I just got back in from a quick wheel around the community. It is still warm enough (the sun is bright) to do a good wheel and not lose too much air out of my tires. However, based on the numbness of my fingertips it was chillier than I thought. But they are forecasting a … Continue reading New Decade, New Direction
Advocacy is often seen as working “within the system” whereas activism is seen as working “outside the system” to generate change. I think this is really useful, as clearly the role or issue can shift from one to the other. - Author unknown #SpeakOut, make your voice heard, silence only supports injustices I have fifty years experience as … Continue reading Activist or Advocate?
"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense" - Gertrude Stein It would appear my rant last week regarding what constitutes a "disabled parking spot" was partially heard. The City Manager of Parks Operation contacted me and I will be meeting with him at the parking spot on Wednesday. … Continue reading Regulating Common Sense
"If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity" - Albert Einstein In light of the tragedy out of Charlottesville last week I feel the need to speak out a bit. You cannot point at any one event that lead up to Charlottesville but silence and complacency went a long way to creating … Continue reading One Voice Speaking
"We don't develop courage by being happy everyday. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity" - Barbara de Angelis What does Canada Day mean to me? Well according to my mother it is the 64th anniversary of my polio diagnosis and the beginning of the 1953 polio induced summer of silence so to … Continue reading Canada Day 2017 – Embracing Change
Well Easter is behind us, spring looks like it is upon us and I'm starting to ramp up for the season. Good to be able to get out to do some wheeling around without rain. I recently wheeled over to check out the new Smitty's restaurant. Upon my arrival I discovered a senior trying to … Continue reading Standards or Intent?
I have been following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process for some time now. Needless to say I was glued to Newsworld this morning when they released the final report. I was very surprised to hear the final residential school didn't close down until 1996. That is not ancient history. Being raised in an institution … Continue reading A Long Life, A Short Illness
This government just becomes more unbelievable every day. A government with a history of passing around "private" information as in the Sean Bruyea and Dennis Manuge cases, for example, is now hiding behind the protection of personal privacy to avoid answering a question on how Canadian tax dollars are used. Personal privacy doesn't appear to be an … Continue reading Policies of Convenience!
I would like to thank Velvet Martin for the inspirational picture, I grabbed it off her Facebook wall. Velvet has become very good at speaking out since having survived six years with a government imposed gag order following the death of her daughter. I am passed the point of being angry with our current crop … Continue reading Politicians or Elitists? There is a Difference
Imagine having your ability to be a parent challenged simply because you have a physical disability. Imagine carrying your child for the duration of your pregnancy with your husband, who also has a disability, by your side throughout just to have a government children’s protection program take your child on the day of birth. Imagine … Continue reading Times They Are A’Changing!