On the
Police

Beat

$100,000 in
jewelry stolen in break-in

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

THE SO-CALLED Safer Drug concept is not making a dent in the number of deaths. It's actually getting worse. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has renamed safe drugs to a “prescribed alternative.” That's just more bafflegab to give it a warm all over feeling, avoiding a real solution. There’s nothing safe about drug consumption – whether it's supplied by the government or the street market. No drugs are safe but our leaders continue to provide them to addicts. Chasing out the homeless or maintaining the encampment sites is not the solution. Handing out prescribed drugs is just stoking the fire. It's obvious to everyone except the experts that treatment is the only option and the sooner they wake up to the reality, the sooner they’ll make a dent in the drug pandemic.

MAN ABOUT DOWNTOWN Kevan Shaw says people don’t feel safe in Nanaimo, seniors are afraid to walk out in the evening. Ambulances are racing to overdoses with regularity, along with robberies and serious assaults. It’s been getting worse in Nanaimo and elsewhere since drug decriminalization went into effect on Jan. 31 last year, says Shaw. To put perspective on the impact of the homeless problem, Abbotsford had 4,700 calls to fire and police linked to encampments in 2023. Chasing out the homeless or maintaining the sites doesn’t solve the problem. No matter how often you chase them away, those people still don’t have a home, and that’s the missing piece. Home(less).

BAMBOOZLED­ – This is a provincial election year, and we’re in for a major dose of lip service. Rather than solve problems it’s easier to divert attention with bafflegab. Candidates will talk about the issues and bad mouth their opposition, but without solutions. It’s a game of fooling us into believing that they have our best interests at heart. Climate is a classic example of massive taxation based on solving an invented crisis. Canada’s CO2 level makes up only 0.04 per cent of the atmosphere, so low that some agriculture operations install carbon-making equipment to boost CO2 which plants need. Canada’s carbon emissions are 1.5 per cent of the world total. Instead of fixing the climate they need to focus on adapting to the change. If not, we will see a real crisis.

THE SO-CALLED Safer Drug concept is not making a dent in the number of deaths. It's actually getting worse. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has renamed safe drugs to a “prescribed alternative.” That's just more bafflegab to give it a warm all over feeling, avoiding a real solution. There’s nothing safe about drug consumption – whether it's supplied by the government or the street market. No drugs are safe but our leaders continue to provide them to addicts. Chasing out the homeless or maintaining the encampment sites is not the solution. Handing out prescribed drugs is just stoking the fire. It's obvious to everyone except the experts that treatment is the only option and the sooner they wake up to the reality, the sooner they’ll make a dent in the drug pandemic.    Feb 20, 2024

DOWNTOWNER KEVAN SHAW says people don’t feel safe in Nanaimo, seniors are afraid to walk out in the evening. Ambulances are racing to overdoses with regularity, along with robberies and serious assaults. It’s been getting worse in Nanaimo and elsewhere since drug decriminalization went into effect on Jan. 31 last year, says Shaw. To put perspective on the impact of the homeless problem, Abbotsford had 4,700 calls to fire and police linked to encampments in 2023. Chasing out the homeless or maintaining the sites doesn’t solve the problem. No matter how often you chase them away, those people still don’t have a home, and that’s the missing piece. Home(less).

THERE IS A TRUISM that you can’t spend you way into prosperity, yet that appears to be what the provincial government is trying to do with Thursday’s budget. The record spending spree comes with a deficit of close to $6 billion this year, rising to $8 billion next year. The interest alone on that level of borrowing adds greatly to the cost of government, an expenditure that contributes nothing, just circling down the drain. Municipalities have to balance their budgets. If they want to spend more than the income they have on hand they must have the courage to raise taxes accordingly – true accountability. It may be a radical idea, but it would bring a lot more fiscally responsible if higher levels of government were held to that standard.