David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, will be launching a cross-Canada tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 7, 2022, which will end on June 23, 2022 in Victoria, British Columbia. His personal tragedy, which he will talk about on the tour to help prevent other family tragedies, provided the basis for the CTV W5 episode The Problem with Pills, which aired on October 9, 2021.

The major purpose of the tour is to help “Canadians make informed choices about prescription drug use by educating them about Vanessa’s Law and prescription drug safety,” which is the mission of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law.

During the tour, Canadians will be encouraged to participate in one-hour public discussions about prescription drug safety. Before each discussion begins, David will be delivering the 20 minute presentation Preventing Another Opioid Crisis.

Purpose of Public Discussions

The public discussions will help Canadians make informed choices about prescription drug use. 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 why they should not “blindly trust” doctors, and how 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 consumers (parents, guardians or caregivers) to question doctors and pharmacists, and to report suspected adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.


The cross-Canada tour will take place in three stages:

  1. Eastern Canada (April 2022) – Nova Scotia, Newfoundland-Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick
  2. Central Canada (May 2022) – Quebec and Ontario
  3. Western Canada (June 2022) – Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia
When the time and location of a public discussion is confirmed, a one-page announcement will be posted.

Stage 1: Eastern Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia – April 7, 2022, 7-8pm, Halifax Central Library
St. John’s, Newfoundland – April 12
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – April 21
Moncton, New Brunswick – April 26
Fredericton, New Brunswick – April 28

Stage 2: Central Canada

Montreal, Quebec – May 3
Ottawa, Ontario – May 5
Toronto, Ontario – May 12
London, Ontario – May 17
Windsor, Ontario – May 19
Barrie, Ontario – May 24
Sudbury, Ontario – May 26
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – May 30

Stage 3: Western Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba – June 2
Regina, Saskatchewan – June 7
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – June 9
Edmonton, Alberta – June 14
Calgary, Alberta – June 16
Vancouver, British Columbia – June 21
Victoria, British Columbia – June 23