This morning I received no less than eight phone calls from the Mystic East.
Sun News Media, which has a TV viewership smaller than Langley township, is headquartered in Toronto.
Thus, several of these calls arrived to my thankfully silent phones long before eight a.m.
Each call represented one of several producers for various Sun talk TV shows.
Vancouver Coastal Health is giving out clean crack pipe kits to users, and that includes 12 year old girls.
You don't say?
Getting news from the shaggy West Coast to the Centre of the Universe must be more difficult in these winter months what with all the snowy passes and such.
I've got better news than that.
In my spare time, besides being a retired old goof who likes to walk to cafes and drink cappuccinos and read old fashioned books with paper pages and doing a weekly cable TV show (with more viewers here in the Forsaken Territories than all of Sun Media) and doing therapy with addicts and alcoholics and swimming and hanging with friends and family, besides all that stuff...I have a part time gig.
I'm the executive director (or Executive Director) of the DRUG PREVENTION NETWORK of CANADA.
We are a curious lot.
We cling to a quaint value system.
I know this will break you up, but we actually believe that, when it comes to drugs and alcohol, abstinence-based Prevention & Treatment work.
We believe this so much that we have been making ourselves into the voice for abstinence-based Prevention & Treatment in communities, in the media and in Parliament.
In the last six months, we hosted two terrific small conferences bringing front-line workers together for common cause.
Here's what makes us different.
The honorable men and women who are spending your tax dollars are giving out free crack pipe kits, free needles, free heroin to 322 addicts for three years ($8Million) and free booze to downtown rubbies. Not to mention running (at tax-payer expense) clean well-lit places where addicts can shoot up before they go back in the alley and shoot up a little later in the same old way.
At the DRUG PREVENTION NETWORK of CANADA, we have the audacity to want to see drunks and drug addicts go into treatment and come out clean and sober citizens. Imagine. We also want to see children encouraged to avoid the indignities and misery of a life in addiction. Crazy us.
Here's what I wrote to our colleagues and members organizations and individual supporters this morning:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We head into this New Year with fresh energy and determination to promote in all possible ways our shared beliefs in abstinence-based Prevention and Treatment.
Our hearts and minds may be full, but our pockets are nearing empty.
The DRUG PREVENTION NETWORK OF CANADA operates on a comically modest budget - what my mother would have called "windy pies and airy puddings."
We have no secretaries, no fax machines, cell phones, frequent flyer miles or the like.
So we ask you once again to become a full-fledged member. That's $200 a year for like-minded organizations and $50 a year for individuals.
Now it is easier than ever to JOIN US. We have added PAY PAL and or CREDIT CARD subscriptions to both our website and our blog. Strength is in numbers. We need you to be added to our growing list of groups and people who know that Prevention and Treatment work.
Please JOIN US today.
Perhaps you agree with us.
If you do, please JOIN US today.