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Dr. Peter Ferentzy, PhD Crackhead speaks on Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict – the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Peter Ferentzy holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University. His dissertation is a historical sociology of the origins and recent development of the modern concept of addiction with an emphasis on how it has interacted with ideas about mental illness and compulsions in general.

Dr. Ferentzy has studied and written extensively on Gamblers Anonymous, as well as other issues related to pathological gambling. His two most recently completed studies involve: 1.  The history of ideas related to addiction with an emphasis on problem gambling wherein special attention is paid to the role of metaphoric conceptualization in the construction of scientific discourse; 2.  A street level, ethnographic study of gambling patterns among crack users in downtown Toronto. 

Peter Ferentzy is a recovering drunk and a recovering crackhead. He knows this topic from the gutter right up to the halls of academe. After losing two friends to overdose, and seeing clearly that in each case the governing approach to addiction was the cause, Peter wrote Dealing with Addiction — Why the 20th Century was Wrong. Peter wants to change things, and is arrogant enough to believe that he can.

Please see more at Peter’s website and book

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Dr. Peter Ferentzy, PhD CRACKHEAD talk on Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict – the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Dr. Peter Ferentzy, PhD CRACKHEAD, an addiction expert who has lived the life of a crack addict reveals the ugly truth: the dominant approach to drugs and alcohol addictions has hurt and even killed more people than it has helped.

On Sunday January 22, 6:30 PM PST, Dr. Peter Ferentzy will be doing a talk at

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings St)

In Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room 1900)

Courtesy of Insite,

Vancouver’s famous safe injection clinic.

Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict – the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment

With a special introduction by Dr. Gabor Mate.

Peter Ferentzy holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University. His dissertation is a historical sociology of the origins and recent development of the modern concept of addiction with an emphasis on how it has interacted with ideas about mental illness and compulsions in general.

Dr. Ferentzy has studied and written extensively on Gamblers Anonymous, as well as other issues related to pathological gambling. His two most recently completed studies involve: 1.  The history of ideas related to addiction with an emphasis on problem gambling wherein special attention is paid to the role of metaphoric conceptualization in the construction of scientific discourse; 2.  A street level, ethnographic study of gambling patterns among crack users in downtown Toronto. 

Peter Ferentzy is a recovering drunk and a recovering crackhead. He knows this topic from the gutter right up to the halls of academe. After losing two friends to overdose, and seeing clearly that in each case the governing approach to addiction was the cause, Peter wrote Dealing with Addiction — Why the 20th Century was Wrong. Peter wants to change things, and is arrogant enough to believe that he can.

Please see more at Peter’s website and book

 

Helping Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents vote in Vancouver’s Civic Election on Nov 19, 2011

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

From 8 am to 8pm, we helped many Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents be able to get to the polling station and vote for the new Vancouver City Council

PHS Peer Worker Appreciation Party in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Celebrating all the hard work that PHS peer workers do in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Knowledge Exchange on Homelessness and Health in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome and blessing: Sam George

Dr Stephen Hwang – Research Scientist at the Centre for Research on Innet City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital “Canadian Crisis – the Hidden Cost of Homelessness”

Dr. Anita Palepu – UBC Associate Member, General Internal Medicine

Tom Laviolette – Director of Project Development, PHS Community Services Society

Laura Cowan – Executive Director, Street Health Community Nursing Foundation, Toronto

Michael Shapcott – Wellesley Institute, Toronto

 Sean Spear – Associate Director, RainCity Housing

 Meghan Thumath – Vancouver Coastal Health Clinical Practice Initiatives Lead, HIV/AIDS “Impact on Homelessness on HIV/AIDS and Approaches to Care and Treatment”

 Craig Crawford (Acting) Vice President of Operations, BC Housing

 Dr Bruce MacLaurin – Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, U of C “Preventing Homelessness: Developing the Homelessness Asset & Risk Tool (HART) Bruce MacLaurin on behalf of the HART Research Team”

Wendy Muckle – Executive Director, Ottawa Inner City Health “Understanding What Works – Breaking Down Barriers to Housing and Healthy Living for Women

Liz Evans – Executive Director, PHS Community Services Society “SIS: Fight for Change

DTES HONORING ELDERS POW WOW photos from Sat Oct 15 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

PHS (Portland Hotel Society) Community Services Society’s DTES Honoring Elder’s Pow Wow committee, invite you to share with us, a celebration to honor our elders who reside in the DTES with a traditional style pow wow.

Our elders come from all across ndn country, and rarely make it out to cultural events, so PHS Community Services Society pow wow committee want to bring a cultural celebration to them!

*The committee, respectfully invited our Tuesday night drums groups and dancers to participate.

*INVITED DRUMS:
Love Medicine
Indian Time
Sitting Still Thunder
Oceanside Dakota

HOST DRUM: Oceanside Dakota who have support DTES events, actions over the years.

*DANCERS: Who will share about their style of dance:
(confirmed thus far:)

Curtis Joe: Men’s Chicken Dance
Riannon Nahanee: Women’s Fancy
Will Visser: Men’s Fancy
Jr. Waskewitch: Men’s Grass

Invited: Unconfirmed:
Keith Nahanee: Men’s Traditional
Women’s Traditional: Gloria Nahanee
Robin Prince: Women’s Jingle

VENDORS INFO: This event an exhibition style Pow Wow, no commercial tables please, but local artists can bring their own blanket to display their arts and crafts

**** ALL DANCERS WELCOME! ****

Emcee in Training: Ian Bee
Assisted by John Miller