Topics @ 10 Group

March/April 2019

The opiate crisis occupied discussions for the past two meetings, clearly an issue foremost in the public minds. In 2018 there were 11 days when BC had no overdose deaths, though the average for the year was four a day (1,489 for the year); these are shocking figures. Not only do  we have large numbers of addicts in our city, but we learned about lobbying by the  big pharmaceutical companies, complicit physicians, and corrupt pharmacists. It is a massive problem that few nations have been able to address effectively, and it will require much more strategy than simply throwing our tax dollars at it.
Vancouver has been hit particularly hard in the six years since fentanyl entered the local drug
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.
More current topics are on the horizon, from ‘anchor babies’ to senior scams: meetings will be held March 22, April 5 and 19.
We want to encourage you all to engage with current events, and “Be the Change.” Have a wonderful summer.

 

February 2019

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