Friday, May 20, 2011

Green Light, Red Light: Regulating Sex Workers in Halifax

Stepping Stone and Mount Saint Vincent University Present Green Light, Red Light: Regulating Sex Work in Halifax.

The laws governing sex work in Canada could be changing.

On September 28th, 2010 Canada’s prostitution laws were declared invalid by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The decision was stayed and an appeal will be heard in June 2011. If the appeals are unsuccessful, sex work could be decriminalized in Canada, and responsibility for the regulation of sex work could fall into the hands of the municipalities.

But what, exactly, will this regulation look like in Halifax?

Mount Saint Vincent University and Stepping Stone are bringing together a community education session and forum like no other. Politicians, representatives from law enforcement, academics, community advocates, former and current sex workers, union representatives, and other concerned individuals are invited to a full day open session, where we will explore what works - and what doesn’t - when regulating sex work.

Event organizers are pleased to announce that Alan Young, the lead counsel for the historic Bedford vs. Canada decision will provide the keynote address. We will also welcome local experts including Gayle MacDonald and Leslie Jeffrey, authors of ‘Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back.’ The days will also include opportunities for the community to work together on this issue and provide input and feedback.

Friday May 27th, 2011


Atlantica Hotel 1980 Robie St. Halifax, NS.

Cost $35(which includes a full lunch buffet and breaks for the day).

You can register securely through our website at

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