Vancouver's mayor said there have been over 1,500 overdose deaths since March. B.C. Premier John Horgan has written to the prime minister urging decriminalization of simple possession, a move supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
Canada is already experiencing a deadly third wave of COVID-19. But the rise of the P1 variant threatens to make the pandemic worse. Governments and the public will have to act fast to prevent further spread of a scarier variant.