Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada @ SFU Woodward's, Vancouver [23 January]

Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada

19:00 - 21:00

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SFU Woodward's
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4
When: Tue, January 23, 2018. 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
FREE, everyone welcome!

Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement,
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, and Fernwood Publishing.

Join Susan Boyd, and guests Donald MacPherson and Horde of Two (Wendy Atkinson and David Lester), on the publication of Susan’s new book, «Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada».


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.

Books and CDs will be for sale.

“Busted is a visually rich and historically intriguing analysis of the twists and turns in the development of Canada’s drug policy…An important contribution to the historical record of how we got to where we are today.”
— Donald MacPherson, Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition


Susan Boyd is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the 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.


Donald MacPherson is one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy and advocates drug policies based on principles of public health, scientific evidence, human rights and social inclusion.

MacPherson is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve Canada’s drug policies. The Coalition is a partner project with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University. He is involved in drug policy work at local, national and international levels. Formerly, he was North America’s first Drug Policy Coordinator at the City of Vancouver where he worked for 22 years. He is the author of Vancouver’s groundbreaking «Four Pillars Drug Strategy», which called for new approaches to drug problems based on public health principles and the appropriate regulation of all psychoactive substances.

MacPherson is also co-author of «Raise Shit! Social action saving lives» (2009) and «More Harm than Good: Drug policy in Canada» (2016). In 2007, he received the Kaiser Foundation National Award of Excellence in Public Policy in Canada. In 2009, he was awarded the Richard Dennis Drug Peace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform by the Drug Policy Alliance in the United States and the City of Vancouver was awarded the Canadian Urban Institutes Secure City Award for the Four Pillars Drug Strategy. MacPherson also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his work in drug policy reform. In 2017, MacPherson was presented with the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy at Simon Fraser University.

Horde of Two features Wendy Atkinson Experimental Bass Player and David Lester performing two poems by Bud Osborn. Atkinson and Lester toured as a band with Bud and wrote the music for an album of his poems called «Hundred Block Rock». Copies of that album will be available free to anyone buying Busted. Wendy is an experimental bassist whose latest album is called «The Last Fret». David Lester plays guitar in the underground rock duo Mecca Normal.

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