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B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

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The British Columbia government says any proposed settlement from opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma needs to include Canadian claims for the devastation created by the overdose crisis.

Purdue, the maker of the pain drug OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in the United States and proposed a multibillion-dollar plan to settle with thousands of state and local governments.

B.C. Attorney General David Eby says the province has been monitoring the developments including a tentative agreement that proposes to resolve the claims as part of a global resolution.

Eby says the province remains “ready and willing” to participate in the effort to achieve the resolution but if B.C. is not included in the process then the government will to continue its lawsuit that names Purdue and several other opioid makers.

The province filed a proposed class-action lawsuit a year ago alleging drug manufactures falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain medicines, triggering an overdose crisis that has killed thousands.

Eby says if the company wants to achieve a global resolution then any proposed agreement needs to account for payment to Canadian claims.


Letters, July 30: Efforts to combat global warming drop in the bucket

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Kira Lynne lives with chronic pain, along with millions of other Canadians.

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In spite of the heightened public awareness of global warming and its climate-altering effects to date nothing significant has been done about it.

The City of Vancouver banned plastic straws, which is a farce as it might affect at most 0.0001 per cent of non-recyclable plastic in the system. Banning plastic bags is a good idea but I see it has been struck down by the courts.

The problem is that anything really significant affects someone’s sacred cow.

Banning plastic water bottles would be a really good idea since we all would be better off drinking tap water, but of course that won’t happen since most of the water-bottling business is controlled by large international companies like Coca-Cola who have a lot of economic and political power.

And how about air travel? It’s very polluting and most of it’s a luxury for the wealthy and not essential. Again a political and economic non-starter. Or cruise ships? Get the picture?

Our governments will go on mouthing platitudes and seeking placebo solutions until one day an environmental catastrophe will occur rendering all or a large part of the planet uninhabitable and then it will be too late.

I would like to be optimistic and believe that world leaders will suddenly become enlightened and work together to save the planet, but I see no sign of that happening.

Garth M. Evans, Vancouver

Chronic pain is indeed invisible

An invisible disability, such as chronic pain, is a harsh reality for many.

Kira Lynne is courageous to allow her photograph on the front page. In my view, it enhances awareness and I’m grateful. Many have been conditioned to believe that disabilities are visible. I didn’t see her pain. Did you? She presents as young, beautiful and filled with vitality.

When I look in the mirror I don’t see mine either, yet it’s a part of me right now and who I am goes with me everywhere. A seemingly innocuous sudden hit to the head in 2015 has changed the trajectory of my life. I’m unable to work, yet my rehabilitation forces me to go out each day subjecting myself to judgment and skepticism.

All I can say is that when I venture out, like Kira and others, I have so earned that walk in my neighbourhood, the weekend getaway, an afternoon matinee or lunch with a friend.

Debra Dolan, Vancouver

Bike lanes chaos-free after all

Thanks to The Vancouver Sun for the story, “Ten Years of Bike Lanes: Life goes on, chaos free.”

When the lanes were first conceived I can remember numerous naysayers and whiners complaining about gridlock, disruption and chaos that would follow, that were reinforced by dramatic headlines of doom. To read the self-criticism of The Sun on its past articles, now acknowledging things turned out pretty well, is a good reminder of that much of the negative slant we read today about our evolving city isn’t necessarily true.

It might also provide a good reminder to our journalists that feeding fear may sell newspapers but can be entirely misleading.

Let’s hope we remember this when we discuss new initiatives such as the New Vancouver Art Gallery, the removal of the viaducts or the need for more bike lanes.

Examples set by Gordon McIntyre in The Sun continue to inspire journalists to rise above fearmongering and report on actual data and research.

Lisa Turner, Vancouver

Police should target cyclists

So when can we expect the city and police to start focusing on getting cyclists to ride safely and follow the rules of the road?

I followed three bicyclists home last evening after the baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium. None had any lights. All I had of their presence was the occasional faint reflection in their rear reflector. They were moving much more quickly than I was driving because I couldn’t see them consistently. When approaching a stop sign, of course one went right through without stopping.

It’s surprising there aren’t more accidents and injuries with such careless behaviour.

Maureen Charron, Vancouver

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Global measles cases mean B.C. push for vaccination to continue: health minister

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VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s health minister says the number of children fully immunized against measles rose by 37,525 between April and June as part of a catch-up program.

Adrian Dix says a requirement for parents to report students’ immunization records in September is expected to further increase vaccination rates in a province that has seen 29 cases of the infectious disease this year.

Dix says up to 50,000 children begin kindergarten every year so the push for vaccination will continue as measles remains a public health issue, especially given that Washington state declared an emergency in January over a rising number of cases and rates of infection increased around the world.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix

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Dix says the number of vaccinations at doctors’ offices and pharmacists has also increased, with 1,220 people getting immunized by pharmacists between April and June, up from 21 during the same period last year.

He says more public education about measles led to a large number of students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 getting themselves immunized at over 1,000 clinics set up at schools.

Health authorities in B.C. also held over 3,500 public health clinics during the three-month catch-up period so people could get immunized.

“The big challenge is that there’s a tendency to respond to these things when they’re seen as crises and after the crisis ends you sort of take the foot off the gas and we don’t intend to do that,” Dix says. “By changing the way that we engage with people on immunization that’s going to continue.”

Two separate doses of the measles mumps and rubella vaccine are needed to provide immunity against the highly contagious airborne disease, the first dose at 12 months of age and the second usually between the ages of four and six.

Symptoms of the disease that was eradicated in Canada in 1998 include fever, cough, runny nose and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.

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