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Should we give the red light the green light?

With proposed legislation set to introduce new restrictions on prostitution in Canada, this week’s Visionary Conversations posed a question that sparked passionate responses from panelists and attendees alike: should we give the red light the green light?

University of Manitoba president and vice-chancellor David Barnard moderated the panel, which included Shawna Ferris, assistant professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, James Blanchard, director of the Centre for Global Public Health, and Nahanni Fontaine, special advisor on aboriginal women’s issues with the Manitoba government.

At the centre of the discussion was Bill C-36, which the federal government introduced in June after the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s prostitution laws. Among the controversial bill’s proposed changes include punishing buyers of sexual services and restricting how sex workers can advertise.

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