There’s also ‘nowheres’

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION -

Re: the cus­tomer is al­ways right - the fu­ture is pop­ulism (Oct. 6)

In his up­com­ing book, Right Here, Right Now: Pol­i­tics and Lead­er­ship in the Age of Dis­rup­tion, former prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper de­scribes two kinds of peo­ple. He speaks of “any­wheres,” whose re­la­tion­ships are with peo­ple like them­selves from a range of coun­tries, and “some­wheres,” who are much more at­tached to the com­mu­ni­ties where they live and de­rive a sense of mean­ing from it.

As some­one who works in the in­ner city, I see a third kind of per­son, the “nowhere,” a per­son who would prob­a­bly like to be a “some­where” but has lost hope. “Nowheres” have food and hous­ing in­se­cu­rity and do not have the means to ad­dress these ba­sic needs. They are the hu­man faces of the opi­oid cri­sis.

Let us join to­gether to help the “nowheres” be­come “some­wheres.” Nalox­one kits will help them live to­day — bet­ter hous­ing and food se­cu­rity will help them live to­mor­row.

Dr. Brian Con­way Van­cou­ver In­fec­tious Dis­eases Cen­tre

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