David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, will be launching a cross-Canada tour in Toronto, Ontario on November 6, 2021 (Know Your Drugs Day). He will be starting the tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia on November 10, 2021 and ending it in Victoria, British Columbia on June 23, 2022.

During the tour, Canadians will be encouraged to participate in public discussions about prescription drug safety. Before each discussion, David will be delivering the presentation Preventing Another Opioid Crisis.

Purpose of Public Discussions

The public discussions about prescription drug safety will help Canadians recognize that over the last few decades, the pharmaceutical industry, which has been penalized more than any other industry in the United States for fraud and other criminal activities, has turned what was once a healthcare system into a sickness care system. The industry wants people on drugs for life. Many older adults, for example, are on multiple medications to deal with multiple health conditions, often prescribed by multiple doctors or medical specialists. This type of polypharmacy is often not in the best interest of consumers. Clinical trials are not designed to test how multiple medications interact, which often leads to serious physical and mental adverse reactions such as falling, delirium or even psychosis, which are just a few examples of the potentially deadly and debilitating side effects of prescription drugs.

By the end of each discussion, participants will have a good understanding of how to use readily available sources to research the side effects of prescription drugs to help them make informed choices about use, and to determine if some of the health issues they are experiencing might be caused by drug side effects or drug interactions. In addition, participants will learn why it is so important for Canadians to report suspected adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.


After the National Launch in Toronto on November 6, 2021, the cross-Canada tour will take place in three stages:

  1. Eastern Canada (November 2021) – Nova Scotia, Newfoundland-Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Quebec
  2. Central Canada (December 2021 to March 2022) – Ontario and Manitoba
  3. Western Canada (April to June 2022) – Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia

Contact us if you would like to have a public discussion in your community. When a public discussion is confirmed, a one-page announcement will be posted with the date, time and location.

National Launch

Toronto, Ontario – November 6, 2-3:30pm, North York Central Library Auditorium

Stage 1 – Eastern Canada (November 2021)

  1. (Regional Launch) Halifax, Nova Scotia – November 10, 7-8:30pm, Halifax Central Library
  2. St. John’s, Newfoundland – November 13, 2-3pm, A.C. Hunter Library
  3. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – November 20, 2-3pm, Confederation Centre Public Library
  4. Moncton, New Brunswick – November 23, 6:30-7:30pm, Moncton Public Library
  5. Fredericton, New Brunswick – November 24, 6:30-7:30pm, Fredericton Public Library
  6. Montreal, Quebec – November 30, 7-8pm, Benny Library

Stage 2 – Central Canada (December 2021 to March 2022)

  1. (Regional Launch) Ottawa, Ontario – December 2, 7-8pm, Main Library Branch
  2. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – March 24, James. L. McIntyre Centennial Library
  3. Brandon, Manitoba – March 31, 7-8pm, Brandon Public Library

Stage 3 – Western Canada (April to June 2022)

  1. (Regional Launch) Regina, Saskatchewan – April 7, 7-8pm, Central Adult Library
  2. Edmonton, Alberta – April 28, 7-8:30pm, Sprucewood Library
  3. Calgary, Alberta – May 12, 7-8:30pm, Central Library
  4. Nanaimo, British Columbia – June 16, 7-8pm, Nanaimo Public Library
  5. Victoria, British Columbia – June 23, 7-8pm, Central Library Branch