Sunday, November 20, 2016

This Sunday In Clarkland...Are The Wizards Worried That Real Action Will Get In The Way Of Their Propaganda?


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.



Anonymous said...

blood on their hands

Anonymous said...

Couldn't they also issue an Order-In-Council, but won't?

North Van's Grumps said...

STOP the PRESS Pills

July 27, 2016

M. Farnworth: A few short months ago, as part of addressing the opioid overdose crisis, the Legislature of Alberta passed legislation that exercised provincial powers in order to restrict the availability of certain pharmaceutical equipment, including pill and tablet presses that can be used to illegally manufacture and distribute fentanyl.

These presses are heavily regulated in the United States. They are now heavily regulated in the province of Alberta. In the rest of the country and, in particular, here in British Columbia, there is no regulation around them.

These presses are contributing to the crisis of fentanyl overdoses that we have in the province of British Columbia. This legislation will use provincial powers to regulate them and allow the province — and the police in particular, who have been asking for these powers — to crack down on these machines and shut down the operators in this province who are producing these pills, who are complicit in the fentanyl and opioid overdose crisis in this province.

This legislation I am tabling today contains similar measures to those adopted by Alberta. It is my hope that it will receive all-party support and thus become part of B.C.’s public health strategy, addressing the fatalities and overdoses that we are facing in this province. I am of the view, like Alberta, that British Columbia should be using its jurisdiction to target the illegal manufacture of these products. This bill will do that.

I move that this bill be placed on the orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting after today.

Bill M238, Public Health Protection Act, 2016, introduced, read a first time and ordered to be placed on orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting of the House after today.

RossK said...


There is that, too.


Good question about the OIC possibility Anon-Above...


North Van's Grumps said...

Mike Smyth The fentanyl crisis — while B.C. whines, Alberta takes action

"..... Last spring, Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government refused to support a private member’s bill proposed by NDP MLA Mike Farnworth to regulate pill presses in B.C. ....."

RossK said...



But the guy from Alberta who started things there with a provate member's bill and who went to see Morris is a Conservative MLA.


istvan said...
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Don F. said...

There is little hope of stemming this problem with a Federal government not even willing to acknowledge the source of supply. When asked , the minister of health Jane Philpot refused to even say the word 'china' opting instead to 'foreign countries'.
Until the flow is recognized and stopped well….
like the pine beetle and our forests, are we willing to loose many lives before confronting the source?

Anonymous said...

.... Last spring, Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government refused to support a private member’s bill proposed by NDP MLA Mike Farnworth to regulate pill presses in B.C. ....."

One wonders , just how much the pill press vendors contribute to the Provincial Liberal coffers?


RossK said...


Perhaps there is a 'pill press bund'!

All snark aside...Interestingly, Clarklandian Health Minister Lake called for the feds to ban said presses.



Ex-Liberal said...

So what happened in Alberta was a conservative came up with the idea to ban these presses. The NDP listened and agreed and ended up with a ban on them. But in BC an NDP er brings it up and our Liberal government, because it wasn't there idea won't even look at it. Well I can see whom I will be voting for the next election. This party politics is BS, what is a good idea should be acted on. Christy are you really that stupid? You don't have to answer that question I already know the answer.

Anonymous said...

NDP BC called to stop this awhile ago-nothing happened
more pill press politics and somebody(S) are paying for it.

Grant G said...

Correct you are Scotty on Denman..

Newsprint, politicians and spindoctors are deliberately skewing the issue..

If no illegal Fentanyl entered Canada "from China" thousands would be alive today despite opioid prescriptions..

I remember way back when...Tainted/toxic baby formula was being made by Chinese scoundrels,

Toxic Chinese baby milk in the late 80;s..90,....and again in the 2000,s..


Outside mainland China[edit]
PRC Customs said exports of dairy products and eggs in 2007 were valued at US$359 million, a year-on-year increase of 90 percent. Since the news of the melamine contamination began to circulate, at least 25 countries stopped importing Chinese dairy products. A number of countries had imposed blanket bans on Chinese milk products or its derivatives—among which were Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Gabon, India, Côte d'Ivoire, Maldives, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Korea, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, and the United Arab Emirates[112][113][114][115][116] —joining Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia which had also imposed specific bans on Chinese dairy products which tested positive for melamine.[117][118] White Rabbit Creamy Candy was also blacklisted after tests by health authorities around the world identified it as being contaminated.


The crackdown on Fentanyl must start at source countries..

My gawd Ross K...If we can't keep toxic drugs out of the country than lot's stop pretending we can stop terrorism, human trafficking or anything illegal.

Immediate economic sanctions imposed on China will stop fentanyl in its tracks..

By more imported Chinese foods, Chinese electronics..

Only use of the big stick will stop the flow of fentanyl..

for as long as Fentanyl lands on our shores it will be used to lace drugs..

RossK said...

Got it Scotty--

Saw your earlier post and will be more specific in the future.


Anonymous said...

The Legislature sitting empty, speaks volumes about the BC Liberal concern for the populace and its complete lack of respect for the democratic institution which it is supposed to serve. These people are the most worthless kind of political entity. Self serving bottom
feeders, ripping off taxpayers while skewing and distorting the truth to their own "bent" political ends. The deceit and media manipulation will never end, as it is an integral part of their overall campaign of misinformation. Herr Gobbells of the Nazi party from decades past would be proud of these clowns.
Stop voting for Idiots people, they will do anything to stay in power. That must not continue. A corruption enquiry will be money well spent, no matter what the cost.
Orders in council you say?...this can and will be used in the future, to deal with the malfeasant behavior of this party. Follow the money, the answers and the corruption will be found there.

Anonymous said...

dafuq-follow the money

John's Aghast said...

I came late to the party, but why not BAN FENTANYL? Then there would be no need for pill presses.
While we're at it, why not reintroduce the legislature. Either that or tax it as an empty building as they do in Vancouver. Surely with all the homeless people about we could find a better use than leaving it empty?

Anonymous said...

The political drug im also worried about is PCP-
Pro China Policy

Anonymous said...

100-1000 worse

e.a.f. said...

banning Fent. isn't going to solve the problem. It is a legitimate drug which some people use for pain management. Some doctors didn't know how to prescribe it properly but the problem we have now has little to do with the prescription drug. Fent. is imported from China and that isn't going to stop. China has other problems and they don't consider this their problem, unless we make it theirs. That isn't going to happen either.

Fent. can be produced in labs right here in Canada. that is why the banning of pill presses was important. Not only will it slow down production of illegal drugs in pill form, but it sends a message that the provincial government is unhappy about all the illegal drugs. It just isn't the banning, its the message. That is what Alberta did. In B.C. Christy Clark and the B.C. lieberals said, in my opinion, we don't care about the illegal production of drugs. Its a federal responsibility. its easy to blame the feds. its a B.C. policy going back to the Socred days. blame Ottawa.

Christy and her cabal don't care how many people die of Fent. They don't care about the children of this province. We just have to look at the number who died in her care. B.C. has had the highest rate of child poverty in Canada since the B.C. Lieberals came to office. We are the only province which does not have a Poverty Reduction Plan. Christy even refuses to pay for food programs in schools or raise welfare rates. Look how long people had to fight to have her stop clawing back child support.

What this province needs is hospital beds for addicts to get clean. Then the addicts in recovery need decent clean places to live, not flop houses under contract to the ministry. The recovering addicts need enough money to live a half decent life. If Christy Clark was serious about dealing with the fent. crisis, there would be 100 new hospital beds for children and young people on fent and after care. Don't see that happening, but I see $12 Billion being spent on a dam we don't need or want.

Christy opened a new trade school in the O.K. Ya, its all about jobs. what this province needs is more doctors and nurses. We need more seats for nursing students to help deal with the drug crisis. We need more doctors, shrinks, social workers, but those schools cost much more money than trade schools and the results don't come quick enough for this election cycle and that is all this piece of garbage we call a premier is interested in, this election cycle.

Christy clark is a bold faced liar. "we must protect our children". She doesn't care about our children. Just look at her track record. It is true though we must protect our children from Christy Clark and her B.C. Lieberals. We need to toss her out of office. She is a danger to the health and welfare of the children of this province.

If Christy Clark stopped all her advertising she could save a lot of money and that money could be put into deal with the current fent.crisis.

Don F. said...

if there were a system or a way of acknowledging worthwhile comments on merits of common sense or truthfulness or validness I would certainly give a rating of 100%.

North Van's Grumps said...

Outgoing Health Minister Terry Lake's riding is Kamloops, another hot spot for Fentanyl press pill productions.

Any comment from the Lake ... he endorses the Premier for raising the issues at Masset and Vancouver

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