Monday, August 24, 2009


You've heard of VANDU?

That's the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, a "group" of junkies who, through repeated appeals to the blinkered and lazy liberal press, have claimed some legitimacy for themselves as spokespersons for somethingorother.

Real agenda?

We want to shoot dope. Now fuck off and leave us alone.

Well, turns out VANDU has a Vancouver Island cousin, hanging about mostly in Victoria.

It calls itself SOLID, the Society of Living Intravenous Drug Users.


That's to distinguish itself from SORDID, The Society of Really Dead Intravenous Drug Users.

Now SOLID has considerable traction in out capital city. They squawk and folks listen. Why I don't know, but they do.

Seems Victoria is a mighty small and cozy place.

Because a woman named Shannon Turner is not only the director of public health for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, but she is also the committee chair for the Needle Exchange Advisory Committee.

Busy, busy, busy. Not to mention conflicts of interest. But hey...

Now, SOLID and Shannon have a melodramatic little issue on their hands.

The famous needle exchange (as bad an idea as has ever come down the pike) is supposed to open on Princess Street.

But the junkies - oh, I'm so terribly sorry - the intravenous drug users who have every right in the world to use illegal drugs and break into my home and car to get goodies to resell so they can be intravenous drug users - those good people, they want the new needle exchange to be on Pandora Street.

But, oops.

The Pandora site is smack up against an elementary school and the Conservatory of Music.

Although this is not reported in today's news piece, it is also cheek-to-yarmulka with Temple Emanu-el, Canada's first and oldest synagogue.

Now, I have two very personal reasons for being truly against the needle exchange being anywhere near this proposed location.

Two years ago, I performed a one-man play at the Conservatory. The whole experience was wonderful. On the off chance that I have to go back, I do not want to step over and through crazy using drug addicts to get to work. Nor do think young men and women who are wired on Mozart and Mahler should have to run this gauntlet.

My paternal grandfather, Rabbi Marcus Berner, was the Rabbi for many years, some decades ago, at Temple Emanu-el.

I would like to say, "Rest in peace," but that will be difficult with crazy using addicts pissing on your door stoop.

Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot. Israel is a pariah and a Nazi state and addicts have a medical problem and their rights. What have I been thinking?

Just a question or two before we all go out to play?

How far have we descended into the madness that we take non-groups like VANDU and SOLID seriously?

Why do we give free needles to filthy lying cheating manipulating non-tax-paying thieving addicts but not to seniors with diabetes?

And there's this:

"The high number of drug addicts in Victoria could be attributable to Victoria's soft stand on drug crime, Sgt. Hamilton said."


You think?


Chris M said...

After wandering through a few articles about SOLID I have to admit I felt like upchucking.
They are objecting because a proposed location is too dangerous?
It seems to me that wherever addicts congregate, danger follows.
I especially 'loved' the bit where the Mayor of Victoria is trying to find a solution that will work for the the public,children and addicts.
How about getting addicts off drugs, trying to prevent kids from thinking addiction is absolutely normal and keeping the public safe.
It reminds me of the time that the paper in Vancouver reported that VANDU wanted to go into elementary schools and teach kids about how to use needles safely!

Mike Macdonald said...

Per comment to blog above too, should we teach kids how to mix hard drinks and maybe how to roll joints?