Graduate Students from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have joined the Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites (CSCS) in Ottawa and are calling on Mayor Jim Watson to respect the research that illustrates the social and health benefits safe consumption sites have had on communities around the world.

In April of 2013, Mayor Watson expressed his steadfast opposition to CSCS citing concerns for public safety. This despite a 2011 Supreme Court ruling stating that Safe Injection sites pose no discernible negative impact on public safety or health objectives.

“Mayor Watson needs to make policy decisions that are rooted in evidence, not fear,” said Seamus Wolfe from the Graduate Student Association of the University of Ottawa (GSAÉD), “and the evidence is clear. Safe consumption sites saves lives.”

In 2012, 36 individuals are reported to have died as a result of overdose in Ottawa.

“Safe consumption sites have been subjected to thorough, independent third party research ,” said Lauren Montgomery from the Graduate Students’ Association of Carleton University (GSA), “Graduate students recognise the wealth of empirical evidence that speaks to the substantial health benefits that these sites bring to our communities. These facts should not be ignored.”

Visit the Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa for more information.

View the letter to Mayor Jim Watson.

For interviews please contact: Lauren Montgomery (GSA) at 613.808.6697 or Seamus Wolfe (GSAÉD) at 613.600.3469

The Graduate Student Association of the University of Ottawa and the Graduate Students’ Association of Carleton University are proud members of the Canadian Federation of Students.