Monday, October 28, 2013

DANCING with ADDICTIONS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS


 beinspiredworld.com has invited me to speak next Tuesday evening at 7 P.M. at the Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue. Come join us.



 INSPIRED SPEAKERS

 David Berner    Nov 5 2013

David Berner is the Executive Director of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada and runs addiction therapy groups at the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island, British Columbia and for VisionQuest Recovery Centres. An early pioneer in the field of residential treatment, David founded the X-Kalay Foundation Society in 1967, the first of its kind in Canada for addicts, alcoholics, ex-cons and others. David has recently chronicled his life and advocacy for addiction treatment in his wonderfully received book, All The Way Home. 
 
David is also an accomplished broadcaster, actor, journalist, social activist and teacher. Local audiences best know him for his many years as an enormously popular Radio Talk Show Host on CKNW Radio, and these days you can see him four times a week on his public affairs show on SHAW COMMUNITY TV, CABLE 4. David regularly contributes to many local and national newspapers and magazines.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

SNITTY HALL

Straight Lines?

I read a great line this morning over breakfast:

"It is a puzzling fact that the shortest line between two points is often a dead end."

What could better explain the death wish known as Harm Reduction or the manifestations therein known as Insite, free needles, free crack pipes, free heroin, methadone and alcohol?

In their rush to adopt the addicts way of non-thinking - we call it looking for the Silver Bullet - the good doctors have created a new kind of black hole, right here in our midst.

Not satisfied with the harm done here in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, the good doctors now want the Great Misfire to spread to other Canadian cities.

We are pleased to report that Ottawa and Toronto are resisting this pestilence with strength and good common sense and a clear sense of humanity.

The mantra used consistently by reductionists that their madness is based on evidence and everyone else is some mad, ill-informed ideologue is called public relations and spin.

Those of us who actually know the names and addresses of thousands of clean and sober people in long term recovery base our position on working and living in the front lines.

Have a nifty day.