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Navigating the brave new world of “safer” supply

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Written By Keith Norbury
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Six years after then-provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency, about six or seven people a day are dying of drug overdose in B.C. Calls for a bold response from government are escalating. The loudest voices belong to activists demanding safe supply — now more often called a “safer” supply — that go beyond […]

Eby prioritizes biodiversity, forest protections, capacity funding for First Nations

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Written By Rob Shaw
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Premier David Eby is preparing to spend more money to help First Nations communities plan their forest strategies, in a bid to “accelerate” the amount of old growth the province can protect. Eby said he’ll make available additional funding for Indigenous leaders, because his government won’t be able to properly identify which trees to protect, […]

BC-Treaty 8 negotiations fuel uncertainty & delays, as investment moves from NE

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Written By Spencer Hall, Energeticcity.ca
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“Just because things are stalled, that money isn’t necessarily gone.” –Dr. Liam Kelly Special to Northern Beat It’s been over a year since the province reached an agreement with Blueberry River First Nation following a historic court ruling in June 2021, and residents are still in the dark about how it will impact resource development […]

Rural, Indigenous hardest hit by lack of drug treatment services

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Written By Rob Shaw
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Smaller communities up and down British Columbia aren’t getting their fair share of drug treatment options, safe supply services or equitable decriminalization, and it’s costing lives in the ongoing overdose crisis, according to a new report by an all-party legislature committee. MLAs from the BC Greens, Liberals and NDP spent seven months studying the more […]