The Slow Murdering of a 94 Year Old Lady

Sounds dramatic, and yet, to me, it is the truth of the matter.  It is exactly what our Government is doing to our Seniors, thanks to the Conservative mantra of ‘Business Can Do It Better Than Government’ can.

Personally, there is some ( note the word SOME ) truth in that saying, but in many instances it simply isn’t true. Least not when it comes to things like Health Care, or Education, or Social Services.  Those areas, can benefit from Business but ONLY (not that word – only ) if there is full and complete Government Oversight, with authority.

  1. Being Old, 94 years old, isn’t easy, is filled with a whole slew of complications, that can make life, at best, difficult to endure.

Unfortunately, instead of attempting to make those twilight years bearable, our society is moving towards simply abdicating its responsibility towards those who are aged.

Whether it is in Food Safety, transportation, or health care, our society no longer values the past contributions of our Seniors, but instead, is driven by the concept of  ‘what have you done for me today‘.

Truth is, being old is a burden on society, but it should be one we gladly accept, because you know, tomorrow we are the elderly of today.  So in a way, it is self-serving to put into place, systems to aid the transition from life to death, to make the twilight years bearable, because in time, we are ALL going to be in that same boat, as my 94-year-old Mother is today.

By allowing private agencies, such as Beacon Community Services to exist, to actually control the care of home support for the citizens of Vancouver Island, we are slowly murdering our elderly.

Oh it isn’t quick, by any means. No gun to the head and pulling of the trigger, no forcing a massive amount of pills down their throat, no turning on the gas, and leaving the room.  But just as deadly as those are, so too is the way we have allowed Home Support to exist today.

Sending unqualified personnel into the home, who haven’t a clue as to how to lift a patient up out of bed, how to engage them in conversation, or just how to simply maintain a simple and easy routine, is just as deadly to them.   Only worse, because unlike a gun to the head, this method makes their remaining years painful.

It puts stress on an already weakened vascular system, it puts added stress on an already fragile mind, that eventually puts them over the age. BUT, before they go over that edge, they suffer.

There are no Checks & Balances, because Business is better suited to handle them, than the Piper who is paying the shot.  VIHA will gladly take your complaint, but then passes it on for resolution, directly to the organization you are complaining about.

No different from CIFA, that knows food-producing plants are unclean, are not sanitary, but can only wait until that plant notifies them of an issue, before issuing a recall. It does nothing, because it isn’t allowed to do anything, to prevent and control the spread of disease, of bacteria, until AFTER it gets into the food chain.

One more example of how Government is joining with private enterprise, to MURDER our Seniors, and us too. You see, old people have a weakened immune system, and unlike days long gone, today you can buy expired food, at a discount.  Now when you are on a fixed income, have to pay for medications you shouldn’t have to pay for, you need to save wherever you can.

You are old, you may not realise that the discounted food is expired, or about to expire, because you grew up in a society that didn’t allow such things to happen. But, that was before Stephen Harper and his mantra of doing whatever business wants.  Today, even he, claims expired food is okay, has a longer shelf life and not a threat.

Tell that to the people who have died from Maple Leaf Foods.

It is a simple fact, that when you allow someone to do whatever they want, without any controls in place, you are simply putting a gun in their hands, to fire at will.

Oh we all hold up how much longer people are living today, thanks to our wonderful society, and all of the advances we have made.  But perhaps it is more of a testament to their strength, to their grit & determination than it is to Science and Society.

Old people need routine, need support. Instead of making them free of stress, we add more by sending in people who know nothing about caring for an old person. We acerbate their tenuous hold on reality, by altering schedules without notice, and worse, we force many of them to make choices, that no one should have to make.

Look around, at the wealth we have as a nation, at the natural resources we hold, and then look at how we make 94 year olds choose between institutional living, versus independent living, based solely on their income.

Someone said, well if they didn’t plan for it when they could, tough shit to them.

And that is how Stephen Harper and our Society works today.  Thing is, back in the 60’s and even the 50’s, our society held that no matter your wealth, your income, old age would be looked after, thanks to a caring, compassionate Government and Society. They were fed a line, that their old age would be secured, through Government support, and until the advent of the New Conservatism, it was basically true.

Now suddenly, they are being penalized because they believed in their Government.

Be honest too, how can you afford to put aside sufficient money, if all you are earning is $10 an hour, and your partner is earning the same?

Can you manage to feed your family, to house them, and sustain them at today’s minimum wage level, and at today’s high cost of living?

Business can do what it wishes, can show high profits, and yet gets even bigger tax benefits than the average persons does, but puts back PITTENCE as compared to the average wage earner.

Now perhaps being in your 20’s or 30’s it doesn’t seem so important. You dream that one day you will be the CEO of that company you work for, even though more high paying jobs are being sent overseas. How you can realistically expect to advance your income, under those conditions, is truly the real dream.

Instead of how it was, where business used to put aside a large percentage of its profits, into infrastructure, into replacing old equipment, today that percentage goes toward new chalets on the coast of France, to new corporate jets.

Employee loyalty is a thing of the past, because our Government sides with Big Business, gives them our tax dollars, in return for cutting jobs and moving plants overseas.  Somehow, the concept of “BUYING LOCAL” is swearing, and unacceptable.

And who winds up paying for this change in direction?

Why the older members of our society. They are the ones who are given the burden of choosing between food, or medicine. We no longer cover this medicine, this medical procedure, because it isn’t cost-effective.

When did human life become so cheap, so unimportant?

The values that my Mother grew up with, instilled in me, are gone. Today it is no longer about doing what is right, but what is more profitable. Today we let the Oil Industry set how fast our economy can grow, or rush headlong into a depression.

We see how Stephen Harper’s continue to rule, not because they are the best for the job, but because they made more people afraid of the other guy, than of them.  Neat trick, that is only now starting to further destroy what few values, principles, were left from a dying generation.

Instead of nurturing those people, their standards, we systematically work to make their lives unbearable, stressful, and complicated. We make them weaker, rob them of their dignity, and eventually, we kill them off because we need to own a new car every two or three years.

We do it, because it is more important to have an iPhone, iPad, and 300 cable channels in high-definition, than it is to have a Senior live in moderate comfort.  Much more important that we have food producers who can hire untrained staff to clean their equipment, than we can put inspectors into the plants, to makes ure our food supply is free of bacteria, of disease.

This is the new society, given us by the New Conservatism, that our Country, and others, have embraced. We’d rather be scared into voting for someone, than in actually voting for someone who will do something we need. 

This is the New Conservatism of Stephen Harper, and it is slowly killing our Seniors.  This is what happens, when one votes out of fear, instead out of reason.

And it will be people like my 94-year-old Mother, who will pay for all this, with her life.

Not Safe in US, Why Here?

CIFA is monitoring the recall of some food flavor enhancer in the USA.  It hasn’t opted to RECALL it here, which begs the simple question.  

IF THE PRODUCT IS NOT SAFE IN THE UNITED STATES, HOW CAN IT BE SAFE FOR CANADIAN USE?

Sure, I know, different lots made on different days, in different plants, all are things that come into play, but without knowing if the stuff shipped up here is from that lot, or if the products using it, are shipped up here, why are we just MONITORING IT?

I would suggest that from now on, let me do the shopping for Mr. Harper. First off, I’ll save him lots of money, because I’ll only buy the stuff that is being discounted.  While I won’t buy it for my family, given Mom is 92, and I really don’t buy into Harper’s Bullshit that a ‘Best By Date’ isn’t important, I am sure our PM won’t mind.  I mean after all, he is young, vibrant and can easily weather some tummy ache, right?

So what if the meat is brown instead of red? Once it’s cooked, you won’t notice the color, and add a few more spices, you certainly won’t notice the horrible odour from it either. So I could really save a lot of money, given how virtually every grocery store can now legally sell expired foods.

I’ll make some nice sandwhiches for him to take to the office, while he mulls over which lines to change in our National Anthem, or in how he can not tell us just where he spent $60 Billion of our money.   A couple of extra stuffed ham or corned beef sandwhiches will help him concentrate, and well, so what if they passed their ‘best buy date’ a week ago, and are from Maple Leaf Foods.   We all know that Listeriosis is everywhere, right?

GET REAL MY FRIENDS, THIS IS HARPER’S TYPE OF COUNTRY WHERE THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS IS THE PROFIT MARGIN FOR BIG BUSINESS.  YOUR HEALTH IS THE LEAST OF THEIR, OR HIS, CONCERN.

THAT IS WHAT YOU GET FOR VOTING FOR STEPHEN HARPER

 NOTHING!

The Conservative mantra of Less Government in our Lives, is a nice concept, but totally impracticle. The move to self regulation to industries, is asking for trouble, and worse, for serious illness.  Especially as it applies to the Food Industry.

This Afternoon I went shopping, bought some hamburger, that expires in a few days, however, when it came time to cook it, well, let’s just say we didn’t have hamburger tonight. Fairway Markets, here in Victoria, had a nice sale, and now I know why, too. Due to Self Regulation, consumers are being put at risk, and when you cook for a 92 year old, you can’t be too careful, and yet we place a great deal of trust, into our supermarkets, meat producers, etc.

The Hamburger was bad, but what was worse, is how it was packaged. To begin with it had a nice red color, all around, so why should I suspect it of being bad? The ‘best before date’ was a few days away too, so I mean, hell it had to be good, right?  WRONG!

Once opened, the package was a deep dingy brown color, the red meat was all around the dark colored meat, which makes me wonder if it wasn’t simply packed with fresh meat, with old meat placed inside. Never mind that hot dog packages with a best buy date are weeks gone, but if a business if fudging the fresh stuff, what is left?

What if I had frozen the meat? The color would have changed, and I’d have opened it for use, without knowing, and as a result, could have seriously impacted not just my health, Davids, but Mom’s as well. AND THAT COULD BE DEADLY.

We need to go back to a system, where stores COULD NOT SELL ITEMS EXPIRED.  We need to return to a system, where independent inspectors are given the authority to close a place down, if it doesn’t meat the minimal health standards set down by legislation. No more of this not inspecting machines, that slice and prepare food for thousands. No more letting an industry run amock, endangering our health, or those of our loved ones.

STEPHEN HARPER NEEDS TO BE SENT PACKING, SO WE CAN GET A GOVERNMENT THAT CARES ABOUT US, THE PEOPLE, NOT THE CORPORATION THAT GIVE HIM HUGE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS.

Truth is, Industry is about making profits, and without a real independent force, regulation, watching over them, they are going to cut corners. AND YES, that does mean safety, health corners. The goal is to make money, at any cost, and we have seen how that works, with Maple Leaf Foods, and others.

Is the CRTC Failing Us?

The recent ruling by the CRTC that would allow Bell to force smaller ISP’s that use its system, to charge customers by the download, or to limit the amount of free download bandwidth, has some people pissed, wanting the CRTC to be mothballed.  An interesting concept that supposedly is gathering some steam online, with a petition to have the Harper Government TURF the CRTC.

The CRTC, the petition says, is failing in its mandate to protect competition and look out for the interest of Canadian consumers and has for the past three years shown “undue preference in the interest of commercial entities and their preference for traditional business models over competing models that would create competition.” ( CBC News )

There is no doubt, that recent rulings are pro big business, but then why is anyone surprised? After all, the CRTC is an appointed body, accountable to the Government. Why should we be surprised that they toe the line, as decreed by the Harper Elite? I mean come on, do we expect less from a Government who has dismantled our various other agencies, such as CIFA?

While I agree, the CRTC has let us down, but then, we should be directing our anger, not at those who want to stay employed, but at the Government that directs them. At the men & women who have forced them to do the bidding of the Corporate Masters of the Harper Conservative Party.

Criticisms of the CRTC in online message boards and in comments on CBC stories have been building since it was ordered to proceed with a “light regulatory touch” in 2006 by then industry minister Maxime Bernier. ( more from CBC )

I believe we need to address the issues, not by harping against those on the front line, doing what they were told, but at the puppet masters, who direct their decisions.  STEPHEN HARPER.

We whine and moan about CIFA, at how they have failed to keep our food supply safe, we moan at Customs & Immigration, that continues to allow shoddy merchandise into our country, and illegal immigrants in, and now it is the CRTC for ruling in favor of the special interests of Big Interests. We cringe as our national resources are sold for pennies to foreign interests, because there no longer is any restrictions to selling off. IN TRUTH the biggest seller is our very own Government.

Yet Stephen Harper has done a good job. Not at Governing, Not at protecting Canadian Interests, but in selling his brand of ELITISM, to the point where we blame the wrong people for the mistakes of his own administration. A man who has failed to honor any of his campaign promises, who deliberatley lied during the election, and who has sold us out, to every large special interest group around.

Our lakes and rivers are to be pollotued, because Stephen Harper tells us that toxic mining waste is not harmful. Of course he isn’t the one fishing those streams, or eating those poisoned fish. His bailouts that are going to cost us for generations to come, has not helped the people, but has improved the corporate profit line. Yet he is seen by many, as a savior of our economy, even though he campaigned telling us we wouldn’t need a stimulus package, that we wouldn’t need deficit financing, to weather the storm.

This Year’s Deficit is Expected to Top FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS.

Should we be upset? YES but not at the CRTC. We should be remembering this, and placing the blame exactly where it belongs, at the feet of Stephen Harper and his elite corp of government stooges. After all, he learned from the best in graft, Brian Mulroney. The man who not only took $300,000.00 in a paper bag, but who took a few million of our taxpayer money, because he lied under oath.

So, should we be surprised, that the CRTC ruled in favor of Bell?  I DON’T THINK SO.

Maple Leaf, Listeria, Self Regulation

The change from the Liberal Government to the Harper regime was a lot more than just switching political parties. It was a switch in ideology as well, as to the role of Government. Harper is of the mindset, that Industry is better suited to protect the interests of the consumer, of the average citizen, than the ELECTED Government is.  How they believe that is mind boggling, but that is the mantra.

Today Maple Leaf Foods, a clear example of why SELF REGULATION is a total failure, has recalled its weiners, for fear of another Listeria outbreak.

Nine wiener products have been recalled by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. because of concerns the meat may contain traces of listeria monocytogenes.

There have been no reported illnesses connected to the wiener products and the recall is only a precaution, Maple Leaf said Tuesday in a release. ( CBC News )

Naturally, in the recall notice they toot their own horn, claiming they are doing more extensive testing, than required. COURSE THAT IS ALSO WHAT THEY SAID IN THE PREVIOUS CASE, WHERE 22 PEOPLE DIED FROM IT. One has to wonder, what does it take for the Harper Regime to wake up, and stop its insane policy of letting the fox guard the chicken coupe?

Maple Leaf Foods is not about public service, it is not about giving us the best it can for the least, but is about MAKING MONEY. They, like any other business, will cut corners, where it can, and unfortunately that includes safety procedures, equipment maintenance, and skilled labor. That isn’t to say it is wrong, but to say that they should determine what safety controls are cut, or what type of skilled labor is used to clean equipment, IS WRONG.

And frankly, it is NOT the obligation of Maple Leaf Foods to PROTECT ME.  That is the ROLE OF GOVERNMENT, WHICH STEPHEN HARPER & JERRY RITZ HAVE DECIDED TO ABDICATE.