Vancouver Mayor and Tides affiliated eco-activist, Gregor Robertson, is calling for fewer restrictions on taxpayer funded, supervised intravenous drug injection sites in his city.
He and BC’s top health officials want the Federal Liberals to repeal any legislation that may create hurdles to setting up safe injection sites in the wake of a spate of overdose deaths in BC.
Robertson co-signed a letter to Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott that attacked the Respect For Communities Act, passed by the Conservatives to block these legal shooting galleries from popping up in communities across the country.
The letter said the act:
“.. was a deliberate attempt by the Conservative government to create barriers that block people from accessing life-saving harm-reduction services and medical care….The Act is in no way based on health science and should be repealed by your government as soon as possible”
All of a sudden Robertson cares about risk mitigation?
According to the Vancouver Police Department Crime Incident Statistics report, property crime increased in 2016 by 24% over the same period in 2015. The Coroners Service of British Columbia says illicit drug overdose deaths have increased from 200 in 2007 to a projected 800 in 2016.
The Mayor of Vancouver has failed at decreasing crime rates and stopping drug deaths. Instead, he thinks pipelines are the greatest threat to his city.