Saturday, April 20, 2013
Vandu feeds the gang war by drug promotion
The other day the Vancouver Province reported that Vandu, the Vancouver Drug Users Association, was receiving special treatment from City Hall and skipped the requirement to get a building permit. Let me be clear. Vandu has absolutely nothing do do with harm reduction. Their mandate is to promote drug abuse and feed the gang war by creating more addicts.
There is no way they should be exempt from building codes and there is no way they should be getting tax dollars to operate. In February the Vancouver Courier reported that VANDU gets $250,000 from the province and $20,000 from the city hall. The Vancouver Province reported that the month after the Vancouver Courier article Vancouver City Hall gave Vandu another $10,000 to make that $30,000 for the year. Tax dollars.
So once again we see elected officials spending tax dollars on the promotion of drug addiction and the abandonment of the four pillars program. That is the problem. We can talk about the gang war all we want. We can talk about helping stop the violence in the gang wear all we want. As long as we are spending tax dollars on the promotion of drug addiction in the name of harm reduction all those conversations are in vain because we are supporting the gang war with tax dollars.
Harm reduction has failed and it has absolutely nothing to do with the promotion of heath. It does the opposite. It uses tax dollars to help people poison themselves and commit suicide. Harm reduction didn’t save Ashley Machiskinic. Buying addicts free drugs with tax dollars is not the answer either. We might as well cut a cheque directly to the Hells Angels. Oh but wait City Hall already did that.
City Hall bought the Drake hotel from the Hells Angels for social housing and gave them $2 million more than it was worth. How does that relate to Mayor Gregor Robertson's foster son's firearm and cocaine charges? Who was he selling cocaine for? You ask why I write about the Hells Angels control of the drug trade? You ask why I write about corruption in politics? This is why. They are using tax dollars to support gang related violence and organized crime.