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
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.
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.
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