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Busted book launch with Susan Boyd

February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Join Susan Boyd (University of Victoria) as she reads from and presents a slide show of the images reproduced in her new book, Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada, followed by a discussion period.

7pm-9pm Thursday, February 1 at the GVPL Central Branch Community Room (735 Broughton Street).

About the book:
Canada’s drug laws are constantly changing. But what does Canada’s history of drug prohibition say about its future?
Susan Boyd argues that in order to chart the future, it is worthwhile for us as Canadians to know our history of prohibition and our history of resistance to it.

Busted is an illustrated history of Canadian drug prohibition and resistance to that prohibition. Reproducing over 170 striking archival and contemporary drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills and official documents from the 1700s to the present, Susan Boyd shows how Canada’s drug prohibition policies evolved and were shaped by race, class and gender discrimination. For more than a century, drug prohibition has been and continues to be an expensive failure. (https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/busted)

About the author:
Susan Boyd, PhD is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria. She is the author of a number of articles and books on drug issues, including: Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the myths; From Witches to Crack Moms: Women drug law, and policy; Hooked: Drug war films in Britain, Canada, and the U.S.; and co-author of Raise Shit!: Social action saving lives; Killer Weed: Marijuana grow-ops, media, and justice; and More harm than good: Drug policy in Canada. She was a member of the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation. She also works with national and community peer-run organizations that support harm reduction initiatives and advocate for the end of drug prohibition. (http://susancboyd.ca)

Free event, everyone welcome. Books will be for sale.

Sponsored by:
South Island Overdose Response Network (SICORN)
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)


February 1, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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