Dr. Hedy Fry on addiction and drug policy

Thursday, July 25th edition:

York Connect: News Now reporter Casandra London interviews Michael Stohr, president of Music Africa about their event AfroFest. A community festival that celebrates African music, dance, and culture in Toronto, AfroFest has has what Stohr describes as a “popularity problem.” Find out why the festival had to change it’s location from Queen’s Park to Woodbine Park this year and how “the audience really owns the festival.” [Repeat]

[Image via afrofest.ca]

Feature Interview: In the fifth and final installment of News Now‘s series critically analyzing drug policy, CHRY reporter Matt Prokopiw speaks with Dr. Hedy Fry, Liberal party health critic and MPP for Vancouver Centre. Fry speaks on the importance of harm reduction for public health and how the views around addiction and the victimization of drug users get in the way of effective policy changes in Canada. Find out more about why stigmas within the discourse need to be changed and the efforts being made to combat the misinformation around drugs, drug users, and addiction.

[Image via addictionhotlines.net]

Independent Arts and Culture: News Now contributor Mel Dubé talks to Toronto comedian Keesha Brownie on her accomplishments as a female comic and her growth in the local comedy scene. Hear Brownie talk about how she negotiates being a woman in the industry and how she “showcase[s] different accolades of Keesha Brownie,” depending on her audience. [Repeat]

[Image via facebook.com/keesha.brownie.9]

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