Regarding RCMP Const. Jillian Roberts' July 14 letter, good intentions
are no substitute for effective drug education. Independent
evaluations of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) have found the
program to be either ineffective or counterproductive. The scare
tactics used do more harm than good. Students who realize they've been
lied to about marijuana may make the mistake of assuming that harder
drugs like methamphetamine are relatively harmless as well. This is a
recipe for disaster. Drug education programs must be reality-based or
they may backfire when kids are inevitably exposed to drug use among
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Congratulations to the Grade 5 and 6 class at Ashcroft elementary as
well as the Grade 5 and the Grade 5 and 6 class at Cache Creek
elementary for completing the DARE program.
DARE goes beyond the traditional drug abuse and violence prevention
programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize the
pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved
in gang or other violent activities.
We learn about making healthy choices for our bodies and our life and
how to help others if they struggle with these choices.
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Substance use falls on a continuum based on frequency, intensity, and
degree of dependency. The transition from use that may be "normal" to
use that is problematic can be a slow, gradual process.
Alternatively, problem substance use can occur more quickly, such as
heavy drinking following a relationship loss, or increased dependence
on pain medications following an accident.
Addiction, the most serious level of substance use, is a disorder
identified with loss of control, preoccupation with disabling
substances, and continued use or involvement despite negative consequences.
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As part of CFDC Sun Country's Crystal Meth Awareness program, Green
Thumb Theatre will be presenting the play "Cranked" on Thursday Nov.
24 at the Ashcroft Opera House.
There is no admission fee: everyone is welcome to attend. The play
starts at 7 pm.
This newly commissioned play will examine the rising epidemic of
crystal meth use by teens.
Using spoken word and hip-hop, playwright Michael P. Northey and
Green Thumb Theatre offer a dramatic exploration of addiction and the
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Street Names: Speed, Meth, Chalk, Ice, Crystal, Crystal Meth, Jib
Methamphetamine belongs to a family of drugs called amphetamines -
powerful stimulants that speed up the body's central nervous system.
In the 1930s methamphetamine was marketed as a nasal decongestant.
The medical usefulness of methamphetamine is limited by the severity
of its adverse effects, and by its high addictive potential.
Methamphetamine is not legally available in Canada.
The meth that is produced for recreational use is made in illicit
labs with fairly inexpensive, and often toxic or flammable,
ingredients. The chemicals and processes used vary from lab to lab,
affecting the strength, purity and effect of the final product.
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Crystal Meth is a growing problem as the street drug travels from the
larger centres to make its way into small town life.
Ashcroft councillors agreed last week to take CFDC-Sun Country up on
its offer to deliver a Community Methamphetamine Response program to
Ashcroft Administrator Tom Clement told Council at its May 8 meeting
that CFDC had been approached by other communities - Clinton, Lytton
and Logan Lake - to take over co-ordination and grant applications for
localized programs aimed at Crystal Meth awareness and prevention.
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Up To 200 Acres To Be Seeded In Hemp
Nutritional supplements from the South Cariboo could make their way
onto the store shelves of the world in the future.
By the end of the Industrial Hemp Steering Committee meeting March 6,
the members had reached a conclusion on how to direct their efforts.
"We are going to focus on grain for our first year; nutritional
supplements, the oils and those types of things," Mayor Donna Barnett,
the commmittee chair, said.
Hemp grains have proven to be quite popular in the marketplace and
products derived from them grace the shelves of grocery and health
stores across the western world.
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VICTORIA - The solution to rampant property crime, small-time armed
robberies and street-level drug dealing lies in a community-based
system of justice and not in stiffer jail sentences for repeat
offenders, B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal says.
Speaking at a recent Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce lunch,
Oppal said drug-related crime is a social problem that has to be
addressed by the community as a whole, not only the justice system.
Oppal, a long-time judge who moved from the B.C. Court of Appeal to
provincial politics last year, said his ministry to developing a
community court system modelled on similar programs in more than two
dozen locales in the U.S. and Canada.
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The PAC Health and Safety Committee has begun to gather resources on
drug, alcohol and other health concerns.
Two very informative pamphlets have been purchased and will be
included with the next report card. They deal with "date rape" and
drugs that can be found in our area. We are sending them home to you
so that you can take the opportunity to discuss these issues with
This committee is still focusing on the development of Community
Information Forums and Volunteer Criminal Record Checks for all those
who have direct contact with our children. Anyone interested in
becoming a Health Committee member or who would like to help out with
the events being planned, are asked to contact Kandace Winsor at
457-5339 or leave a message at the school 453-9144.
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Editor, The Journal
Re: Trustees Split on Pot Bill, Oct. 4.
I agree completely that the Liberal's wrongly named "decrim" bill is a
joke. But it is not "decriminalization", it is an "alternative penalty
program". Cotler said so himself. Why the media insists on calling an
"apple" an "orange" is a mystery to me.
The bill would make pot a lighter fine for youths than for adults,
suggesting that it is okay for kids to use pot, which it is not!
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VANCOUVER - Mayors and councillors pressed provincial cabinet ministers
Wednesday to explain why B.C. has been so slow to hit criminals in their
wallets by seizing illegally acquired property.
"We're not tough enough on major criminals," Courtenay councillor Larry
Jangula told a public safety panel discussion during the Union of B.C.
He pointed to crystal meth lab operators in particular.
"These people have the ability to seriously damage people forever," Jangula
said. "We never hear of maximum sentences. It's common knowledge all across
North america that B.C. is the softest on all drug offences that there is."
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A split board of school trustees defeated a motion to send a letter to MP
Chuck Strahl urging him to vote against Bill C-17 for the Decriminalization
Trustee Karen Perry presented the draft letter to the board, at the request
of Chair Carmen Ranta.
"I have followed that particular Bill," said trustee Jim Despot, who called
it a good Bill.
He said there were provisions in the bill to notify the parents if a minor
is ticketed for possession, which does not happen under current laws.
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Council endorsed the high school's Drug Free Zone in principle after a
presentation by students and Crime Stoppers representative Peter Netherway
on Feb. 14.
Netherway told Council that an area could have "drug free" signs posted all
around it, but it won't work if all of the community's stakeholders aren't
"Seventy-five per cent of students have said 'we don't want drugs in our
school'." said Netherway. "I think it's incumbent on us as adults to help
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At the last PAC meeting, the parents unanimously voted in favour of
participating in the newly formed Gold Trail District Parents Advisory
Council. Most of the schools within this School District have agreed to
take part in this new group to obtain representation on the Provincial
Level as well as to represent the School PACs that share similar issues.
Kayely Smyly and Damian Couture did a power point presentation about the
Drug Free Zone to the Ashcroft Village Council last Monday.
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Now that Ashcroft Secondary School is a drug-free zone, can Lillooet
Secondary and other Gold Trail secondary schools be far behind?
Kaye-Lynn Smyly, president of the student council at Ashcroft Secondary,
and vice-president Damian Couture appeared at the Jan. 25 school board
meeting in Lillooet to explain the drug-free zone program to trustees.
After the students' presentation, trustees unanimously supported Trustee
Dave Watkins' motion to endorse in principle the drug-free initiative.
Smyly told the board that a clear majority of students in a school-wide
vote supported the proposal to implement the drug-free zone. She said a
poll revealed that 75 per cent of students believe there is a drug problem
at Ashcroft Secondary.
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The student elections are now completely over and there was a majority vote
in favor of the Drug Free Zone Program.
Now steps are being taken to bring this program into realization. The
Students Council will be involved with informing the community, as well as
all the students, about the implications that will occur once this program
is fully implemented. The administration is pleased with the students'
decisions to go forward with this agenda. Plans to help guide them into a
smooth transition are underway. This program will have a positive effect on
the community, especially for anyone residing within this zone which will
include the entire area within a two-block radius around the school.
Information pamphlets will be developed and handed out throughout the
community explaining the full implications of this Zone. The target date
for full implementation is Feb. 1, 2005.
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Editor, The Journal
Re Lytton grow operations found, Sep. 14
On and on it goes, bust after bust after bust, while marijuana remains
as plentiful and available as ever and the jails are filled to
overflowing with the unfortunate few who were caught with the stuff.
On and on it goes with the media immersing us all with a torrent of
drug bust stories from the cops' perspective with nary a word from
their victims, their families or from those like me who oppose drug
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The results of a student survey conducted at the high school were quite
surprising in some areas. Seventy-seven per cent of the students said that
they were aware of the drug problem in the school. Again 77 per cent said
that they did not improve literacy by being a student at this school.
Finally over 75 per cent of the students said they felt safe while on
The drug program is being addressed by the Drug Free Zone, which will be
detailed for you in later articles. The problem with safety seems to be
associated with the drug use. Students say they feel un comfortable when
passing a group of kids that gather in a large group to do drugs. Also
there was mention of some bullies who wait until not on school grounds to
attack other students. As mentioned above, the drug problem is being
addressed. As for those bullies who think that they have outsmarted the
school, some of their names have been given to the principal of the school.
The school will not tolerate any threats. Students do not have to wait
until bullies act physically.
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A Cache Creek man was killed early Thursday morning when his truck was
struck by another on Hwy 1, three km north of the Alexander Bridge, between
Yale and Spuzzum.
The man, who's name has not yet been released, was travelling northbound in
a loaded Bobell's truck when he struck a southbound lumber truck in his lane.
RCMP say both drivers were deceased at the scene. The names have not yet
been relased, but the driver of the lumber truck was a Falkland man.
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Editor, The Journal
Why do we keep kidding ourselves into believing that anything but
legalizing cannabis will stop grow ops and the gangs that run them?
You want to decriminalize small quantities of cannabis and increase
growing penalties? This is absurd.
Were do you think the small quantities of cannabis will come from,
I live in the most incarcerated state in the US, we have some of the
harshest sentences for cultivation and trafficking and that has done
nothing to stop it.
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