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For Immediate Release


Nov. 25, 2005

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General




ABBOTSFORD – A new B.C. Centre for Social Responsibility will promote prevention and awareness of problems related to addictive behaviours, Solicitor General John Les and Minister of State for Child Care Linda Reid announced today.


            “The new centre will focus on early intervention and prevention of various addictions, particularly among youth,” said Les. “We need evidence-based information to help police, communities and parents develop and access tools to prevent these serious problems, and the centre will provide us with that information.”


            The B.C. Centre for Social Responsibility (BCCSR) is a joint strategy led by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in partnership with the ministries of Children and Family Development, Health, and Community Services. Based at the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV), the centre will research and evaluate programs that deal with addictions issues. The centre will co-ordinate this work with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC at the University of Victoria and its associated programs at the University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. The BCCSR has developed a resource library that is available to professionals, service providers and the public, and an inventory of programs and services relating to alcohol misuse and problem gambling in B.C.


“Social responsibility leads to stronger, healthier families,” said Reid. “The centre will provide a range of tools and resources to help build capacity in families and communities, whether through new research into addictions, or addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.”


            The Solicitor General is launching the new centre in conjunction with a one-day symposium at UCFV, where 100 delegates, including police, non-profit organizations, academics, students and the public, will discuss underage drinking and youth gaming. A new parent’s guide on alcohol misuse prevention will be available online through the new provincial centre website at


“What we are witnessing today is the real potential power of the information age, through the ability to collect, co-ordinate, analyze and disseminate information in ways that can truly help to address some of our most serious social challenges,” said UCFV President Skip Bassford.


            UCFV is already home to the Institute for Safe Schools and the ICURS Centre for Criminal Justice Research, and has been a leader in research on issues such as marijuana grow operations and crystal methamphetamine in B.C., auto crime, repeat offenders and crime prevention. The new BCCSR will allow governments, police and others to develop further strategic measures to enhance public safety in B.C.


            Through its Population, Health and Wellness, and Mental Health and Addictions divisions, the Ministry of Health will continue to lead prevention solutions for problematic substance use and FASD.






Cindy Rose

Public Affairs Officer

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