David, I agree with you that this nonsense must stop. It's funny in jest but too sad in reality. When I was walking the DTES beat in the 80's, I used to joke about all this stuff, but low and behold, these kinds of idiotic 'programs' became reality, so I stopped joking about it.
The SIS was pre-fitted to create a crack inhalation room (shouldn't the science have come first?). Did you know that the new pieces of Brillo the addicts stuff into their glass pipes release toxic vapours according to the HR 'safer crack smoking' guide? I guess crack is 'toxins with benefits' then (like crack lung).
The drug policies are so gangrenous now that when I hear of harm reduction, I think of 'arm reduction' as evidenced by the plethora of recent amputations seen in this very sick addict population. Too bad there wasn't a drug to treat stupidity to go with your proposed HR quarantine room David. These guys are so far behind in their thinking that they actually think they are ahead. Can they OD on stupidity?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
David, I spent the evening at Eagleridge Emergency. I was there because our family doctors office isn't open enough hours to treat all of his patients.It was a zoo. Ive seen a lot of busy emergency wards but this was beyond my ability to describe. Woo, Peckinpah, and other violent genre movie makers might be able to do it justice.
So the thought of spending tax dollars to give crack heads a comfy place to get high makes me sick. That group of left wing do gooders should be placed in the emergency ward of a different hospital every night until even the dumbest of the dumb realize that our health system is on the verge of melt down. Until we can look after the people that our paying the taxes to support the crumbling health system we should place duct tape on the mouth of any wing nut that wants to spend money to make addicts comfy. If an addict wants to get clean we should have to provide the means. If an addict wants to be comfy, to hell with him/her.
Posted by David Berner at 6:06 PM
Ottawa deaf to pleas for B.C. crack-inhalation siteHahahaha...couldn't happen to a nicer town.
Mark Townsend is the executive director of the Portland Hotel Service Society which runs Insite. He and a few other geniuses want to open a "safe" crack smoking room.
Service are being cut back in every area of public health, but we should give crackheads a place to smoke.
Here's how poor Mark describes the utopia he envisions: "a designated place to smoke crack cocaine in the company of health professionals..."
The part that I love is "in the company of health professionals."
How could you call yourself "a health professional" and want to spend your time standing around losers who are smoking cocaine? How? Why?
I am not supposed to call these contributors "losers."
They are substance users.
One of Mark's friends in this lunacy is the appropriately named Evan Wood. He's a researcher. He says that having such a facility would be "ground-breaking."
Having treatment programs that graduate clean and sober men and women - that would be ground-breaking.
"You're using, basically, supervised injection sites and inhalation rooms as a strategy to recruit people into addiction treatment," adds Mr. Science.
We remind Mr. Wooden Head once again that when he decides to come out of his bubble and check out the modern world, what he'll find is what every parent of every addict has known for a very long time here in B.C.
THERE IS ALMOST NO ADDICTION TREATMENT.
Beds are few and inappropriately expensive.
Here's what I propose.
A room that will hold for safe keeping Mark Townsend, Evan Wood, Larry Campbell, Sam Sullivan and all such fellow travellers.
This room will keep them from hurting themselves, but, more importantly, it will keep them from further HARMING the community.
Now, dat's harm reduction!
Posted by David Berner at 11:53 AM
Christie Blatchford, as she often does, has absolutely nailed the story to which I referred briefly in yesterday's posts.
David Chen, the Toronto shopkeeper who captured a chronic thief and crack addict and for his reward has been charged with several offenses, has a family of four and employs 10 people.
"Prosecuting David Chen brings the administration of justice into disrepute and renders the law an ass. Giving a break to the very crack-addicted thief Mr. Chen was chasing is an outrage."
Read the whole piece and marvel at how retarded and twisted is our justice system.
Posted by David Berner at 11:43 AM
Wee Gordie's done it again.
The Preem gets all hot and bothered listening to a kids chorus in Newfoundland last year. He invites them all to sing at the Games.
They rehearse 92 hours a day, 22 days a week for the last 12 months. The parents raise travel money and so on. Expectations are high.
Of course, The Number One Bonehead had no authority to invite these children to cross the street. The deal is off. There never was a deal. The kids are going nowhere.
Who the hell does he think he is anyway? The IOC? VANOC?
You're just the Premier, Gord, Get over it.
Now, he doesn't have egg on his face.
He's plastered with a great coast-to-coast fritatta.
Posted by David Berner at 11:30 AM
When I was in my early 20's, I used to make a point of being home in the late afternoon so I would never miss The Soupy Sales TV Show.
I think It was a children's show, but if it was, it was the hippest kids show ever.
And falling down funny.
Watch this clip of Soupy with Fang.
In 1983, when I began "A Little Berner in the Night" on CJOR radio, the first celebrity I interviewed was Soupy Sales. He was on the phone from New York.
He absolutely loved it when I told him that I held him right up there with the Three B's - Benny, Burns and Berle. He laughed his head off, which allowed me to demand, "So how come your name don't begin with a B?"
We did the whole interview on tape in the afternoon to play later that night.
He was impossibly funny.
I thanked him and hung up the phone.
I rewound the tape and settled in to listen to this pure gold.
Of course, I had forgotten to press the little red "RECORD" button. I have always been so technology challenged. To this day, I am only a blink away from needing someone to come over and turn on the lights.
Now, here's chutzpah...
I phoned Soupy right back.
I explained my terrible gaffe and he said, "So, David...you want me to do the whole thing over again?"
This was about a half hour piece.
He said, "Start the tape, press the red button, you shmock, and let's go."
Milton Supman has passed away at the age of 83.
Posted by David Berner at 11:13 AM