RCMP paid for anti-safe injection site reports
VANCOUVER - The auditor general has been asked to probe whether the RCMP exceeded its law-enforcement mandate by commissioning reports critical of Vancouver's controversial supervised injection site. Pivot yesterday released internal RCMP correspondence that includes a reference to British Columbia's Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS as the "Centre for Excrements" and an e-mail from an RCMP officer hoping to stack an open-line radio show with supportive callers.
The RCMP funded studies critical of Vancouver's supervised injection site (Insite), encouraged officers opposed to Insite to phone a popular radio talk show, and may have attempted to conceal these advocacy efforts from public view, according to allegations by the Pivot Legal Society.
In RCMP e-mails revealed by the Pivot Legal Society on Wednesday, the RCMP sought to have its name removed from reports it commissioned into Insite, which allows users to take their drugs in a safe environment where they can receive treatment for drug-related health problems.
The e-mails also referred to B.C.'s renowned Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS as "Centre for Excrements," and detail a push for Insite critics to flood a phone-in radio show on safe-injection sites.
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