Westward Independent

Clean up V9L

by WWIND Team
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For possibly the first time in recorded history, three levels of government in British Columbia have banded together with our court system to systematically destroy social cohesion. The obvious effects of government-sponsored drug abuse – poverty, homelessness, and breakdowns in mental health – are laid out on city streets in every town in the province. Our elected representatives who have voted for these measures must now accept personal responsibility for their outcomes.

The federal government started this problem by removing consequences for both users and dealers. Our Member of Parliament, Alistair MacGregor, is a supporter of this program; if you see him on the streets, sitting in his office, or at a public event, ask him why!

Our provincial legislators point to their progressive political ideology which allows addicts the right to consume opioids in any location they choose, that is, until screams of public outrage forced a partial reversal of this policy. Now, those legislators are claiming credit for reversing a problem, conveniently forgetting that they themselves created it in the first place. Meanwhile, they cynically ignore organized criminal street gangs who accept government-supplied drugs as currency to buy illegal alternatives with an ever-escalating potency. Drug users push themselves to the limits of their tolerance until, inevitably, they collapse from an overdose; the lucky ones are resuscitated, but too many go one step further and die in a forgotten heap on the sidewalk. Countermeasures are available to help the ones who wish to detoxify, receive treatment, and eventually recover. These are tested and simple to apply but are nowhere in the provincial government’s toolkit. There is a provincial election in the offing and candidates from every party will be offering opinions. Ask them why!

The majorities on our local regional and municipal governments flaunt their progressive credentials but complain about their federal and provincial counterparts downloading costs. They allow addicts to spend the time between hits to usurp sidewalks and building doorways, light fires to prepare a hit, or burn a dumpster, only moving them out of sight when the media appears. Municipal elections are some months away, but it’s not too early to plan to vote. Changing the incumbents will probably need a better turnout than the 22% which seated the problem in Duncan and the 29% which did the same in North Cowichan. In the meantime, there are public meetings; the individual councillors who vote for this mayhem can be found there, at a coffee shop, or in the grocery stores. Ask them why!


A task force formed in May 2023 by five Cowichan Valley municipal councillors to seek community and provincial support to limit and eventually terminate the damage done on city streets by drug-driven delinquents. All five are in the minority on the Duncan and North Cowichan councils. They are consistently outvoted when they propose remedial measures to address the homelessness, mental health and criminal issues that accompany freeform drug abuse. They have been joined by business people whose income and premises are badly affected and by parents whose children now see weapons and opioids as common presence in schools. The task force is the Cowichan representative on the province-wide Save Our Streets Coalition, an organization formed to bring pressure on provincial and federal authorities to take action to eliminate the problem.

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