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#641 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 July 2019 - 10:53 AM

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#642 Mike K.

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Posted 03 July 2019 - 11:00 AM

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#643 A Girl is No one

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Posted 03 July 2019 - 11:44 AM

They are making sure of that! (In response to the cool aid business is booming quote)

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#644 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 03:01 PM

No foul play is suspected in the sudden death of a teenage girl in Langford on Thursday, according to West Shore RCMP.

 

 

Media have reported that the teen died of an alleged overdose.

 

 

 

The Coroners Service confirmed they are investigating the death of a local female teen on Thursday in the Jacklin Road area.
 
Andy Watson, manager of strategic communications for the Coroners Service, said they will work to determine the cause of death and can’t predict how long the investigation will take.
 
It is believed the girl was a student in the Sooke School District.

 

 

 
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West Shore students are mourning the loss of another classmate to a suspected overdose.

 

The West Shore RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service were called to a Langford residence Thursday afternoon after the sudden death of a teenage girl.

 

Neither organization could confirm the identity of the deceased or the cause of death since the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made in connection to the death.

 

Friends and family later identified the deceased on social media as Abby Barker, indicating she died of what they believed to be a suspected overdose. They plan to hold a pre-memorial Wednesday afternoon to share treasured stories about her life.

 

 

 

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#645 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:26 AM

Province-wide, 72 per cent of those who have died so far in 2019 were between the ages of 30 to 59. This is not teenage risk-taking.

 

The Ministry of Public Safety reports that 63 per cent of deaths occurred in a private residence. This does not point to homelessness as a principal cause.

 

Lastly, 79 per cent were males.

 

It is well known that over-prescription of opioids for pain is an issue.

 

But when nearly four-fifths of all deaths occur among men of working age, and in their own homes, factors like job loss and inability to provide for one's family could offer an additional explanation.

 

Recent years have seen diminishing opportunities for blue-collar workers. Partly this is due to the transition of our economy away from traditional resource extraction.

 

The failure of working-class wages to keep up with white-collar incomes further sharpens the picture.

What we are seeing in these overdose deaths may be a reflection, at least in part, of the changing shape of the workplace. As blue-collar jobs that once offered lifelong employment disappear, hopelessness and despair take over. And the search for solace that leads to addiction may be shorter than we realized.

 

All of which is to say that better drug testing and harm reduction strategies are essential. But they do not attack the root causes of self-destruction.

 

More affordable housing will help. Reducing tax rates on low-income families also makes sense.

 

But primarily, we need a strategy to help workers facing displacement to find better jobs. This is the real challenge posed by overdose deaths.

 

 

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that's a strange analysis all-around.  no idea how the author comes to the conclusion that affordable housing and lower taxes or better jobs will decrease overdose deaths.  look back up to that 79% males statistic.  do women have better jobs more affordable housing and lower taxes?  no?  so why are men 4x as likely to die from an overdose?


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#646 Mike K.

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:46 AM

Also, how did the author conclude that the deaths are primarily blue collar workers?
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#647 rmpeers

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 08:07 AM

I see Laurel Collins is, in the course of her federal run, pushing for dtug decriminalization, safe supply, etc.

Again, I could get on side with most of this if I thought there would be any kind of serious effort to get people off hard drugs.

But I fear that the powers that be will continue with the current approach of "addiction is fine as long as you don't OD." Which I really don't think is a compassionate approach; although I am sure dealers, assorted UVic profs and acitivists think it's great.

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#648 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 01:17 AM

now this guy has been “seeking help” from our place for three years.

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However, despite the growing number of supervised injection sites, supervised inhalation sites are still a rarity — and there isn't one yet in Victoria, where Anamacha lives in a local homeless shelter.


"I've been through 153 overdoses in 12 months. That's directly related to not having an inhalation site [downtown]," said Anamacha, who added that he's been seeking help from Our Place Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the homeless, for almost three years.



now I don’t know. but is there nobody to tell this guy he either makes a serious attempt to clean up or he gets cut off. it seems pointless keeping this guy alive.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:10 AM

Naturally, Counc Potts response is that the problem is the lack of safe spaces to use heroin. It's nothing to do with years of failed policies of allowing dealers to run amok, allowing a wild west of pot shops to proliferate despite the (obvious) concerns about possible links to organzied crime, and concentrating a huge vulnerable population ìn a small urban area.

Why don't they just create glossy brochures and promo videos to pitch Victoria as an ideal destination for aspiring drug dealers?

"A ready-made customer base all within walking distance....great weather... safe consumption sites to keep your customers alive and paying...and no need to worry about the cops - we've got them on a short leash. Victoria: a place to grow your business."
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#650 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:17 AM

Helps was on CBC this morning addressing the situation outside the safe injection site on Pandora. She said she was disappointed the support beds and housing aren't sufficient for the needs of the users, noting these things were promised as an essential part of the injection site plan but despite best intentions they are not there.

 

She acknowledged the Province has promised to build them if the city provides the land but Victoria is completely tapped out for land, except for the potential of the Crystal Pool parking lot land. She said housing the tent city people a couple years back was good but could have been handled better. She said that although Langford has provided some affordable suites the other municipalities have yet to step up and provide land.

 

She emphasized (like previous mayors before her) that health and housing are not and should not be City of Victoria responsibilities.


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Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:20 AM

Hmm. I suspect both the province and the city have land they could use, they just dont want to use it.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:46 AM

Helps was on CBC this morning addressing the situation outside the safe injection site on Pandora. She said she was disappointed the support beds and housing aren't sufficient for the needs of the users, noting these things were promised as an essential part of the injection site plan but despite best intentions they are not there.

She acknowledged the Province has promised to build them if the city provides the land but Victoria is completely tapped out for land, except for the potential of the Crystal Pool parking lot land. She said housing the tent city people a couple years back was good but could have been handled better. She said that although Langford has provided some affordable suites the other municipalities have yet to step up and provide land.

She emphasized (like previous mayors before her) that health and housing are not and should not be City of Victoria responsibilities.


Support beds, as in helping to get people clean? If so, I can get behind that.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:05 AM

Yes, beds but with housing attached--either literally and figuratively so that they aren't just dumped back on the street after getting clean. Helps said that so many are sleeping outside the injection site on Pandora because of fear of overdosing and dying alone.

 

tl:dr, 

 

City: We allowed safe injection but where are the supports?

Province: The deal is, you supply the land and we'll build and manage it.

City: We're tapped out for land, besides, these things have to be spread out to other munis.


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Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:38 AM

...She emphasized (like previous mayors before her) that health and housing are not and should not be City of Victoria responsibilities.

On this I agree with the mayor, but it seems like her actions do not always match her words.


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Posted 09 September 2019 - 11:15 AM

On this I agree with the mayor, but it seems like her actions do not always match her words.


Of course. Mayor and council do have some latitude to mitigate things like homelessness and addiction at the local level; however, it seems like every move they make makes things worse. Is it just ineptitude or is it that they think it's more politically convenient? Bit of both, I'd guess.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 11:17 AM

Doesn’t the mayor’s statement contradict her own words, when she responded with “bring it on” with regards to the social services industry?

I suspect the mayor is getting an earful from land owners and her political backers who never signed up for what’s happening in downtown Victoria.
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Posted 09 September 2019 - 11:36 AM

I suspect the mayor is getting an earful from land owners and her political backers who never signed up for what’s happening in downtown Victoria.

 

Why would she care? She's repeatedly stated this is her last term.


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Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:38 PM

She has three more years to go, and the bad press the City has been fielding since last November is not helpful from a career building point of view (and I'm certainly Helps has ambitions that are far beyond just the City of Victoria or the south Island).

 

Fortin's legacy was overshadowed by the disastrous bridge project (which Helps inherited) while his predecessor (Lowe) is largely seen as a mayor who helped turn the corner from staunch anti-development attitudes that kept the city down to accepting that density can bring tangible benefits.


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Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:46 PM

he also delivered us a new arena for just $30M.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:48 PM

Yes, that's right!


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