This thought-provoking, animated video clip was made in the USA which may mean some statistics vary from the Canadian experience, but the truth contained here should give pause to conversations around poverty and the government's role.
IMAGINATE is pleased to host a presentation by Dr. Bridget Campion, a bioethicist and researcher who's worked for many years as a clinical ethicist in hospitals in Toronto and continues to practice as a healthcare ethics consultant, researching, writing, and lecturing about issues in bioethics. Her current interests include social justice and healthcare, particularly the interplay between the social determinants of health and the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
In 1993, the UN designated October 17 the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and later adopted the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger as the core of its Millennium Development Goals. The theme for this year is "Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty."
To mark the day, here are some things about poverty in Canada that you might not know:
Crack cocaine has been receiving a lot of press lately, but very little of the talk has helped us to understand the nature of the drug and its place in our communities. An op-ed piece in The Ottawa Citizen by Dr. Mark Tyndall, a professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa, probes our popular understanding of crack, which may stand in the way of helping those with addictions.
"We have been conditioned through the media and by the spread of popular misconceptions that crack is untreatable and a serious threat to our cities. That crack users are a menace to society and that criminal punishment is the only way to curb the problem. The response has been to use the criminal justice system to seek out the dealers and the users and to round them up and put them in jail. All this at the expense of any reasonable dialogue, research, or even interest in prevention, treatment or the social and mental health challenges that got people started in the first place." -Dr. Mark Tyndall
Read the full article here
Today was a day of vision and planning for our board and committee members, at Port Hope's Community Health Centre. More good things to come. Thanks to everyone (more than 80 individuals) who participated in our 4 X 4 survey!
(L-R: Jeff Knott, Jason Orchard, Pam MacDougall, Jackie Brimblecombe, Kim Orchard, Linda Hopley, Loretta Fraser, Beth Sheffield, Nicole Whitmore, Kaye Torrie, Janet Marchand, Kelly Ambrose)
We celebrated the Port Hope Community Health Centre's 5th anniversary today. The great sense of cooperation that we have shared over those years has meant that a whole bunch of people are getting proper health care. Some who had not had medical attention in 20 years!
(L-R Janet Marchand, David Sheffield, Pam MacDougall).