Category Archives: politics & public policy

Let’s talk about the fact that a doctor recommended murdering a patient

The case of Candice Lewis demonstrates how Canada’s system is being set up to allow the murder of disabled people. Continue reading

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Larger class sizes hit kids with learning disabilities where it hurts

Until now, kindergarten to grade 3 classrooms in Manitoba, where I live, have been limited to 20 students each. Yesterday the provincial government announced they would remove the cap, and allow individual school boards to decide for themselves what is an … Continue reading

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Reflections on public pain and collective rage at the end of 2016

I’ve cried in public more times than I can count. I’ve cried openly on the bus after saying goodbye to a loved one, I’ve cried at parties, and I’ve cried at work. Yesterday I sat in a coffee shop and … Continue reading

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Sophie GrĂ©goire Trudeau needs to stop talking about mental health

Sophie GrĂ©goire Trudeau’s approach to mental health is completely individualist, over-simplistic and useless for most of us who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. It’s also not new. Continue reading

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If a cyclist yells at a driver, it’s because they’re afraid they’re going to die.

On Friday morning, I biked to work. This summer I have cycled about two or three times a week. It’s about 15 minutes to bike from my house, most of it down a six-lane major street that is busy by … Continue reading

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Calling Trump “crazy” is lazy, ableist and counterproductive

This is going to sound repetitive for anyone who read my last blog post, but throwing around language about mental illness like this, without evidence, is not okay. Not ever. And when it’s about someone like Donald Trump, it carries even more power. Continue reading

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Your pro gun control rhetoric is dangerous for people like me

Mental illness has become a scapegoat for systemic violence, and I’m scared for my friends. Continue reading

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