It is horrible …

Maureen Ambersley, 57, a Registered Practical Nurse who died recently … to use the tragedy of a death to make a point, but this CTV News story angered me. Four women, all women of colour, too, from just one union, have died as a result of contracting COVID-19, almost certainly while all four were employed…… Continue reading It is horrible …

Let’s get it right

Derek Burney, a long time, diplomat (Ambassador to both South Korea and the USA), former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, corporate CEO and scholar, says, in an article in the National Post, that “The combination of a flimsy fiscal update and the erratic management of the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about the…… Continue reading Let’s get it right

Long term care or long term storage?

Some of us need long term care for our elderly relatives … it’s a legitimate need, not everyone can be cared for, adequately, at home, not even with some specialist support like a live-in caregiver … … and successive governments have made the existing (previous?) live-in-caregiver programme more and more difficult to access for those…… Continue reading Long term care or long term storage?

One old person’s thoughts about caring for old people

I’m not shocked at what military medics found in some long term care facilities. Saddened, but not shocked. Anecdote: I was in a conversation, a few years ago, about PTSD. One fellow said something that stuck with me. ‘It wasn’t,’ he said, ‘the fighting or the killing that got to me. My training prepared me…… Continue reading One old person’s thoughts about caring for old people

A big idea

So there is some fuss on social media about Prime Minister Trudeau’s government providing $50 million to help temporary foreign workers to self-isolate. As iPolitics explains, “Ottawa is providing $50 million to farmers, fish harvesters and other food production and processing employers to cover the costs of ensuring workers arriving from abroad properly self-isolate for…… Continue reading A big idea

Making Conservatism work

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: “The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoral…… Continue reading Making Conservatism work

Doing the right thing and doing it right

I saw this in a story in the Ottawa Sun a few days ago: “The province will invest more than $8.4 million to expand home and community care in Ottawa this year, half of that for The Ottawa Hospital’s YouCare@Home program … [and] … The announcement Friday by Merrilee Fullerton, minister of long-term care and a former…… Continue reading Doing the right thing and doing it right

We have a spending problem

I apologize, in advance, for a long post full of numbers and charts and economic jargon, but all this ties back to something I said a few days ago: “I am, personally, disappointed that Andrew Scheer has come out as something approaching a big government Conservative. I had hoped that he might put restoring some fiscal…… Continue reading We have a spending problem