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 am well aware of how many people have concerns over vaccinations. I have spend the last number of years working closely with families living with children on the autism spectrum. I have heard just about every argument out there, many of which have been scientifically dispelled but still not acceptable to these families. I … Continue reading Polio a Needless Outbreak
Well it has been a very active week politically and disappointing week if you are living with a disability. Some politically positive stories and some very negative stories regarding disabilities. I connect the two because the fate of so many persons with disabilities is linked to the mood of politicians. You can't promote positive change … Continue reading Does the Message Match the Action?
Leadnow.ca was having their first organizational meeting in Kelowna last evening. I have been on their mailing list for sometime now and have added my signature to a number of their online petitions. This is an online organization that appears dedicated to the protection of our democracy and tackle issues of importance. Issues like … Continue reading How Far Have We REALLY Come?
I started this little series following the Kelowna stop of the provincial consultation process on what was entitled the "Disability White Paper". I may have come across as demeaning it a little which was not really my purpose. My purpose was really to show how history is continually repeating itself and that generational shifts happen … Continue reading Here We Go again – Final
Yesterday I wrote about attending a consultative process in Kelowna as part of a BC government dog and pony show. The government website promoting this event states "The B.C. government is having a conversation with British Columbians to better understand how government, businesses and communities can increase accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with disabilities." … Continue reading Here We Go Again – Part 2
I attended my first community meeting yesterday since arriving in Kelowna. It is part of a province wide set of community forums being conducted by the provincial government. The topic, "Increasing Accessibility for People with Disabilities". The interest in the Kelowna area was so high they had to add a second meeting earlier in the … Continue reading Here We Go Again
This recent tragedy at the assisted living centre in L'Isle-Verte, Que re-opened an old concern of mine and one I have raised often. In fact I raised this with the Cowichan Valley Emergency Preparedness Committee in the late 90's following an extreme storm and major power outage (some places for four days) on Vancouver Island. Those power … Continue reading Neglectful Use of Policy
I received a Christmas card last month that contained a few old newspaper articles with me in the early years of my polio. As an early poster child they tended to take a lot of pictures of you for the local newspaper but I had no idea these ones existed. It really brought home the … Continue reading Systems Come and Go but the Child is Always There
Following a great Christmas with family and a close friend coming for New Year's it's time to squeeze in one little rant. I can't really say it is another matter of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. It's more indicative of further erosion of our rights and that right was … Continue reading It’s Not as Simple as it Looks!