This blog may seem a little unfocused, but then so am I - I'm a writer, photographer, trombonist, online gamer, grandfather, and promoter of graffiti as both an art form and a community change agent. You can subscribe to my posts, over on the right-hand panel, via RSS feed or emails, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
And I only had to stop to ask directions twice.
I turned 75 years old this week, and it's been a smooth trip, for the most part. I did pause twice for therapy to check my direction, and did hit a speed-bump this year (hospital visit) but looking back I'm pretty satisfied. Could I have done some things different? Of course. Would that have been better? I don't know, I would have ended up a different person, on a different path, but the end result is the same. Around and around the sun until you stop.
I posted this in The Facebook, and got one response - from my sister. Maybe nobody else saw it, maybe nobody wanted to comment, maybe it upset some. I'll tweak and repost.
There was this article, from the CBC - Survivors, faith leaders call on Catholic Church to take responsibility for residential schools.
"The Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. said last Thursday that preliminary findings from a survey of the grounds at the former residential school in Kamloops revealed the remains of 215 children — some as young as three years old."
These were schools for young native children, taken from their families. The schools were run by various church groups, mainly Roman Catholic, from 1831 to 1996. The intent was to assimilate them into Canadian (non-native) society, by force if necessary. Abuse was common and has been well documented.
"The Roman Catholic Church was responsible for operating up to 70 percent of residential schools, according to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS). United, Anglican and Presbyterian churches were among those operating the remainder. In the years since, the Roman Catholic Church is the only one that hasn't made a formal apology."
I see that Ford has walked back two of the latest restrictions - the closure of children's playgrounds, and random police checks. This was after his medical experts went online to state that the data - which he had seen - showed that playgrounds were a very minor source of cases. And also was after several police jurisdictions stated there was no way they would get involved in making 'random' stops of people. Ford seems to forget the issues of carding and the resultant racial profiling.