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At first glance I nearly dismissed this article, but I like to read Jim Coyle.
Michael Bryant a wiser man after tragedy
Former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant finishes speaking to journalists at a press conference in Toronto after criminal charges against him in the death of a cyclist were withdrawn.
Michael Bryant struck a grace note this week.
If there’s a conclusion to be drawn from the former attorney general’s demeanour – after charges against him were withdrawn in the death of a cyclist on Bloor St. last summer – it’s that Bryant would probably make a better politician now than before.
Wisdom is often paid for with pain. Humility is frequently found in the recognition of how much the love, support and kindness of others matters. Mature perspective sometimes comes in the awareness of one’s own vulnerability to chance and random reckless acts.
Much nonsense has been spouted in recent days. Some have said the dropping of charges against Bryant declares open season on cyclists. Others talk of a war on cyclists. The comments are as ridiculous as they are unhelpful.
If there’s a lesson in this story, it is in the cost of untreated addiction and mental health needs
the story of a man whose pattern of conduct (if the ghastly consequence of an appallingly difficult life) pretty much assured him a date with a jail cell, or an early coffin, or as the star in someone else’s tragedy.
It’s a story about the destructive – and often self-destructive – consequences of rage. The prisons are full of people who lost it for 28 seconds, or even less.
There is more to the article but I had to stop a moment. Sometimes when I stop on this site and look back into what has already been written over the years, time stands still. Maybe 2004, an article from the Toronto Star, CAMH wrote the Ontario Minister of Health with concern for close to a half million Ontarians with brain changes caused by gambling addictions.
40 + years of community pharmacy proved that to me and Mr. Coyle states it in the article.
“The costs of untreated addiction”
CAMH writes it fairly clear:
…a half million ontarians…
Are addicted Ontarians citizens?
Are most addicted citizens also tax paying citizens?
How many committed crimes to feed their addictions?
How many addicts do we provide shelter for? (jail)
The direction I want to go is with a simple fact.
OLG spends almost a billion dollars a year promoting and advertising gambling in every form and claims that they produce a billion of dollars profit. (losses of citizens)
CAMH in Mr. Coyle’s previous article (posted at GWG 2 weeks ago) states that as many as 1 in 5, of one hundred, one thousand, 500,000 thousand Ontarians are problem gamblers - addicts -
and 20% will attempt suicide. Many others will commits other acts, just witness Mr Bryant.
It is one thing to say OLG provides entertainment, that is okay to play a little slots; sorry, but I never met a responsible addict.
But willfully messing up a lot of tax paying citizen’s brain cells, don’t you think public health should start screaming? Just a little?
We’re talking messed up genetic material in human beings, just a little.
I read where children of addicts have twice the suicide rate.
Thank you Mr Coyle and the Toronto Star