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Vancouver councillor Swanson hands out ‘safe supply’ of meth, heroin, and cocaine

Roughly $3,000 worth of drugs were handed out




“Heroin for you, cocaine for you… and you in the back… meth for you.”

Channelling her inner Oprah, Vancouver city councillor, Jean Swanson, alongside members of the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), handed out free meth, heroin, and cocaine in front of a Vancouver Police detachment last week.

Those who gathered were protesting the “Vancouver model” of drug decriminalization and lack of “safe supply.”

British Columbia had more than 1,700 fatal drug overdoses in 2020 —near double the number in 2019 — making it the most deadly year for fatal drug overdoses in BC’s history. More than 80% of the overdoses involved the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The opioid overdose crisis was declared a public health emergency in BC in 2016.

“I got to hand out safe drugs today with VANDU And DULF,” Swanson posted on Twitter, captioning a photo of herself handing out a 3.5g box of heroin.

“Six deaths a day from poison drugs is way too many. One is too many. Safe supply now!”

According to DULF, the drugs handed out cost roughly $3,000.

The idea is to protect addicts from contaminated drugs by providing a “safe supply.”

DULF claims the supplied drugs have been tested by FTIR spectrometry and immunoassay, and are free of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, benzodiazepines, and many other harmful adulterants.

Members of DULF say that measures were in place to ensure that no minors received any drugs.

“The purpose of this action is to raise awareness of the deeply flawed aspects of the Vancouver Model of decriminalization, including disproportionate influence of the Vancouver Police Department, unreasonably low drug thresholds, and lack of provisions for safe supply,” writes DULF in a release.

“The proposed model risks causing significant harm to people who use drugs, especially those at intersecting marginalized social locations, such as people experiencing homelessness, BIPOC, and those from the LGBTQ2S* community.”

The “Q” stands for questioning. The “2S” acronyms stand for two-spirit. It is unclear what the asterisk represents. It is also unclear what data is used to determine how those who identify as questioning, two-spirit, or the group represented by the asterisk, are disproportionately dying of drug overdoses.

What is clear is a lot of human beings are dying of drug overdoses.

DULF says they reject Vancouver’s proposed model for the following three reasons:

  • The proposed threshold limits in the Vancouver Model are dangerously low and don’t conform with actual patterns of drug use.
  • The lack of an exemption for community-led compassion clubs for the distribution of safe supply.
  • The exclusion of drug users from meaningful participation in the development of drug policy.

“Step up and address the issues that are killing us or allow us the legal sanctioning to do it ourselves, outside of the constraints of this discriminatory structure,” writes DULF.

Several critical voices have spoken out in response to Jean Swanson’s recent stunt.

“This is a person that’s not only supposed to make laws, but to uphold them. Instead, she’s openly dealing crystal meth, and she’s doing so without any legal consequences whatsoever,” said independent journalist Aaron Gunn, who’s looking to become BC’s Liberal leader.

“It’s all part of a trend here in British Columbia to implement the most laissez-faire drug policies in all of North America. The results of which have been staggering,” he said.

“We have a very serious problem that requires a thoughtful and compassionate solution, but that solution is not to just hand out crystal meth like it was candy.”

Despite local and global policing efforts, the black market drug trade continues to thrive with no signs of slowing down.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Steven

    July 24, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Lunacy & stupidity! Safe Drugs? Now that’s an oxymoron if there every was one.

  2. GonadTheRuffian

    July 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Does this “councillor” have connections to the Hells Angels or the CCP?

  3. Jack Masterman

    July 21, 2021 at 8:59 am

    If anyone else handed out “illegal” drugs would they not be criminally charged?

    Just waiting for the police to arrest her for drug trafficing.

  4. K

    July 20, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    There is nothing ‘safe’ about these drugs, you vile witch.

  5. K

    July 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    EVIL. If you truly cared for others, why would you continue to let them suffer? Anti-human garbage.

  6. Left Coast

    July 20, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Only thing that was a Bigger Fail than BCs Wuhan Virus Lockdowns . . . was INSITE . . .

    Enabling Addicts to add one more nail in their coffins is the opposite of Concern & Empathy! This is so insane it might even surpass CRT in classrooms.

    Certainly these folks need help and after watching Insite for almost 20 years we all know it has not come from feeding their “Habit”.

    Our Politicians & Governments are incapable of solving problems today . . . only Govt could make Flu Season last almost 2 years . . . lol

  7. berta baby

    July 20, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    of course she did, Cops must have been to busy ignoring church fires and harassing pastors to care about meth trafficking on their front porch.

  8. CodexCoder

    July 20, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    That is not compassion – it is enabling reckless behavior. I had two uncles who died of alcohol abuse. I watched them drink themselves into oblivion through early heart attacks. This woman’s behavior is reprehensible and foolish.

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.




A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.

The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.

Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.

RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.

This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.

“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.

The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”




BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.




Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.

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