Councillors Luke Dufour and Lisa Vezeau-Allen are putting forward a motion during Monday evening’s meeting to support the amendment of the Canada Post Corporation Act, allowing law enforcement officers to more easily intervene in shipments of illegal drugs.
As of 1981, the CPCA has made it more difficult to do so, making it easier to purchase and ship drugs, including fentanyl, into Canada from countries such as China.
“Law enforcement supports the amendment of the Canada Post Corporation Act, 1981 in order that they are better able to either stop, intervene in or seize the shipment and delivery of illegal drugs through Canada Post more effectively and in the same manner as they could if the material were shipped by way of any other competing delivery services,” the resolution says.
According to a community health profile published by Algoma Public Health in September 2018, there were 15 deaths due to opioid overdoses in Algoma in 2016, and the rate of hospitalization due to opioid toxicity was 45.7 out of 100,000 people in Algoma in 2017, compared to 14.6 per 100,000 in Ontario.
“Now Therefore Be It Resolved that Sault Ste. Marie City Council hereby supports the amendment of the Canada Post Corporation Act, 1981, in order that law enforcement is better able to stop, intervene in or seize the shipment and delivery of illegal drugs through Canada and directs Mayor Provenzano to provide this resolution to Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan, the Minister of Public Service and Procurement and Accessibility and the Prime Minister,” the resolution states.