qc.politique, dc.politics, alt.mexico
Subject: "I'm TOTALLY! IN FAVOUR of
injection clinic," says the
Today, at the
Toronto Reference Library I attended a presentation on
by Dr. Gabor Maté @ 2 p.m.
Maté works at the Portland Hotel in
His 4th book
dealing with the dynamics of addiction is highly
"In the Realm of
Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction". (See
book review: http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2008.03-walrus-reads-book-review-gabor-mate/)
What he said
that resonated most with me is that addicts like the
And he quoted
from Thomas Merton, my favorite author: a British homo-
addict + Columbia University grad who became a Catholic
Trappist priest who said that the goal of all spirituality is
become a Buddha,
an independent being: not to be dependent on any-
one or anything.
Maté was invited by the City of Toronto Harm
gram to do speak
@ the Toronto Reference Library on the topic of drug
The TWIST on
this is that I'm in the Toronto Harm Reduction Program on
the 4th floor of
Seaton House put there - NOT BY CHOICE - by the Gov't
along with other
homeless people + a lot of undercover cops who "terror-
ize" the place
by calling the homeless (some with mental problems)
pieces of shit,
goofs, trash, ... .
They'll even set
themselves up in a shared room of 6-persons with their
TVs etc. to make the point that
they're KING OF THE HILL.
The staff also
seems to include undercover cops who let these
cover cops who
live among the homeless have their way.
subjected to outrageous treatment by THESE GOONS!
But I digress.
Maté points out that an addict is *NOT*
An addict is a
human being just like U+me.
An addict can
overcome his addiction if given the *proper*
Maté says by allowing the System
and BLAME the
addict for his/her problem saying such things as they are
to blame for
making POOR CHOICES, only creates more STRESS and
STRESS the MAIN
MOTOR of addiction.
words, THE SYSTEM CONTRIBUTES TO THE PROBLEM be
incorrectly believes its the addict's fault that s/he is an
Maté refutes this argument saying that an addict
chose to be an
addict anymore than a person with a sedentary lifestyle
choses to have a
Maté says an addict has to be seen for what
s/he is, a SICK
NEEDS HELP just like the person who has a heart attack.
Maté is therefore an ACTIVE SUPPORTER of Vancouver
where drug addicts can be revived whenever they overdose
in the clinic.
Gabor Maté pointed out that THE GOVERNMENT
to close the Vancouver Eastside Injection Clinic down.
The Minister of
Health, Tony Clement, alleges that the Vancouver East-
Clinic in encouraging young people to become drug ad-
Dr. Maté calls the Minister of Health the
Minister of Dis-
DRUG ADDICTION IS A DISEASE that require treat-
ment like any
other disease and an injection clinic provides that.
He says such
fallacious thinking by the Health Minister is RIDICULOUS!
President/Party Leader of the Égalité Party
of Canada, the É(eh)PC,
am TOTALLY! IN
FAVOUR of the Vancouver injection clinic because it's
important step in the recovery process of persons who have
battered and who can barely get from day to day.
By the way, last
year I spent from mid-April till the beginning of July
spending on average 6 days out of 7 in Vancouver’s
and went by the clinic when there because it's right by
Community Centre where I could use the library and have
FREE access to a
computer though I had to pay $1 to the Centre for
INCREDIBLY! SHOCKING is that our Canadian Court System
will find drug
addicts guilty when they did NOT! have a choice in
ting the a
drug-related crime and canNOT be found to be guilty of a
PEOPLE IN JAIL are there on DRUG-RELATED crimes
and have NO
BUSINESS being there because they are SICK and NOT!
In COMMON LAW
for there to be a crime, the person MUST HAVE HAD
TO COMMIT the crime OR NOT.
CLEARLY INVALIDATES THE LEGITIMACY OF THE CANA-
SYSTEM that wants higher conviction rates year after
IT'S GOOD FOR BUSINESS: that's the view of the
people is clearly a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE.
It's in all
likelihood GOOD BUSINESS for the undercover cops, the
judicial system, but places a TREMENDOUS
É(eh)PC is AGAINST putting INNOCENT PEOPLE in jail who
By doing so, THE
FASCIST POLICE STATE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
IS NOT ACTING IN
THE PUBLIC INTEREST: it's NOT ACTING FOR THE
AGAINST THE PEOPLE.
THAT IS NOT!
É(eh)PC lead Government would treat
SPENDING as A CRIME.
Government FOR! the PEOPLE
is monitored BY! the PEOPLE,
for a better
life for ALL! Canadians.
B.A.(Italian) "magna cum laude"
Égalité Party of
in order to end
"talking about a
revolution" (Tracy Chapman)