war on drugs
By Auren Ruvinsky - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
“The war on drugs isn’t effective,” said Parksville mayor Chris Burger in light of Vancouver Island municipal politician’s support for decriminalizing marijuana.
“We had quite a debate and a fair majority voted to decriminalize it,” he reported after the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) conference April 13 to 15 in Uclulet. Read more »
Editorial, The Globe and Mail
As debate about the failure of the drug war gains momentum, nobody is expecting a sudden ceasefire between cartels and police. It is far too complex and diffuse a problem. Instead, small battles will be won city by city, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. One striking success is Vancouver’s InSite program, North America’s only supervised-injection site.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to close the clinic, and would have if the Supreme Court of Canada hadn’t intervened. The court approved the clinic because of the specific conditions that gave rise to it, including the concentration of drug addicts in the impoverished Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and the high rates of disease and overdose. Read more »
By: DAWN WALTON, Globe and Mail
An Alberta judge, who presided over a fatality inquiry concerning an imprisoned aboriginal man who ingested a toxic mix of morphine, ecstasy and marijuana, has provocatively concluded that the war on drugs has been lost.
Provincial Court Judge Les Grieve’s analysis of the “unenviable” life and “tragic” death of 40-year-old Kory Stewart Mountain at the federal Drumheller Institution comes as deadly drug and gang-related violence has erupted on an Alberta reserve. His conclusions also appear to take aim at the federal Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda as well as provincial cuts to restorative justice programs that bring offenders and victims face-to-face, which experts say can steer wayward people straight. Read more »
TIMES COLONIST Editorial
Jonathan Bacon surely knew the risks that came with his chosen profession. He knew his life would end violently; it had been threatened many times. The only question was when he would be gunned down.
Bacon's death on Sunday - in a flurry of bullets from automatic weapons outside a casino in Kelowna - should not have surprised anyone familiar with the gangster life.
His younger brothers, Jarrod and Jamie, must understand their days are numbered as well. Their friends and associates and family cannot ignore the cold reality that gang activity usually ends with prison or death.
Yet, despite the inescapable danger, more British Columbians are choosing to join gangs. They put family members at risk while accepting - whether they admit it or not - the odds of an early demise. And even more people choose to associate with gang members. Read more »
BY DAN GARDNER, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM
On Thursday, a panel of eminent persons released a report calling on the world's governments to dramatically change how they deal with illicit drugs. "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," concluded the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
The 19 members of the commission include former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, as well legendary former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former Canadian Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour, and former secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, George Shultz. But for those who know the history of the war on drugs, and the central role played by the United Nations, the most striking name on the list is that of Kofi Annan. Read more »