Monday, September 11, 2006
I remember during my protest. I asked if he knew the difference between Autism and ADHD?
He quickly asked me- What are you???
I gently grabbed the guy by the throat and said- Roollyyyy???...lol
Roly always has a answer for everything.
Roly MacInyre will be re-elected!
Margaret -Ann Blaney is a P.C. Mla from Rothesay. I don’t believe that she’ll be re-elected because she quickly bailed out from the Lord Cabinet this year and I might add she one of the 18 MLA’S who stands to collect a huge pension.
Margaret Ann will not be re-elected!
Jody Carr is a P.C. Mla fromOromocto. Jody won by close to 4,000 votes during the last election.
I might add that he was the first P.C. Mla to come and chat with me during my protest. < 23 days >
Even the great Abel LeBlanc had high praise for the young elected official so that would say a lot.
I told Jody not to accept a position at the Cabinet table because he could be the premier of the Province in 10 years from now but he didn’t listen..
Jody Carr will be re-elected!
just wanted to add my vioce as one who will miss "talk of the town", Rick Mantle was at times controversial and at times unlikable to some but those are the people who sign your blog "anonymous".
Wishing I knew who to call-
Frank Drost - faithful listener not backstabber of Rick Mantle or "Talk of the Town"
I don't have to go on with this MLA. Here's a letter to the editor I received last week and the Irvings refuse to print!!!
This letter is in regards to the MLA of Saint John, Mr. Abel Leblanc.
When I heard there was going to be another election and that he was again running,
it just made me think of how lucky Saint John is to have him.
I wish that he was running here in Fredericton because then I could cast my ballot knowing that when he won I would be getting a top of the line MLA.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Abel on more then one occassion, and my only impression of him is that he is the type of person to get right down on the level with the people and reach for their goals with them.
That is exactly the kind of person that every riding needs and I'm sorry to say that's not what everyone gets.
I wish you all the best Abel and of course all the luck in the world, although I don't think you'll need it, Being the best is just who you are!
NB Telegraph-Journal | News - As published on page A8 on September 11, 2006
Saving New Brunswick's 'throw-away people'
As addictions in province rise, pressure is on politicians to respond
Addicts, junkies, users and alcoholics - it's easy for society to write off people with substance abuse problems.
"We've sort of think of them now as throw away people," says Julie Dingwell, head of AID Saint John.
Dingwell has worked with the Port City's addicts for years, passionately arguing for increased aid to help them clean up.
The riot earlier this summer on Grand Manan during which a suspected crack house was burned down by local residents has cast a renewed spotlight on substance abuse in New Brunswick.
For Dingwell and others on the front lines of addictions in New Brunswick, the renewed attention is welcome news.
"If politicians are willing to make this an issue in the election campaign, that's the very best thing we could have hoped for."
Liberal leader Shawn Graham was the first to promise a province-wide addictions strategy that combines increased access to methadone clinics in the province, establishing specialized drug treatment courts and establishing a prescription drug registry.
It was the Progressive Conservatives who introduced methadone clinics to the province in 2004. The Tories have also committed to a prescription drug registry in June. That pledge came than two years after a coroner's inquest in the death of a 20 year-old Rothesay from a prescription drug overdose, recommended such a system.
Crime statistics, economic impact assessments, wait lists at methadone clinics, needle exchange usage all shed light on the extent of addictions in New Brunswick.
Substance abuse, which includes tobacco and alcohol as well as illicit drugs, cost the province $1.2 billion last year in health care, policing and addictions treatment costs. Illicit drugs made up $264 million of those costs, according to a recent study by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.
The share of the $1.2 billion in that prescription drug abuse is responsible for remains to be studied.
While alcohol and tobacco make up the largest costs to date, experts say the province is seeing increasing amounts of illicit and prescription drug abuse.
Bonnie Lambert, regional director of Ridgewood Addictions Services in Saint John, has witnessed the evolution of addictions in the province first hand.
"When I started here in early 1980, we were mainly seeing alcohol, some benzodiazepine (mild tranquilizers), some prescription drugs, but the main drug of choice was alcohol," she said.
"I would say the demographics have changed as well because at that time it was mostly 50 year old male alcoholics that we were seeing."
That's since changed.
In the early 1990s the centre began to see more cocaine and since 1999 more prescription painkiller addictions as opiate drugs such as Oxycontin and Dilaudid became popular. "That has really changed the way we do business."
The centre's methadone program now deals with men and women between the ages of 20 and 30, people who should be at the prime of their lives and careers who instead are fighting for their lives.
The methadone program deals with about 140 people. Another 140 are on a waiting list for treatment.
Addictions to prescription drugs are on the rise, said Lambert, particularly in rural communities. Cocaine remains a factor with more youth trying the drug.
"It has certainly impacted families, the crime rate, communities are really suffering because of this and not only urban communities but rural communities."
But communities are fighting back.
Community groups involving police, addiction services, education and others have sprung up in St. Stephen and Doaktown, said Lambert.
In Moncton, Jean Daigle, the director of Addiction and Community Mental Health Services, said the Hub City's growing population is also grappling with a rise in illicit drug and prescription drug abuse.
"I think we're seeing a bigger demand for services, not only for alcohol and typical street drugs, but we've definitely seen an increase in opiate addiction here in the region."
The Moncton methadone program was the first one established in the province and treats 160 individuals. A further 160 are on the wait list.
There are similar programs in Fredericton and Miramichi, which also have long wait lists for service.
Daigle said he supports the idea of broad-based community approaches to dealing with addictions. He's also interested in seeing the province set up specialized drug treatment courts.
"Definitely in terms of looking at people from the perspective of needing help, as opposed to punishment, putting them in the penal system, is definitely a plus," he said. "Often they're being re-victimized by those court appearances and don't get the help they need."
Lianne Calvert, director of Workforce Development with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, said community-based approaches to dealing with addictions in the province are working well.
They've also helped coordinate different community-based groups within the province, allowing groups to share expertise and advice.
But a province-wide strategy would help coordinate efforts even more, said Calvert.
"New Brunswick is one of the few provinces that does not have an integrated drug strategy at the provincial level," she said. "But there's a very solid infrastructure in place within New Brunswick to support a provincial drug strategy.
While hopeful the province will develop such a drug strategy, what Julie Dingwell wants to see now is action, particularly with regards to intravenous drug use.
AIDS Saint John has seen a dramatic increase in usage of its needle exchange service, up from 700 needles in 1999 when the program started to an expected 100,000 needles this year.
"We can't wait for another report to sit on a dry, dusty shelf. We need to immediately begin going a lot more preventative work with schools and with young people," she said.
"At the same time for the people who are already addicted, we have drastically increase availability of addiction services."
While a prescription drug monitoring program might help curb prescription drug abuse, it may drive addicts towards other drugs such as heroin, she said.
"We need to make sure we're ready in terms of addictions treatment or we'll just be inundated with heroin," she said. "These drug addicts won't go away because they can't get Dilaudid."
If the province fails to help deal with the growing illicit drug problem, it will be left to cope with the fallout, including rising crime and health care costs, said Dingwell.
"When we're looking at some of these harder drugs and we're talking about how people share needles, dealing with one case of HIV would pay for a methadone clinic for a year."
He said that Charles is poor therefore should be ignored.
I didn't take too kindly with this line especially being a bureaucrat from Family Services?
He found out that I learn about this issue and he was concern.
I guess he's just one of those bureaucrats who believes that the poor don't have a voice.
Who truly knows what's in a person mind?
But as usual, I will give credit where it's due. You long time readers remember when my eye glasses got broken? Kevin Price with Brad Green arrange for me to get another pair.
But guess what? This poor person will continue to fight on different issues. Especially when it comes to the poor.
He’s polite and has a good personality. If this attitude is the same in his riding? He’ll be re-elected!
I might add that he took 30 minutes to set up a meeting so myself and another individual could talk to the Justice Minister about having boarders and roomers included in the Landlord and Tenant Act!!!
Bruce Fitch will be re-elected.
David Alward is a P.C. Mla from Woodstock. I never chatted much with this guy during my protest.
He’s very quiet but he does hold the record on one issue.
I sent the Minister an email on a Saturday about a very concern issue.
Guess what? He took 18 minutes to reply to my email!!! 18 MINUTES?????
That’s a record!!!!!
I haven’t received a reprisal from Bernard Lord in 7 years!!!
He has a good personally and if he’s the same way in his riding? He’ll be re-elected. Maybe the issue of the hospital will play a roll in his riding? Who knows?
I say David Alward will be re-elected!!!
Brad Green is a P.C. Mla from Fredericton-Silverwood. He’s been there for years and you know what?
I like the guy.
Trust me? I confronted the guy on different issues and never once have I saw him lose his temper.
On a personal level? I like the guy but I found it very strange that he didn’t have his headquarters in downtown Fredericton. Maybe this could hurt him with the voters from the poor population?
He plays the part of a bureaucrats pretty good and I’m saying that he’ll be re-elected.
He’s in my riding but because of Bernard Lord refusal to do a study on Ritalin or the way our kids are being prescribe prescription drugs? I can’t vote for him.
But Brad Green will be re-elected!
We’re getting close to the election so my prediction on MLA’S has to be short.
Rick Doucet is a Liberal MLA from Charlotte-The Isles
Rick has the backing of political giant Sheldon Lee so he shouldn’t have a problem in that area.
I confronted the MLA on many occasions about the drug problem in his riding. It’s huge and there’s no place to get the Methadon in the area. The drug problem is getting worst.
Rick Doucet will be re-elected!!!
He's always ready and willing to help people but I wasn't amuse that he couldn't get my friend on Methadone. Remember the story of 555? Just go to the top of the blog and write any mla in search this blog. Anyway...he has a good heart and he'll win.
Ed Doherty will be re-elected!
I didn’t read no other blogs so I’m going to give my views on this sad experience.
Last week someone gave me a ticket to attend this so-call political debate in Fredericton this evening.
I arrive there knowing that I might have a little fun.
Maybe someone would see me taking some pictures outside of the building and say - Charles believes he’s going inside and little does he know that he needs a ticket to get in there.
< MORE INSIDE THIS BLOG!!! >
I was ready to argue the point that I was a blogger and I should have permission to get in there.
I always say- I’m the biggest blogger in New brunswick with over 125,000 visitors to my site and I might add that I’m also the biggest bullshiter you ever met in your life!!!...lol....Makes it a very interesting blog!!!
Anyway, While near the playHouse I notice a large protest outside of the building.
It was a group of citizens from St. Anne-Nackawic.
They’re fighting for their pensions. Their Mill was in trouble last year and shut down.
I decided to take a few pictures and of course I recognized a few people in the crowd and many chatted about the blog.
Finally Bernard Lord arrive on the scene and he was quickly met by the protesters.
He never said a word and just kept on walking in the building.
The protesters noticed that his vehicle was illegally parked so someone called the police.
Before the police arrive, the vehicle was gone.
You should have seen the look on the Police officer face when he saw me with the Camera? ..lol
It was deja-Vous all over again!!!..lol
He had a sense of ha ha and played along.
I decided to go inside and I was surprise that no one gave me a hard time.
I noticed a couple of Irving's photographers taking pictures with their fancy camera.
I walked out front and took a picture for my blog.
I was again surprise that someone didn’t tapped me on the shoulder and order me to sit down.
Yes, two huge signs up front- Rogers Television < Old Germany > and the Irvings side by side. UGH!!!
The host look and acted like Howie Mandel from DEAL OR NO DEAL!!
The leaders chatted among themselves and had a few good laugh.
The host reminded the audience to behave and no one was allowed to leave until the debate was over.
The debate began and I soon realizes that it was going to be a zzzzzzzzzz..... because the leaders didn’t debate among themselves.
They just stood there and made speeches.
The deal or no deal host raise his right hand to let know the leaders their time was up so they had 3 to 4 seconds left.
It was well stage for the television audience.
At the half way point the issue of VLT’S came up and I was ready to listen to Shawn Graham’s answer.
He said that we need to put the machines in one area and have addictive councillors present.
Come on???? He could have counter act Bernard Lord statement seconds earlier when he said that people have voted to keep these machines.
Shawn Graham could have added - Close to 50% votes to remove these machines even after the Ministers told New Brunswickers that if they vote to remove these machines? Services will be cut!!!
I might add that the coin operators spent a fortune in advertisement.
Shawn Graham could have added that he’ll shut down the machines for one day.
But he never said those things so I got a question?
Was those questions told in advance to the Leaders? If so??? I believe I know the reason Shawn Graham is down in the polls?
He has the wrong political advisers but that’s his problem!!!
Allison Brewer receive a good laugh from the audience when she said that both leaders should ride in the same bus.
I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to get the hell out of that place!!!
Once at the door, the woman told me that I couldn’t leave!!! I had to wait!!!!
I asked her if she had some Ritalin??? ...lol....
My God??? I was forced to stay in there for another 20 minutes. It was terrible!!!!
Once again, I enjoyed a smoke and an individual asked me if I wanted some tickets to the French debate that was going to be held at 9:00pm???
I said- ARGGGG!! GET ME THE HECK OUT OF HERE!!! I’M GOING HOME!!!
Yes, it was a terrible debate because it wasn’t a debate but a showcase.
I don’t know how it looked on television but in person?
So Bernard Lord remain calm and Shawn was a little repetitive on some issues and Allison cracked up a few lines.
It was terrible!!!