Driven by activists, poverty groups and those invested in drug companies, Canadian governments have spent billions of our tax dollars on reckless, dysfunctional addictions and mental health programs or warehousing the homeless with little to no success measurement.
Serious financial mismanagement has been revealed through federal and provincial accounting reviews. Meanwhile, addictions, deaths and homelessness are clearly increasing. Our communities are in chaos from rising crime, random stranger attacks and growing tent cities. Addicts can’t find recovery-oriented treatment and claim current approaches are just “helping everybody get high more”.
CALL ON ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO STOP DOUBLING DOWN ON FAILURE WITH MORE EXPERIMENTS LIKE PUBLICLY FUNDED HARMFUL DRUGS, TERMED “SAFE SUPPLY” OR “DECRIMINALIZATION”.
“Alcohol is legally available to adults and is associated with more violence and crime than any other drug.” – Journal of Community Safety and Wellbeing (December 2022) An international addiction expert and registered clinical psychologist based in Canada, Dr. Julian Somers, Professor of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University (SFU), has 20 plus years of research confirming proven solutions that work.
The BC Government demanded he destroy that research! “Our housing research on prolific offenders, confirming clear benchmarks such as a 71% reduction in crime and a 50% decline in emergency medical services, was offered to various BC government executives last Feb. 2021 at a meeting.
One week later, SFU got a letter demanding that we destroy the database, documenting 20 years of outcomes from Vancouver’s Drug Treatment Court, Housing First, Downtown Community Court, and other attempts to help people living in crisis,” says Dr. Somers.
“Audits now reveal the absence of basic accounting safeguards as government continued funding dysfunctional programs that perpetuate misery and death. We’ve seen a 75% increase in deaths among homeless people (mostly due to addiction),” Somers say.
In 2021, the amount one BC housing provider, Atira, received from the provincial government jumped to $53,130,638.00, (a nearly 58% INCREASE) with a corresponding increase in staff compensation to: $35,778,494.00 (a 39% increase). The Victoria Times Colonist noted “only 7.5 per cent of its budget went to actual services to people.”