Dear readers: I expected some negative fallout from this post and of course I'm getting it. I'd like to make one thing clear: when it comes to rehab, addicts and alcoholics are free to talk about their own recovery. What I object to is the tattling nature of what the Toronto Star has done by speaking to … Continue reading Rob Ford vs. Kevin Donovan: Who Snitched?
Close the blinds. I'd like to talk to you about privacy. If you've ever had yours violated, you'll know the feeling. The warm flush of exposure, like a Panopticon prisoner's, settles in and you internalize the presence of a stern or threatening power. It happened to me when I was mischaracterized by a surgeon who had operated … Continue reading Our Panopticon Media: Snowden and Ford
From Raphael Cohen-Almagor: "The Belgian population should be aware of the high level of paternalism among their physicians. One study shows that 60% of the surveyed physicians think that they should be able to decide to end the life of a patient who suffers unbearably and is incapable of making decisions." The Canadian media is … Continue reading Buffet Liberals and Champagne Charlies
Guest post by Kathleen Downes This post is terribly difficult to write. But the conversation needs to happen. One of the most significant threats to people with disabilities in North America is the belief that our lives are just not worth living. It’s a belief that permeates the media, sneaks into casual conversation with a … Continue reading Why one Disabled Woman Opposes Euthanasia
(2013) I've written an analysis of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's campaign for the legalization of euthanasia in Canada. This is a longread, but I cover information the CBC refused to cover, especially an instance of suicide contagion that occurred in Quebec in 1999, an instance so serious that the province's coroner stepped in, asking media … Continue reading Why is the CBC promoting euthanasia?