Spent three weeks in Vancouver last summer. I so love Canada’s Coasts, East and West. Walking Vancouver was very educational and at times highly uncomfortable to say the least. We could be shopping, or attending a entertainment performance, leaving the theater, restaurant, or venue, strolling about only to come face to face with hoards of what my late father called bums, sluts, and druggies(sorry for the harshness). Used needles everywhere, and down and out people sleeping on steps, benches, and in alleyways.
Vancouver has become a dropping ground for the homeless, destitute, and addicted. Hastings, a sector in downtown Vancouver is a street and community bursting from its seams with streets filled with tents, corrugated boxes, filled at night with people you would not want to meet. It’s true is it not? Middle-class citizens want to stay away from such people, keep them outside of their communities, and don’t want to see, hear or speak to them right?
The dirty unwashed, diseased and forever walking about in a drugged state.
My wife and I came upon them while strolling about, and my better half wanted to run away from the situation, but not I. You see I have worked with drug addicts for years, spending my evenings communicating, getting to know ladies and men of the night, addicts and homeless too in The Bronx(NY), Washington DC, Toronto, and Philly as a Franciscan TOR. I walked over and put my wife through a half hour of stress, talking to them, finding out where they received assistance and whether were there other places they could go instead of this localized area. They gathered around free injection sites, certain groceries, and restaurants that hand out free food when closing.
Spoke to several local police, all concerned about the number of drug-related deaths they had been seeing since summer came upon them. Expressions like “there is no end to this mess”, and ” the higher-ups know not what they do” showed me the terrible state our police and medical emergency folk were going through. Fatalism is everywhere, with no end in sight. Vaccination sites act like magnets to both users and drug pushers as well. Where you can find addicts, you will find an opportunity for sales and acquiring drugs and paraphernalia too.
The local government simply does not know what to do, meaning well they enact services that seem to be enabling addicts. Drug users then get high, and walk about the local area in a dangerous uncontrolled state. Discarded Syringes are a threat to local children and animals strolling through their parks and community streets.
Toronto is becoming just like Vancouver. The well-meaning but ill-advised politician’s programs and services have and will attract addicts to their region. When the Toronto City Council and Federal Government(they pay for free services) offer free drug runways(injection clinics) they attract those who are already on the down and out, and yet these same medical-security professionals cannot force the addict into a program that would make them clean once again. Bad, but well-meaning programs feed addictions but do not solve the problem.
Statistics Canada has shown that 61 % of homeless do use illicit drugs at least once during the period of homelessness. And with the opioid Fentanyl pandemic, all you need is to use a pill once to Die. When someone takes illicit drugs they are not of proper sound mind, especially if they know these drugs are harmful or even lethal. What do we do with people who will harm themselves? Well, we called the police or officials to take them to the hospital right? So instead of feeding an addict’s hunger for drugs, why not force them to rehab? They cannot hurt themselves or others while they are in some ones care right?
New York City Crimes: 38+ % have some relation to drugs and addiction.
Vancouver City Crimes: 28-36+% drug-related
Toronto City Crimes: They do not provide such information to the public at this time.
I was mugged twice while living in New York City. Each time by an addict. I recognized the tells, gave the twenty dollars I kept in my pocket for just such an incident, and told them to leave. Thankfully they did. Their weapon of choice was a knife. I took control, knowing all they needed was a few dollars to continue their high.
Toronto will certainly become like Vancouver and many urban centers in America soon enough. A hard line is needed here. When you deal with a stupid person, you can expect stupid things to be done. Addicts act in a similar manner, needing to be managed with their health in mind. Addiction is a mental disease, so treat it with determination, forceful passion. Don’t ask the addict, tell them what is going to happen, how they will be medically treated, and accomplish the task. A mentally deranged person loses their freedom for a time until they become well. So to an addict.
Also, forced homelessness is a crime. Bringing people from across the globe to reside in Canada, and not providing them a place to stay makes no sense. The very services needed for those who have left their homes because of abuse, addiction, or unemployment should be expanded. Our local governments squander revenue on programs that do not work, while the needy have no place to go except the streets.
Middle-Class Citizens have the ability to force governments to manage their taxes better, directing these funds to where they should go. The medical sector has made work programs (like injection sites) that waste your funds and put your family at risk as well. Hard decisions need to be made in Vancouver and Toronto. Once the horde has control, it will be very difficult to regain control of your funds and freedom as well.
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Every Child Matters! The 3rd Annual Montreal March for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation to take place on September 30
Members of the media are encouraged to schedule interviews 60-90 minutes in advance for background and preview stories.
Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2023
Time: 1pm (media spokespersons will be on-site at 11:30am)
Location: Parc Jeanne-Mance (near the Monument Cartier)
Montreal, September 28, 2023 – On Saturday, Montrealer’s will be gathering for the 3rd Annual March for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This year’s peaceful march is organized by The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and Resilience Montreal, and will highlight continued struggles for justice and dignity in Indigenous communities.
Since the first discovery of mass graves in 2021, searches across the country are ongoing near former Indian Residential Schools and that number has doubled.
Na’kuset, E.D. of NWSM: “This day needs to be more about challenging systemic discrimination, taking accountability, and creating justice. History will now have to be rewritten and we need your help with empowering Indigenous children.”
David Chapman, E.D. of Resilience Montreal: “The legacy of residential schools continues into the present. There is a significant over-representation of Indigenous people among the homeless population of Montreal. They are frequently the children of residential school survivors. Until this reality is taken seriously, we will not end homelessness.”
Ann Deer, Board Member of Resilience Montreal: “My vision is to build a safe community for the next seven generations.”
We call upon the community in the spirit of reconciliation, to join us in this walk with their friends, families, and allies to listen and learn from our speakers and walk in our moccasins. We encourage participants to bring their drums, posters, and banners.
Canadian Congress Announces National Transformation Campaign and Inaugural Nation Builder Awards at Canada Leadership Summit and Gala
Toronto, September 28, 2023 – The Canadian Congress is thrilled to announce its groundbreaking campaign for national transformation, which will be officially launched at the Canada Leadership Summit and Gala 2023. The event will take place from Friday, October 6th, 2023, to Sunday, October 8th, 2023, at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, 5875 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1N1.The campaign’s kickoff event will feature a press conference hosted by the executives of the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity & Workplace Equity, along with dignitaries and professionals who will be speaking throughout the three-day summit. According to Alex Ihama, the Executive Director of the Canadian Congress, “In the face of numerous crises, from elevated unemployment rates to increased violent crime and distressing suicide attempts, it is imperative that we address pressing issues. Despite heightened awareness of social justice, racism, discrimination, hate crimes, and mental health challenges continue at unprecedented levels. We believe it’s time to unite leaders from all backgrounds to strategize support for marginalized, minoritized, and racialized communities. It’s time to recognize those who work tirelessly on behalf of our nation’s citizens while inspiring and empowering others to build a brighter future.” Event Highlights: **- Friday, October 6, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.**: Summit Kickoff and Reception **- Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 7:30 a.m.**: National Prayer Breakfast **- Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.**: Workshops, Speeches, Panels **- Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.**: Nation Builder Awards & Gala **- Sunday, October 8, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.**: Canada Thanksgiving Day Service The event will honour twelve remarkable Canadians who have made extraordinary contributions to the nation and the cause of social justice. Awardees, speakers, and panellists include trailblazers such as:
- Hon. Jean Augustine, the first Black woman member of parliament in Canada and the one who made the motion for Black History Month to be recognized in Canada.
- Senator Don Oliver, the first Black male to sit in the Senate and the second Black Canadian appointed to the chamber.
- Dr. Wendy Cukier, the founder and academic director of the Diversity Institute at the Toronto Metropolitan University, the premier organization for social-justice-related research and data.
- Senator Bernadette Clement, the first female and Black mayor of Cornwall, Ontario; and Roberto Hausman, a humanitarian and advocate for the homeless across Canada.
- Senator Jane McCallum, a dentist and an advocate for health care and social justice issues, and the first Indigenous person and woman to serve as the new chancellor of Brandon University, Manitoba.
- Courtney Betty, the lead principal in the one-billion-dollar class action suit against the Government of Canada for decades of racism against its Black employees.
Sasha@sashastoltzpublicity.com or call 416.579.4804. About the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity & Workplace Equity: The Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity & Workplace Equity is one of the largest and most distinguished social justice organizations organization committed to fostering inclusion, diversity, and equitable workplaces across Canada. Formed in 2020 only a few months after the murder of George Floyd in response to the critical need for an organization that can streamline the purposes of many other community organizations, institutions, and government agencies to foster inclusive diversity and workplace equity, the Canadian Congress has become a veritable force in the space of transformational leadership, social justice, human rights, and the empowerment of people across the nation. Known for a list of prestigious clientele and some of the largest inspiring, empowering and transformational events in Canada, bringing people together from all works of life to deliberate on socioeconomic and social justice issues, while equipping thousands of leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and other kinds of professionals together, the voice of Canadian Congress has been consistently sought after through its Executive Director, Nosakhare Alex Ihama, by the Parliament and also the Senate of Canada, as well as other major news outlets across the country and beyond.Others include Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad, a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and Executive Director of Youth Association for Academics, Athletics, and Character Education (YAAACE) in the Jane and Finch community; Pauline Christine, the former president of the Black Business and Professional Association; Svetlana Ratnikova, the founder and head of Immigrant Women in Business (IWB), one of the largest organizations that are helping women immigrant to start and prosper in business upon arrival to Canada; and Drs. Peter and Pat Morgan, renowned global ambassadors for national transformation and unity. The Canada Leadership Summit and Gala 2023 promises a series of engaging workshops, inspirational speeches, and thought-provoking panel discussions centred around leadership, business, and community. Organizers invite individuals from all walks of life to join the forefront of change by registering at [www.canadaleadershipsummit.com]. Media Inquiries & Event RSVP please contact Sasha Stoltz Publicity at
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