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Minding Your Language

Language matters. The way we communicate with each other in words, the language that we read, hear, see, watch, matters, and shapes who we are as a society. The old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but words… Continue Reading…

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Exhausting

My husband and I are both active people. Victor writes, and is currently creating an exhibition for Winnipeg in September, funded by a Canada Council of the Arts grant. I’m a PhD candidate at UBC-O. However, that’s not the full… Continue Reading…

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When Disabled People Are Not Included In Inclusion

This morning I answered the survey for “Let’s Talk Budget 2022” and I’ve been on a slow burn ever since. It just exploded in a twitter rant, which hasn’t satisfied the fire, so I will continue here. You may have… Continue Reading…

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Throne Speech 2020 – Big Aspirations for Supporting Disabled People While Excluding the Voices of those in Long Term Care

The September Throne Speech was touted as being big on caring for Canadians as we “build back better” from the pandemic. While there are definitely glimmers of hope for disabled people in the speech, we will wait to see proof… Continue Reading…

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Disabled adults in LTC and COVID

As regular readers (!) will know, my research focus is on working-aged adults who live in long term care facilities, where the average age is 85 years old and the average resident tends to have some form of dementia. The… Continue Reading…

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Systemic Injustice – the Views of a Disabled Woman in June 2020

Right now, the world is trying to manage a pandemic while centuries old systemic racism in the US may have finally met its match as people take to the streets, as long as “we” don’t get bored with it, and… Continue Reading…

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Why don’t you see us?

In a recent episode of Will and Grace called “So Long, Division”, Jack, the gay guy, was arguing with his boss, a black guy about which of them was more oppressed as a minority. Over time, the narrative built to… Continue Reading…

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Straws – just like single use plastics, the debate just isn’t going away

Over the summer I met with the two MPs that cover the Central Okanagan – Stephen Fuhr, the Liberal MP for Kelowna-Lake Country, and Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. Amongst other things, I made them aware of… Continue Reading…

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Straws: it really means accessibility and respect

This is a long post, but I really need you to read it. It’s about straws, again. Yes, straws. But it’s not about plastic versus paper, or the environmental impact, or which multi-national conglomerate is changing their straws, or which… Continue Reading…

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Let’s Ban Everything – and damn the consequences!

Concern for the planet, and the oceans particularly, has led to calls for single use plastics to be limited and/or banned. The poster child for banning stuff, at the moment, are plastic straws. Some municipalities are moving ahead with a… Continue Reading…

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