Final Report

The final report on my brother’s autopsy is in.

I had been expecting the phone call for a while and I wasn’t entirely sure when I would get it. Last week it came. 327 days after my brother passed away his final autopsy report was ready and the medical examiner was calling me with the results. Even though I knew I would be getting this call at some point it still threw me for a bit of a loop when I got it. Memories came back and from out of nowhere a flood of emotions was washing over me. I quickly gained my composure and steeled myself for what I was about to hear, even though I already knew what the results would be.

There were no surprises. Ryan died as a result of multi drug toxicity, the manner of death accidental. Among the drugs in his system when he died were alcohol, methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine, but the one that killed him was fentanyl. He had five times the therapeutic level of fentanyl in his blood when he died. If nothing else I can take solace in the fact that my brother didn’t suffer at the end, he drifted off to sleep and died peacefully.

Ryan had been an addict for years before he died and he never denied it. He used to say “drugs do me” every once in a while and he wasn’t shy about his drug use either and had told me on many occasions that he figured he had done pretty much all the drugs. The exception to this at the time however being heroin and fentanyl. He told me once that he found no appeal in a drug that makes you puke your guts out the first time you use it. That and the fact that he didn’t like needles kept him away from heroin. That and the addictive potential that it had. He may have been an addict but being a heroin addict is on a much different and far scarier plane. It was the same with fentanyl for him.

Things had changed in the last year of his life though and he found himself spiraling down into a deep and dark place. He found himself living in a camper behind a house with the lowlife who would be his conduit to the poison that killed him. He knew the risks, but it was a very cold winter and he would do anything to feel warm. Relieving his physical and mental pain was simply an added bonus. It wasn’t long at all before he required it on a regular, daily basis otherwise he would be wracked with the physical agony of withdrawal.

I’m quite sure that at some point in his life somebody told Ryan that if he continued on the path that he was on that he would wind up being a statistic. In fact it’s something that every addict has heard at least once in their lives. I’m not sure how Ryan felt about that but the fact of the matter is that he is now a statistic, a number on an ever alarming tally sheet.

According to the Alberta Opioid Response Surveillance Report released by the provincial goverment and the Office of the Medical Examiner, Ryan was one of 49 individuals to accidentally overdose on fentanyl in Calgary in the third quarter of 2019. There were a total of 211 in Calgary for the year. In the first quarter of 2020 there were another 49. In fact from Q1 2016 to Q1 2020 a total of 983 people died from accidentally overdosing on fentanyl, the most of any zone in the province and ahead of Edmonton where there were 700 such deaths reported.

What is alarming is the increase in the number of accidental overdoses of fentanyl from 2016 until the present. Of all accidental opioid overdose deaths in Alberta a staggering 89% are attributed to fentanyl. That is up considerably from 2016 when it began the year at 56%. I’ve sent an email to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to see if anyone would be able to provide me with an explaination for the big increase in Q4 over Q3 of that year. It is from this point that the number has been steadily increasing until the present day. I will provide updates as further information becomes available.

Welcome to the opioid crisis, which began in the 1990’s when Purdue Pharmaceuticals unleashed OxyContin onto an unwitting public. Falsely claimed to be non-addictive, the powerful narcotic was prescribed by doctors in large numbers. The results have proven to be tragic and incalculable. It has spawned an explosion in the number of prescription drug addictions and redically changed the demographics of addiction within a generation. Previously addicts became addicted after using ilicit drugs whereas now a large number of opioid addicts became addicted after using prescription narcotics like OxyContin. Todays drug addicts are housewives, business owners, school teachers and your next door neighbour, with no shortage of pro sports figures falling in these ranks as well.

Now fentanyl is prevalent, creating addicts in ever increasing numbers and killing indiscriminantly. Drug dealers stand to make huge profits from it and don’t seem to care that their business model is one that is killing off their customers. For them there will always be another addict to bleed, and another one after that. More and more, people are chasing the fentanyl dragon creating more and more work for medical examiners.

What’s heartbreaking to me is that Ryan had been talking to one of his closest friends about trying to find a rehab facility, and they were supposed to get together the following day. Ryan passed away later that night. If the heroin he got hadn’t been so laced with fentanyl he might have been able to find the help he so desperately needed, but it robbed him of that opportunity and us of Ryan.

My brother was by no means perfect but that didn’t make him a bad person. He would have his moods and could to get angry from time to time he was in his heart a good and gentle man. Softspoken, he had a kind soul and was the best and most loyal friend a person could hope to have, there for you should you need him. This still came through despite the battle he was waging against his inner demons. This is who I will remember and how he should be remembered, rather than for his faults or the way he left us.

For those of us that loved him it was hard to see him in so much mental and emotional pain and anguish, so yes there is the solace that comes with knowing that your loved one is no longer suffering. I however am looking at it slightly differently, in that it’s a good thing that he isn’t around to have to experience what the rest of us have had to since the beginning of this year. I know that he would have absolutely HATED being in lockdown and I really don’t know how he would have handled it, and given the current state of things and the direction they appear to be going in, it might be fair to say that he’s a lot better off than we are.

I will forever carry the burden that is carried by many who have lost a younger sibling. There is a feeling of guilt that goes along with it, survivors guilt perhaps, telling you that this isn’t how it’s supposed to work. The oldest is supposed to go first. Add to the that the feeling that you have broken what almost seems like a law of nature in that the older sibling is supposed to look out for the younger one(s). It would almost seem like a cop out to simply say I that I am not my brother’s keeper, but that’s the reality that I am coming to grips with.

I realize that his death, while significant to those that loved him, won’t have an impact on the opioid crisis we now find ourselves in. I hope and pray however that it might make enough of a difference to save someone’s life down the road, that way he will not have died in vain. I know this is what my brother would have wanted, and it’s what I will work towards while I am still here on this Earth.

I miss you so much little brother, we all do, and I look forward to the day when we see each other again. I love you buddy.

How Three Pieces Of Candy Can Ruin Your Day

A demonstration of the important link between nutrition and living with a brain injury.

I have written about the importance of diet and nutrition when it comes to living with a brain injury. Eating the proper diet can make the world of difference if you have a brain injury and veteran Dave Bona is a prime example. Dave has posted many Facebook videos on the subject and can tell you first hand what it’s all about.

Dave has chronic quinoline encephalopathy after taking the antimalarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam. It is neurotoxic, and has destroyed cells in Dave’s brainstem leaving microscopic holes in it. This interferes with some of the signals that are going to his brain via his central nervous system and as a result he suffers from a myriad of debilitating symptoms. Among these are what are known as “mefloquine rages”. These are pretty much what they sound like and Dave describes the experience quite well on the video.

So what triggered it? He was out running some errands with his daughter who decided to buy herself a bag of saltwater taffy. Like most of us probably would he asked her for some and she gave him three pieces, which he enjoyed. About twenty minutes later he could feel it coming on and he knew something wasn’t right. Dave, usually ever vigilant, didn’t read the ingredients before consuming the taffy and missed seeing the sugars and artificial colors that were in it.

Lesson learned for Dave and he’s sharing it so that everyone else will know about it too.

We Got Your Six: Please Help Hiram Breathe

With Your Host Marj Matchee

We are asking for you to give a hand to Veteran Hiram Ropson.
Hiram needs to raise enough money to carry on with his medical travels and bills associated with his healing journey.
Hiram needs surgeries that are extremly important, and time is of the essence. These will rebuild his voicebox and help him to breathe better, and help with his other medical issues.

Together we can do this…remember….No One Gets Left Behind.

Help Hiram Breathe go fund me is endorsed by:

The Rude Awakening Tour
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And I will also add my endorsement here as well. Any amount will help and is greatly appreciated.

Here is the link to the go fund me page…

We Got Your Six: Dave Bona Talks About Mefloquine And Vestibular Issues

With Your Host Marj Matchee

In this episode Dave and Marj talk about vestibular issues as a result of mefloquine toxicity. The vestibular system is what let’s us know where we are relative to the things around us and is responsible for things like balance. Damage to the vestibular system can cause vertigo, dizziness, and other symptoms associated with quinism.

We Got Your Six: Dave Bona Talks Mefloquine Rages

With your host Marj Matchee.

This week Dave is talking about mefloquine rages, one of the more unpleasant symptoms of quinism especially if you are around to experience one for yourself. Such rages are not uncommon in people that have PTSD, however the ones associated with quinism are the result of damage to the brainstem and cerebral cortex caused by mefloquine.

In fact these so called mefloquine rages are actually a type of seizure, and often come with other symptoms. Our Dr. Dave breaks it down and explains that people with mefloquine toxicity aren’t assholes when they go off like this, and have no control over it just like someone with epilepsy cannot make their own seizures stop.

2020 årlige veteraner Mefloquine Rally i Ottawa annulleret med forbehold på grund af COVID-19

Rally der afholdes i Edmonton, andre byer i stedet.

Meddelelsen fra Marj Matchee kom ikke som nogen overraskelse, den fjerde årlige veteran’s Mefloquine Rally i Ottawa den 19. september annulleres som et resultat af pandemien. Protokollerne om social distancering og rejser tillader simpelthen ikke det lige nu. Det er uheldigt, men dette er den virkelighed, vi lever i nu, og vi må tilpasse os den i overensstemmelse hermed.

I stedet annoncerer Marj, at rallyet finder sted i Edmonton på et sted, der endnu ikke er bestemt, og at hun håber at se andre stævner i byer og citater over hele Canada og verden lørdag den 19. september kl. 1300 lokal tid. Uanset om rallyet er i Edmonton eller Ottawa, vil meddelelsen forblive den samme.

Det er tid til det fjerde årlige Veteran Mefloquine Rally på Parliament Hill.

Lad os gøre vores stemmer hørt !!

Den årlige Veteran Mefloquine Rally er en fremragende lejlighed til at nå veteraner, deres familier og plejere, og dem, der endnu ikke har forbundet de prikker, som deres sundhedsmæssige problemer kan skyldes dette stof.

Som en del af dagsordenen for denne rally fokuserer vi opmærksomheden på:

1. Genåbning af Somalia-affæren

2. Beder den canadiske regering om anerkendelse af den skade, der er gjort for de mennesker, der blev beordret til at tage dette stof. Dette har været i mindst 27 år.

3. Regering finansieret forskning for at finde en kur eller måder at håndtere den sundhedsmæssige og mentale skade, der er gjort på vores veteraner

Dette er vores år !!

Retssagen mod masse-tortur vinder fart. Lad os bringe den energi til bakken.

Marj Matchee

Detaljer om placeringen af rallyet i Edmonton vil blive annonceret, når arrangementerne er afsluttet. Uanset hvor du er i verden, det være sig Edmonton, Ottawa, New York, Rom, Edinburgh, Berlin, Paris, Sydney eller andre steder, marker 19. september på din kalender og begynd at planlægge.

Lad regeringerne vide, at intet vil forhindre vores stemmer i at blive hørt, ikke i år eller på noget andet.

Godišnji prosvjed veterana za meflokin 2020. u Ottawi preliminarno otkazan zbog COVID-19

Okupljanja koja će se održati u Edmontonu, drugim gradovima.

Najava Marja Matcheeja nije iznenadila, četvrti godišnji skup veterana meflokvina u Ottawi 19. rujna otkazan je kao rezultat pandemije. Postojeći protokoli koji se odnose na socijalno distanciranje i putovanja jednostavno to trenutno ne bi dopuštali. To je nesreća, ali to je stvarnost u kojoj sada živimo i moramo joj se u skladu s tim prilagoditi.

Umjesto toga, Marj najavljuje da će se miting održati u Edmontonu na mjestu koje još nije utvrđeno, te da se nada ostalim mitingima u gradovima i gradovima širom Kanade i svijeta u subotu, 19. rujna u 13:00 po lokalnom vremenu. Bilo da je skup u Edmontonu ili Ottawi, poruka će ostati ista.

Vrijeme je za četvrti godišnji skup veterana mefloquine na Parlamentarnom brdu.

Neka se naši glasovi čuju !!

Godišnji meflokvinski miting za veterane izvrsna je prilika da se dođe do veterana, njihovih obitelji i njegovatelja, kao i onih koji još nisu povezali točkice koje bi zbog ovog lijeka mogle biti njihove zdravstvene probleme.

Kao dio agende ovog skupa usmjerimo pozornost na:

1. Ponovno otvaranje afere Somalija

2. Zamolite kanadsku vladu za priznanje štete nanesene ljudima koji su naređeni da uzmu ovu drogu. To traje već najmanje 27 godina.

3. Vlada je financirala istraživanje kako bi pronašla lijek ili načine upravljanja zdravstvenim i mentalnim oštećenjima koja su učinjena našim veteranima

Ovo je naša godina !!

Tužba za masovnu muku dobiva na značaju. Donosimo tu energiju u brdo.

Marj Matchee

Detalji lokacije mitinga u Edmontonu bit će objavljeni nakon što se dogovori finaliziraju. Ma gdje bili u svijetu, bilo da su to Edmonton, Ottawa, New York, Rim, Edinburgh, Berlin, Pariz, Sydney ili bilo gdje drugo, obilježite 19. rujna na svom kalendaru i počnite stvarati planove.

Obavijestite vlade da ništa neće spriječiti da se naši glasovi čuju, ne ove godine niti u bilo kojoj drugoj.

迈克尔·科夫里格(Michael Kovrig)和迈克尔·斯帕沃(Michael Spavor)被劫为人质


国拘留的两个加拿大人迈克尔·科夫里格(Michael Kovrig)和迈克尔·斯帕沃(Michael Spavor)是谁

这些来自视频的2018年图像显示了在中国被拘留的两个加拿大人Michael Kovrig(左)和Michael Spavor。 加拿大媒体/ AP

中华人民共和国检察官将对被称为“两个迈克尔一家”的加拿大人迈克尔·科夫里格(Michael Kovrig)和迈克尔·斯帕沃(Michael Spavor)进行间谍活动指控。 在长达18个月的时间里,这两个被关押在一天24小时不间断的牢房中,每天要进行多达三遍的“讯问”。 自从他们被拘留以来,他们已经几个月没有被允许与加拿大领事馆官员联系,也没有与家人联系。 如果被中国法院判为重罪,他们将面临死刑。

这显然是中国对加拿大与美国在孟万州法律事务上的合作的报应。 华为女继承人已经获得了两个迈克尔一家迄今已制定的正当法律程序,他们很可能永远不会自己看到。 当她在豪华住宅中被软禁时,加拿大人已经并将继续在曲折的环境中感到沮丧。

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我以前曾提出过这样的论点,即我们实际上与具体的中国共产党交战。 尽管实际上可能是这种情况,但国际上公认的战争规则在这里不适用,因为没有宣战,双方之间也没有任何公开的武装冲突。 但是,中国违反了红十字国际委员会在日内瓦制定的习惯国际人道主义法(IHL),因此,国际社会应予以相应对待。


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现行的《日内瓦公约》(于1949年通过)创建于1864年,是国际上公认的条约和协定,其中确立了与武装冲突法有关的规则和议定书,特别是关于在本国或本国或其他国家对待囚犯和平民的待遇 国际武装冲突。 1977年又通过了两项附加议定书,旨在加强对国际武装冲突以及国家武装冲突(内战)受害者的保护。




国际人权法没有具体禁止“劫持人质”,但是由于这种做法等同于任意剥夺自由,因此它是不可克减的人权法所禁止的做法(见规则99)。 联合国人权委员会指出,劫持人质,无论在何处发生和由何人犯下,都是旨在破坏人权的非法行为,永远是没有道理的。



《反对劫持人质国际公约》将犯罪定义为:扣押或扣押一个人(人质),并威胁杀害,伤害或继续扣留人质,以强迫第三方从事或劫持人质。 避免作为释放人质的明示或暗示条件而作出任何作为。[17] 国际刑事法院的犯罪要件使用相同的定义,但补充说,第三方的要求行为不仅可以作为释放人质的条件,而且可以作为人质安全的条件。[18] 这是劫持人质的特定意图,并将其与作为行政或司法手段剥夺某人的自由区分开来。

尽管《日内瓦第四公约》规定了禁止劫持人质的行为,通常与将平民劫持为人质有关,但没有迹象表明犯罪仅限于将平民劫为人质。 《日内瓦四公约》,《国际刑事法院规约》和《反对劫持人质国际公约》共同第3条并不将罪行限于劫持平民,而是将其适用于劫持任何人。 实际上,在《国际刑事法院的犯罪要件》中,该定义适用于采取受《日内瓦公约》保护的任何人。[19]

现在,尽管中国并没有公开表示如果加拿大要释放孟万州,他们将释放“两个迈克尔”,但鉴于事件发生的时机,这肯定可以暗示。 我无论如何都不是国际法专家,但在我看来,这确实符合维持绑架指控的标准。

就是说,我将与我认识的国际法专家交谈,以了解他的观点。 他可以告诉我,这是否可以放在外交桌上。 同时,世界需要继续对中国施加压力,以释放迈克尔·科夫里格和迈克尔·斯沃弗。

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor Are Hostages

In contravention of International Humanitarian Law.

Who are Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians held by China?

Michael Kovrig (left) and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians detained in China, are shown in these 2018 images taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

The Canadians known as “The Two Michaels”, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are to be charged with espionage by prosecutors in the People’s Republic of China. For over 18 months the two have been held in cells that are lit 24 hours a day and subjected to “interrogations” as much as three times a day. They have not been allowed contact with Canadian consular officials for months and haven’t communicated with their families since they were detained. They face the death penalty if found guilty of the trumped up charges by a Chinese court.

This is clearly retribution on China’s part for Canada’s cooperation with the United States in the Meng Wanzhou legal matter. The Huawei heiress has been afforded the due process of law that has been heretofore been witheld from the Two Michaels and that they will likely never see for themselves. While she remains on house arrest in a luxury residence, the Canadians have and will continue to languish in tortuous conditions.

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Customary International Humanitarian Law

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I have previously made the contention that we are in fact at war with the PRC, the Chinese Communist Party to be specific. While this may in fact be the case, internationally accepted rules of war are not applicable here because there has been no declaration of war made, nor has there been any open armed conflict between the parties. China is however in contravention of Customary International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as set out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, and should therefore be treated accordingly by the world community.

The Geneva Conventions

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Created in 1864, the current Geneva Conventions (adopted in 1949) are the treaties and agreements agreed to internationally that establish the rules and protocols pertaining to the Laws of Armed Conflict, specifically with regard to the treatment of prisoners and civilians during times of national or international armed conflict. In 1977 two additional protocols were adopted which were intended to strengthen protections for the victims of international armed conflicts as well as national armed conflicts (civil wars).

However, according to the ICRC:

Article 75(2)(c) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I states that the taking of hostages is an act which is and “shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever, whether committed by civilian or by military agents”,to%20do%20or%20to%20abstain

In addition Rule 96 of the Customary IHL states:

International human rights law does not specifically prohibit “hostage-taking”, but the practice is prohibited by virtue of non-derogable human rights law because it amounts to an arbitrary deprivation of liberty (see Rule 99). The UN Commission on Human Rights has stated that hostage-taking, wherever and by whoever committed, is an illegal act aimed at the destruction of human rights and is never justifiable.

Hostage Taking Defined

Rule 96 also provides the following definition of a hostage taking:

The International Convention against the Taking of Hostages defines the offence as the seizure or detention of a person (the hostage), combined with threatening to kill, to injure or to continue to detain the hostage, in order to compel a third party to do or to abstain from doing any act as an explicit or implicit condition for the release of the hostage.[17] The Elements of Crimes for the International Criminal Court uses the same definition but adds that the required behaviour of the third party could be a condition not only for the release of the hostage but also for the safety of the hostage.[18] It is the specific intent that characterizes hostage-taking and distinguishes it from the deprivation of someone’s liberty as an administrative or judicial measure.

Although the prohibition of hostage-taking is specified in the Fourth Geneva Convention and is typically associated with the holding of civilians as hostages, there is no indication that the offence is limited to taking civilians hostage. Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, the Statute of the International Criminal Court and the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages do not limit the offence to the taking of civilians, but apply it to the taking of any person. Indeed, in the Elements of Crimes for the International Criminal Court, the definition applies to the taking of any person protected by the Geneva Conventions.[19]

Now while the Chinese haven’t overtly stated that they would release the Two Michaels if Canada were to release Meng Wanzhou, it could very certainly be implied given the timing of the events to this point. I’m not an expert in international law by any means but it does appear to me that this would meet the standard to sustain a charge of kidnapping.

That said I am going to talk to someone I know who IS an expert in international law to get his perspective on this. He’ll be able to tell me whether or not this is a viable option that could be put on the diplomatic table. In the meantime, the world needs to continue to apply pressure on the PRC to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.