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Noted online emoter, committed to tea and sympathy and bread and roses. Currently open to writing work. Often covered in cats. Always married to @h4ritha.
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Apr 15, 2020 20 tweets 3 min read

I have seen a lot of people asking why people on ODSP or OW should be eligible for CERB. The argument seems to be "Their situation hasn't changed, so why do they need more money?" Quick non-COVID related background: OW and ODSP are not indexed to inflation. So people using those programs have effectively been given a pay cut every year, for decades. Because even years that rates have been raised, it is never enough to get caught up on inflation.
Dec 24, 2019 12 tweets 3 min read
Celebrating Adele's weight loss is a garbage thing to do for a million reasons. Here are two:

1. It tells your fat friends you think their bodies are a problem to be solved.

2. The weight loss could be the result of physical or mental health struggles. Weird to cheer about! I had a nervous breakdown two years ago and was unable to eat. My heart was constantly racing to the point where my Fitbit tracked me doing 15 hours of cardio on a day I didn't leave my bed. I lost over 20% my body weight in four months.
Oct 7, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
A thread:

ATTENTION PROGRESSIVE MEN. No one has been more critical of Elizabeth May's stance on abortion than I have. But reproductive justice is under attack all the time, and Elizabeth May is hardly the reason that access is as limited as it already is.

#Elexn43 #cdnpoli The abortion apologist nonsense Elizabeth May spouts is completely toxic and absolutely enables attitudes that result in limiting reproductive rights. Do not attempt to mansplain this to me.
Sep 20, 2019 10 tweets 4 min read
[#elxn43 Thread] Sincere question for those who insist on replying to every critical post about Justin Trudeau's brown/blackface with an assertion that Andrew Scheer is worse: 1. Do you actually think we don't know this? 2. What is it that you think we should do instead? Ignore it? Not discuss its impact or implications at all? Pretend it didn't happen? Look past the pain it has caused, because someone else is worse? #elxn43
Sep 19, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
BLACK PEOPLE IN CANADA WERE PROTESTING BLACKFACE NEARLY 200 YEARS AGO. STOP SAYING "NO ONE HAD A PROBLEM WITH THIS SORT OF THING IN 2009". #cdnpoli #elxn43 There is a timeline document about the history of Blackface in Canada. Montreal, 1850:…
Sep 19, 2019 7 tweets 4 min read
Cool. I am expected to use @BeaconCBT for mental health support at work, despite their useless response to my flagging that it's irresponsible and triggering that their online intake has a required question about weight. They won't help me unless I tell them what I weigh? Brutal. @BeaconCBT Oh cool it looks like the CEO supports the recent massive cuts to provincial mental health support systems.

Sep 9, 2019 10 tweets 4 min read
Okay I am filling out a self-assessment tool in order to access something called @BeaconCBT, which I get through my work. Please join me on what is apparently going to be a half-hour journey. Whoooo boy I don't think 256 characters is gonna be enough space to answer this.
Sep 6, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Hi I accidentally looked at shelter kittens in Edmonton. Sorry, but now someone has to adopt this perfect creature. I don't make the rules.… Also ... surprise! Haritha and I adopted this equally perfect cinnamon bun. We pick her up Saturday.
Sep 1, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
As I shared a few days ago, we suddenly and unexpectedly lost poor sweet Sam -- our giant Maine Coon -- to heart failure last week. Everything about this is crushing. We're devastated, Leo is bereft without his best friend, and the last week of Sam's life cost about $2K. If anyone needs (or knows anyone who needs) either freelance comms support or an order of non-alcoholic cocktails, please keep us in mind!
Aug 29, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
"Not interested in a paying situation." Oh wow this dude has already "written" "books".
Aug 22, 2019 7 tweets 2 min read
This analysis is chilling:

"Male anger tends to be rooted not in frustration over tasks and responsibilities, but in a longing for love, fun, meaning, and a desire for a deeper connection with their partner.… "Not the boiling, toxic hate that leads to the ugly crimes of passion recounted in Dateline episodes."

Uh, sure. Not that type of hate. She means the other less dangerous type of hatred men feel towards women they don't think love them enough.
Jul 28, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Hi in case anyone wondered why I started a non-alcoholic cocktail company this is why. His tweet bummed me out, then I remembered that Toronto Food had written a glowing review of Ten Restaurant that included this bit about our drinks: "Our meal was accompanied with Temperance Cocktails. Didn't know it was possible to make a non-alcoholic drink taste that way."
Jul 27, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
Hey @ONlabour, is this legal? p.s. It's not and @FoxandFiddle are fucking trash for treating people this way.
Jul 26, 2019 17 tweets 3 min read
When I read conversations from women* who relate to that Crane Wife essay, I feel like I am so fortunate and possibly an alien. I can't imagine getting into a relationship with someone so indifferent to me? If I was anxious and unfulfilled right away, I would not stick around. To be clear, I can understand staying in something that has gone bad, hoping it gets better again; I tried to put up with less in order to stave off my last breakup. But I don't think I've ever wanted to have fewer wants. I've never even been on a diet.
Jul 22, 2019 10 tweets 2 min read
I know it can be exhausting to be a non-drinker in this world. I've literally never had any alcohol in my life, and I literally co-founded a company to push back against the dominance of alcohol in our culture.

But I was actually floored when a customer told me this story: Time and time again I have experienced that there are people who just cannot fucking handle it if a single person in their vicinity is not drinking alcohol. It's unreal.
Jul 17, 2019 22 tweets 4 min read
A thread on recovering from heartbreak: These two pictures were taken exactly a year apart. On March 1st 2018, I woke up engulfed in agony and terror and dread. On March 1 2019, I woke up overwhelmed by joy, my hair still damp from last night's swim in the ocean.
Jul 11, 2019 7 tweets 3 min read
Hey friends! I'm looking for some quotes for a piece I am working on about conflict in the workplace! #HARO I need folks to let me use their full names and current position (though that need not be the workplace you are talking about in your quotes!) #HARO
Jun 4, 2019 18 tweets 4 min read
[Thread] This isn't a callout at a particular person, but I'm feeling at a loss. I was talking to a dude friend of mine about that Incels + Plastic Surgery article, and I asked him what he thought he could do -- working with other men -- to change the culture that creates Incels. And he was just like so bewildered that I thought he might even consider being part of the solution on this. He felt it was the role of teachers and therapists and counsellors etc etc etc. Which, of course those people have a role, but there aren't enough of them to fix this.
May 26, 2019 5 tweets 1 min read
I know the "death recorded" thing is bad, but I think it's even more inexcusable that she doesn't seem to care that examples she sites were about sex with young boys. "Struggle to tell the truth about love" what??
May 17, 2019 9 tweets 2 min read
I know she says this is just her personal view, and that she is a staunch defender of abortion rights. But legit I just will never be able to trust anyone who feels this way. #AbortionRights #cdnpoli If anyone needs a source, here is an archived article:…
May 10, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
Hi excuse me I need some #uxdesign and #accessibility pals (and also everyone) to emotionally process with me about this most needlessly complicated survey I have ever seen in my entire life. @cityoftoronto / @MetroQuest WYD. SURPRISE.