Sunday, November 30, 2014

reality shifts with each person I encounter

remember the story they told you
and refer to the information
and see the dream

this is to say
they will tell you what they wish
and you will record what is given as reality

then when it has progressed
to the point of collapse
you take out the documents

to prove that they have been fools
they have played with the standards of care
and failed to protect patients

in other words
you have waited for years
for them to go too far

and now it has come to this
you watched and you saw
the story unfolding   and you finally decided

to put an end to this
the failures in the standards
are the failures of each of us

and do not tell me
that there are not enough resources
just today there was the Nurse Next Door deliver us

from the absence of a nurse
on the night shift
so why didn't they use

Vitalaire for the two years
out of five years? what happened here
is very clear


the manager of the facility failed
his duty to the patients
and the higher ups looked the other way

while the patients
went without respiratory care
and no one spoke up except to say

that it was the fault of the patient
she is non-compliant     but not one leader speaks
to say what about the site manager?

what about the social worker?
what about the nursing staff?
what about the family who gave up?


in this story
reality shifts with each person I encounter 
like the unstable ground    beneath a flimsy house of lies

placed on a marsh
where the cattails rub their tails
against the dark shadow that goes past

and so what is the difference between
a nurse and the RRT?
the difference is in the law

they need to have the nurse
no matter what
but the RRT they can admit

is a luxury that they can evade
this is to say that the 15 patients
can be ignored   but not the 60 patients

who live at this place
it is easier to evade the standards as well
if you label the patient non-compliant


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short-term care to give a person’s regular caregivers a break (respite)  
rehabilitation, recreation therapy, and dialysis programs
Continuing care centres (e.g., auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes) provide:
  • 24/7 care for people with complex medical needs
  • short-term care to give a person’s regular caregivers a break (respite)  
Services provided  within the centres include rehabilitation, recreation therapy, and dialysis programs

Address

Good Samaritan Mill Woods Centre, The
101 Youville Drive
Edmonton, Alberta
T6L 7A4

Telephone

780-413-3501 , 780-496-1300 (Community Care Access)

Fax

780-462-8850

Web

Wheelchair accessible

For more information please contact the service at this facility.

Hours of Operation

24 hour service
Caregivers are on staff 24/7

Wait time

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in each black chair



these dolls
are repositories
of my history
they contain
the feelings
I have not let go of
they carry acts
of what was done to me
I put one of them
on a black wicker chair
she is composed
beside her
I place the smaller body
that might be what I was
I am sure there are secrets between them
the world holds hidden feelings
in toys
you must be careful
not to break the face
or arms
the body will endure
but the china face
breaks easily

in each black chair
there are symbols
of what has happened in childhood
you see the disasters everywhere
what resides in adults
happened long ago
the residues endure


http://www.christianepflug.com/pages/18wood.html


http://www.christianepflug.com/images/63ontheblackchairII_oilonca.jpg

On the Black Chair I
1963, Oil on canvas 

like the leaves of the elms



as you arrive
at the place of darkness
and see
the wickedness
do you succumb?
or do you persist?
is the world 
our challenge?
or is it the rod that
will defeat us?
in the darkness
look for the pool of light
cast yourself in another image
one that is stronger than reality
and in that image
work
for the impulse
in each of us
is to make visions
these visions
will sustain us 
when everything fails
put away the mourning frock
and always look through the window
the land has the answers 
to your trouble
walk your way to the future
     in every misdemeanor
there is a lesson for your education

oh what do you see
in your self image?
turn away from the figure
in mourning
when the darkness comes
feel it and then leap into motion 
the song is at the circumference
of the trouble
you must go 
to seek 
what there is as music
the world will do its best
to distort the singing that you find
but you can take your mind
and without limping
arrive on a road
where the light falls
like the leaves of the elms
yellow heat on the shadowed way
polish of gold
the shine of harvest
the pale flocks landing
you can be the one traveling away from the darkness
ignore the one in the mourning frock 


http://www.christianepflug.com/pages/18wood.html

http://www.christianepflug.com/images/65selfportraitinawindow_pen.jpg

and I make new worlds

I take my will
and the words 
to make a road
and I go 

I take my soul
in its battered case
and I  carry it to the 
end of the journey

I take the soft plush
of my heart
and I restore
myself to glory


I tell myself
each day
that words 
can be the keys to open others

I take the words
and I make new worlds
these worlds are not here yet
but my work will make them possible

I take the hard backbone
that I have made
out of adversity
and I keep upright in the storms

I take my will
and the words 
to make a road
and I go 

sump pump again

Because it has been busy today I have not been able to do anything about the posts on the handicapped sister. Tomorrow we go to see Dr. Damant. I have requested blood gas work because I want to know what her normal CO2 levels are like when she is without an infection of some sort.
The Christmas presents have been bought and I have left hubby to do the packing. This is just the gifts for my husband's side of the family. Since I am not into consumerism I have the habit of giving money or snacks to my side of the family. I will have to spend most of Christmas donating stuff that I have packed in the basement for despite my lack of interest in junk we have an incredible amount of books and I cannot keep all of them because we are interested in making the basement into a man cave for older boy.
The sump pump part dropped off and this created problems in that the pump was not able to work efficiently; the part was a tightening piece that hubby had to buy at Home Depot and put on the double sump system. I am now paranoid about sump pumps. I will check ours morning and night.
When you have things falling apart it is hard to be confident in the function of ordinary equipment.
In any case we spent most of the afternoon and evening fixing the sump pumps and now it is time to go make supper.
It's a good idea to check on the sump pump whenever you go down to the basement.
Now supper.

but I am bewildered

I put the chain
on the ego
I train myself
to be patient
and not growl constantly
I shape my face
to show it as it is
and not as they would have it be
I turn away
from the smiles and the plastic greetings
I see the dissonance
and I put the cymbals to sound
when I hear it
the dog that is barking
I keep inside the house
I do not want that animal patrolling
the corner of the garden
that I have made
in this poem

I put the chain
on the ego
I hold hard to what I have become
this sort of work
is enough to spoil freshly baked bread
I slush through the rivers of baloney 
with my boots up to the knees
I reach the high ground of ethical performance
and I look down to where the nurses
are sitting
they seem to think
that it is ethical and legal practice 
to let patients go bad
with their broken BiPaP machines
because there is no money
I wonder at the Good Samaritan Society
at the tricks at deceiving us
and how we believed that they would be competent
now I see the lack of training
I understand that this is scraping the barrel
of the labor pool


I put the chain
on the ego
and I do the work
of checking up on the oxygen stroller
to see that it has not been left on
I mark the times I find my sister
with the machine beeping with the leak apparent
I call the staff to view the problems
so that they understand
that they can ignore
what they don't want to see
but I am here
to record their failures 
in performance
on a blog
I suppose it would be easier
to simply let AHS do the work
of investigation
and covering up bad performance
and then let the Protection for Persons
in Care say to me
there are no grounds for negligence
they will say that the conditions are fine
but I am beyond these deceptions
I see below the surface
and I delve deep
I am lucky in this way 


I put the chain
on the ego
I go to the Good Samaritan extended care
I talk to each worker and explain
the shop of horrors
I have found
at their place of employment
I explain about the mask in pieces
that was the same mask
my sister came to the facility with in 2010
I tell them about machine #1 that has lost
its data card so that I can't determine
negligence from 2010 to 2014
I tell them about Machine #2
that recorded the negligence from March 2014
to the end of November, 2014
I smile as the news is ignored
they don't understand that this facility
is all about ignoring the truth
when I go on to show the data card records
they pretend they understand   but none of them
have any respiratory backgrounds
so they are deciphering a foreign language
as for the letters from the government of Alberta
telling the Good Samaritan Society to pay
for respiratory supplies and services
they seem to think
these are remote matters
when the government determines the standards of care
that they are to follow and obey
they simply ignore them
and do not provide
a RRT for 2 years out of five years



I put the chain
on the ego
but I am bewildered
at the rogue performance and work
of these people
every day I arrive at this place
to see the mistakes
and none of the workers understand
that they are breaking the rules of the land
nor do they care
the standards of care
seem to be far off disagreements to them 
they cannot understand that the world
outside of this facility operates
according to the law
while they are trained to obey
the rules set by whoever in charge
to put the patients in danger
I shake my head and tell everyone
I meet
this is my sister
don't you understand?
you can't let her go bad
simply because you
have lost your moral compass
I stand at the doorway of hell

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Continuing Care Centres - Good Samaritan Mill Woods Centre, The

Continuing care centres (e.g., auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes) provide:
24/7 care for people with complex medical needs
short-term care to give a person’s regular caregivers a break (respite)  
rehabilitation, recreation therapy, and dialysis programs
Continuing care centres (e.g., auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes) provide:
  • 24/7 care for people with complex medical needs
  • short-term care to give a person’s regular caregivers a break (respite)  
Services provided  within the centres include rehabilitation, recreation therapy, and dialysis programs

Address

Good Samaritan Mill Woods Centre, The
101 Youville Drive
Edmonton, Alberta
T6L 7A4

Telephone

780-413-3501 , 780-496-1300 (Community Care Access)

Fax

780-462-8850

Web

Wheelchair accessible

For more information please contact the service at this facility.

Hours of Operation

24 hour service
Caregivers are on staff 24/7

Wait time

You will be assessed to find a place that is right for your needs. Wait may be dependant on services needed.




http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/6368/20131121/door-to-hell-video-fire-derweze-turkmenistan.htm


'Door To Hell': Turkmenistan Crater Has Been On Fire For Over 40 Years [VIDEO]
By Josh Lieberman on November 21, 2013 2:14 PM EST
door to hell
The "Door to Hell" in Turkmenistan has been burning since 1971. Soviet geologists lit it on fire and thought it would only burn for a few days. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
In 1971, the Soviets opened the Door to Hell, and 42 years later that door is still open. A natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, the Door to Hell is the site of a former Soviet oil operation that went wrong when a rig collapsed into a large crater. Soviet geologists decided the best thing to do was light the crater on fire to burn off its poisonous methane gas, but things didn't go as planned, and the fire still burns today.
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Locals in Derweze, a village of about 350 souls, took to calling the site the Door to Hell, and its blaze can be seen from miles away. Located in Turkmenestan's Karakum Desert--a vast, sandy region with only one person per 2.5 square miles--the Door to Hell has become something of an unlikely tourist destination. One firsthand account of a visit to the Door to Hell comes from a 57-year-old Scotsman named Will Keeping.
"During daylight, I was initially not impressed as it looked like a hole in a vast desert," Keeping told The Daily Star. "As we got nearer and the glow from inside the carter became evident, though, and I started to notice the size of the crater and wondered how it could continually glow like that." Keeping added that as night came on, "the location slowly transformed from a large, isolated furnace in the middle of the desert into the center of attention that dominated the surrounding area--the glow became more intense and lit up the area including the sky above."
Another visitor to the the 200-foot wide, 70-foot-deep crater was Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, the president of of Turkmenistan. In 2010, Berdimuhamedow swung by the Door to Hell and ordered that the fiery crater be closed, but this hasn't happened.
While the 42-year Door to Hell fire is impressive, it pales in comparison to an American fire that has been going for more than half a century. On May 17, 1962, the fire department of the coal-mining town of Centralia, Penn., tried to clean up the town landfill by setting its contents on fire. The blaze ignited a coal seam and spread throughout the town's mines, releasing poisonous gasses and creating dangerous sinkholes. The town was condemned, and 1,400 Centralia residents left; a handful who remained were recently granted permission by the courts to keep their homes until their deaths.
If you'd like to see the Door to Hell but don't feel like trekking to the remote Turkmen desert, check out the video below.
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Dear Pam, I have just got back from doing the night duty at the Good Samaritan extended care at Millwoods. I have missed two days but I did check with the night staff to ensure that my sister wasn't being killed off. I also checked with Sathya this morning to make sure she was still alive. While I was doing BiPaP mask and machine duty for Saturday November 29, 2014 I gave Pedro a copy of the datacard download for Machine #2 that was completed by Vitalaire. This datacard download covers the time between October 26, 2014 to November 24, 2014. So this is the period of time that includes the five days where my family and I noted that there was a high priority alarm of "Low Pressure" and staff did nothing but tell me that this was fine. It actually was not fine. Also not only was it not fine but the staff failed to do anything about it. The weekend manager simply told the nurses to observe the patient and the machine. On the Internet, it says that continuation of this high priority alarm requires that you take the machine to the folks who service it. I am sure the staff don't know this. They persist in their policy that the machine problems are resolved by the patient going bad. Then EMS is called in to take the dying patient to the emergency where at great cost to the taxpayer, she is brought back to life again. As i mentioned in earlier e-mails, this sort of expensive avoidance of the machine problem, still does not resolve the problem itself.



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "jyali" <julie.ali@
To: "Pam Purdy" <ppurdy@gss.org>, sterlson@gss.org, "Erin Foster" <efoster@gss.org>, tbuffam@gss.org, "Sindy Thompson" <sthompson@gss.org>, "Sandra Burnham" <sburnham@gss.org>, "Jackie Leaver" <jmleaver@gss.org>, "calgary foothills" <calgary.foothills@assembly.ab.ca>, "edmonton whitemud" <edmonton.whitemud@assembly.ab.ca>, "edmonton ellerslie" <edmonton.ellerslie@assembly.ab.ca>, "edmonton glenora" <edmonton.glenora@assembly.ab.ca>, "HS Associate Minister" <hs.associateminister@gov.ab.ca>, "carl amrhein" <carl.amrhein@albertahealthservices.ca>, "jillian barber" <jillian.barber@albertahealthservices.ca>, "AHS Corp" <ahs.corp@albertahealthservices.ca>, "official administrator" <official.administrator@albertahealthservices.ca>, "edmonton highlandsnorwood" <edmonton.highlandsnorwood@assembly.ab.ca>, "edmonton rutherford" <edmonton.rutherford@assembly.ab.ca>, "edmonton meadowlark" <edmonton.meadowlark@assembly.ab.ca>, "edmonton castledowns" <edmonton.castledowns@assembly.ab.ca>, "calgary elbow" <calgary.elbow@assembly.ab.ca>, "calgary greenway" <calgary.greenway@assembly.ab.ca>, "calgary west" <calgary.west@assembly.ab.ca>, "calgary acadia" <calgary.acadia@assembly.ab.ca>, "calgary hays" <calgary.hays@assembly.ab.ca>, "west yellowhead" <west.yellowhead@assembly.ab.ca>, "lethbridge west" <lethbridge.west@assembly.ab.ca>, "draytonvalley devon" <draytonvalley.devon@assembly.ab.ca>, "fortmcmurray conklin" <fortmcmurray.conklin@assembly.ab.ca>, "highwood" <highwood@assembly.ab.ca>, "stephen harper" <stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca>, "james rajotte" <james.rajotte@parl.gc.ca>, "thomas mulcair" <thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca>, "justin trudeau" <justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>, "elizabeth may" <elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca>, "don iveson" <don.iveson@edmonton.ca>, "Bryan Anderson" <bryan.anderson@edmonton.ca>, "tony caterina" <tony.caterina@edmonton.ca>, info@oag.ab.ca, infomedia@oag-bvg.gc.ca, "Office of The City Auditor" <city.auditor@edmonton.ca>, investigations@metronews.ca, edmonton@globalnews.ca, newsroom@globeandmail.com, "Margo Goodhand (Edm Journal)" <mgoodhand@edmontonjournal.com>, gthomson@edmontonjournal.com
Cc: "Velvet Martin" <johnvel@>, "Diana Daunheimer" <dianadaun@>, "Stewart Shields" <lagran@shaw.ca>, "Jessica Ernst" <magog@sasktel.net>, "Darren Boisvert" <elephanttimes@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 1:10:14 AM
Subject: data card download for October 26, 2014 to November 24, 2014 to review with Lilia plus bill for Vitalaire service/supply of headgear piece

Dear Pam,

I have just got back from doing the night duty at the Good Samaritan extended care at Millwoods. I have missed two days but I did check with the night staff to ensure that my sister wasn't being killed off. I also checked with Sathya this morning to make sure she was still alive. 

While I was doing BiPaP mask and machine duty for Saturday November 29, 2014 I gave Pedro a copy of the datacard download for Machine #2 that was completed by Vitalaire.

 This datacard download covers the time between October 26, 2014 to November 24, 2014. So this is the period of time that includes the five days where my family and I noted that there was a high priority alarm of "Low Pressure" and staff did nothing but tell me that this was fine. It actually was not fine. Also not only was it not fine but the staff failed to do anything about it. The weekend manager simply told the nurses to observe the patient and the machine. On the Internet, it says that continuation of this high priority alarm requires that you take the machine to the folks who service it.  I am sure the staff don't know this. They persist in their policy that the machine problems are resolved by the patient going bad. Then EMS is called in to take the dying patient to the emergency where at great cost to the taxpayer, she is brought back to life again. As i mentioned in earlier e-mails, this sort of expensive avoidance of the machine problem, still does not resolve the problem itself.

I find it remarkable that Erin and Lilia confirmed this policy to me when I met with them on Tuesday August 5th at 0900.


Today is November 30, 2014. And yet just on Sunday November 23, 2014 I yap with Corinne and she gives me the Good Samaritan policy with reference to machines that have problems. Corinne says the same story of Erin about if there is a problem with the machine, they let my sister go bad and call in EMS. This is not an acceptable solution and you should ensure that everyone knows that this policy is changed as of this moment. I see no reason to put any patient at risk, increase the taxpayer expenses, take EMS staff out of circulation, clog up the emergency wards, and increase testing results just because the Good  Samaritan does not want to pay for a Vitalaire consultation. Corinne says she did call Vitalaire later when I was not around and they asked who would pay for the visit--family or the Good Samaritan. Why is there even this question being asked? As per my letter from the government of Alberta in 2010 the Good Samaritan Society is asked to pay all respiratory costs and they are supposed to be fully funded by AHS. So where is the disconnect here? Is the money from AHS not sufficient? Why is it not sufficient? We were all told that patient care based funding would ensure that our family would be taken care of appropriately. So why do I have this situation coming up in 2010 and right up to 2014? This is something that you need to resolve. If you can't re-educate staff in ethical performance of duties then the entire facility needs to have its staff changed. The CEO needs to send a letter to the staff at this facility indicating the requirement to follow the ethical and legal requirements of the nursing profession above the dumb policies made by whoever that has got them all trained to let patients go bad instead of simply calling in Vitalaire and getting a new machine rented as is now being done in my sister's case.

With reference to the data card down load that I have provided you, it is fairly interesting.
As I mentioned to Pedro and Brian (LPN) it is a data card download with surprisingly 0 days without device usage. In other words since I have been supervising the staff at nights (except for November 27 and November 28, 2014 when I could not get out of my driveway because of the snowfall) ---my sister has had the machine on every day.

I will continue to supervise staff since we now have new BiPaP machine # 3 (rented) that none of the staff have been trained on except Pedro by Vitalaire. Today we got an agency nurse working the night shift and I note that Brandon,  did not know how to use the new BiPaP machine. I got Pedro to demonstrate the use of the machine to him since he is the only staff member to be trained.

When will all the nursing and LPN staff be trained with the BiPaP machine, the mask use, checking for problems such as the leak and the reset signals as well as the LVR therapy?
Can you set up the orientation with Vitalaire ASAP?
I note that Omeka did not know how to use the machine when I was in during the day on Friday October 28, 2014 and I had to show her how to use the machine; she forgot to add water to the humidifier and I had to go and get her in order to ensure my sister did not dry out as was the case with Machine #1. I also have to mention to the day staff to put my sister on the BiPaP machine during the day despite this being a part of the care management plan. If they cannot get her on the machine between meals, they must call me so that I can supervise this matter. Her respiratory health is shot due to the poor service and supports for the past five years and I do not want it to go further downhill.

I have asked the Vitalaire staff to write a letter to accompany this most recent data card download and this will be done next week. If staff do not see Lilia well then they can't be sure what the data card download means since none of them appear to have any respiratory training background and certainly they seem to have some problems understanding that troubleshooting a persistent "Low Pressure" signal is not resolved by changing the water reservoir, or putting on and off the machine or even ignoring the problem for five days until I ask the  CEO to do something or else I would rent a machine myself and send the bill to the Mandel guy at Alberta Health who should (in my opinion) be pulling the license of this facility until the patient safety concerns are resolved.

 But you know how it is in Alberta. The problems get ignored for decades because the big wigs are too busy making money. Or the problems get ignored until citizen have to become investigative journalists and report the bad news of negligence at long term care facilities on blogs so that other naive families are warned and will do what I am doing which appears to be the oversight job of the AHS folks.
But let me not be grumpy here.
I will repeat the other questions now that you have not answered maybe because there is no cleaning program for my sister's mask and other supplies.
I have asked several times now about patient mask and machine tubing / hose cleaning.
When will I get a response about the cleaning schedule for my sister's supplies?
Can you ask Lilia if there is a cleaning schedule?
I never see her.
Does she come into the facility during the day?
If so when?
It is good to know because I don't want to have to FOIP this information as Erin seems to think I must now do to find out every piece of data on my sister.
Surely this is going to be tiresome? Why do I have to go to you to get any sort of clear cut information?  Why is Erin so interested in following the law now when the facility has being working outside the legal requirements of following the standards of care for five years at least?
I don't want to get into the situation of where family don't realize that there is no respiratory therapist for two years out of five years at this place. Really this gets rather illegal in my mind. Should the Protection for People in Care folks do something?  I will wait until I get the file on my sister since I do not know what the requirements are to make a complaint to these folks but I have heard that other families have complained about this facility to the Protection for People in Care folks. Surely these complaints are signs to the CEO that the board's prime directives are not being met?

Let me remind the CEO what the board's first prime directives are--that he is required to follow through on. They seem very pertinent with reference to my sister's negligence case which is full of the adverse events that the board is trying to avoid:

https://www.gss.org/communications/publications/


Publications

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS AND GOALS
2009-2014 PDF

http://www.gss.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/StrategicDirectionsandGoals2009_2014.pdf

Strategic Directions and Goals  2009-2014

Strategic Direction One

Strive for quality and safety across our continuum of programs.

Goals:

* To improve the utilization of data to drive improvement and evidence driven decisions.
* To increase client satisfaction and quality of life.
* To reduce the incidence of adverse events.
* To improve end of life care routines.

****************************


Please review the data card download with Lilia and ensure that a copy is retained in her records. I left another copy for Pedro to give to Sathya but in this place, these sorts of patient data get lost and I will phone Sathya to confirm she has got the paperwork.

The bill for Vitalaire is with the data card.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Julie Ali

Saturday, November 29, 2014

you stand at the place of risk

and when you arrive here
the door is closed to you
who have you left behind?
the doll that was you
the winter wall of ice
the glow


and when you arrive here
are you still the outsider?
or have you entered
the place
where you finally are safe?
but don't you realize there are no safe places?

and when you arrive here
the solitude claims your peace
your small reserves of energy vanish
you stand at the place of risk
open the door
open the door and let the outsider who is yourself in

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp01/MQ39498.pdf

Social Discourse in the Media Interpretation of
Christiane Pflug's Do11 Paintings
Michelle H. Veitch
This thesis examines the reviews of Christiane Pflug's
exhibition of do11 paintings at the Isaacs Gallery from May
to June of 1964 and uncovers the gendered politics behind
the art discourse surrounding the critical interpretations
of Pflug's works. 1 consider how the reviewers establish the
painter as a mother and housewife, suggesting that she
produces in a domestic sphere, thus removing her from a
gallery context. At the same time, they connect Christiane
Pflug to the painted image of the black and white dolls
which are shown in an interior environment and placed
against altering land- and cityscape views.
This thesis also examines Pflugls experience as a
German immigrant woman in Canada and relates the reviews of
her works to the social environment in Toronto during the
sixties, focusing on the changing position of German and
Caribbean fernales. In my opinion, Christiane Pflug's do11
paintings offer a shifting perspective of reality and
capture the experiences of a woman transient who moves from
place to place, constantly switching locations and gaining a
new outlook on life.

http://terresauvage.ca/post/77653819949/christiane-pflug-kitchen-door-in-winter-ii

Christiane Pflug 
Kitchen Door in Winter II, 1964

Christiane Pflug 
Kitchen Door in Winter II, 1964
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From The National Gallery of Canada:

From 1962 to 1967 Christiane Pflug painted in her home studio on Woodlawn Avenue in Toronto. Her paintings focused on domestic interiors and dolls became surrogate models. With her husband, then a medical student, working long hours and her children young, these doll paintings articulated Pflug&#8217;s uncertainties and fears. The black doll depicted on the back balcony looking through the panes of the closed kitchen door addresses themes of loneliness and emotional separation.

-MrJones murrayw • a day ago 'Here comes the pain' , it should read 'Here comes the pain in the butt' - referring to prentice. Only an irresponsible government would base its budget on such a volatile commodity. Oh yeah Prentice, lets start fiscal responsibility by not rewarding incompetence for your pals with $100,000's of taxpayers money and QUIT messing with the AHS. And to all those twits who voted for him in the recent election, go pay for your own health care!-------------Art KickinWingNoMore • 8 hours ago It has not gone un-noticed by me that everybody is supposed to prepare for pain - except for those who will cause it! Getting rid of an air fleet, talking about hospitals, etc... was all for show. The real work is going to be the same old same old. And apparently if you don't like it, you are a dolt who should move to North Korea...--------------He says a low oil price “has created conditions no Albertan can ignore.” We will see spending cuts. It will not be pretty. If oil prices stay low then billions will be lost to the provincial public purse.

And here we go again.
Prentice the born again Conservative and fiscal unleader of the Redford sort is telling us the same babble as the Redford.
The price of oil is going down.
Brace yourself folks.
This means that there is no money despite the massive rush of people to Alberta.
Education and health will be frozen.
Kids will go to school and find out that there no room for them. But no worries, portables will solve that problem.
Hospitals emergencies will overflow.
The extended care facilities will see more cuts.

You have to admire the Tories.
They spin positive babble before elections.
And then they face the truth they didn't yap to the citizens about until after the election because folks don't want to hear the bad news that is inevitable in Alberta because we are bad citizens who vote for bad politicians.
Why would we blame the politicians for being as bad as we are?
This is to say that we are the reason we are managed so badly and it won't change in Alberta until we start becoming better citizens.

The miracle is that we are all to believe the same stories before every election and accept cutbacks after every election.
They also make it sound like this sort of up and down, boom and bust cycle is something unexpected.
Really?
What is unexpected about normal market forces determining the price of oil?
Supply and demand.
And too much oil, the price goes down.
But the Prentice makes is sound surprising, and tells us to tighten our belts.

I'm curious.
Will he use the bitumen bubble babble of the Redford?


One thing is for sure, these folks are no fiscal hawks.
They are loony chickens.

One thing is for sure, this group of loony chickens don't know how to do math.
And he's right.
We can do the budget better than the Tories:

http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/11/29/here-comes-the-pain--premier-prentice-tells-calgary-businessmen-plummeting-price-of-oil-is-gonna-hurt


He says we can do the ugly arithmetic better than him.
“It will not be easy on Albertans. Tough choices will have to be made and we will make them and they will be felt across the province,” says Prentice.
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This rerun of the Redford is tiresome.
When will something fresh and innovative happen in these tired old men?
When will they be able to balance a budget and see that the math doesn't add up?

When will we hear something other than baloney and when will we stop stepping in the cow patties of their yapping?

I guess when we stop voting for the old men in ugly suits and really get new management.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/11/29/here-comes-the-pain--premier-prentice-tells-calgary-businessmen-plummeting-price-of-oil-is-gonna-hurt





It has not gone un-noticed by me that everybody is supposed to prepare for pain - except for those who will cause it!
Getting rid of an air fleet, talking about hospitals, etc... was all for show. The real work is going to be the same old same old. And apparently if you don't like it, you are a dolt who should move to North Korea...


Yup. HEY PRENTASS I can quit spending my money and budget...can you quit spending my money and budget?
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  • Let's not forget about Mandel. He helped ruin a city. He has done irreparable damage to Edmonton. And his reward? Given the job of doing his evil work on the health care system... Absolutely un-effing incredible...

'Here comes the pain' , it should read 'Here comes the pain in the butt' - referring to prentice. Only an irresponsible government would base its budget on such a volatile commodity.
Oh yeah Prentice, lets start fiscal responsibility by not rewarding incompetence for your pals with $100,000's of taxpayers money and QUIT messing with the AHS. And to all those twits who voted for him in the recent election, go pay for your own health care!


I'm not sure if Prentice includes the provincial cut that they take from the sales of gasoline to the consumer in his "Royalites" numbers. The most recent info I can find seems to be that the Federal Government takes 10 cents/litre, there is 5% GST and the Provincial Governemnt takes .09 cents/litre. The only tax that would be effected by the drop in oil is the 5% GST. Oil could go to 30 dollars a barrel and the base price of gas could go to 30 cents a litre, and the provincial government and federal governemnt would still get their 10 cents and 9 cents a litre. There are a lot of litres of gas sold daily in Alberta, not sure where I can find that number, but they rake in tons from that alone. And that is right out of our pockets.
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  • It's not even a small blip compared to the amount of oil we move out of the province.
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    • but it is a blip. The company i work for has about 1000 vehicles. On any given day 75% of those are at work on the roads across Alberta, and some in Sask and BC. So if 600 are in Alberta burning 50 litres a day, that's one company contributing about 2700 bucks a day, and we go 365 days a year. Thats nearly a million bucks...one company and that is only Provincial tax. Double that when you add the federal portion of the tax....and alls you have to do is take a look at the traffic driving the QE2 on a daily basis and I know its not Royalty type money, but it s significant. It would be really interesting what the provincial coffers as well as the federal coffers recieve each year. It would surprize a lot of people.







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Here comes the pain — Premier Prentice tells Calgary businessmen plummeting price of oil is gonna hurt 

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Alberta Premier Jim Prentice
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice speaks to media at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce in Calgary, Alta., on Friday Nov. 28, 2014. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

In front of a blue-chip crowd packing a big room in Calgary, Premier Jim Prentice, the political pugilist, lands a straight right on the body politic.
He takes the falling oil price and plays it tough.
He says the sinking oil price could last more than a year.
Prentice was looking at building a budget around $75 a barrel. Now he’s planning on $65 to $75.
Every $1 drop for a year is $215 million the provincial government doesn’t get.
The premier tells us he will govern with “sound conservative principles” and “a commitment to strong fiscal discipline.”
He uses the word “conservative” and the word “discipline” a lot this day.
He says a low oil price “has created conditions no Albertan can ignore.”
We will see spending cuts. It will not be pretty. If oil prices stay low then billions will be lost to the provincial public purse.
He says we can do the ugly arithmetic better than him.
“It will not be easy on Albertans. Tough choices will have to be made and we will make them and they will be felt across the province,” says Prentice.
“I cannot cushion the challenge ahead. The impact will be felt. We all have to tighten our belts. There will be consequences for all Albertans.”
“If the impact of our budget reaches as high as a $4-billion watermark we could lay off every single member of the civil service of Alberta and it wouldn’t fix the deficit. There are no simple solutions.”
Prentice advises “it is a time for caution in our personal expenditures” as it is a time of caution for the provincial government.
Under current conditions, provincial government spending will need to be tighter than just limiting the doling out of dough to below the increase in population and the cost of living.
Prentice adds his government cannot wait for the oil price to go back up.
“Our biggest challenge is in realizing better value for the money we spend,” says the premier.
“We are spending a lot of money. We have no choice but to do a better job because more money is not an option. It is not on the table.”
So the deep thinkers at the legislature “look for the items that can be cut and then we’ll see where we go from there.”
At the mention of where they go from there, the prospect of tax hikes once again rears its ugly head.
Once again, Prentice is not taking tax hikes off the table.
“Albertans cannot be asked to pay more without first seeing clear evidence we are doing more with the billions of dollars we already have.”
Seems clear. Albertans could be asked to pay more provided Prentice can convince people enough scissors work has been done on the bottom line.
Prentice says Alberta “won’t be moving away from the province’s tax advantage” but the government could tax more and still argue Alberta has a tax advantage over the other provinces.
As for adding to the province’s $11 billion-plus debt, the premier says spending “must reflect a level that can be sustained responsibly and without imposing levels of debt that pose a risk to the prosperity of our children and grandchildren.”
The premier also says his government is “committed to paying down debt as quickly as possible.”
The province will never be in a “net debt position” where dollars owed are greater than savings.
While talking conservative, Prentice also vows the “days of thinking surplus budgets should free up spending must be over.”
Oh yes, these words and these sentences are of the type rarely heard when Unsteady Eddie Stelmach and She Who Will Not Be Named ran the show in the capital city.
The assembled in Calgary seem to be feeling all warm inside.
Prentice is clearly going after conservative Wildrose voters or those who might support the opposition party.
If the premier can wipe that party off the map or take away most of its seats we’re back to old-school Alberta politics.
The Progressive Conservatives win big. The self-styled progressive parties wrestle for the crumbs.
Prentice exits into the winter chill.
Many like what they hear. They predict if Prentice keeps this up he’ll kick butt in the next election.
A few world-weary souls of a more sceptical mind wonder how much of the premier is talk and how much will be walk and where it will all lead.
“Alberta will weather this period of low prices,” says the premier on Friday.
That much is true.
But what the PCs will weather will be a measure of the leadership of the man who says the province is “under new management.”