Open ‘Safe Places’ in Seattle, King County for Heroin Use, Task Force Says


A task force is recommending the creation of sites in King County to provide medical supervision for people using illegal drugs like heroin, which would be the first in the U.S.

Vernal Coleman reports: The task force formed to help fight a heroin epidemic in the Seattle area has recommended the opening of public, supervised sites where addicts can use heroin.

The sites, supported by both King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, would be the first of their kind in the country.

“If it’s a strategy that saves lives … then regardless of the political discomfort I think it is something we have to move forward,” Constantine said during a Thursday news conference.

Murray said he would support establishing the sites if it can be done “in a way that reduces the negative impacts” on neighborhoods.


The recommendations released Thursday call for a pilot program to establish two “community health-engagement locations” in targeted areas where users can inject heroin under medical supervision as an alternative to public restrooms, alleys and homeless encampments like The Jungle.

[Read the full story here, at The Seattle Times]

The committee called for putting one site in Seattle, and another outside of the city in an area where a high number of heroin overdoses have been recorded.

“One of the driving ideas behind this is creating a safe space where we can get people the medical, prevention and treatment services already provided elsewhere,” said Brad Finegood, committee co-chairman and assistant director of the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Gavin McInnes’ Guide to How to Move to Canada (if Trump Becomes President)

Canadian writer and comedian, Gavin McInnes, offers advice to Americans who are planning to move to Canada if Donald Trump becomes the next president.


Canada’s Left-Wing Liberal & New Democratic Parties on the ‘Wrong Side of History’? 

Muslim women in niqab face veils as worn by Rebekah Dawson, who has been told she can wear the veil in court but must remove it to give evidence. Photograph: Don Mcphee for the Guardian

Face Veil Controversy Rocks Canada’s National Elections.

John Fund writes:

Vancouver, British Columbia — Canada holds national elections on October 19, and the race there has taken a surprising turn. The ruling Conservative party is making political hay over a court decision that killed its ban on women wearing the niqab — or face veil — while taking the oath of citizenship. The opposition left-wing Liberal and New Democratic parties have been pounded relentlessly for not opposing use of the niqab. Conservatives have moved from third place into first place in the polls and are currently the only party with a shot at winning a majority of seats in Parliament. A full 83 percent of voters back the Conservatives’ position on the Muslim face veil….(read more)

Source: National Review Online

Found on Reddit: Cool Time-Lapse Video of 49-Foot Mural Being Painted in Vancouver

Nanny of the Month: Banning Doorknobs, Frat Parties…

They make it their business to mind your business. And recently busybodies have made it their business to ban doorknobs in Vancouver (next stop: your town?), and fraternity parties in Boston–if thrown by MIT students (who sometimes jump up and down on plexiglass skylights, fall four stories, and injure their head and genitals).

But this time the busiest bodies of all can be found in Bartow, Florida, where code officials threatened to fine residents who stuck “God Bless America” signs on their lawns. Some residents were outraged by what they regarded as an attack on religion and patriotism. The city says its beef is with temporary lawn signs themselves and not the content of the signs, but many residents were outraged the sign ban exists at all.

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Public Masturbation on the Rise in Vancouver


Known as the Hollywood of the North, Vancouver is one of the few destinations where one can ski and golf on the same day. These are just two of the many wonderful things to know about Vancouver. Here’s another one: incidents of public masturbation are on the rise.

Vancouver Police are telling residents to call 911 immediately if they see sexually motivated offences. Since the beginning of October, Police say they have received numerous calls about prowlers and incidents involving men masturbating and exposing themselves in public. Most of the incidents reportedly occur between the hours of 5 p.m and 7 a.m. but police are not hearing about them until later.

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Vancouver to Ban Doorknobs

The doorknob: a way to open a door? No. It's a symbol of cruelty and oppression.

The humble doorknob. A way to open a door? No. It’s a symbol of cruelty and oppression. 

But if you like your doorknobs, you can keep your doorknobs

VANCOUVER —Paige Macpherson writes:  Doorknobs are being phased out in Vancouver.

The new building bylaw, to come into effect in March 2014, bans doorknobs in new homes, favouring the more accessible door handle instead.

The ban not only applies to municipal buildings such as Vancouver City Hall, where most of the treasured art deco style doorknobs will be removed, but extends to all new homes built within city limits.

The bylaw is not retroactive, so if residents won’t have to get rid of doorknobs they already have in their homes.

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Protecting Everyone From Themselves

Not so much to save lives as to forestall litigation


I’ve encountered these hyper-saftey suicide-proof hotel windows! They suck! Oddly enough, the one place I can recall finding a hotel that didn’t have prison-like windows was in, of all places, Vancouver, Canada. I could walk right out on the balcony, like a free person, at my own risk. What luxury! It led me to speculate that Canadians are less litigation-crazy, and don’t have the compulsion to over-manage the safety of their guests. I’m glad to see someone address this, and use it as a basis to discuss what it represents. Check out Taki’s Magazine for Dalrymple‘s full essay. Here’s an excerpt:

Theodore Dalrymple writes:  Of recent years I have noticed something rather peculiar about hotels. Nowadays they treat their guests as if they were all potential suicides: that is to say, as if their first thought on arrival in their rooms was to jump out of the window. To protect against this mass suicidal mania of hotel guests, the hotels have installed windows that cannot be opened more than a few inches, which means that the rooms are stuffy and airless. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hitchcockian Crows of Vancouver

(BEN NELMS for National Post)

(BEN NELMS for National Post)

VANCOUVER — Every day at dusk, thousands of crows across Vancouver drop what they are doing, take to the air and head east.

The effect is a blackening of the skies over east Vancouver as the crows loosely follow the SkyTrain to a nightly meeting point in central Burnaby where they crowd wing-to-wing for warmth and protection and intricately plot out the parks, beaches and alleys they will scour for food come morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Word for Word: Book prizes can be a fishy business

Photograph:  Edward Westmacott/Getty

Photograph: Edward Westmacott/Getty

How should novelists approach award ceremonies? Perhaps by gathering together everyone who has ever done them a favour – and by keeping a tight grip on the food

Anakana Schofield

When I learned I’d been shortlisted for the First Novel Award for my debut novel, Malarky, and would be travelling to Toronto for the award event, I immediately invited everyone in Toronto who had ever done me a favour.As I don’t know many people in Toronto, this included a woman working in the Bloor Street Mac makeup shop I’d met once. Sadly, she did not reply.Happily, I gathered a further four women to join me. My entire focus for that event was on the snacks we would be served on the night. I would anticipate them, study them and live tweet them.

I’m a vocal critic of book-prize culture. In Canada, being shortlisted for a prize has become almost the only way of finding any volume of readers (beyond, say, blood relatives and God’s great 83 people who buy literary fiction), and I’m fearful of the truncating effect this has on our reading. Thus I was surprised to find my book nominated for two of them.

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