Charities and goodwill are changing, not only in Canada, but worldwide. And they are changing for a wide range of reasons, some good and some bad. Canada is now experiencing what has been referred to as "charity chill". Charities who may have an ideology that is oppositional to our government are now being threatened through … Continue reading Changing the Way We Think of Charity!
Memories from my early polio years are pretty vague so I do have to work at retrieving them. However with the 60th anniversary of the vaccine introduction to Canada coming up in 2015 I do feel it is important to log some of this before the first hand experience disappears forever. Particularly right now with … Continue reading Polio Diaries, Episode 2
It was just ten days following his third birthday. He had been exhibiting signs of the flu for almost the entire ten days since his birthday and was getting increasingly sicker. His mom had taken him to the doctor twice and each time been told if was just the flu. The date was June 10, 1953 … Continue reading Polio Diaries – Episode 1 The Diagnosis
In essence there are two types of disabilities (which is very different from diagnosis). They are congenital, usually something that started at birth but is defined by a "condition that occurred before the age of 4", or acquired. An acquired happens after the age of four and could be anything from the results of a … Continue reading What Disability?
Today saw the beginning of the first of a number of measures the BC Teachers are introducing in their fight for better educational practices in this province. They started rotating one day strikes. They have been without a contract for a year, been through two court challenges (winning both) and the governments response to this, … Continue reading What Education?
How many times have you heard "just give it time"? How many times have you said "change happens slowly"? Well I am just approaching the 61 anniversary of my diagnosis with polio. I contracted it when I was 3 in June of 1953. They treated me for almost two weeks for the flu even though … Continue reading Are We Really Moving Forward?
I am not a journalist. I am not a reporter. I don't work in the news industry. Now that I have set the table I am a person who can look past a thirty second sound byte, check a few facts from different sources and make an informed opinion. I am not constrained by the … Continue reading Independence Requires Freedom of Expression
I put a knee jerk reaction statement on my Facebook status the other day following a week of frustration. I have been trying to find some paid employment in the Kelowna area so far to no avail. I find this a baffling since I am constantly getting calls from individuals for advice and offers to … Continue reading Volunteerism isn’t a Career!
I have been following this latest issue in regards to "social contracts" in Canada and what has been promised to veterans. Let me start by presenting a common definition of "social contract". According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary and many others, a social contract is defined as "an actual or hypothetical agreement among the members … Continue reading Social Contracts, do they mean anything?
I have been following the Paralympics in Sochi and it got me to thinking about my first competition. I was 17 at the time and competed in the first Canadian National Wheelchair Sports Game held in Montreal in 1967. It coincided with the Montreal Expo which was one big party. The first games were more … Continue reading What Defines What?