Every so often, I’ll come across an article in a mainstream Canadian publication that is so tone-deaf and so wildly illogical that it actually makes me angry. Robin Sears, who served as an NDP strategist for 20 years – which should give you some clue about where his political leanings are, published an article in
There’s a phenomenon I’ve noticed within collapsing societal and ideological frameworks where lived experience doesn’t line up with the dominant socio/cultural framework. By that, I mean how we talk and think about ourselves as a society contradicts what we experience living in that society. It was something that I experienced years ago when my grandmother
It is somewhat comforting to know that while a pandemic rages across the world, there’s still a sense of normalcy to be found in how Canada treats its working class. If you had listened to the politicians a few weeks ago when they took to the pulpit and chastised Ontario taxpayers for being careless with
A week or so before the lockdown, I attended a presentation by a nursing home’s chief physician on the implications of an infectious disease like COVID on nursing homes and the elderly patients sheltering within. A key aspect of the talk was the impossibility of keeping a highly contagious respiratory infection like COVID out of
If you were at all curious as to the reasons for the abuse and neglect of Canadian seniors in long term care (LTC) facilities discussed in my previous post, The Royal Society of Canada released a report detailing what it feels are the deficiencies at the heart of the LTC crisis in Canada. The Royal
If there’s one piece of advice I would give to prospective Canadians, it’s this: Don’t grow old in Canada. Aging, that universal and reviled aspect of human existence is not welcome here. The elderly are not welcome. Perhaps the most cynical aspect of the Canadian state is found in the way we treat our elderly.
On October 21st of 2019, Canadians re-elected Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberal Party of Canada — though with a weaker mandate as the Liberals did not capture enough seats to form a majority government. Without additional votes from their rival parties, the Liberals will not be able to pass legislation. Trudeau will have to
There exists a duality in the attitudes of some of the families of refugees in Canada that cuts between gratitude and uneasiness. I call it uneasiness because I’m not sure how else to describe it. The gratitude comes from a host country granting a refugee sanctuary during a time when their lives are in peril.
There’s a concept called the whited sepulchre in Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. It refers to something beautiful on the outside but putrid on the inside – rotten, despite an outward image of virtue and beauty. The concept dates all the way back to the Bible, so the hypocrisy of someone who represents themselves
I’ve recently been reminded of something my grandmother used to do. Keep in mind she was from a much harder time than now. She lived through the Great Depression and the Second World War. She was taken to Nazi slave labour camp when fourteen and once liberated, narrowly escaped communist death squads. She remembered real