Are we allowed to have relationships? Not just with workers, doctors and med/justice systems but real people? Part of the experience of being involved in the psychiatric system and other institutions like prisons is that we are isolated and told how to behave.
We are not given a lot of chances to take risks and fail.
Disability justice includes the right to a personal life and intimate relationships.
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2008: Director quits over ‘offensive’ bear. Vermont Teddy Bear Co. has sold out of its $69.95 (U.S.) “Crazy for You” bear, which were sold complete with straitjackets and commitment papers. 2019 – You can still find the offensive/stigmatizing/awesome Halloween costumes and toys. Do you find the asylum story lines in Gotham, Split, Infinitely Polar Bear offensive? Why are there so many asylum themed escape houses?
Privatization of healthcare in 2005
Bridgepoint, CAMH, Toronto Grace called for a community meeting about the implications of the potential “public private partnership” (P3) redevelopment of our hospitals this spring. What does it mean for patients, professionals, and community agencies?
Privatization in 2019
Privatization is (probably) not being considered by Premier Doug Ford: “He also told the bureaucrats that Health Minister Christine Elliott is working hard to protect the public health-care system, adding his government “will continue to ensure necessary funding for world-class health care in Ontario.””
Actions: Keep up with the news. Tell your MPP if you like public healthcare. Let Doug Ford know how you feel about private clinics because they may be coming. For example, some of his advisors are supporters of clinics: Gordon Campbell has supported Dr. Brian Day who is the founder of the private Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver, which has brought a constitutional challenge to allow private healthcare. Hepburn, Toronto Star January 9, 2019.)
Wouldn’t it be nice to get emergency therapy yesterday rather than a needle in ER? Or housing yesterday rather than running from shelter to warming centre today…
Homelessness: Crisis, emergency,
Governments often see us as the targets of the emergency rather than the solution.
City council voted to not declare homeless an emergency on January 30th. Partly because homelessness is such an ongoing problem it isn’t an emergency. Voting No means that the Mayor cannot make big decisions and spend money to immediately create housing and shelters and to ask for help from higher level governments.
Do you have thoughts? Petition at Progress Toronto. Get more information at //bit.ly/2UvVOc1 If you really want to experience the debate: //youtu.be/aZFy-8HPEHc?t=8374
State of Emergency – Opioid Crisis
Health advocates urge Ontario to declare state of emergency over opioids.
[Province has limited the number of OPS/SIS sites] “The cap is the exact opposite of a proper response to the current crisis,” said Sarah Ovens, an organizer with the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS).
“It is like nobody is steering this ship, nobody is in charge of co-ordinating this response at a higher level,” Ms. Ovens said
Source: //tgam.ca/2MKqxzz MORE at: //www.facebook.com/TorontoOPS/ and //www.facebook.com/CanadianAssociationofPeopleWhoUseDrugs/
Family of Soleiman Faqiri files $14M lawsuit over ‘excessive force’ they say killed him
More than two years after Soleiman Faqiri was found lifeless on the floor of an Ontario jail cell, the family of the 30-year-old man, who had mental illness, has filed a lawsuit against the province over the “excessive force” they believe ultimately killed him.
More than six months after his death, a post-mortem report deemed the cause of Faqiri’s death “unascertained,” with the Kawartha Lakes Police Service concluding there were no grounds for criminal charges against any of those involved. [CBC: //bit.ly/2HORqUa]
The Honourable Michael H. Tulloch (2018) review discussed the ways police “check” and target different people.
“…Given the social cost involved with a practice that has not definitively been shown to widely reduce or solve crime, it is recommended that the practice of randomly stopping individuals to gather their identifying information for the creation of a database for intelligence purposes be discontinued in those remaining jurisdictions that still employ the practice.” More at soundtimes.com
And what about those intimate relationships
Too often people with disabilities and institutions are seen as unworthy of relationships or sex.Getting the relationships and sex you want is part of disability justice:According to the World Health Organization, “Sexuality is an integral part of the personality of everyone: man, woman and child; it is a basic need and aspect of being human that cannot be separated from other aspects life.”
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The Fare Pass Presto card saves money: $2.00 per ride, 115.50 monthly pass. If you receive a transport allowance from OW or ODSP check with a worker before you apply for the pass so that you don’t have that subsidy cut from your cheque.
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February 07 Origins of root foods
A facilitator from AfriCan FoodBasket will discuss the origins of root foods including potatoes, carrots, dashees & eddoes.
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Seminars, and Activities at Syracuse University Originally compiled by Alex Umstead and Diane Wiener (2012) Current revision by Kate Pollack and Diane Wiener (2018)
(Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center—//bit.ly/2CPsxmI).
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Guerilla public service announcement: Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 30-39. capud.ca/safesupply#LifeWontWait
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