A brutal police shooting of a mentally ill man has rightly upset Mississauga in recent days. What the hell kind of ‘wellness check’ ends in a fatal shooting? Are we going down the same road as the likes of Chicago? If we are, what exactly is our excuse? Even if you are a really huge fan of police and take a harsh view of life how do you justify this kind of thing?
Here’s a link to that open letter from the people managing something like one point eight billion dollars worth of the national economy. Contrast the thinking behind their interest in universal basic income with that other item from same news cycle in which we find Tory/neoliberal playa Patrick Brown (MPP, Simcoe North) needed three hundred grand for his office expenses for two months. This man is part of an AUSTERITY government. One that just foisted a hospital cancellation on Brampton, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, among other things.
What a curiosity these times are. Firstly that a right wing government member can be a hog wild spender with a robotic interest in power who also projects a surface interest in fiscal probity and professionalism mainly expressed through talking like a businessman. Secondly, the actual business managers are, here, in the role of social conservation.
Are these times in which the messages are mixed? You fucking bet they are.
Looks as if we are not the only ones who feel an almost homonymic gravity of some kind drawing the phrases ‘buck-a-beer’ and ‘go fuck yourself’ into the same orbit. This piece captures the general atmosphere of a hyped up, hot, and violent summer in a province that needs a sex-ed snitch line like it needs another massive forest fire.
If Ontario’s new Drug Ford government thought they could just cancel a large scale test of a basic income program and everybody would just forget about it they may be disappointed. What an embarrassment. Where’s all this business intelligence Ford is supposed to have? Poverty is bloody expensive and Ford gave indications during the election campaign that the pilot would be respected. This cancellation represents a total poverty of imagination and total failure to embrace reality and deal with complexity.
A buck a beer? Go fuck yourselves. One of their own party elders wrote the paper the test is based on. Senator Segal is quite eloquent here on CBC regarding the cancellation.
Political illiteracy is rocket fuel for neoliberalism and populism. An example surfaces par excellence via CBC.
To wit, a well enough meaning doofus, with plans to go to business school now in tatters, blithely describes the crash entrance into his life of a new reality in the form of Doug Ford with a machete. Honestly, what the hell is wrong people?
In a balanced community, the trails and parks are major assets. Greenery and recreation outside are important to so many things, from the development of children to cleaning the air we breathe. Scenery and recreation are fairly described as necessities.
Something is off when such assets are pressed into use as places to live. Anyone travelling to Los Angeles lately will have been struck with the scale of urban outdoor living there. It seems like much of the city has been commandeered by raggedy tents and tarps stretched between poles and sticks to define some privacy for people experiencing socio-economic difficulty.
Such encroachment is problematic in a host of ways. Safety and hygiene are a challenge for the homeless, to say the least. Outdoor living in parks and along trails also reduces the pleasure and benefit of such places on the part of others. It can eliminate that pleasure and benefit completely in some cases. So, in the best uncomfortable-to-read tradition of this blog we therefore link you to a newspaper item about Hamilton, Ontario.
Hopefully, this issue will receive some sensible amelioration. Just as the smoke from burning fires in the north seeps across the horizon a sense of psychological uneasiness with the social prospects for Ontario swirls outward as the primal, humid days of Premier Ford’s era unfold.