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Opioid Crisis: Inept Police, Courts and Politicians are Killing Our Kids

November 19th, 2018 · 16 Comments

Talk has not done it! Studies have not done it! Task forces have not done it! Education has not done it! Community outreach has not done it!

What we need to STOP the MURDERS of so many of our kids, our relatives, our friends, our neighbours, our fellow citizens are ARRESTS and IMPRISONMENT of the BIG SHOTS  making millions in profits from importing, manufacturing, and distributing fentanyl and others illicit drugs in our society.

The police know who many of them are; the prosecutors know what they are doing; the politicians know how they are operating … and yet, somehow, despite the widespread size and openness of their crimes, those behind marketing death in BC and across Canada continue to operate and thrive with spectacular impunity.

In September alone, 128 British Columbians DIED from drug overdoses …. bringing the number of lost lives so far this year to 1,143 in the province.

Across Canada, the death toll from illicit drugs since the beginning of 2016  now tops 8,000 …. the total in 2017 alone UP 34% from the year before.

Not to mention the many, many thousands of others also who have come close to death,  suffered, but survived.

Doing drugs is bad enough; illegal drugs even worse; but when so many lives are threatened … and taken … by evil villains who willingly put lives at risk for extra profit, and see so many die,  this is a crisis that demands action and arrests and prosecutions and serious jail sentences … not talk.

And each and every one of the victims also has family members and friends who have suffered along with them … and even partially died inside too … from the opioid crisis gripping and crippling our society.

We’ve heard the BC government announce it is suing the pharmaceutical companies for costs associated with the opioid spread; we keep hearing about “wake up calls” to combat drug abuse; we’ve heard calls for more drug treatment.

But what we have NOT heard about are ARRESTS!!!  Or PROSECUTIONS!!!  OR LENGTHY SENTENCES for those who are killing us … or those we know!!!

WHERE are they????

The impact of the drug epidemic scourging BC has become so significant, it is now affecting life expectancy statistics in the province.

In 2001, life expectancy in BC was 80.27 years; in 2014 it had risen to 83.02 … BUT in 2016, it had dropped back to 82.64 … the reason being opioid deaths, according to Canada’s public health officer.

We are losing this war.

And instead of just dutifully reporting the press conferences, the blabbering and increasing death tolls, WHERE are the TOUGH QUESTIONS and DEMANDS from the media to the police, the prosecutors and the politicians as to WHY there are so few arrests of the BIG DRUG BOSSES behind this epidemic????

Or are too many of the media so co-opted, bored, inexperienced, lazy as they sleepwalk towards retirement to even want to make waves and ask tough questions anymore? Where are their bosses?

Stories on this critical subject could be almost every day … asking the municipal police, the RCMP, elected politicians ay EVERY level, exactly WHAT have they done THAT DAY to make arrests, go after the big shot drug lords and put them in prison.  Every day!!!

If the media kept that up … bet we would see more action than we do now.

Time for the police, the prosecutors, the judges, and the politicians to launch a fully-funded, co-ordinated counter-attack to take out the importers and the distributors.

And if those currently in charge of getting the evidence, making arrests and laying major charges are incompetent or incapable … then our politicians should replace them with others who can.

Before another thousand British Columbians die from drugs.

Harv Oberfeld

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SPECIAL REPORT: The Appalling Reality of US Mid-terms!

November 7th, 2018 · 23 Comments

I just can’t stay silent on this … even while on vacation!

The results of the US Mid-term elections were appalling in my view … but not for any of the usual partisan reactions/interpretations being offered up on the various victories/losses.

President Donald Trump’s name was NOT on any of the ballots … but he made it very clear, many times over during the campaign, that HE viewed the voting as a personal test of his public support.

Trump, in my view, has repeatedly disgraced the US Presidency: he has lied regularly… sometimes not just several times in a week or a day, but several times in a single speech or even sentence; he has acted disgracefully towards women; comforted haters; made racist comments himself; attacked the free press as “the enemy of the people”; insulted judges, domestic and foreign leaders;  broke signed agreements; and, presided over a mostly complicit, silent sycophantic Republican House and Senate caucus that regularly ignored the very principles and ethics that once made the US “that shining light on the hill”.

And yet, about HALF of the 114 million Americans who voted in the mid-terms SUPPORTED Trump, his Republican flag-bearers, the Trump record, the Trump legacy so far … and Trump’s agenda for the future.

That’s APPALLING!

True … enough Americans stood up to speak up and took away Republican control of the House, and that will have considerable implications for the Trump.

But in the Senate, Trump actually picked up additional seats … expanding and tightening his control.

APPALLING!

And there was much more being said by pro-Trump voters Tuesday than just satisfaction with economic growth, tax cuts, job numbers.  They can’t claim this time they just didn’t like “Hillary”.

The mid-term results, instead, demonstrate what has happened to too many Americans over the past two years: they abandoned the once inspiring American principles of truth, justice and ethical standards to endorse fear, racism and xenophobia.

So Trump is actually partially correct when he tries to spin the results as a “victory”.

In the America I used to know … and admire so much … a despicable, deplorable, lying character like Trump would never have been able to get elected in the first place.

And certainly, after TWO YEARS of every proven lie he has said, every disgusting trait he has exhibited, every disgraceful action he has taken, his Republican supporters, apologists and silent servants should have been sent a real message by the voters and lost both the House AND the Senate in much more massive numbers.

APPALLING that they didn’t.

Harv Oberfeld

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