Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first man made satellite, Sputnik, and the Supreme Court of Canada made it a little easer to sue police for doing a bad job in the case of Hill v. Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police Services Board, 2007 SCC 41. The Federal Government announced its Drug Enforcement Program today too, where in a typical right wing stances, the “lets get tough on drugs,” will get lots of money, including some form of help for present addicts, but lots for enforcement and incarceration. Also, because of the Vancouver Civic Strike, a woman says that a rat came out of her toilet early this morning, sparking warnings that as the garbage piles up in Vancouver, so to will the rat population.
So a very busy day in our little world as I reflect on rats and satellites that I seem awestruck as we have gone so far in such a short time as launching stuff into space, but the garbage still piles up today. Maybe these four events should tell us something about our world today, that perhaps our priorities need to be re-evaluated and reset to better reflect the future? I never saw the Sputnik flying through the sky, and I never saw a rat pop out from my toilet, nor have I known Mr. Hill, the man who took on the Hamilton Police all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, but I do have an opinion regarding the Government’s new Illegal Drug Law. You see, as a person who studies Criminology, I study crime patterns very carefully. What I see is a shift back to the days where we had a govnerment that only represent a small minority, imposed standards on the majority and we saw things like Prohibition and The War On Drugs. Funny how drug laws seem to only target certain demographics within a given population? The result of this rigidness was an influx of people with criminal records who otherwise were not a threat to society. Now, before I go further into my rant, I do not advocate any use of any drug for recreational purposes! I agree that drug use needs to be delt with; however, I see prevention and education as far better tools for helping people than giving out criminal records to stop the public norm and culture using illegal drugs. I thought that the government would start censoring the television stations, and other corporate organizations first who use the drug culture as part of their ads and stereotyping to sell their products? Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree here? Oh well, the Conservatives don’t have my vote the next elections, but then again they never had in the last one either…. hummm.