"Folks, don't leave the house for non essential trips. But if you're sick and got to go to work so you can buy food for your family and pay the rent? Do the right thing."
"Premier Ford, what's the right thing?"
"Friends, we all know what to do."
"Which is?"
"Friends, the rules are pretty simple. Just stay home... unless it's for a gathering with 5 people or less. Only the essentials."
"So non-essential businesses are closed."
"They're open, but you probably shouldn't go. Unless you need something for a gathering. It's common sense."
"It says here that all non-essential construction projects are to be shut down. What counts as an essential project, Mr. Premier?"
"It's simple: you know one when you see one."
"Can you give an example?"
"I could give examples all day, but people just gotta do the right thing."
"Premier Ford, will people be allowed to go to their cottage under the new rules?"
"I think I've been perfectly clear on this. Essential travel only."
"So you're not allowed then?"
"That's not what I said. Really, it depends on whether it's essential that you go to the cottage."
"Doug, people are struggling to tell if a Twitter thread of absurd dialog between you and reporters is satire or reality? What does that say about your pandemic messaging?"
"Brian, the media needs to give its head a shake and stop reporting fake news. Everything's on the table."

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31 Aug 20
When we talk about John A Macdonald and genocide, it's essential to make it clear that we're not just talking about residential schools, though he was the key architect of that decidedly genocidal institution.
The scale of Indigenous death on the Prairies during his time as both Prime Minister and Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs (1878-1888) is truly staggering. Look, for instance, at these tables put together by Maureen Lux.
What's perhaps most terrifying about these tables showing population declines of between 26% and 56% is that they start in 1884 and, therefore, only capture a fraction of the total death toll of Macdonald's starvation policies during this period.
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11 Nov 19
1. In the past month or so, I've given talks to health care professionals (dietitians and nurses) about medical experimentation in residential schools and Indigenous communities, focusing on their place within a larger history of systemic racism in Canadian health care policy.
2. Both times I have been confronted after my talk by visibly upset health care professionals with friends and family members who had worked closely with Indigenous communities who were deeply offended by my discussions of systemic racism in the delivery of health care.
3. And while I understood that they both wanted to defend their friends and family members, who they insisted were not racist and were doing their best to help their Indigenous neighbours, the conversation quickly moved in another direction.
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15 Nov 18
Here's my final tally of how many of the TRC's 94 Calls to Action have been completed over the past 3 years.

At this rate, Canada is set to complete the Calls to Action in approximately 2053.
And for those who might criticize this number, arguing that "it doesn't capture the progress that has been made on so many of the Calls to Action"? The same criticisms were levelled at me last year (and the year before) but the number of completed calls has barely budged.
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7 May 18
1. The use of Tomson Highway by @jonkay & others who seek to undermine the findings of the TRC has been bothering me for a long time, so here’s a thread.
2. Kay has been peddling the “Were residential schools really that bad?” line for a long time now – both in his writings & during his time as an editor at the National Post – so his recent invocations of Highway to argue for residential school revisionism aren't that surprising.
3. More recently, Kay & others have latched on to this Highway quote from a 2015 interview: “You may have heard stories from 7000 witnesses in the process that were negative… But what you haven't heard are the 7000 reports that were positive stories.” huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/15/tom…
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11 Feb 18
1. This headline bothers me for a number of reasons, in part because people have been making this comparison for a long time and it's not a helpful one.
2. See, for instance, this July 1963 article in Macleans.
3. "This is our Alabama," claims Peter Gzowski following the murder of an Indigenous man, Allan Thomas, by a mob of local white farmers and businessmen in Glaslyn, Saskatchewan near North Battleford.
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