David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, will be starting a cross-Canada tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 14, 2021, which will end 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 and 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 all Canadians to report suspected adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.

Get Involved

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

  • Stage 1 (East) – Halifax to Ottawa (September and October 2021)
  • Stage 2 (Central) – Toronto to Sudbury (November 2021 to March 2022)
  • Stage 3 (West) – Sault Ste. Marie to Victoria (April to June 2022)

Contact us if you might be interested in helping organize a public discussion in one of these cities. After we confirm the date, time and location of a discussion, there will be a link to a one-page event announcement that can be shared online and offline:

Stage 1 – East

  1. Halifax, Nova Scotia – September 14, 7-8:30pm, Halifax Central Library
  2. Sydney, Nova Scotia
  3. St. John’s, Newfoundland
  4. Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  5. Charlottetown, PEI – September 28, 7-8pm, Conference Centre Public Library
  6. Moncton, New Brunswick
  7. Fredericton, New Brunswick
  8. Montreal, Quebec – October 12, 7-8pm, Benny Library
  9. Ottawa, Ontario – October 14, 7-8pm, Main Library Branch

Stage 2 – Central

  1. Toronto, Ontario – November 4, 7-8:30pm, North York Central Library
  2. Oakville, Ontario – November 6, 2-3:30pm, Glen Abbey Library
  3. Kingston, Ontario
  4. Belleville, Ontario
  5. Peterborough, Ontario
  6. Oshawa, Ontario
  7. Pickering, Ontario
  8. Markham, Ontario
  9. Richmond Hill, Ontario
  10. Brampton, Ontario
  11. Mississauga, Ontario
  12. Burlington, Ontario
  13. Hamilton, Ontario
  14. St. Catharines, Ontario
  15. Windsor, Ontario
  16. London, Ontario
  17. Kitchener, Ontario
  18. Guelph, Ontario
  19. Newmarket, Ontario
  20. Barrie, Ontario
  21. Sudbury, Ontario

Stage 3 – West

  1. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – April 7, 7-8pm, James L. McIntyre Centennial Library
  2. Thunder Bay, Ontario
  3. Winnipeg, Manitoba
  4. Brandon, Manitoba
  5. Regina, Saskatchewan
  6. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  7. Edmonton, Alberta – April 28, 7-8:30pm, Sprucewood Library
  8. Red Deer, Alberta
  9. Lethbridge, Alberta
  10. Calgary, Alberta – May 12, 7-8:30pm, Central Library
  11. Kelowna, British Columbia
  12. Kamloops, British Columbia
  13. Abbotsford, British Columbia
  14. Vancouver, British Columbia
  15. Richmond, British Columbia
  16. Surrey, British Columbia
  17. Coquitlam, British Columbia
  18. Burnaby, British Columbia
  19. North Vancouver, British Columbia
  20. Nanaimo, British Columbia – June 16, 7-8pm, Nanaimo North Library
  21. Saanich, British Columbia
  22. Victoria, British Columbia – June 23, 7-8pm, Central Library Branch