Tag Archives: Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)

Un bar sans alcool ouvre ses portes dans le Grand Vancouver

January 18, 2024 | CBC Radio-Canada via UVic News

On February 3, 2024, a non-alcoholic bar will open in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The business, called Beeves, will be the first of its kind in Metro Vancouver, and will provide customers with a place to try non-alcoholic beverages before they purchase them. Despite some skepticism towards these types of drinks, CBC Radio-Canada’s Monia Blanchet writes, they are increasing in popularity amongst younger generations.

UVic’s Dr. Adam Sherk – a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) – is quoted in the article saying that many younger people are beginning to question society’s relationship with alcohol. Dr. Sherk is excited to see non-alcoholic bars attract more and more customers.

Are you interested in learning about Dr. Sherk’s research with CISUR? The Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications is happy to share that four of Dr. Sherk’s publications are available to read freely on our institutional repository, UVicSpace. UVicSpace is an open access learning and research repository for published and unpublished digital scholarly works by the UVic community and its partners.

Leslieville – Controversial drug clinic opens its doors to neighbours divided about its future

January 19, 2024 | The Toronto Star via UVic News

Just over six months has passed since 44-year-old Karolina Huebner-Marukat was killed outside of a safe consumption site in the Toronto neighborhood of Leslieville. The site – located in the South Riverdale Community Health Centre – is now holding town halls to inform the community of changes that have been made in reaction to her death.

Some Leslieville residents have argued for the site to close since the shooting. UVic’s Dr. Gillian Kolla, who was quoted in a recent Toronto Star article about the town halls, emphasizes that substance use will continue in the area whether the site shuts down or not.  Dr. Kolla explains, that if the site does shut down, infinitely more harmful outcomes will arise for those who rely on it.

Dr. Kolla is a collaborating scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. Her research focuses on how to make health and social services more accessible to people who use drugs. Two of Dr. Kolla’s publications in this area – both of which are set in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic – are freely available on the University of Victoria’s open access institutional repository, UVicSpace. The Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications encourages you to read these articles to learn more from this important scientist.

How to Be a Healthier Drinker; Try Damp January to Cut Back on Drinking in the New Year

December 27, 2023 | TIME via UVic News

January 8, 2024 | The New York Times via UVic News

UVic’s Dr. Tim Naimi, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, was quoted recently in TIME and New York Times articles discussing strategies one might use to cut back on drinking. Identifying your motivations for drinking, setting a goal, getting support from your loved ones, and participating in activities not linked to alcohol consumption are four ways to do so, Dr. Naimi shares. Both short- and long- term benefits can come from reducing how much you drink.

You can learn more about the health benefits of moderate drinking by visiting Dr. Naimi’s publication in UVicSpace, our open access learning and research repository.

Did you know that you can upload more than just articles to UVicSpace? The repository also hosts many other types of scholarly outputs, such as posters, books, videos, reports, maps, and images!

What are British Columbians’ new year’s resolutions?

January 2, 2024 | CTV News Vancouver via UVic News

For many, the New Year is a time of resolutions – such as improving one’s fitness, mental health, and finances. Or cutting back on alcohol. The latter resolution, according to a quote from UVic’s Dr. Tim Stockwell in a recent CTV News Vancouver article, has short- and long-term benefits.

Interested in learning more? The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office encourages you to read more of Dr. Stockwell’s important work on UVicSpace, the university’s open access institutional repository. 35 of Dr. Stockwell’s publications are available there!

Dr. Stockwell is a scientist with, and the former director of, the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria. He is also a professor in the Department of Psychology.

Trailblazing harm reduction

January 25, 2019 | UVic News

A national study, co-led by Bernie Pauly and Tim Stockwell at UVic’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) is researching managed alcohol programs (MAP) [which] provide people who haven’t found success with abstinence-based approaches with pre-measured doses of beer or wine—often paired with housing and other supports—as a way of reducing the harms from alcohol.

The Copyright & Scholarly Communications office invites you to read a post-print of their 2018 paper Community Managed Alcohol Programs in Canada: Overview of Key Dimensions and Implementation available in UVicSpace; https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9255

We also encourage readers to further explore both Pauly & Stockwell’s work within the University of Victoria’s institutional repository, UVicSpace.