It is horrible …

… 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 as personal support workers or in Long Term Care Facilities.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 theContinue 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 thoseContinue reading “Long term care or long term storage?”

Adding to the problem

When I asked my question, almost 12 hours ago, about death rates in stage two the pandemic I had not seen an article by Karen Howlett in the Globe and Mail which says that “A surge of COVID-19 infections in Canada’s most populous province is spreading to elderly residents of nursing homes, with the numberContinue reading “Adding to the problem”

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 meContinue 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 forContinue 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 electoralContinue 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 formerContinue 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 fiscalContinue reading “We have a spending problem”

800-pound gorillas (3)

I have been arguing, since the early days of this blog, February 2016 to be exact, that health care spending is going to destroy Canada. Put simply: We cannot afford the system we have; The system we have is broken; and No one wants to discuss a rational system. Canadians love their healthcare system. AboutContinue reading “800-pound gorillas (3)”