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The Toronto Star has a piece on whether we’re ignoring the most vulnerable in our society now.
Of course we are. I’ve been pondering this a lot, what with Idle No More and so on, and I think it’s incredibly simple.
The Harper Tories only identify with winners. They’re not interested in anyone who is a loser, or who takes the part of a loser. Losers include the poor, the disadvantaged, the unemployed. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is – if you’re down on your luck you can fuck off and die. Only if you have money and are interested in making more do you have any meaning to the current Canadian government.
Even the NDP is laughable, with its obsession with social justice. That just means spending money on losers. Harper knows that isn’t the way to turn Canada into a machine for making more money for the rich.
Harper will never talk with Theresa Spence. Spence may die, or her allies may convince her to end her hunger strike. It’s all the same to Harper and his friends. She means absolutely nothing to them. She presents no danger.
It is a human tendency to mock the weak, to laugh at the clumsy, to kick the person who’s down. Individual survival sometimes really does mean tagging along with the successful rather than hanging behind to help the weak. But as a society, we have to decide whether we’re going to be hardline social Darwinists or not, and embrace the implications if we are. If we are, we have to calmly accept, one by one, that if we lose earning capacity by aging or getting sick or injured – showing weakness – we accept that it’s our duty to fuck off and die. We can’t expect our society to show us pity if we can’t turn a profit.
Another explanation for the Harper philosophy is here from earlier in 2012.
The Mile End Mission on Bernard is beginning to struggle with the perception of the neighbourhood as fairly wealthy, a relatively recent trend.
La Presse is looking at how residential streets turn into autoroutes, destroying the peace and quality of life in neighbourhoods; public health doctor Patrick Morency says flatly there are too many cars. Another sidebar points out the high rate of damage done when drivers take neighbourhood streets at autoroute speeds.
As a non-driver I’m wondering: is there in effect an unlimited number of license plates given out by the SAAQ? What if the SAAQ could only give out a certain number of plates per area, after which if you wanted to drive you’d have to be on a waiting list till someone else surrendered a plate for whatever reason?
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Latest report is that 70% of last week’s snow has been picked up.
I still have no sidewalk and my main concern right now is whether this means Canada Post is staying away till it’s cleared.
Emergency wards are being hit hard by this year’s flu season. Note that the media are still saying you have to be in certain risk groups to get the free vaccine at a CLSC, whereas anyone who asks will get it for free.