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A NEW book by a for­mer politi­cian sug­gests that the first B.C. NDP gov­ern­ment might have tried a le­gal heroin-main­te­nance pro­gram in the 1970s if then premier Dave Bar­rett had won a sec­ond term.

In Take the Torch: A Po­lit­i­cal Mem­oir, Ian Wad­dell re­calls be­ing ap­pointed to the pro­vin­cial drug and al­co­hol com­mis­sion while Bar­rett was premier.

Wad­dell, who went on to be­come an NDP MP and a B.C. NDP cabi­net min­is­ter, re­veals in the book that a fel­low com­mis­sioner, Ted Mil­li­gan, “pre­pared a con­fi­den­tial re­port on le­gal­ized heroin” at the re­quest of the then min­is­ter of so­cial ser­vices, Nor­man Levi. “Orig­i­nally from Eng­land, as a so­cial worker Norm Levi got a num­ber of pris­on­ers in the BC Pen trans­ferred to Eng­land for heroin main­te­nance,” Wad­dell writes. “He was a gutsy guy. Had the Bar­rett gov­ern­ment been re-elected, I be­lieve it would have tried a le­gal heroin main­te­nance [pro­gram]. “In­stead, even to­day we leave ad­dicts—sick peo­ple—to break into peo­ple’s homes and cars to deal with their ad­dic­tions,” Wad­dell con­tin­ues. “Surely a missed op­por­tu­nity!”

Take the Torch also re­veals Wad­dell’s role in writ­ing Sec­tion 35 of the Cana­dian Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms, which rec­og­nizes and af­firms ex­ist­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and treaty rights.

to your kid nephew, Swedish out­doore­quip­ment la­bel Fjäll­räven is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­ity—and it shows in its out­er­wear. Take the men’s Yupik parka ($569.99), for in­stance, which is crafted us­ing a syn­thetic lin­ing, boasts ar­ti­fi­cial-fur trim along the hood, and is filled with the brand’s pro­pri­etary warmth-trap­ping Supreme Mi­croloft. A look that screams ur­ban cool more than hard-core Arc­tic ex­pe­di­tion, plus plenty of con­ve­niently placed pock­ets—se­ri­ously, we’re count­ing no fewer than 10—help seal the deal. Find it at Fjäll­räven (147 West Broad­way and 1976 West 4th Av­enue).

HIP HYGGE As any Dan­ish cit­i­zen will tell you, hygge isn’t just a word—it’s a cozy, pleas­ing, all-is-right-in-the­world, sip­ping-co­coa-by-can­dle­ligh­tas-a-bl­iz­zard-rages-on-out­side feel­ing. And while, clearly, it’s a con­cept that’s hard to nail down, Mon­treal-based la­bel Frank & Oak has done a de­cent job of in­ter­pret­ing the sen­ti­ment as a piece of func­tional out­er­wear with the re­cently re­leased women’s Hygge Co­coon coat ($349). Like Frank & Oak’s en­tire win­ter-wear line, the over­sized gar­ment is crafted from mostly re­cy­cled polyester and is filled with 3M Thin­su­late, a syn­thetic in­su­la­tion that’s light but still man­ages to keep your body toasty in sub­zero temps. (It was de­signed in Mon­treal, af­ter all.) Deep, clev­erly con­cealed pock­ets—two for your hands, one for your phone— com­plete the comfy look. Find it at Frank & Oak (316 West Cor­dova Street and 4700 Kingsway, Burn­aby). HAVE A BALL The North Face may be best rec­og­nized for its boxy, over­sized-baf­fle down coats—you know, the ones that were the out­er­wear op­tion of choice for ap­prox­i­mately 30 per­cent of your high school’s stu­dent body. But the Cali-based out­door-goods be­he­moth of­fers a range of an­i­mal-byprod­uct-free gar­ments, too. We love the Ther­moball men’s and women’s hoodie ($269.99), which fea­tures a com­pact de­sign and an in­no­va­tive warm­ing so­lu­tion de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the mak­ers of Pri­maloft, the world’s first biodegrad­able syn­thetic in­su­la­tion. Pick from a range of pat­terns and hues like navy, red, kelly green, and camo. Find it at the North Face (var­i­ous lo­ca­tions). LOW-KEY HEAT Not into the puff and ex­cess bulk that typ­i­cally dom­i­nate re­tail racks around this time of year, but still want to sur­vive that four-hour snow­shoe trek that you will in­evitably be dragged on in the name of ex­plor­ing the out­doors, spend­ing qual­ity time with your friends, or some other inane non­sense? Then the Fair­ing jacket ($195)—a new re­lease from the Van­cou­ver-based RYU’S women’s range—may be your best bet. With its sleek mo­tor­cy­cle-jacket-in­spired de­sign and smooth matte fin­ish, the piece is about as in­con­spic­u­ous as out­er­wear gets. Layer it un­der­neath a more heavy-duty shell for max­i­mum pro­tec­tion against the el­e­ments. Find it at RYU (var­i­ous lo­ca­tions).

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