DARRIN PATEY DIDN’T WANT MARJORIE DENGIS TO BE FORCED FROM HER HOME. He’s certain now that she won’t be. He’s certain the new county council will not stick with a decision to sell the Grey Gables long-term care home in Markdale, Ontario, a community of just over 1000 people, 250 kilometers north of Toronto.
RECONCILIATION—THE BRINGING TOGETHER of a country’s peoples after a history of brutal injustice and structural oppression—was the only process that offered any hope of healing deep national wounds inflicted over many generations.
WE DON’T WANT OUR MEDICARE TO BE THIS WAY. A man dies after six hours in a cold hospital corridor, waiting for medical attention. A woman with broken bones, cracked ribs and internal bleeding waits nearly two days for surgery in a hospital “holding area.” Patients are stashed in offices, given stretchers in hallways instead of beds, even told to lie on the floor.
JOHN CLARKE LOVES A GOOD FIGHT. He became famous for it in Ontario. But the man who founded and led the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) for 28 years is ready for a rest. OCAP won’t be the same without him.
WITHOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS WE ARE DONE. That’s why every politician from Ontario premier Doug Ford to prime minister Justin Trudeau vows to “protect the middle class.” Problem is: their favourite way to do this is to cut the public service. Which is like boring holes in a leaking boat to let the water out.