In the eyes of the Court, the law adopted in November by the provincial government risks accentuating the opioid crisis instead of alleviating it.
In the appeal, the province also claims that Judge Christopher Hinkson relied on opinions for the assessment of irreparable harm necessary to justify the injunction. The province had made the same criticisms of the arguments of the Association of Nurses in harm reduction during its appearance in court this fall.
Alabama executes convict by nitrogen inhalation, a world first
ELSEWHERE ON INFO: Alabama executes convict by nitrogen inhalation, a world first
The revelation of the appeal filed Monday comes the day after the filing of the report by the province's chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, revealing that 2023 had been the deadliest year in terms of fatal overdoses, with more than 2,500 people dead.
avid Eby hopes to maintain British Columbians' support for the decriminalization of illicit drugs by limiting users' access to certain public places.
At a press briefing on Thursday, to explain the decision to refer the matter to the Court of Appeal, the premier of the province, David Eby, stressed that it is essential to approach dependency as a health issue and not as a a criminal issue. This is not a crisis that will be resolved by arresting and then putting someone in prison. This system doesn't improve anyone's life, he said.
It is important to regulate the use of substances such as tobacco and determine when and where people can use substances and when it is not appropriate. And these are the arguments that will be presented to the Court of Appeal.
A quote from David Eby, Premier of British Columbia
But he believes that to ensure the support of British Columbians for the idea that criminalization is not the right approach to fight the crisis, we must also regulate the places where illegal drugs are consumed. It is also important to recognize that certain places in the city must be reserved for certain uses. Bus stops are for waiting for the bus, parks are for playing and business entrances are for businesses to operate, he argues.
He acknowledges that a balanced approach to the subject presents its share of challenges. British Columbians must be reassured that they will not lose access to their parks and bus stops while showing compassion about addiction and its realities.
- Catherine Dib (View profile)Catherine DibFollow