Sorry to keep going on about this, but...
In the 'credit-where-credit-is-due' department, Mike Smyth wrote a very good piece in the Province today that explained why banning pill presses is a meaningful and concrete thing to do when it comes to starting to deal with the opioid crisis that is killing people in this province by the hundreds.
Mr. Smyth also explained how the banning of these pill presses has been legislated by an all-party consensus in Alberta.
Furthermore, Mr. Smyth got to the crux of the matter for British Columbians when he explained that the BC Liberal government of Ms. Christy Clark has refused ban these pill presses, this despite the fact that the main proponent of the Alberta legislation, a conservative (i.e. NOT a Dipper) recently met with the minister responsible, a certain Mr. Morris who spent a good chunk of the weekend cleaning up in the aftermath of his boss' (and his boss' office) scare mongering that was based on serial falsehoods trumpeted for the cameras.
Interestingly, in the kicker, after he first lays out other ways the BC Liberal government is NOT dealing concretely with the opioid crisis, particularly in the realm of treatment, Mr. Smyth has this to say:
...The government is taking action, however, when it comes to pre-election advertising.
An ad campaign called “Fighting the overdose crisis” is currently running on TV and online and cost $275,000. Some of the ads prominently feature the premier saying: “We must protect our children.”...
Given their past performance wherein political expediency has so often trumped substantive policy, is it possible that the wizards behind the BC Liberal government curtain are refusing to do anything meaningful and concrete because, if it did, it would get in the way of their propaganda roll-out?
Regardless, when it comes to meaningful and concrete steps, governmental inaction on this file can only result in one thing...
And that is a further escalation of the human tragedy that is happening right here and right now.
And yet, our legislature sits empty.