Say Farewell to our Fiscal Woes

By Ryan McGreal
Published September 29, 2006

From today's Spec:

Queen's Park has handed over the keys to Hamilton's most notorious crack house to the city six months after the province used the Civil Remedies Act to seize it from its owner.

This sounds like a wonderful new revenue stream for the city.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By adrian (registered) | Posted September 29, 2006 at 10:19:43

They should set up a crack-for-your-stuff exchange program, where you can take your car stereo, the cd's you normally keep in your glovebox, or your bicycle to the crack house in return for some rock.

That would eliminate the middlemen in the current economic system, where crack addicts steal your stuff, sell it in pawn shops, and use the money to buy crack.

In fact, the ability to directly exchange your belongings for crack would open up new economic opportunities in the city and reduce crime: if I exchange my bicycle for crack, I can then sell the crack to a crackhead. This means I get good money for my bike, the addict gets their crack, and no one had to steal anything.

It's a win-win situation for me, and for Hamilton.

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By Vic (anonymous) | Posted June 18, 2008 at 14:41:57

Sorry Ryan, but adrian's comment was WAY funnier than your post.

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