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BC should take steps to DECRIMINALIZE illicit drug use

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The B.C. government should take its own steps to decriminalize illicit drug use to help stem surging overdose deaths instead of calling on the federal government to do it, say disillusioned advocates.

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Judy Hagen Lifeline Volunteer Achievement Award

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Quadra Island resident Judy Hagen is getting kudos from the B.C. government for 30-plus years of dedicated work aimed at keeping her community safe.

The 75-year-old volunteer extraordinaire says the formula for that kind of commitment is quite simple.

“My secret? Well, I think probably the biggest thing is a real genuine like for people,” Hagen said. “And, of course, wanting to help.”

Hagen received the Lifeline Volunteer Achievement Award from B.C.’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth on Wednesday in recognition of her exceptional contributions to emergency and disaster response.

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COVID-19 hasn’t stopped this Quadra Island pharmacist from serving her community

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

B.C. has declared a state of emergency to ensure a province wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the supply chain of essential goods and services.

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