The Art of Resistance
e.314 - Toronto's Overdose Prevention Society Is Taking On Canada's Overdose Crisis & Saving Lives
On Tuesday, April 16th thousands of harm reduction advocates participated in We Still Grieve, a national day of action in response to Canada's overdose crisis. Harm reduction advocates gathered in 22 cities across Canada to demand that our federal government declare a state of emergency in response to an escalating drug crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people in the last three years.
In Toronto, hundreds participated in the national day of action, featuring local artists and activists, and placing coffins in front of Queen's Park, where Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently decided to defund two local safe injection sites. We’re joined by organizers from the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA on Facebook and Twitter) and the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS on Twitter) to look at Toronto’s overdose crisis and why long-term support for safe injection sites is a matter of life and death.
- Akia Munga is a harm reduction worker, activist and consultants. They started the We Grieve Thousands collective, are a member of the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society and the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance. Akia also works with Pieces to Pathways and Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre.
- Fiona White has been doing harm reduction work for three years. She works with the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, the Moss Park Overdose works with THRA the Moss Park OPS and currently works at Queen West as part of the We Grieve Thousands collective.