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The Drug War: Will there be a ceasefire during our lifetime?

Toronto, Ontario
March 20, 2013

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   

Koffler House, Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Avenue (2 blocks north of College on the east side of Spadina, enter from Bancroft Avenue)

Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force & Canadian Harm Reduction Network invite you to join us for this Speakers Series presentation.

Donald MacPherson is currently the Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve Canada'€™s drug policies.  Donald is involved in drug policy work at local, national and international levels.  Formerly he was North America’s first Drug Policy Coordinator at the City of Vancouver, where he worked for 22 years.  He is the author of Vancouver’s ground-breaking Four Pillars Drug Strategy, which called for new approaches to drug problems based on public health principles and the appropriate regulation of all psychoactive substances.  In 2007 he received the Kaiser Foundation National Award of Excellence in Public Policy in Canada.  In 2009 he was awarded the Richard Dennis Drug Peace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform by the Drug Policy Alliance in the United States and the City of Vancouver was awarded the Canadian Urban Institutes Secure City Award for the Four Pillars Drug Strategy.  MacPherson is currently Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada.

Ethan Nadelmann received his BA, JD, and PhD from Harvard, and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.  He then taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1987 to 1994, where his speaking and writings on drug policy--€”in publications ranging from Science and Foreign Affairs to American Heritage and National Review--€”attracted international attention.  He authored Cops Across Borders, the first scholarly study of the internationalization of U.S. criminal law enforcement, and co-authored another book entitled Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations, published by Oxford University Press in 2006.  In 1994, Nadelmann founded the Lindesmith Center, a drug policy institute created with the philanthropic support of George Soros.  In 2000, the growing Center merged with another organization to form the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.  Described by Rolling Stone as "the point man"€ for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the most prominent proponent of drug policy reform.

Everyone is welcome. No registration required.   Coffee will be served.