Provincial Politics

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Fentanyl trafficking presents new challenges for police, experts say

By The Canadian Press
February 26, 2017 - 9:00am

VANCOUVER — Illicit drugs have always been a problem in port cities, but experts say the emergence of highly potent synthetic opioids that are fuelling British Columbia’s overdose crisis are slipping through borders in new ways, presenting challenges for law enforcement.

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Accused drug dealers leave B.C. courts free men due to shortage of sheriffs

By The Canadian Press
February 23, 2017 - 4:24pm Updated: February 23, 2017 - 6:17pm

VICTORIA — A shortage of courthouse sheriffs has resulted in two accused drug dealers being freed without facing justice, sparking an uproar in British Columbia’s legislature with the Opposition New Democrats accusing the government of cost-cutting during a deadly overdose crisis.

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B.C. Environment Minister cancels waste discharge permit at Shawnigan Lake

By The Canadian Press
February 23, 2017 - 2:17pm Updated: February 23, 2017 - 6:18pm

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s environment minister cancelled a waste discharge permit for the company operating a dump site for contaminated soil that has been the subject of years of protests and court actions by local residents.

B.C. budget cuts are a strategic ‘bang for the buck,’ Clark

By The Canadian Press
February 22, 2017 - 3:32pm Updated: February 22, 2017 - 6:19pm

BURNABY, B.C. — Premier Christy Clark says slashing British Columbia’s health premiums in half gives the “biggest bang for the buck” to taxpayers, but an economist says she should have replaced the fees with a fairer tax to avoid losing $1 billion in revenue.

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Experts call for more co-ordination in addiction treatment, less stigma

By The Canadian Press
February 22, 2017 - 11:28am Updated: February 22, 2017 - 6:20pm

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s approach to treating addiction amounts to “a series of disconnected silos” that in some instances increases the likelihood someone will overdose, says the province’s chief medical officer.