Saturday, December 10, 2016

Look at Velvet Martin. Look at Ruth Adria. Follow their acts of courage and dissent. Learn from them how to stand up to the big bullies in government. Submit never. Instead when you work for the most vulnerable among us -be the tigers in the form of helpless citizens. Be tigers even though we have no power of any sort. And be undeniable like they are. Years and years of incompetent government. Years and years of betrayal. Years and years of adverse events, abuse and deaths--many of which are avoidable with intelligence, accountability and transparency in the system. But no, nothing changes in the system. The system has to be taken apart. By us.

Listening to all the emotion in the legislature over the death of a child makes me squirm. I have no sort of belief that any of these folks care about citizens.

Too many contacts with the GOA folks have made me cynical. I guess this is what happens when you trust your government and then in years of contact with them you are turned from belief to disbelief.

The level of political and bureaucratic expediency in the system is mind boggling. The manipulation of data for the purposes of the GOA is also odd. I mean you would think that folks would be able to provide a single document to explain to families how they come to the decision by group to put a person in supportive living or long term care but so far I have seen no such explanatory document in plain language. I also have not seen any sort of decision tree to explain why a citizen in long term care where my sister should be is downgraded to SL4 status unless of course it the objective of the GOA to put all long term care patients in SL4 places and only the terminal cases in long term care.

After the five years in the system being in contact with AHS, Covenant Health and Alberta Health staff I believe there is a sense of entitlement and disinterest in citizens that should be dealt with by citizens. We pay for all these folks but the upper managers, the executive staff and top dogs at the ministries are amazingly indifferent to the problems faced by families. We get the public spin of course of caring and shock when things go wrong but under the skin of all these matters is a feeling of inauthencity. The GOA and the political hires don't feel as if they are living their values and acting on these values.

The cynicism that has been rising in my through the years can of course be mitigated by action on my part and others. We can as families work together and support our advocates in the system--such as Ruth Adria and Velvet Martin. These women have worked hard to spread the bad news of the corruption of public bodies filled with people who mostly serve themselves and look upon the taxpayers with contempt --as things to be moved on game boards that they have all the rules made to ensure victory for the GOA.


Besides supporting our advocates who risk so much of themselves for the most abused, harmed and dead children and seniors in our province we need to ask ourselves how can we also help?  How can we move from positions of silence and obedience to those of activism? How can we stand up to system wide bullies who stigmatise and harm advocates? How can we ourselves become the change we seek in the system?

We were betrayed by the PCs. We are being betrayed by the NDP who are the new PCs--the NDPCs. These NDP folks are worse than the PCs as they will do anything to stay in power in Alberta. How they expect to stay in power is beyond my understanding when they aren't doing anything for families other than churning out the same PC error spin that we are so tired of.

It is important to keep promises. It is important to say feelings. It is important to feel the feelings you say. And after the words and feelings are uttered, it is important to follow up with acts. Without acts, the words and feelings are dead matters. We can't always live our values because we are human beings and we make mistakes. But when we are good human beings -whatever we think good is--then we try to for the most part--the majority of the time--live our values.

Is the GOA living the values we expect them to live as citizens of Alberta with reference to the most vulnerable citizens? Nope. The PCs were full of words and feelings and no acts. Now the NDP are the same way as the PCs--all words and feelings and no acts. There is no political will to change the corruption in the system.

So who will do the work of change?
It's up to us folks.

Look at Velvet Martin.
Look at Ruth Adria.
Follow their acts of courage and dissent.
Learn from them how to stand up to the big bullies in government.
Submit never.
Instead when you work for the most vulnerable among us -be the tigers in the form of helpless citizens.
Be tigers even though we have no power of any sort.
And be undeniable like they are.
Years and years of incompetent government.
Years and years of betrayal.
Years and years of adverse events, abuse and deaths--many of which are avoidable with intelligence, accountability and transparency in the system.
But no, nothing changes in the system.
The system has to be taken apart.
By us.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78mNZeDaMtk

SickKids VS: Undeniable





The death of Serenity, here a happy toddler riding her trike, has prompted MLAs to form an all-party committee to look into the child welfare system in Alberta.

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