economy. Our current mayor, Kennedy Stewart, said “We had a mass murder [with opioids] and we don’t talk about this.” He has promised to create an emergency task force on overdoses. Providence Health Care has opened the Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC), and ‘Together We Can’ is another addiction recovery society.
We had a very informative session about genetically modified organism (GMO) foods and discovered that Canada is one of the world’s biggest producers of genetically modified crops. The only course of action that is open to those of us who oppose this practice is to notify our MLAs and MPs that GMO product labelling is important to us as electoral constituents and Canadian consumers.
Next, we had a brief look at current mental health issues, and the status of care for sufferers of mental illness (shockingly poor, as opposed to physical illness), highlighted by prison deaths of mentally ill inmates in Canada in recent years. Again, our government officials should be lobbied for solutions. According to media coverage of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, awareness strategies alone don’t actually accomplish anything. We suggest that you consider taking the St. John’s Ambulance course on Mental Health First Aid!
More interesting and current topics are on the horizon: meetings will be held on February 22nd, March 8th, and 22nd