FIRST READING: B.C. pushes back against ‘failed’ homeless and addiction policies
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Within days of being sworn in as B.C.’s 37th premier, NDP Leader David Eby announced a suite of aggressive new public safety measures that noticeably diverge from the more hands-off approach of his predecessors.
There will be teams to remove the severely mental ill from the streets, addictions programs that prioritize detox rather than safe consumption and even tightened bail policies intended to keep chronic offenders behind bars.
The latter policy was aimed squarely at a recent rash of “stranger attacks” in Vancouver, often committed by a small group of “super-prolific” offenders living in and around the city’s tent encampments.