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Feds considering legalizing heroin

The panel in two reports said simple possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and all other narcotics should be decriminalized.




Saying heroin addicts deserve “compassion and support,” Health Minister Patty Hadju said the Liberals are considering legalizing the drug.

Blacklock’s Reporter says Hadju said the feds “are exploring all options.”

“Substance use is a health issue,” Hajdu said in a statement.

“It is not a moral issue or a criminal justice one. People who use drugs deserve our compassion and support.”

The recommendation to amend the Controlled Drugs And Substances Act followed a two-month review by an expert task force on Substance Use. The panel in two reports said simple possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and all other narcotics should be decriminalized.

“Penalties of any kind for the simple possession and use of substances are harmful to Canadians,” the panel wrote.

It said outlawing use of hard drugs “needs to end.”

“Canada’s current policies are based on an outdated and deeply problematic position which the task force members reject that devalues and dehumanizes people who use drugs by labeling them as immoral, ‘addicts’ or weak,” said the report.

“Furthermore, by criminalizing simple possession, Canada’s Controlled Drugs And Substances Act increases the stigma by labeling people who use drugs as criminals.”

The panel said Canada should adopt measures taken in Portugal. The country in 2001 enacted its Law 30 to become the first nation in the modern era to decriminalize simple possession of all narcotics punishable with a warning or fine, including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine and opioids.

Drug trafficking still remains a felony in Portugal punishable by up to 12 years’ imprisonment.

The task force acknowledged drug use may rise with decriminalization.

“Members of the task force are aware of concerns by some Canadians that removing criminal penalties may be perceived as condoning drug use, or that this may increase access to dangerous drugs or increase substance use disorders and drug toxicity deaths,” it wrote.

Federal data show since Parliament legalized marijuana in 2018 the rate of drug-impaired driving has more than doubled; university students are now three times likelier to use cannabis than tobacco; and illegal cannabis use by minors is rising “following a steady decrease over several years,” according to the University of Waterloo’s School of Public Health.

The Task Force said current controls on narcotics appear race-based and misguided.

“People who use substances are not the problem,” it said.

“Social, historical and political systemic forces including colonization, social inequity and racism, and inadequate policies such as criminalization of simple possession, an extremely toxic unregulated illegal drug market, and inadequate regulation of alcohol are the fundamental drivers.”

Appointees to the 17-member task force included four university professors, a former Crown prosecutor, Police Chief Mike Serr ,of Abbotsford, B.C., chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and Robert Kurcheran, chair of the Buildings Trades Unions.

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  1. berta baby

    August 17, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Maybe they will mix the herion with the Vaccine so that they don’t have to fight every time they demand a booster.

    Fauci will be like it’s just common sense to add a little bam bam into the injection

  2. SaskFreedom

    August 16, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Canada is lost. The liberals are looking at making heroin legal, but no one can get a prescription for HCQ or ivermectin, when they’re sick with covid?!?!?
    but heroin… Liberals say, that’s fine, safe and effective, let’s legalize it, and make it available to everyone.

    Pretty sure taking hcq or ivermectin when you’re already sick is safer than ruining your perfectly healthy body with heroin.

    I’d be for legalizing all drugs if it included all natural supplements that are made illegal for no reason and all medications that are hoarded only to dole out via government controlled doctors. But if I can get lifesaving hcq, nac or ivermectin, then the non-taxpaying heroin addict shouldn’t be able to get their life destroying drugs.

  3. K

    August 16, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, the degeneracy continues. Real role model here, Cana-duh.

  4. John Lankers

    August 16, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    @Berta Baby
    Everything’s gonna be alright, the RCMP will be there to make sure we’re safe. Not!

  5. berta baby

    August 16, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    What could possibly go wrong

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BC removes capacity limits in some areas, but only if you’re double vaccinated

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.




British Columbia will be seeing some restrictions eased for those who have can prove two doses of vaccination against COVID-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits for events and gatherings throughout much of the province — where proof-of-vaccination is required — will be lifted.

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

Health officials will also be removing the requirement to stay seated at restaurants.

The changes do not apply to regional restrictions in effect in Interior Health, Northern Health, and eastern Fraser Valley.

Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people throughout the Northern Health region, with the exception of Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, and the Nisga’a areas.

Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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WORLD WATCH: U.K. warns of new COVID variant as cases rise yet Japan numbers plummet

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.




News reports out of the U.K. are linking an uptick in cases to a new variant that “could be 10 times more infectious than Delta,” yet Japan is seeing some of their lowest case counts since this time last year.

According to the latest official data out of the U.K., an increase in COVID-19 cases includes a genetically sequenced variant labelled AY.4.2 accounting for 6% of new cases.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

The new strain, some call “Delta Plus”, is said to contain mutations that could give the virus “survival advantages” and could make it more contagious.

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

Meanwhile, reports from Japan say a very different narrative where cases have mysteriously plummeted over the last two months.

Low case rates have not been the norm in Japan throughout the pandemic. However, despite the 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed to the summer of 2021 and Japan seeing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the world at times, the country has never implemented any full lockdowns.

Over the last two months, rates in Japan went from over 26,121 new cases recorded on August 22 to 494 new cases as of Monday.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

Some are crediting the incredible turnaround to a late but rapid uptake in vaccinations. Others say it could have something to do with bad August weather in the latter part of the month that kept people home.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the huge decline in cases and experts are warning Japan could face another surge with the gradual waning of vaccine efficacy as well as heading into the colder winter months.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: Chu vows not to resign, apologizes and speaks out on allegations

Chu speaks out after allegations against him come to light.




Embattled Calgary Councillor Sean Chu says he has no intention of resigning, but has apologized to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave. S and not the Husky House restaurant downtown that some media had reported.

“Because it was a licensed establishment I thought the girl was at least 18 years old,” said Chu, who was in uniform with his partner at the time.

“I was single at the time and I thought some girl liked me.”

The Western Standard cannot confirm at this time if there is documentary evidence the encounter was at the Husky House or at the pub on Macleod Tr.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Once there, the pair “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” said Chu.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes”.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

At one point Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that weapon was ever produced or shown in any way that night.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

The Western Standard has not seen any documents that indicate the presence or absence of a firearm on the evening in question.

Chu said he does not drink alcohol, but added he didn’t know if the girl had been drinking.

After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police claiming she was sexually assaulted. That lead to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil election.

There were never any sexual assault or weapons charges laid, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that came out of the entire process.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Chu is now at the centre of a political storm with friends and supporters deserting him.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who han’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

He said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Jyoti Gondek to discuss the situation.

Kenney said as much of the legal documents are under seal, it’s up to Chu to prove his innocence.

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.

“I have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but firmly withdraw all such support in light of these reports. Believing women means walking the talk,” she tweeted.

“In light of the disciplinary action, as a result of inappropriate contact with a minor which has been reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner is formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of her Constituency Association.”

Rempel Garner tweet

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

It appears any bid to try and remove Chu would fail because he was not charged or convicted criminally.

Calgary police released a statement Monday about its investigation in 1997. It states:

“We want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997 it was taken seriously by the Service and managed in accordance with the Police Act. This has been a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and investigations as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, one allegation of misconduct was sustained through our internal disciplinary process.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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