Deadly drugs found, that’s the ar­gu­ment

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Re: A lot can hang on whether a dog sits, Jan. 25

If, in fact, the ques­tion for B.C. Supreme Court Jus­tice Michael Brun­drett was sim­ply, did Doods the po­lice dog sit or only half-sit (be­cause there was a con­crete bar­rier in the way), then Cana­dian jus­tice is in big trou­ble.Ac­cord­ing to Health Canada sta­tis­tics, from Jan­uary to June in 2018 there were 2,066 deaths due to opi­oids. Around 75 per cent of those could be at­trib­uted to fen­tanyl. Then con­sider that ac­cord­ing to MADD sta­tis­tics, 2,097 lives were lost in 2014 due to ac­ci­dents caused by a com­bi­na­tion of drugs and al­co­hol and, in Novem­ber of 2018, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment gave ex­tended pow­ers to the RCMP to stop and breath­a­lyze whomever they choose.My un­der­stand­ing is that a dog and his han­dler work closely as a team and the han­dler can pick up on sub­tle mes­sages from the dog that any­one un­fa­mil­iar might miss. And, how about giv­ing some credit to the po­lice of­fi­cer for his in­stinct and ex­pe­ri­ence.It is a trav­esty that San­dor Rigo was found not guilty and is free to carry on his il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties that could ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to more Cana­dian deaths.Jus­tice Brun­drett, you have be­come part of the prob­lem rather than the so­lu­tion. Roberta Ful­ton, Cal­gary

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