We need an annual National Day of Remembrance where we acknowledge the death of children in the Canadian Residential and Industrial School system. The numbers of those deceased has not been fully accounted for and there will be more grisly discoveries.
“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth"
I’ve been asked to comment on the issues of the past few days. I’m still thinking about that. Maybe my voice doesn’t need to be heard.
Or maybe we all need to speak.
Truth is, we need change.
I have multiple personal stories of being on the receiving end of racism and profiling, as have many Indigenous, Métis, Black, Asian, or persons of colour. My father is Cree, my mother’s side is from Norway. So I have ALSO experienced the side that DOESN’T fear on a daily basis.
In my younger years I was routinely carded, detained, questioned, and one time severely beaten - presumably for existing while Indigenous. As I aged and physically became increasingly white-passing, these things stopped.
I am not looking for any sympathy. These are just facts.
1. We have a capacity issue. We don’t have enough physical space for an increase in the number of transit vehicles.
*the facts likely aren’t fun.
@estolte 2. When building the new Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage, virtually no extra capacity was created. It can handle about as many vehicles as the old Westwood location that it’s replacing.
@estolte 3. City leadership has been encouraging more transit use to a growing population for years but has not increased capacity. Logistically, capacity can’t be increased for many more years. We have to build new garages.