1. In 2017, the rate of hospitalizations entirely caused by alcohol (249 per 100,000) was comparable to the rate of hospitalizations for heart attacks (243 per 100,000) and the rate was thirteen times higher than for opioids. In 2014, alcohol contributed to 14,826 deaths in Canada, representing 22% of all substance use attributable deaths.
With the opioid overdose crisis, concern about teens using electronic cigarettes and our fascination with the legalization of cannabis, our most dangerous legal drug continues to be ignored by Canadian policy-makers.
We have strong legislation and regulation governing tobacco and cannabis sales, marketing and labeling, but the federal government has been asleep at the wheel for years on alcohol policy. Meanwhile, some provincial governments are aggressively loosening restrictions and lowering prices.
From a public health and safety perspective, this makes absolutely no sense. In 2018, using a Health Canada-funded study, we estimated each year some 15,000 deaths, 90,000 hospital admissions and 240,000 years of life lost are directly attributable to alcohol use.
Along with impacts on productivity and crime, the annual economic toll of $15 billion was greater than that from either tobacco use or from cannabis, opioids and all illegal substances combined. On the other side of the ledger, federal and provincial governments collected less than $11 billion in revenues from alcohol in the same year.
New research carried out by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) demonstrates that alcohol-related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, with 10 Canadians dying in hospitals every day due to harm from substance use, with 75% of these deaths directly related to alcohol use.
The data also reveals that alcohol contributes to more than half of all hospitalizations linked to substance use, which are also up to 13 times more common than opioid-related hospitalizations.
2. According to this report, there is a 3.1 to 4.7 per cent rise in car accident case. The year 2018 saw an increase in the number of vehicle related fatalities and injuries, however serious injuries went down. 2018 marked the sixth consecutive year with a fatality count below 2,000 and remains among the lowest counts for all three of these casualty groups since these data were first collected by Transport Canada in the early 1970's.
In 2018, the number of motor vehicle fatalities was 1,922; up 3.6% from 2017 (1,856). The number of serious injuries decreased to 9,494 in 2018; down 6.1% from 2017 (10,107). The number of fatalities per 100,000 population increased slightly to 5.2 in 2018 (from 5.0 in 2017), yet is still the second lowest on record. The number of fatalities per billion vehicle kilometers traveled slightly increased to 4.9 in 2018 (from 4.8 in 2017); also the second lowest recorded In 2018 Canadian number of motor vehicle fatalities was 1,922; up 3.6% from 2017 (1,856).
3. Smoking is responsible for a devastating healthcare burden in Canada, according to a Conference Board of Canada study. The study says that smoking causes more than 45,000 deaths in Canada ANNUALLY, which is nearly 1 in 5 of all deaths (18.4%) in the country. Smoking also causes a massive $6.5 billion in direct health care costs and $16.2 billion in total economic costs, including healthcare costs. The study was based on data for the 2012 year.
In a report from the Lung Association, Making Quit Happen the evidence is indisputable about the dangerous health effects of smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke are serious public health hazards, known to cause heart disease and stroke. lung disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses and a host of other serious conditions, even in non-smokers exposed to the smoke. In Canada, tobacco use is the leading causes of preventable death and exposure to second-hand smoke kills more than 1,000 non-smokers every year.
The combined number of Canadian casualties in both WW1 and WW2 is close to 106 000.
4. In 2018, there were 249 homicides caused by a firearm (firearm-related), 18 fewer than in 2017. (Statistics Canada 2018) The firearm-related homicide rate (0.67 per 100,000 population) decreased 8% from the previous year (0.73 per 100,000 population). Prior to 2018, firearm-related homicide had been increasing since 2014, with gang-related violence being the primary driver.
In 2018, 51% of firearm-related homicide were related to gang activity. Overall, in 2018, gang-related homicide committed with a firearm represented 20% of all homicides, compared to 22% the year before and 20% in 2016.
There were 157 gang-related homicides in 2018, 6 fewer than in 2017. Note Gang-related homicides continued to account for about one-quarter (24%) of all homicides in 2018 and the rate (0.42 per 100,000 population) decreased 5% from the previous year. This marked the first decrease after three consecutive years of increases; however, it was still the second highest rate recorded in Canada since comparable data was first collected in 2005.
There is no data on how many of the firearm-related homicides were committed with legally registered guns. That is because, probably it will not fit the Government's narrative. Still the Question remains:
How many of them were carried out with LEGALLY OWNED guns?
Why is the Government setting up the law-abiding gun owners as the Straw man?
Why is the Government seizing legally acquired property from law-abiding citizens?
Mr. PM. What is this ban REALLY about?