the province's chief coroner is warning against complacency in tackling the fentanyl epidemic. "There is little good news to share," Lisa Lapointe told a news conference held to announce the latest statistics on the toll of the opioid epidemic. According to the latest figures, there were 488 apparent illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. from January to August 2016.
(a) by means of an unlawful act;
(b) by criminal negligence;
Manslaughter is reserved for killings where the level of intent is less than murder. Practically speaking, manslaughter is when someone is doing something wrong and someone else ends up dead as a result of it -and- the offender did not intend to kill or cause significant bodily harm that he knew may result in death.
Unlike for murder, manslaughter does not carry an automatic sentence of life imprisonment. It remains, however, an option for the court.
Back in late August, I asked a political friend (of the left-leaning persuasion), the following question:
With your legal background, I wonder if I might ask a question of you. If this drug (fentanyl) is being shown it is causing deaths, is there any reason why the manufacturers / sellers of it, could not be charged with manslaughter ...or is that a crazy idea. Just wondering.
In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth