Leveraging women's bodies became a political sport in Toronto this week. It began with the blurted out defence Rob Ford offered to reports that he sexually harassed a former employee, and sadly continued with Rosie DiManno's Toronto Star article about domestic violence. It's a mistake to focus on these issues.
Author, healthcare activist
Julie Devaney is a health, patient and disability rights activist based in Toronto. She is the author and performer of the critically acclaimed show, educational workshop series, and book, <em>My Leaky Body<em>, and co-editor of MESS: The Hospital Anthology (Feb, 2014).<br> <br> Julie has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree Critical Disability Studies from York University. <br> <br> Website: <a href="http://www.myleakybody.com" rel="nofollow">www.myleakybody.com</a> <br> <br> Twitter: @juliedevaney</em></em>
Maybe Rob Ford becoming more athletic will have no bearing on good and fair city policy that maintains strong public services and good jobs. And maybe the provinces shouldn't be pushed into privatizing healthcare by a government who is bent on destroying the principles of the Canada Health Act.
01/23/2012 05:33 EST
In Kevin O'Leary's new show, "Redemption Inc.," he promotes himself as a hero to the poor, criminalized, disenfranchised. He unquestioningly relies on market-driven clichés -- as he tells the woman who he sends home in the first episode: "You have to ask yourself, 'What can I do to make myself better and help the people I work for?'"
01/11/2012 10:13 EST
Last night I dreamt of Jack Layton. We talked about the messy, unpredictable vulnerability of all these human bodies we walk around in. And that surely, fair and equitable access to care for these bodies is essential to a just, humane and democratic society.
08/26/2011 04:53 EDT
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