… we’re not in Kansas anymore. We’ve had a series of wake-up calls recently in Canada, but the same is true pretty much everywhere. This may come as a nasty, unwelcome surprise to a lot of people out there, but crime, drug and alcohol addiction and bad and even deviant behaviour is not the exclusive territory of the underprivileged and uneducated among us.
Easy and convenient as it’s always been to point fingers at them, while denying, ignoring and doing nothing about what’s going on behind closed doors right in our own backyards. Yes, my dears, on university campuses, in corporate boardrooms nice, middle class neighbourhoods and luxurious penthouse apartments and sprawling estates.
Just look at our soon to be former mayor, Rob Ford. There are videos of him drunk, consorting with criminals, buying crack, making offensive racial slurs and comments about women and even threatening to kill people. He’s got three siblings — two brothers and a sister and each and every one of them has had involvement with drugs.
His brother, Doug, sold hash in the ’80s. His brother, Randy, not only sold drugs, he was once charged in relation to a drug-related kidnapping. His sister, Kathy, is an addict, among other things, and Rob Ford was caught yet again on video, while at her house, in her basement, smoking crack with her. It was after that he finally ended up in rehab; and she’s been