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War on drugs, drug politics, and drug crime

March 5th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on War on drugs, drug politics, and drug crime)

Three interviews focused on drugs, from the world-wide war on drugs to the local gangs selling illegal substances

picture 61Interviews with former provincial court judge Jerry Paradis, senator Larry Campbell, and street gangs expert Michael Chettleburgh.

Provincial courts handle about 95% of Canada’s criminal cases. Jerry Paradis is a former B.C. provincial court judge and a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAF). We speak with him about government “get tough” approaches. (more…)

Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says)

A new study published by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has shown that forcing prostitutes out of populated areas and into isolated locations increases violence and the spread of HIV. The most vulnerable were women who had been displaced to outlying areas due to policing or prostitution or drug charges. [Source: The Daily News] (more…)

Teachable moments: When does bullying become hate?

November 27th, 2008 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Teachable moments: When does bullying become hate?)

picture 027Nearly 5,000 people joined an online Facebook campaign which urged members to “get them steel toes ready” for a day of booting last week. The website appears to have been inspired by an episode of the cartoon South Park, in which a young character called Cartman describes people with red hair as “evil” and “soulless”. Dozens of children left messages on the page claiming to have carried out attacks on the so-called “National Kick a Ginger Day” on Thursday, Nov 20. (more…)