I don't often agree with Don Braid, but he has written a very insightful column here. I have a few observations. 1/10
First, the comments that follow his article prove his point. Most of them take one approach or another to defend either residential schools, or systemic racism, or both. It's actually pretty shocking. 2/10
Second, Mr. Braid has a personal reason to hope for an end to systemic racism and a dropping of the barriers for Indigenous people. He has a stake in it now, with his grandchildren. 3/10
People shouldn't have to have family affected to know that colonization, systemic racism, and the oppression endured by Indigenous People here for the past century or two is just wrong. 4/910
You don't have to be personally affected to see injustice, be horrified by it, and oppose it. All you have to be is a decent human being with a heart. 5/910
If you are sitting in your privileged, comfortable life, trying to think up justifications for what happened to these children - THESE CHILDREN - and their families, what continues to happen to all these people... Your moral compass is broken. 6/10
If you are thinking of a "Yes, but..." reply to residential schools, children in unmarked graves, disproportionate numbers of Indigenous people living in poverty, in our jails, with substance abuse issues, held back by systemic racism, just don't. 7/10
You aren't going to convince anyone with a clear head, a compassionate heart, and an ounce of morality. It's wrong. It's like arguing that slavery was a good thing, or the Jews had it coming. Just don't. You only out yourself as a racist. 8/10
"I didn't know" only goes so far as an excuse. Now you do know. What are YOU going to do? What are you going to do to educate yourself, to stop defending the indefensible, to help make change? 9/10
We, as privileged white people, have a moral duty to make things right. All of us have somewhere along the line benefitted from the grossly unequal situation here. Land and resource use is a prime example. We need to make it right. 9/10

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3 Oct
Things are coming apart. We have had a respectful journalistic tradition in Canada for a very long time. Family was off-limits. It differentiated us from many countries. Our journalists took pride in their ethics. No longer it seems. 1/7 #CdnMediaFailed
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If he was in his office all day, in private meetings, that would be fine then? So, your point is not that he should have been at events. It's that he should not have any personal time. That's really what you are saying. 1/
And maybe you are also saying that he can't change his calendar, because you folks need to know where he is and what he is doing every minute of the day, in case he does something you can turn into a scandal. 2/
Let's be really clear about this. You are getting people worked up because he didn't show up at events, but you were ok when that was never the plan. So long as he was in his office, not being at events was fine with you.
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I don't suppose many people put these dates together. It is a good moment to remind everyone that our Prime Minister is also a human being. 1/7
Have you lost a parent or a sibling? My Mom died December 27, 2000. My Dad died November 3, 2004. Those dates never go by without some big emotion. What about you? Who have you lost whose passing affects you deeply? 2/7
Remember back in 2020? He appeared every. single. day. He had Canadians' backs. It was all a terribly uncertain time and he put himself out there. Part of the time his wife had COVID and was isolating, so he was parenting 3 kids by himself while running the country. 3/7
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Anyone remember being in school and once every few years they would take classes to the library or gym and there would be public health nurses and we would line up and get vaccinated? 1/6 #COVID19 #VaccinePassports #GetVaccinated
It wasn't a choice. There wasn't any discussion about it. And I think most parents were pleased that this was one less thing they needed to worry about or keep track of. I don't think it occurred to anyone to question the safety or efficacy of the vaccines. 2/6
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