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Alberta Politics: Unite-the-right poll results ring alarm bells and raise interesting questions, none of which are asked by the media

PHOTOS: A pollster asks a typical Albertan if she’d prefer to vote for a united Wildrose-PC Party … or the NDP. Actual Alberta pollsters and their subjects may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Pollster Quito Maggi, Alberta Prosperity Fund … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Unite-the-right poll results ring alarm bells and raise interesting questions, none of which are asked by the media

Melissa Fong: RIP Bud Osborn

  RIP Bud Osborn http://t.co/CrWrlN1PR7— Melissa Fong (@internationalmf) May 07, 2014   raise shit – a downtown eastside poem of resistance “the myth of the frontier is an invention that rationalizes […]

Bill Longstaff: Canada strikes out as a progressive nation

There was a time—long, long ago—when Canada had a reputation in the world as a progressive nation. Well … not so long ago actually. Only eight years in fact. It just seems like a long time. Now, in at least three areas we have joined the ranks of the reactionaries, we have three strikes against . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Canada strikes out as a progressive nation

Melissa Fong: The facts on PHS scandal & following reactions of critics, boards and Jenny Kwan

…The fact is that PHS provides really important harm reduction programming that needs to be defended.

The scandal involves non-profit board members that are supposed to be working in the best interest of the DTES, not on #34KVacations.

Townshend and Small (Jenny Kwan’s ex) are implicated with irresponsible spending on administrative costs.

Any budget for . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: The facts on PHS scandal & following reactions of critics, boards and Jenny Kwan

Melissa Fong: “Micro-brothels” in BC: Are we still criminalizing prostitution?

“Micro-brothels” in BC: Are we still criminalizing prostitution? The short answer: YES. Now the long answer: I’ve seen a couple articles in Vancouver’s 24hr News about how micro-brothels are a booming and we should be really scared because micro-brothels are dangerous. See here and here. First article: Sex-worker activist Sue Davis said buying and selling . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: “Micro-brothels” in BC: Are we still criminalizing prostitution?

Things Are Good: 15-Year Study: Stop Drug Use Through Harm Reduction

The American style “war on drugs” undoubtably ruins more lives than it saves (all while militarizing North American police forces), yet some people think that punishing drug users is sound policy. Research is continually adding more evidence that approaching drug consumption as a health issue and not a criminal one improves the lives of users . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: 15-Year Study: Stop Drug Use Through Harm Reduction

Olivia Chow as Toronto mayor?

God, weren’t we all thankful when we heard Rob Ford was finally given the boot? (Let’s hope it stays that way, anyway). Of course, before his appeal has even really begun, people (the media) have been speculating on his replacements. Many names hav… . . . → Read More: Olivia Chow as Toronto mayor?

Obama wins! Marijuana legalized?!?!

(On a quick side note, I’m going to start breaking up my posts into the different topics in the title, using red headings, as seen below – ‘Fiscal Cliff and American Political System’ – to make it easier for people to find what they really want… . . . → Read More: Obama wins! Marijuana legalized?!?!

knitnut.net: Safe injection sites: Treating people with addictions like they matter

Last October, the Supreme Court ruled that Insite, Vancouver’s safe injection site, could stay open despite the Harper Government’s objections. The arguments hinged on whether addiction was primarily a health issue or a crime issue. If it were a health matter it would fall under provincial jurisdiction; if it were a criminal code issue, . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Safe injection sites: Treating people with addictions like they matter

Combat zone

It is a war out there, and the front line combatants are women.

Dr Gabor Maté has charted the battles that rage within and without, which begin from the moment a zygote starts its journey of cell proliferation and eventually, attempts to survive as a creature facing a hostile environment.

Human infants are . . . → Read More: Combat zone

THE FIFTH COLUMN: We Must Stop Stephen Harper and the 20% from Destroying Canada

There has been lots of discussion about how Stephen Harper’s majority only represents 40% of voters because of the way our electoral system works. But, in reality, his agenda has much fewer supporters.

We must remember that the Conservative Party is a coalition. It is not a coalition in the sense that the proposed Liberal-NDP . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: We Must Stop Stephen Harper and the 20% from Destroying Canada

Update, finally!

So the Conservatives are finally starting to have fun with their majority. We all knew this day would come — when we would be forced to helplessly sit at the sidelines and watch while these idiots we call ‘representatives’ shove through legislation so… . . . → Read More: Update, finally!

eaves.ca: How the War on Drugs Destabilized the Global Economy

This is truly, truly fantastic. If you haven’t already read this stunning story from the Guardian: How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs. This is, in essence a chronicle how the dark and sordid side of banking and about how one US bank – Wachovia – essentially allowed Mexican drug […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: How the War on Drugs Destabilized the Global Economy

knitnut.net: Insite comes to Ottawa

The Harper Government TM is still attempting to shut down Insite, Canada’s only supervised injection site. The case is now before the Supreme Court of Canada, which is where I spent yesterday morning.

I had to line up to go through a scanner, and empty my pockets and put metal things in a bin and so […] . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Insite comes to Ottawa

This is a gift…

So, my loyal readers, I’m sure that you’ve all been keeping up to date on the activities. Well, the police went overboard (like I predicted) and brutalized SO many people. My girlfriend was part of the group that got boxed in on Queen and Spadina on Su… . . . → Read More: This is a gift…

Harm Reduction Superheroes!

So last Thursday I did a panel speech and presented a workshop at YSB’s forum. It was called Building Bridges and it focused on youth ‘in transition’ from youth to adulthood and how we can better support them.Oh yeah, on a side note, things with Kristy… . . . → Read More: Harm Reduction Superheroes!

Busy bee!

So I was having a really crappy today and yesterday. I spiked my opiate tolerance by using a LOT of Dilaudids, and man did I ever come down sideways when I started to use less. I mean, I was dopesick even before I tried to go to sleep last night, and w… . . . → Read More: Busy bee!

Portugal — a model of the future! Part ONE

Part One of a Two-Part Special Series!So I’m sure those of you who keep up with the news have read at some point or another that Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001. This decision was supported by a huge majority of their society, from lawmakers … . . . → Read More: Portugal — a model of the future! Part ONE

Nothing too exciting…

So, nothing too exciting has been happening. I had court this morning, and was surprised to hear that my lawyer didn’t go to the Counsel Pre-Trial he set for Monday — when I talked to him yesterday he made it sound like he went, and he wasn’t even the… . . . → Read More: Nothing too exciting…

Naloxone programs

So I just found out that a good friend of mine died of an overdose while I was in jail last week. It came as quite a surprise to her family because she appeared to be a young urban professional with a bright future, and nobody knew that she was secretl… . . . → Read More: Naloxone programs

Making the system work? Yeah, right!

The following is an editorial from the Ottawa Sun about a week or two ago.MAKING THE SYSTEM WORKPrisoners incarcerated for crimes against society think theyhave “rights” The right to have needles for injecting drugs; andpaid for by taxpayers? Criminals… . . . → Read More: Making the system work? Yeah, right!