I feel for my brothers and sisters, on and off the street. Life’s always a bitch, but it’s worse when everyone is pretending to be happy. My most poignant memory of Xmas eve was when I was working for the Shepherds of Good Hope. I drew the night shift. Better to be working than just wallowing in self pity. I remember the bells going off at midnight, that big church in Lower town which I don’t recall the name of. I had a moment, a short one, when I thought everything would be alright. That was years ago and things are definitely not alright. But we have to keep hope — it’s all we have. This is going to be a good year.
When I was shuffling around the streets of lowertowm, a smart middle class boy trying to get straight, there were dangers, but none I felt afraid of for myself. There were drugs. Lots of drugs Heroin still took a few lives every month. And there was crack, which didn’t so much kill as destroy. And there were assholes adding antifreeze to Heroin.
Mission — 2010
Now there is Fentanyl. It’s not a street drug. It’s stolen straight from the hospital.It is use primarily in palliative care, for those with chronic and persistent pain. To ease the pain of the dying. It is, in essence a suicide drug.
And yet I was in the Emergency at the Monfort with COPD exacerbation (they happen) and in the next bed a young girl could barely articulate how much Fentanyl she had taken. She sounded barely alive but they brought her back with an opioid antagonist. I’m not sure she realized that she had taken a drug intended as an anesthetic for surgery.
Street culture is tight. Education can be effective. But only if it is not The Man threatening incarceration and blowing smoke.. We need to give these folk a thorough education on pharmacology. You can’t quit if you die first.
I’ve been very neglectful of this blog, particularly now that our fellow LowLives are under siege all across North America. I make this brief promise to try to do better. My sort-of motto was to be the voice of the “wretched masses yearning to be free”, at least in the local area. I seem to have come down with a case of laryngitis … worrying about my own trials and tribulations. “Double, double, toil and trouble”. There will be more to come. What else have I to do?
I have to repeat myself here because I’m absolutely flabbergasted by the concept. According to Stats Can, there are far more people incarcerated in Canada “on remand” i.e., guilty of nothing, than those who have been committed of accusing a crime. “On remand” means we hold you in jail until we get around to trying you or releasing you. It could be traffic tickets or swearing at a cop. And the “incarceration” is virtually indefinite. It could be nothing. The wealthy,of course, get bail. The rest of us don’t.
I got put in remand for trespassing, being in a shopping centre somewhat shortly after closing hours. (I was admittedly somewhat protective of my charter rights … gotta stop doing that). They took me to jail and released me at 4 in the am, while the buses weren’t running and and it was -32 below zero. They seem to do this for kicks.
Your average John and Jane have no idea this goes on all the time. It’s time we told them. P.S. never tell a cop what you think of him.
I started this years ago, then lost my nerve. Wasn’t sure I knew enough to tell tell truth. Thinks have changed … and they keep changing for the worse.
Your Tax $ At Work? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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“There is no better trade show for defense equipment than a military mission.”
But just in case demonstrations of Canadian military equipment against the 90% civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq are insufficiently compelling, the publicly funded CCC also rents a trailer with Export Development Canada at the big yearly CANSEC arms dealer trade show, which is where Embassy Mag caught up with its enthusiastically entrepreneurial CEO.
CCC sees ‘untapped market’ for Canadian arms
“You wouldn’t know it from the lack of news coverage, but the Canadian Commercial Corporation has been transformed from a low-profile Canadian intermediary agency to a major player in promoting Canadian global arms sales.”
There will be more as my sources reveal more. There’s a major arms dealing consortium that Harper’s government is supporting to fake a balanced budget with bribes. Unless the NDP wins the next election and we can sigh a breathe of relief.
“Too many guns in this damn town.
Baby flak jackets on the merry-go-round …”
Read the rest @: Creekside: CCC : a Crown corporation arms dealer.
A police disciplinary hearing ruled that Superintendent Mark Fenton’s “decision to order mass arrests demonstrated a lack of understanding of the right to protest.”
Source: Senior Toronto police officer found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrest at the G20 summit in 2010
To tired and lazy to rewrite. All kudos to Krystalline Kraus from Rabble …. read it! Thanks Krys. The farther it spreads to more important it gets.