Pubdate: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 Source: Toronto Star (CN ON) Copyright: 2011 The Toronto Star Contact: http://www.thestar.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/456 Author: Edward Carson WATCH FOR REACTION TO RULING Re: Vancouver's safe-injection drug site OK: Supreme Court ruling, Sept. 30 Judging from the Supreme Court ruling on safe injection sites, it would appear that a genuine concern for the health and safety of even the most desperate of Canadians remains alive in the law. However, supporters of these sites need to remain on alert that today's Conservative government routinely ignores better informed advice to do what it bloody well pleases, all in the name of pandering to the lowest common denominator of its political base. Driven by ideology rather than data-based evidence -- witness the recent omnibus Law and Order bill -- the Harperites can be expected to quickly find a way around this ruling. Ideologically driven politicians behave wisely only after they have exhausted all other irrational alternatives, and in the process overpowered those least able to defend themselves. Edward Carson Toronto - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.