limit what the Military Commission investigating possible Afghan detainee abuses could include in its future report. Not a very good week for the Conservatives in court.