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How helping people take drugs safely will save lives

Bristol City Council’s new Drug Strategy consultation will consider the use of safe consumption rooms. Transform Drug Policy's head of campaigns examines what this could mean for the city.

Why Bristol sport needs to do its bit in tackling the climate crisis

'Why we must challenge media narratives of Travellers'

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Opinion: ‘The NHS sends too many mental health patients to hospital for expensive, ineffective care’

People are being sent away to private mental health providers for specialist treatment, but this often means poorer outcomes at higher costs, says occupational therapist Keir Harding.

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'Bristol museum's ‘Do You Believe in Magic?’ exhibition risks disappearing colonised people'

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Analysis: How £35 million of public money was ‘lost' to Bristol Energy

'Coronavirus means it’s never been more important to deal with the scandal of killer cold homes in Bristol'

Spring is bringing warmer temperatures now, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added an extra reason to act on living conditions that cause thousands of preventable deaths each winter, says Sarah Becker

'Covid-19 is creating a housing crisis in Bristol' - A lettings agent on how to avert it

Tenants don’t need to be lumped with rent arrears and landlords can still get their rent in the long run, writes Bristol lettings agent Boris Drappier.

'We need nature to help stem Bristol's flood risk'

As the effects of climate change become more severe, so too will Bristol’s flooding. And artificial barriers and walls aren't enough, writes Jake Chapman.

‘We must not let Bristol’s coronavirus recovery be built on shortsighted banks, empty gestures and missed opportunities’

The shape of economic recovery is being set by powerful local institutions. We must guard against reinstating the ‘old normal’ says Adam Cantwell-Corn

'Coronavirus shows growing our own food is now a necessity - and Bristol is fertile ground'

Bristol’s food movement has been catapulted into action and is meeting overwhelming demand in this current health crisis, says Grow Wilder’s Matt Cracknell.

“Working with mutual aid groups has shown me we can get through this crisis. And become stronger.”

COVID community care, or mutual aid groups, have sprung up across the country. There are hundreds – if not thousands – of people involved in...

‘We need better data and more testing to avoid coronavirus deaths in our care homes’

New data reveals that nearly one in three of Bristol’s coronavirus deaths have taken place in care homes. Nick Lawrence, a Cable member who used to work in public health, is baffled by the lack of up-to-date data and the government’s testing strategy.

'The contagion of misinformation and a Bristol Facebook page linking 5G and coronavirus'

There’s another contagion doing the rounds, it’s not coronavirus, but disinformation. And one Bristol Facebook page with thousands of likes is spreading claims that 5G is connected to the pandemic, says Alon Aviram.

'Workers are turning to each other. We can beat coronavirus, weak rights and unscrupulous bosses'

Amid worries about pay and new confusion about if people should be working or not during the new lockdown, workers are organising in new ways, writes Stuart Melvin.

Cops need to come clean on predictive policing of 250,000 people

Avon & Somerset Police are using algorithms to predict how likely someone is to commit a crime. A logical next step for policing or an invitation for discrimination?

"A woman was denied emergency contraception at Asda. This is a private problem of public concern."

When rights of different groups in society collide, compromises need to be made. But with reproductive rights, we need to do better so that women in need come first.

'I’m an Irish Traveller. The government is attacking us at every angle'

The Home Office plans to criminalise trespass, a move campaigners say threatens Travellers' way of life.

'Plans for new roads threaten Bristol’s countryside and limit action on the climate crisis'

The Local Transport Plan seems caught between tackling the climate crisis and building roads to boost economic growth, writes Dr Steve Melia.

This feels like prison’: we need to talk about school exclusions

Too many children in Bristol are subject to exclusions, which disproportionately impact those from BME and working-class communities, and have been linked to rising youth violence. The system needs to change.

I'm Jewish and I'm still campaigning for Corbyn's Labour

Antisemitism is real, but Corbyn’s Labour is not where the danger lies, writes Sage Brice.

"Privatising non-emergency ambulance services is bad for patients"

Across the south west, patient transport services have been transferred to private firms. But, a former NHS employee argues, the process has raised serious questions about their ability to do the job – and about wider fragmentation of our health system.

Measles is back, and it’s not just because of anti-vaxxers

We need to take our message out of surgeries and into communities, says a Bristol pharmacist

Masculinity and my Black male experience

The biggest problem with a stereotype isn’t that it’s false but that it’s the only story being told.

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