A photo of some of the old medicine bottles that I have collected over the years. The Mortar and Pestal were given to my by a friend who saved them from the rubbish bin. Textures by dogma and ghostbones plus mine. Sorry I havent been around much lately things are a bit hectic. I hope to catch up on everybodies photo streams over the next couple of days
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Woman injecting heroin - Warning not for everyone
First Nations people make up 30 per cent of Vancouver’s homeless
But aboriginal people make up only two per cent of city’s entire population
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier, October 15, 2013Vancouver homeless
The news, again, is not good for the city’s aboriginal community: 30 per cent of homeless people quizzed about their heritage in the City of Vancouver’s annual homeless count identified themselves as aboriginal.
The percentage, however, could be higher since 364 of the 1,600 homeless people counted by city workers and volunteers in March did not respond to a survey or information wasn’t available about their
Of 1,236 people who reported their heritage during the count, 30 per cent, or 369, said they were aboriginal. It’s a statistic that Patrick Stewart, chairperson of the Aboriginal Homeless Steering Committee, said doesn’t reflect the true number of homeless aboriginal people in Vancouver.
“We’ve always maintained those counts are a slice in time and an undercount,” said Stewart, who is troubled by the fact two per cent of the city’s population is aboriginal but continue to comprise a significant percentage of the homeless.
City council heard last Tuesday that 480 formerly homeless people who resided in the city’s shelters moved in to permanent housing in the past five years. But city staff didn’t track what percentage of the 480 people were aboriginal.
“We’re going to certainly work towards doing more detailed information gathering in the future,” said Brenda Prosken, the city’s general manager of community services.
Over the past few years, the Courier has interviewed aboriginal tenants in new social housing buildings. Some of those tenants were formerly homeless and moved into the eight buildings that opened under an agreement involving the city, the provincial government and Streetohome Foundation.
Six more buildings are scheduled to open under the agreement. Stewart said he would expect homeless aboriginal people to get priority when the units become available. The statistics, he said, support his recommendation.
“If the homeless count says 30 per cent are aboriginal, then we should have access to 30 per cent of the units,” Stewart said.
The non-profit operators of the eight buildings “work to find the appropriate tenant mix for each building, taking into account the needs of the residents and the capacity of the non-profit to manage the operation,” according to B.C. Housing, in an email response to the Courier.
The City of Vancouver and B.C. Housing signed an agreement requiring 50 per cent of tenants in all 14 buildings to be from the street or shelters, 30 per cent from single-room occupancy hotels and 20 per cent considered low-income.
“The aboriginal population is reflected in that mix,” B.C. Housing said.
One of the city’s homeless shelters at 201 Central St. is operated by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.
It is located near the intersection of Main and Terminal and the majority of its 100 spaces are occupied by aboriginal people.
Susan Tatoosh, executive director of the Aboriginal Friendship Centre, said shelter staff connect tenants with various service agencies and housing providers. The goal is to address a tenant’s need —whether it be treatment for an addiction or finding employment — and place that person in housing linked to services.
“We have our network in place,” said Tatoosh, who urged the City of Vancouver to continue giving the aboriginal community a voice when planning and making decisions to eradicate homelessness.
“They should continue doing what they’re doing now which is much more than they were doing five years ago.”
The B.C. Health of the Homeless Survey authored by Dr. Michael Krausz in 2011 said aboriginal people face “unique challenges and have specific health care needs as a result of colonization and the residential school system. Many have been victims of abuse and neglect and many are vulnerable and exposed to high-risk environments.”
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No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
A drug is neither moral nor immoral -- it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole.
If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution -- then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise.
Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations -- wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.
The worst drugs are as bad as anybody's told you. It's just a dumb trip, which I can't condemn people if they get into it, because one gets into it for one's own personal, social, emotional reasons. It's something to be avoided if one can help it.
If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung. If you think you need stuff to play music or sing, you're crazy. It can fix you so you can't play nothing or sing nothing.
It is in the interests of our society to promote those things that take the edge off, keep us busy with our fixes, and keep us slightly numbed out and zombie like. In this way our modern consumer society itself functions as an addict.
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.
One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness -- the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others.