Speed Kills! –
July 7, 2019 – Fears of this violence have helped galvanize public support in favour of action on the meth crisis. So has data about the strain meth is putting on public services. Winnipeg police saw a 900 per cent increase in meth possession charges laid between 2013 and 2017, while the city’s hospitals saw a 1,700 per cent increase in patients coming in under the influence of meth during the same period. “We have a crisis in communities across Canada, including Winnipeg, regarding meth,” Mayor Brian Bowman said. Bowman wants help from the provincial and federal governments in tackling the crisis. With both senior levels of government facing elections this fall, though, he’s also seeing what the city might be able to do on its own.