A proposal to keep communities safe from the small group of people responsible for repeat criminal activity is a step in the right direction.
Bill C-48 was given its first reading in the Senate yesterday. The Act to Amend the Criminal Code (bail reform) aims to keep violent offenders behind bars instead of being released before trial. The amendments were supported by BC's provincial government, and reflect a public frustration with feelings that some areas are becoming more unsafe.
"The Chamber strongly advocates for safe communities as fundamental to good business," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "That said, we've also heard from experts on criminal law in Victoria and know that real change will require investing in the court staff and infrastructure needed to keep the system working as intended."
New law prohibits drugs near parks
In related news, the federal government also approved this week a request by the province to prohibit illicit drugs in areas frequented by kids and families.
As of Monday, it is illegal to possess controlled substances within 15 metres of a playground, wading pool or a skate park.
“Decriminalization is one part of a complex response to the toxic-drug crisis," Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto said in a news release. "As the longer-term effects of decriminalization are assessed, and more addictions and mental-health services are established, it’s important to consider and take steps that specifically protect children.”