Wednesday, July 15, 2009


The headline "Yokels Breeding Intolerance" from a column in the Edmonton (Canada) Sun, 14 July, describes the "fine line between grassroots protest and a lynch mob." It goes on to give an example of each. The "lynch mob" is exemplified by the case of a Calgary methadone clinic that was "literally run out of town" earlier this month in the face of threats to the facility and its staff. The "grass roots" protest that is described involved a concerted effort to ensure "proper processes and protocols are in place to keep everyone safe" in a neighborhood in which a group home for deeply troubled teens is located; two residents of the home had been charged recently with murdering a local couple. The contrast is well written and compelling. click here to read the article

MR HANON: My congratulations on recognizing the distinction, and expressing it so eloquently. As you see, we're taking the liberty of posting a blog referring to your column on our website -


At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, now I understand why there has recently been a rash of armed drug store robberies in Calgary. Many pharmacists are nervous, and some have even resorted to electronic locks on the door during daytime hours. This so they can judge whether a potential patron is "undesirable" or not. Well, some of the people in Calgary insisted on the closure of the methadone clinic, saying they didn't want the potential crime associated with a methadone clinic. Didn't any of these people realize vandalism is a crime?!
Unfortunately, after 500 methadone patients suddenly had their treatment taken away, Calgary is paying the cost of having no treatment for opiate addiction. I'm not excusing robbing drug stores at all, I'm simply saying kicking 500 addicts off methadone treatment is going to have repercussions.

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