Woman who made complaint about Kelowna RCMP wants 'accountability for people who cause more trauma'

A woman whose 2020 sexual assault report was found to be inadequately investigated by Kelowna RCMP would like to see further accountability for officers not just blanket apologies and promises to do better.

“(Kelowna RCMP) has consistently put out well-written statements, and talks about education, etcetera, but we don’t see accountability for people who cause more trauma and ignore reports for sexual assault,” the 22-year old who made the complaint against RCMP said Thursday. Her name is being withheld.

“I feel that it is important and would show integrity, to say, ’these are our rules, and if you don’t live up to the standard there will be consequences.’”

Supt. Kara Triance apologized to the woman on behalf of the detachment, both in a privately released RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission report that found that another officer failed to properly follow through with the woman’s sexual assault complaint, and later in a press release after the report went public.

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In the latter statement, Triance also listed ways in which the detachment is changing the way it deals with sex assault complaints.

What that statement didn’t say much about was the officer at the centre of the complaint and the consequences she faced. Kelowna RCMP just offered that she had retired.

A follow up from the RCMP indicated the officer had become a reserve constable and is employed “as and when necessary.”

It’s something that doesn’t sit well with the complainant.

“They have yet to hold the officer accountable for her actions. They let her leave and get off with it, which makes me think they’re not as quite as sorry as they say,” she said.

The woman made the rape complaint in May 2020 about an attack made the previous November.

According to the commission, she was told by the officer that her story was confusing and it wouldn’t hold up in court. She was also told because she and the man dated after the incident, the assault didn’t count and because she didn’t scream “no” or call the police, it wasn’t an assault.

Despite the woman’s insistence that she wanted to press charges, the commission found that the officer in charge of the case wrote on the file that she did not.

Ultimately, the victim’s allegations that the officer neglected duty and had an improper attitude were supported by the commission.

“I don’t have faith in the system … I thought it was broken before and now I see more ways it’s not working,” the woman said.

Her perseverance ultimately ensured her original sex assault complaint now been assigned a sex crimes investigator and a charge of sexual assault was recommended to the B.C. Prosecution Service.

They’ve yet to go forward with filing charges but even if that never happens some good has come from the ordeal.

“I’m glad I did it,” she said, adding that sometimes she gets annoyed with herself and asks what was the point, given that nothing has yet come of it. She hopes that the public scrutiny will only add to making policing more transparent when it comes to sexual assault cases.

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“If I could go back, I would say contact one of these organizations (Elizabeth Fry or Vancouver Rape Relief) and contact them first. They are amazing advocates and they will walk you through.”

Sophia Hladik, a front-line worker at Vancouver Rape Relief, said cases such as these are not one offs and it’s not only Kelowna RCMP issue that has issues come up.

“There is not a consistent police response,” Hladik said. “That’s not to say there aren’t great RCMP officers doing great response work being very receptive, but we found it varies and depending on the officer (a complainant) gets. There is a lack of consistency, and that means there are situations like (this one) that are terrible and that does happen across B.C.“

Hladik said that consistent public pressure will force a transformative change in the criminal justice system and its response to violent crimes against women.

“What needs to happen is quite simple. Statements need to be taken in full, files need to be investigated, there needs to be accountability and transparency,” Hladik said.

She also said victims making a statement should also have an advocate in the room and there should be two police investigating.

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In time, she said, it could go some distance to restoring faith in the system.

“In our experience, most women report to police in spite of the fact it won’t be taken seriously because they feel a responsibility to other women, not just to themselves,” she said.

“So in spite of that, most women feel they should do this, it’s the right thing to do, it’s what supposed to do … but what I see in my work and our organization as a whole, based on a lot of investigations … women’s faith in the criminal justice (system) is quite low.“

Shortcomings when it comes to investigating sexual assaults has been an issue Kelowna’s RCMP detachment has long struggled with.

In November of 2019, the country focused on Kelowna following news that the city had a very high unfounded rate.

According to Statistics Canada data, 35 (nearly 40 per cent) of the sexual assault cases that were reported to Kelowna RCMP in the previous year were dismissed as unfounded.

Vernon officers dismissed eight cases, nearly a quarter of all reported, while Penticton RCMP said 11 incidents were unfounded, which is about 38 per cent.

Those numbers were far higher than the provincial average of less than 15 per cent.

By February 2020, a report looking into the high number of unfounded sexual assault files was investigated by Kelowna RCMP.

The report, released by the RCMP’s national headquarters sexual assault review team (SART), found that 29 files were incorrectly scored by investigators who used the uniform crime reporting (UCR) survey to determine whether the reported crime is founded or unfounded.

That report prompted the police to reopen 12 cases and review 29 others that were dismissed in 2018 and 2019.

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Police arrests tied to Hamilton encampment teardowns spark demonstration at central station

A day after a fire and rally at a downtown Hamilton park, groups advocating on behalf of the city’s homeless gathered outside the central police station on Friday to protest several arrests made over the last three days.

Hamilton police confirmed arrests were made at a homeless encampment teardown in J.C. Beemer Park that began on Wednesday, with three charged for obstructing police.

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The Hamilton Encampment Support Network (HESN) allege another arrest was made on Friday at a Beasley Park teardown, which involved co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario Sarah Jama.

Jama’s own Twitter account shared a message about her arrest “while peacefully observing” the teardown and made a call out to supporters to rally at 155 King William Street demanding her release.

HESN supporters also accused Hamilton police of arresting three more during the gathering at the central station for trying to pitch a tent.

Hamilton police have not yet responded to Global News’ query about those alleged arrests.

Just after 4 p.m., the HESN said Jama was released.

Hamilton began dismantling encampments in city parks following a superior court judge ruling on Nov. 2 against a group of homeless residents seeking a permanent injunction to stop the city from removing setups from the locations.

Counsel for the city argued that “exponential growth” of encampments in city parks was causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage to trees, grass and other permanent structures in addition to propagating safety issues, unauthorized use of electricity and calls to clean up discarded needles and drug paraphernalia.

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Justice Andrew J. Goodman acknowledged that evidence brought forth by the city’s counsel demonstrated it “continues to undertake reasonable steps in order to make available safe shelter space and accommodation” available for homelessness.

However, counsel for the applicants suggested the city has not created any new shelter space for the homeless, citing recent dates in mid-October when the director of housing services stated the system didn’t have enough beds on a given night.

Days after the court decision, advocates for Hamilton’s homeless population held a solidarity picket at the city-run parks and recreation facility on Nov. 12 in an attempt to stop trucks responsible for carrying out encampment evictions.

The matter became heated on Wednesday morning after a fire tore through an encampment at J.C. Beemer Park destroying several tents and damaging a hydro line.

Hamilton police say the blaze was not believed to be criminal in nature and that it was the result of explosions and flames fueled by debris in the area.

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Advocates soon descended on the scene on behalf of the city’s homeless residents and rallied at the site, calling on the city to not remove what remained of the residents’ belongings.

In a livestream posted on Twitter, a police officer who can be seen dragging one person by the arm is surrounded by other supporters of encampment residents, with other officers getting involved in the clash and pushing people backward.

Jason Farr, councillor for Ward 2 where J.C. Beemer is located, said activists “making noise” at the site about how the city is not doing enough for the homeless is “shocking and upsetting.”

“We’re actually doing more in Hamilton than probably any other city in Canada, and we’re pretty proud of it in this pandemic alone,” Farr told 900 CHML’s Hamilton Today on Thursday.

“We’ve had over 480 houseless or homeless individuals and families that we did find housing for, and there is shelter space and there are safer and more humane options.”

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'I can have more fun now': young Albertans roll up their sleeves to get COVID-19 vaccine

Hundreds of kids rolled up their sleeves across Alberta on Friday, as COVID-19 vaccination clinics opened their doors to children aged five to 11. Morgan Black has more on the noon news.

Thousands of kids in Alberta are one big step closer to being protected from COVID-19.

As of Friday, Alberta Health said there have been 62,739 pediatric appointments booked in the province.

Friday was also the first day of vaccine distribution for kids. Alberta Health said 6,286 kids were booked to got the shot.

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In Edmonton, 10-year-old Alexander said he was excited to get his first dose of the vaccine.

“It means I am a lot safer from COVID and I can have more fun now,” he said, smiling. “I was playing on my dad’s phone …so distraction was my technique to not think about the needle.

Five-year-old Freya got a special gift to commemorate the day.

“ that it’s important to get your shot, which it is. That’s why she gave us a present,” said Freya said, holding up her gift.

Freya’s dad, Trevor Sieben said his family will continue to be cautious until his children are fully vaccinated.

“We can start to feel more comfortable going out. Still masked and taking precautions until we know things are a little bit more handled,” he said. “But we can move a little more easily through the world.”

Launa Antolovichsits with her daughter Violet Antolovich, 9, as she receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Calgary, Alta., on November 26, 2021. Leah Hennel / AHS

Launa Antolovichsits with her daughter Violet Antolovich, 9, as she receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Calgary, Alta., on November 26, 2021. Leah Hennel / AHS

Courtesy: AHS

It’s recommended that kids wait eight weeks between doses, according to health experts.

“We’ve been waiting for this for quite a while. I’m grateful for everyone who helped us get to this place. Our kids can feel more normal,” Sieben said. “It’s a super big sigh of relief. Eight weeks from Friday, we will be back here.”

Pfizer’s clinical trial data showed the vaccine had a 91 per cent efficacy against COVID-19 in children aged 5-11. Of the 3,100 children vaccinated as part of the trials, there were no reports of myocarditis, pericarditis or serious allergic reaction.

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Seven-year-old Maya said getting her shot means she is on the way to “more fun” and hangouts with her friends — even if it means having to get a needle.

“I don’t really like shots, because they pinch a little and I don’t like pinches,” Maya explained.

“The nurses were great with the kids, making them feel more comfortable,” said Maya’s mom, Amy Chae. “It was awesome.”

Fatima Tokhmafshan is a child health and human development researcher at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre. She works as the community and patient engagement and outreach director at the Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network.

“It’s very normal to be anxious about any medical intervention,” said Tokhmafshan. “Health is a very, sort of personal thing.”

When bringing your child to get vaccinated, she recommends breaking up the day into three phases.

Phase one is the pre-vaccination. Make sure to discuss it beforehand, but not too early to avoid too much anxiety, and remind them why it’s important.

“It’s very, very important that we do what we can, we use all the tools that we have available to us to curb the transmission,” she said.

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Phase two is during the vaccination. Parents should remain calm and plan ahead by bringing a distraction for their kids.

Phase three is post-vaccination. Try and plan a special treat or celebration. This way the child will have a different focus for the day.

“Acknowledge their pain and congratulate them on their bravery for being so brave and going through with it,” said Tokhmafshan. “Remind them of the heroism in the act. Getting vaccinated is just not protecting you, you’re also protecting people around you.”

Over at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, there was a steady stream of eager parents and kids. Alberta Health told Global News, as of 7:50 a.m. on Friday, there were 396 pediatric vaccine appointments booked for the day in Lethbridge.

Tabatha Beggs got emotional talking about her two daughters, who are seven and nine, getting vaccinated.

“I’m relieved,” she said with a laugh. “It’s been a long time coming. I’ll probably go home and cry, but we’re looking forward to getting back to normal life.”

Nine-year-old Isabella Beggs said she was nervous, but didn’t quite know why. Once inside she was alright and ready to get the jab.

“It doesn’t hurt,” she said. “It’s very quick and easy.”

“It’s just like a little pinch then it’s done,” her seven-year-old sister Savi, added.

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Mother of four Janelle Harris said she almost started crying as each kid rolled up their sleeve to do their part. She’s been homeschooling her kids since the start of the pandemic to limit their contact with others.

“I’m so grateful for the nurses and the work that they’re doing,” she said. “We were on the computer at 7:30 in the morning the day that it was available because we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”

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Hellebuyck pulled as Wild hammer Jets 7-1

The Winnipeg Jets’ winless streak is now five games after they were embarrassed 7-1 by the Minnesota Wild Friday afternoon in St. Paul.

In what was a sign of things to come, the Wild scored in the opening minute of the game when an Alex Goligoski point shot deflected off the stick of Nikolaj Ehlers and past a screened Connor Hellebuyck.

The home team would add to their lead 7:47 into the period. Mats Zuccarello threw one on net from the point that glanced off Hellebuyck’s shoulder, off the post, off Hellebuyck’s back and trickled over the goal line.

Winnipeg managed 14 shots in the frame but Cam Talbot stood tall, adding to the recent trend of the Jets managing to get a high volume of shots on goal without finding the back of the net.

If the first period was a bad dream for the Jets, the second period was a nightmare.

Ryan Hartman made it 3-0 2:04 into the frame, left alone at the side of the net to bury a rebound.

45 seconds later, Zuccarello got his second of the game after the Jets turned it over trying to break out of their own end, spelling the end of Hellebuyck’s afternoon.

Things didn’t get much better with Eric Comrie in goal. Just shy of the midway point, a Jon Merrill shot knuckled its way past Comrie to make it 5-0.

The Wild had the Jets under siege in the period, outshooting the visitors 21-6, thanks in part to six minutes of power play time as the Jets lost their composure. If it weren’t for strong play by Comrie, the final margin would have been a lot worse.

Having said that, the Wild did continue to pad the lead in the third. With 8:36 to go, Matt Dumba finished off a nice passing play to make it 6-0.

Playing in his 300th NHL game, Pierre-Luc Dubois finally broke the goose-egg with just under five minutes to go, beating Talbot on a wrist shot late in a power play, the first goal Winnipeg had scored in over 164 minutes of action.

But Minnesota would answer just 14 seconds later when the Jets turned it over in their own end and Kirill Kaprizov buried his sixth of the year after he picked up three assists already in the contest.

14 Wild skaters registered at least a point in the blowout win while the Jets have now scored just five goals in their five game winless streak.

If there is any silver lining for Winnipeg, they managed to kill off all four Minnesota power plays and broke an 0/13 slide with the man advantage.

Comrie would finish with 21 saves while Hellebuyck stopped ten of 14 shots and is likely to play Saturday night in Calgary. Talbot turned aside 30 shots for the win.

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Prosecution seeks clarity on new information in Toor cocaine importing case

Court proceedings for a California husband and wife who were caught with 84 bricks of cocaine at the Coutts border crossing in 2017 have been delayed, as the prosecution seeks to clarify some new information that could keep the wife from appearing at sentencing. Erik Bay reports.

The matter of sentencing for Gurminder and Kirandeep Toor is adjourned until Dec. 3 after it was revealed Friday that, according to her physician, Kirandeep is pregnant and unable to travel.

The two were scheduled to be sentenced after being found guilty by a jury in April of importing 99 kilograms – over 200 pounds – of cocaine.

Court heard Kirandeep first discovered her pregnancy on Wednesday and her doctor says she can’t travel by car until February 2022, which would keep her from appearing in-person for sentencing.

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The crown argued a letter drafted by the defence explaining the situation is vague and requested a cross-examination of the doctor for more information as to why she’s unable to travel.

The judge granted the crown’s request and the cross-examination is scheduled for December 3rd.

However, if the defence is able to clarify the matter before then and Kirandeep is available for sentencing, it will proceed on that date. The doctor must also provide a sealed copy of the patient’s clinical records dating back to Oct. 26 and the court will determine whether the information contained is relevant to the proceedings.

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Gurminder’s sentencing is also on hold, as the judge ruled the couple will be sentenced at the same time.

In December 2017, 84 bricks of cocaine with an estimated street value between $6.7 million and $8.4 million was discovered in the couple’s commercial truck, which the RCMP and Canadian Border Services Agency called a record drug bust for the Coutts Border Crossing at the time.

The two had been hauling produce from California into Alberta. Law enforcement said when searching the cab of the vehicle, officers opened a microwave and found bricks of what they suspected to be a narcotic.

The husband and wife were charged with importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Gurminder was found guilty of both offences, while Kirandeep was found guilty of the first charge, as well as a lesser charge of simple drug possession.

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USask threatened with legal action over campus COVID-19 vaccine mandate

An organization is threatening legal action if the University of Saskatchewan vaccine mandate, which brought the campus vaccination rate up to more than 95 per cent, is not rescinded.

An organization called the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is threatening legal action if the University of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is not rescinded.

JCCF submitted a legal warning letter to the university and to Sask Polytechnic earlier in the month that outlined its concerns.

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“Our concern with the university’s approach is it’s using one hammer to address all of the concerns,” said JCCF lawyer Andre Memauri. “There are a number of tools that can be used. The University of British Columbia, for instance, is not at this stage opting to require mandatory vaccinations.”

Chair of the USask Pandemic Response and Recovery Team Darcy Marciniuk responded to the letter, saying the university is responsible for the safety of the campus community.

“Public health guidance confirmed that vaccination is the single most effective public health measure against COVID-19 and that testing protocols are not preventive and should only be resorted to when no other option exists,” he said in a statement to Global News Thursday.

Marciniuk added that staff and students with extenuating circumstances are able to request an accommodation under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.

Michelle Linklater’s 19-year-old daughter was one out of thousands of University of Saskatchewan students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend classes and be on campus.

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She said her daughter experienced rare side effects from the dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine she received that briefly put her in the hospital

“She was having some difficulty inhaling a full breath,” Linklater said. “She was coughing and having a hard time exhaling.”

As a result, Linklater now disagrees with the university’s vaccine mandate, which she believes should be reconsidered.

“I would like to know what those specific cases are now that my daughter has had an adverse reaction, and I’m sure there’s others,” she said.

“I am not one out there that’s saying it’s not right for the next person’s family. Everyone needs to make that decision for themselves.”

Linklater hopes the university considers unique circumstances like hers moving forward and allows for more options when it comes to future vaccines.

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Since implementing the mandatory vaccine policy, more than 95 per cent of the USask campus community is now fully vaccinated.

University officials created the policy through extensive consultation with the public health recommendations made by the province.

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Quebec Indigenous leaders blast Legault for being 'paternalistic'

Quebec Indigenous leaders are denouncing Premier Francois Legault for his decision not to meet with them during a two-day event called the Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous Peoples and Quebec.

The Indigenous leaders called the premier “arrogant,” “paternalistic” and “dishonest.”

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They say Legault had only planned to deliver remarks to the gathering but then agreed to take three questions from Indigenous leaders at the end of his speech.

Chief Real McKenzie asked Legault about royalties owed to Indigenous Peoples in exchange for the use of their lands, and Chief John Martin asked the premier about First Nations communities being excluded from accessing natural resources.

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Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, criticized Legault for speaking with reporters after the speech and for not meeting with Indigenous leadership.

The two-day event aims to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous business people together.

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Pat Mandy takes helm as chair of Hamilton Police Services Board

The Hamilton Police Services Board has a new chair.

Pat Mandy, a member of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, was unanimously elected to the post during the board’s meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Mandy first joined the board, as the province’s representative, in March of 2018.

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She was nominated to the position of chair by Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger during his final meeting as a member of the police services board.

Eisenberger has resigned from the board, as a city council representative, to make way for Flamborough Coun. Judi Partridge.

Mandy says she’s now in a position to “teach and share with others, because I think working towards our future, working together is knowledge, knowledge of each other and relationship building.”

“My Indigenous name,” adds Mandy, “means ‘people brings together woman'” in Anishinaabe.

Mandy also says she’ll face a lot of challenges amidst the international conversation around the defunding of police services.

“I believe that we need to change the conversation from defunding,” says Mandy, “and start to refocus our efforts and resources in a more effective way.”

 

 

“We need to look at how we can change the system,” adds Mandy, “so that we don’t always need the services of the police to react, but rather to be starting upstream, and to put in some of the supports, we’ve heard housing, mental health.”

Mandy is a retired health-care administrator, with an impressive resume of leadership positions.

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She was the first Indigenous president of the College of Nurses of Ontario, the first CEO of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network and served as vice-president of patient services at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Mandy was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in June 2017.

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Regina police issue warrant for second-degree murder suspect

Regina Police have issued a warrant for a 32-year-old man on second-degree murder charges in connection with a homicide that happened earlier this month.

The homicide victim has been identified as Ahi S. Ebrotie, 29, of Regina.

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Police are looking for Ismail Ahmed Hassen who is described as six feet tall, weighs approximately 220 lbs., and reportedly has an athletic build, black hair and brown eyes.

Hassen’s last known address is in Toronto so there is a chance he is no longer in Regina.

Hassen also faces a breach of release charge.

A 31-year-old Regina man was arrested and charged on Tuesday in connection with Ebortie’s death.

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Ebortie was found dead by police on Nov. 14.

Police have released a photo of Hassen and are asking anyone who sees a person matching his description or knows about his whereabouts to call police at 306-777-6500 or Regina Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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‘Highly potent’ synthetic opioid found in Saskatoon police seizures

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) says a highly potent synthetic opioid has been identified as a substance of concern in the Saskatoon area.

Etonitazene is 10 to 20 times more potent than fentanyl, according to an advisory.

Health Canada’s drug analysis service notitied CPSS that the substance was received in the laboratory on Nov. 2 and is the first detection in the Saskatoon area.

Etonitazene was present in an orange powder and/or a grainy substance in recent Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) seizures, read the advisory.

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SPS said the news of etonitazene was concerning.

“As we have cautioned in the past, members of the public should not use substances that aren’t prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist,” read a SPS statement provided to Global News on Friday.

“Citizens are also reminded about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. This act allows anyone who is present when another person is experiencing an overdose to call 911, without the fear of criminal charges from drug possession.

“It’s also critical for people to know the symptoms of an opioid overdose which include: slow or no breathing; gurgling, gasping or snoring; clammy cool skin; and blue lips or nails.”

There is a significant risk of overdose due to its potency which may require greater than normal doses of naloxone in the event of an overdose, according to health officials.

CPSS said this substance is of concern due to the following:

  • It is newly encountered in the community and is known to be associated with overdoses and deaths;
  • It may be presented as a new form that individuals may be unaware they are consuming; and
  • It may also represent a threat to anyone handling it without taking the appropriate health and safety precautions.

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