Isobel Mackenzie, BC Seniors advocate was shocked when she learned of Vancouver Coastal Health policy so she went to the BC Ministry to raise the alarm.

"The response was a nonplussed “oh yeah, I think we heard something about that”, Mackenzie said."

#bcpoli #COVIDPolicy
From January:
"Health authorities do not offer a nationwide breakdown, but a running tally by freelance journalist @NoLore suggests that about 75 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths in Canada have occurred among people in care facilities.…
So much important work will be built off that original research and it is important that it be credited to the person who did it - good journalism understands and respects this.
This piece by @ianjamesyoung70 should put to rest the fawning praise around Henry, Horgan, Dix but sadly likely will not. There will be excuses and explanations that defy logic but 'sound nice.' I don't understand anyone who accepts them at this point.…
I'm seeing all sorts of shock and surprise about this piece. I am not shocked. I have no shock left in me. It ended when I realized they were dying in LTC and not being transferred to hospitals. This piece is valuable bc it's evidence. A thing you collect after the crime happened
People ignore that evidence-based almost always = after harm happens & someone documenting harm. Too often the documenting of harm doesn't happen at all so this is important and good. But at some point we need to stop thinking that waiting for evidence of harm is best practice.
Btw they also run a facility for younger disabled adults to live their entire lives. "Adanac Park Lodge combines the elements of a modern hotel with the subtle charm of a country home." Some problems won't end with a vaccine.

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What about the structural integrity of surrounding buildings?
Not to mention humans in the area who do not immediately die or are injured. That concentration and intensity of a burst of energy surely must radiate out.

Again, I realize not the most significant area but I think it's important to consider ongoing impacts.
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Since I see a version of this headline often, can media to please read this aloud & then explain. Are you saying the person was left on scene? The cars crashed, someone brought wheelchair & left her?

"Woman left in wheelchair following [accident/crash/incident of some kind]"
What does "left in wheelchair" mean?

It sounds like you're describing someone who is no longer living - "woman left in wheelchair" - because if she was alive she would not be left, she'd have transferred into one - or if ambulatory, sat down in one.
I really can't get that phrase out of my head now "left in a wheelchair." What is "left in a wheelchair" supposed to indicate? That once you are in a wheelchair you are abandoned? I mean politically yes but the person still has agency - so unless they are literally "bound" 🙄
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I’ve gotten similar though for me it’s slightly different. My dx destroys muscles and it’s not all at once or across the board. So I could still move my leg side to side but not stand. Human bodies are way more complex than parts that work/don’t work at all. the only options.
Theoretically my condition doesn't even cause loss of sensation - just loss of function. However I also have peripheral vascular disease and some other issues that damaged nerves plus contractures so the end result is that most of my legs are mixtures of numb or PAINful.
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Read this thread Vancouver and think about what was not done here.
Adding that Montreal was city I pointed out allowed disabled people to book appointments online for early priority access to vaccine. No proof of dx required.
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“The role of our vaccinators, of our evaluators, is not to be police officers,” Dubé said.

Major contrast to the ableist bullshit Dr. Bonnie Henry, Adrian Dix and John Horgan orchestrated here.
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