Sunday, January 31, 2016

Meanwhile at the headquarters of Public Interest Alberta there are no sort of attention on these sorts of continuing care problems right now. This is surprising. Why is there an extended honeymoon period at PIA that ignores public problems? The folks at PIA under Bill Moore-Kilgannon were willing to publicize the poor performance of the PC folks but suddenly --now that the NDP are in power they are not willing to publicize the poor deeds of the NDP folks. Why not? This sort of failure to represent families facing these continuing care abuses / problems while extolling the non-existent benefits of the Visitor Management Policy is not proper advocacy work in my opinion. Pandering to the party might be the easy way to go but it is clear to me that more than pandering is needed to make change happen. PIA needs to get going and start advocating again. There needs to be help for families rather than praise for no performance. In other words, PIA has no deliverables in this area right now. The NDP government likewise has no deliverables especially in the making of corrective legislation. The work of government is legislation that addresses needs, demands and problems in our society. It is the responsibility of government to provide legislation that ensures resident rights in continuing care, that protects advocates from retribution and ensures that whistle-blowers like myself are not sued for raising the alarm and asking for help from government to protect vulnerable at risk residents in care. Will this government act? Doubtful. I have not seen courage or smarts yet. And I do not believe any changes will occur without publicity. That is the job of PIA. We need media attention Joel. Where is this media attention on the problems in continuing care.

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Frank Horvath I agree, Julie. It takes courage to move forward. Not everything is affected by Alberta's financial situation. There are an incredible number of old PC government policies that could be changed without costing a lot of money, e.g. Changing roles of health and seniors advocates, not allowing private health clinics, setting up patient and family councils in health facilities, reigning in Doctor specialists' salaries, supporting a Federal Pharmacare program. The list is long. Albertans want to see action. Tell your MLAs because the status quo is not acceptable.


Hi Mr. Horvath,

I believe the failure of the NDP government to act is a scathing indictment of their performance.
It appears that they are more interested in party interests than people interests.
Their real objectives  seem to be about ensuring that they stay in power beyond this first term in office rather than representing the people of Alberta.

While all political parties are mostly interested in themselves, unhappily the NDP do not have the broad support necessary to ensure that such continuation in office without real performance and furthermore,  if they don't work on the social ills that prompted Tory voters like myself to go left well then the next few years will be filled with yapping and activism work by mummies who have family in continuing care. There is absolutely no reason for the NDP folks to be stagnant at the beginning of their tenure in office and the only way I can explain this sort of failure to change continuing care is that the folks at Alberta Health do not want to change continuing care.

Ms. Hoffman has been a disappointment as the minister of health. We have been patient while she got an overview of the ministry but in my opinion there is absolutely no reason why legislative changes could not have been initiated immediately. The NDP party made changes to matters that benefited them such as bill 1 but haven't bothered to address the issues of families who have suffered retaliatory actions for yapping about abuse in public forums.  The failures of Ms. Hoffman to address these issues is puzzling. She has spent a  great deal of time (like all the other ministers) engaging the public and surely she must know the temperature of this ocean? Instead of action we are given photo opportunities, meetings with lower level health staff, are pumped of what information we have on us about future advocacy work we are doing and then, in response to our advocacy work, the government prints out media releases such as the weak "Visitor Management Policy" that Joel thinks is great but I don't.

Not only is the weak Visitor Management Policy limited in that only addresses only banning and not other retaliatory acts such as evictions and lawsuits-it also seems one sided in it's efficacy. It simply seems to assume that families are the problem or why else are we being managed? What about the other side of this unequal power equation?  Who is managing the administrators of health facilities and continuing care facilities who do not follow their own protocols, the health standards and simply do what they feel is expedient for their organizations?

The NDP government knows of these abuses of power and could have acted immediately by amending the pivotal legislation that causes some of these problems. The NDP government knew that the Trespass to Premises Act that was introduced by the PC government was the problem but they did not amend this legislation so that there would be an appeal process. Why not? I guess they prefer to have a hammer to hit the gnats of the citizens.

The NDP government knew of the absence of an appeal process at AHS but did nothing until the Ali family yapped endlessly for such an appeal process. Why did we have to yap for one? Why was there no appeal process to begin with?

When my family asked for an appeal process so that we could appeal the eviction of my handicapped sister from the Good Samaritan Extended care the minister of health was able to  eventually (months later) approve of an appeal process. No one asked why this appeal process had not been in place for the last 44 years. It should have been present but was not despite the legislative requirement for such an appeal process. This means that for the past 44 years, despite the law requiring an appeal there was no appeal at the health authorities including AHS, and evicted residents were moved forward. AHS was non-compliant and yet no one is accountable for this non-compliance at AHS. Meanwhile my handicapped sister is stuck for months waiting for this appeal process while everyone searches for their hands and feet.

When my family attempted to access the  newly created appeal process, there was a swift downgrade of my sister from long term care to SL4 status so that we could not appeal. What all of this bureaucratic expediency junk indicates to me is that ---for profit and not for profit facilities in Alberta---have the continued ability to evict any resident that they deem is too much of a hassle in terms of family advocates or is too complex (expensive) for them to service. By permitting the downgrade of my sister and not allowing the appeal to the long term care provider, the Ministry of Health is continuing the same history of retribution that is the legacy of the Tories. Not a good thing to do. All other citizens who attempt to access this new appeal process will have a long wait; the folks at AHS guard access to the appeal and decide who gets to use it. So what's changed? We have an appeal process somewhere that we might be able to use that is internal to AHS. Not much has changed has it?

Meanwhile at the headquarters of Public Interest Alberta there are no sort of attention on these sorts of continuing care problems right now.  This is surprising. Why is there an extended honeymoon period at PIA that ignores public problems?

The folks at PIA under Bill Moore-Kilgannon were willing to publicize the poor performance of the PC folks but suddenly --now that the NDP are in power they are not willing to publicize the poor deeds of the NDP folks. Why not? This sort of failure to represent families facing these continuing care abuses / problems while extolling the non-existent benefits of the Visitor Management Policy is not proper advocacy work in my opinion. Pandering to the party might be the easy way to go but it is clear to me that more than pandering is needed to make change happen.  PIA needs to get going and start advocating again.  There needs to be help for families rather than praise for no performance. In other words, PIA has no deliverables in this area right now.

The NDP government likewise has no deliverables especially in the making of corrective legislation.  The work of government is legislation that addresses needs, demands and problems in our society. It is the responsibility of government to provide legislation that ensures resident rights in continuing care, that protects advocates from retribution and ensures that whistle-blowers like myself are not sued for raising the alarm and asking for help from government to protect vulnerable at risk residents in care.

Will this government act? Doubtful. I have not seen courage or smarts yet.  And I do not believe any changes will occur without publicity. That is the job of PIA. We need media attention Joel.  Where is this media attention on the problems in continuing care.


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Frank Horvath Just because the ND government supports social justice in their heart of hearts, it does not mean that they can or will be able to implement policies that address seniors' concerns. After years of a Conservative regime, resistant to improving seniors conditions, it is extremely difficult. We ordinary Albertans must do all we can to ensure government moves forward on this and other files. Wonderful document by the Seniors Task Force. Use it. Meet with your MLA regardless of political stripe and let them know you are expecting improvements.
Julie Ali I get the feeling that the NDP government meets with citizens and citizen groups simply to find out what we are doing, then the government comes out with media chatter to say that they are addressing the issues but really where are the deliverables? You can't keep meeting citizens to pump us for our strategies and visions for the future; you have to knit all this yarn into a government wide philosophy, culture and movement. In other words, the NDP government has to lead, rather than just offer meetings with the minister of health just to get media stories to reassure citizens that something is being done. But what actually is being done? I'd say not much. And I doubt that there is any ability to change what exists because right now the focus is on revenues and lack of them.
Frank Horvath I agree, Julie. It takes courage to move forward. Not everything is affected by Alberta's financial situation. There are an incredible number of old PC government policies that could be changed without costing a lot of money, e.g. Changing roles of health and seniors advocates, not allowing private health clinics, setting up patient and family councils in health facilities, reigning in Doctor specialists' salaries, supporting a Federal Pharmacare program. The list is long. Albertans want to see action. Tell your MLAs because the status quo is not acceptable.
Julie Ali https://www.facebook.com/PIAlberta/

Frank Horvath I agree, Julie. It takes courage to move forward. Not everything is affected by Alberta's financial situation. There are an incredible number of old PC government policies that could be changed without costing a lot of money, e.g. Changing roles of health and seniors advocates, not allowing private health clinics, setting up patient and family councils in health facilities, reigning in Doctor specialists' salaries, supporting a Federal Pharmacare program. The list is long. Albertans want to see action. Tell your MLAs because the status quo is not acceptable.

Hi Mr. Horvath,

I believe the failure of the NDP government to act is a scathing indictment of their performance.
It appears that they are more interested in party interests than people interests.
Their real objectives seem to be about ensuring that they stay in power beyond this first term in office rather than representing the people of Alberta.

While all political parties are mostly interested in themselves, unhappily the NDP do not have the broad support necessary to ensure that such continuation in office without real performance and furthermore, if they don't work on the social ills that prompted Tory voters like myself to go left well then the next few years will be filled with yapping and activism work by mummies who have family in continuing care. There is absolutely no reason for the NDP folks to be stagnant at the beginning of their tenure in office and the only way I can explain this sort of failure to change continuing care is that the folks at Alberta Health do not want to change continuing care.

Ms. Hoffman has been a disappointment as the minister of health. We have been patient while she got an overview of the ministry but in my opinion there is absolutely no reason why legislative changes could not have been initiated immediately. The NDP party made changes to matters that benefited them such as bill 1 but haven't bothered to address the issues of families who have suffered retaliatory actions for yapping about abuse in public forums. The failures of Ms. Hoffman to address these issues is puzzling. She has spent a great deal of time (like all the other ministers) engaging the public and surely she must know the temperature of this ocean? Instead of action we are given photo opportunities, meetings with lower level health staff, are pumped of what information we have on us about future advocacy work we are doing and then, in response to our advocacy work, the government prints out media releases such as the weak "Visitor Management Policy" that Joel thinks is great but I don't.

Not only is the weak Visitor Management Policy limited in that only addresses only banning and not other retaliatory acts such as evictions and lawsuits-it also seems one sided in it's efficacy. It simply seems to assume that families are the problem or why else are we being managed? What about the other side of this unequal power equation? Who is managing the administrators of health facilities and continuing care facilities who do not follow their own protocols, the health standards and simply do what they feel is expedient for their organizations?

The NDP government knows of these abuses of power and could have acted immediately by amending the pivotal legislation that causes some of these problems. The NDP government knew that the Trespass to Premises Act that was introduced by the PC government was the problem but they did not amend this legislation so that there would be an appeal process. Why not? I guess they prefer to have a hammer to hit the gnats of the citizens.

The NDP government knew of the absence of an appeal process at AHS but did nothing until the Ali family yapped endlessly for such an appeal process. Why did we have to yap for one? Why was there no appeal process to begin with?

When my family asked for an appeal process so that we could appeal the eviction of my handicapped sister from the Good Samaritan Extended care the minister of health was able to eventually (months later) approve of an appeal process. No one asked why this appeal process had not been in place for the last 44 years. It should have been present but was not despite the legislative requirement for such an appeal process. This means that for the past 44 years, despite the law requiring an appeal there was no appeal at the health authorities including AHS, and evicted residents were moved forward. AHS was non-compliant and yet no one is accountable for this non-compliance at AHS. Meanwhile my handicapped sister is stuck for months waiting for this appeal process while everyone searches for their hands and feet.

When my family attempted to access the newly created appeal process, there was a swift downgrade of my sister from long term care to SL4 status so that we could not appeal. What all of this bureaucratic expediency junk indicates to me is that ---for profit and not for profit facilities in Alberta---have the continued ability to evict any resident that they deem is too much of a hassle in terms of family advocates or is too complex (expensive) for them to service. By permitting the downgrade of my sister and not allowing the appeal to the long term care provider, the Ministry of Health is continuing the same history of retribution that is the legacy of the Tories. Not a good thing to do. All other citizens who attempt to access this new appeal process will have a long wait; the folks at AHS guard access to the appeal and decide who gets to use it. So what's changed? We have an appeal process somewhere that we might be able to use that is internal to AHS. Not much has changed has it?

Meanwhile at the headquarters of Public Interest Alberta there are no sort of attention on these sorts of continuing care problems right now. This is surprising. Why is there an extended honeymoon period at PIA that ignores public problems?

The folks at PIA under Bill Moore-Kilgannon were willing to publicize the poor performance of the PC folks but suddenly --now that the NDP are in power they are not willing to publicize the poor deeds of the NDP folks. Why not? This sort of failure to represent families facing these continuing care abuses / problems while extolling the non-existent benefits of the Visitor Management Policy is not proper advocacy work in my opinion. Pandering to the party might be the easy way to go but it is clear to me that more than pandering is needed to make change happen. PIA needs to get going and start advocating again. There needs to be help for families rather than praise for no performance. In other words, PIA has no deliverables in this area right now.

The NDP government likewise has no deliverables especially in the making of corrective legislation. The work of government is legislation that addresses needs, demands and problems in our society. It is the responsibility of government to provide legislation that ensures resident rights in continuing care, that protects advocates from retribution and ensures that whistle-blowers like myself are not sued for raising the alarm and asking for help from government to protect vulnerable at risk residents in care.

Will this government act? Doubtful. I have not seen courage or smarts yet. And I do not believe any changes will occur without publicity. That is the job of PIA. We need media attention Joel. Where is this media attention on the problems in continuing care.

I picked up a recent advertisement from the oil and gas industry asking families to stand up for the energy sector. Why should I stand up for the energy sector? They get enough of the public subsidies, advertisement dollars and political pandering. I am standing up for my family. We want more than the poor returns from the oil and gas industry. We want a higher royalty rate. We want to have better treatment of citizens like Diana Daunheimer and Jessica Ernst. We want open government rather than political games with citizens. We want accountability-the value for our tax dollars given to us with reference to both the expenditures in public and private (for profit and not-for profit) continuing care. We want respect, dignity and compassion for our most vulnerable citizens in continuing care like my sister Rebecca who has been downgraded from long term care status to SL4 in a bogus placement that is not safe for her and does not meet her needs. We want a just society. We want what we deserve as good citizens--which is democracy and representation and we ain't getting it from this NDP government. The NDP folks are the new Tories. We just changed the political party in government and it still looks the same to me.

The failure of the NDP government to increase the royalty rate is the failure of the former PC government as well.
While the oil and gas industry earns billions we are to understand we -the people of Alberta-who own the resources aren't to get more cash for our resources.
Why not?
Apparently we are getting a "fair" return on our property.
This is amusing.
What is "fair"?
Is fair watching the oil companies earning billions for each quarter, laying off employees and then moaning about the lack of profits?
Is fair having to be told that there is no money for essential services and supports for our most disadvantaged citizens because the revenues from oil and gas development go to shareholders of these companies rather than the people of Alberta?
What exactly is fair?
I picked up a recent advertisement from the oil and gas industry asking families to stand up for the energy sector.
Why should I stand up for the energy sector?
They get enough of the public subsidies, advertisement dollars and political pandering.
I am standing up for my family.
We want more than the poor returns from the oil and gas industry.
We want a higher royalty rate.
We want to have better treatment of citizens like Diana Daunheimer and Jessica Ernst.
We want open government rather than political games with citizens.
We want accountability-the value for our tax dollars given to us with reference to both the expenditures in public and private (for profit and not-for profit) continuing care.
We want respect, dignity and compassion for our most vulnerable citizens in continuing care like my sister Rebecca who has been downgraded from long term care status to SL4 in a bogus placement that is not safe for her and does not meet her needs.
We want a just society.
We want what we deserve as good citizens--which is democracy and representation and we ain't getting it from this NDP government.

The NDP folks are the new Tories.
We just changed the political party in government and it still looks the same to me.

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Do you think the energy sector is good for Canada? Are you tired of how the discussion seems to be dominated by the critics? Do you want a voice in this conversation? If so, join the ‘Raise Your Hand’ campaign. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) recently launched this campaign to drum up engagement and conversations with supporters of Canada’s energy development.
Developing our energy resources is important to all Canadians. It powers all facets of our society and provides us with among the highest standards of living in the world. It creates jobs, contributes to economic prosperity and generates revenues that help pay for public infrastructure like schools, hospitals and roads. And we know it can be done responsibly and safely. We also understand that there are those opposed to oil and gas development, and that they have a role to play in pushing for higher standards of environmental performance. But at this time, the voices of critics are drowning out those of supporters.
“It’s a three-to-one ratio of those willing to speak out against the industry to those willing to speak up for it. And we really need to change that. There still needs to be an emphasis on energy literacy and communicating the facts on how we’re a world-class industry when it comes to responsible development. We just need to shift the dial so that people can connect meaningfully, personally and emotionally with these facts.” – Jeff Gaulin, Vice-President of Communications, CAPP
Polls show broad support for the energy industry – we need to ensure this view is heard.  We need your help to balance the conversation: join CAPP’s ‘Energy Citizens’ program, a growing online community where members can share facts, participate in social media conversations and disseminate information on events and other advocacy-style initiatives. After all, in order to advocate for the industry and correct misinformation, we need to learn more about key industry facts on topics including safetyenvironment andlocal benefits.
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Julie Ali The failure of the NDP government to increase the royalty rate is the failure of the former PC 


government as well.

While the oil and gas industry earns billions we are to understand we -the people of Alberta-who own the 

resources aren't to get more cash for our resources.

Why not?

Apparently we are getting a "fair" return on our property.

This is amusing.


What is "fair"?

Is fair watching the oil companies earning billions for each quarter, laying off employees and then moaning 

about the lack of profits?
I



Is fair having to be told that there is no money for essential services and supports for our most disadvantaged 

citizens because the revenues from oil and gas development go to shareholders of these companies rather 


than the people of Alberta?

What exactly is fair?

I picked up a recent advertisement from the oil and gas industry asking families to stand up for the energy 


sector.

Why should I stand up for the energy sector?

They get enough of the public subsidies, advertisement dollars and political pandering.

am standing up for my family.


We want more than the poor returns from the oil and gas industry.

We want a higher royalty rate.

We want to have better treatment of citizens like Diana Daunheimer and Jessica Ernst.

We want open government rather than political games with citizens.

We want accountability-the value for our tax dollars given to us with reference to both the expenditures in 

public and private (for profit and not-for profit) continuing care.

We want respect, dignity and compassion for our most vulnerable citizens in continuing care like my sister 


Rebecca who has been downgraded from long term care status to SL4 in a bogus placement that is not safe 

for her and does not meet her needs.

We want a just society.

We want what we deserve as good citizens--which is democracy and representation and we ain't getting it 

from this NDP government.

The NDP folks are the new Tories.

We just changed the political party in government and it still looks the same to me.
LikeReplyJust now

but when you are alone

I tell you to be happy
for we are not here forever
the time flies
on seagull wings
over the landfill of our lives
and so be jolly
with the time you have left
and don't doubt
that love
is all that is important

all that other junk
is here for the immortal reason
to keep you going
but when you are alone
in a room with the light of your life dimming
don't you think this is the time
you should get real with yourself?
don't you understand
that everything vanishes except love?
take up the cup of love and drink it all up

I tell you to be happy
and write if you wish to write
and dance if you wish to dance
and praise if you wish to praise
for we are surrounded by loveliness
in everyone we encounter
why just today I met a homeless man
who had nothing but a sign that he owned
I got out of Helva and handed him ten dollars
which was accepted with grace for he understood the gift he was giving me

I tell you all
to simply be
when you are worried
and to give out what you can
to all you meet
I tell you all
to be who you think you are
at any point in time
and do not deny yourself
the joy of loving 
don't be fobbed up by the fear of those
who equate love with lust
these are the days of trust


I give myself to the poem
which is a gift
that I make out of the words that come
these seagulls flying over the landfill
seeking out the shiny metal points of a star
the lost country of the familiar
and the ocean bashing its fists
against the tarmac of rocks
these airplanes of birds
that squawk
what do they want?
see the child in everyone 


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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Child [Official Video]

This and That--Sunday January 31, 2016

I finally made a meal today. It was spaghetti. We have been living on quick sandwiches and soup type deals as we have been busy but today I used the fat tomatoes on the counter to make pasta sauce. I haven't eaten yet. I had to do the facebooking stuff.
I don't know how to twitter very good so I am facebooking. I had an account for a while but it took my handicapped sister's problem to get me onto Facebook. I mostly facebook with Velvet Martin who is my pal.
I have a few other pals as well. Most of them I haven't met in person as I am a recluse.

In the house the tables groan with paper. I haven't been productive today in tidying up the paper. I leave it for tomorrow. Instead of tidying up I am reading. I have got three books by Joyce Carol Oates because I want to learn to write like her. Actually I would like just to have her voice in writing.

When I have an author crush I just pick up every single book written by the crush object and read them. When I have a deeper author crush I write out the book. Yes. I write out the book to become the writer of that book. Such a silly me.

I have bought a ton of food today to sustain older boy. The fridge and freezer is full of food just in case he is overcome with hunger. Often he will open the fridge and freezer to confirm that there are victuals sufficient for today.  I don't know about tomorrow's rations.

Younger boy has not left the computer since diploma exams were done with. He has not looked at his graduation photos. I will have to choose a few of them which cost major bucks.


Then the matter of the graduation. I still haven't found out when the ceremony will be or when I need to get his tux. He has no interest in the business.


I find out that he graduates on May 16, 2016 here:
https://schoolzone-content.epsb.ca/root/common/school_news/displayBinary.cfm?sequence_no=104515
May 16 Grad Commencement @ Jubilee Auditorium

Apparently there is some information before this happens:

https://schoolzone-content.epsb.ca/root/common/school_news/displayBinary.cfm?sequence_no=104515

April 28 Grad Town Hall Meeting


Good thing the school publishes this stuff because I would never find out. 
I decide to work on the teacher nomination form E before the day is shot completely.


Tomorrow I go to the appointment at Dr. Lappa with younger boy.
I hope I do not forget.

The brain is full of hornets now.I'd better go to the work that is nomination form E of the Teacher Excellence award now.

More Facebooking on Ms. Notley's Facebook page---I don't blame the NDP for the down turn in the economy. I'd say that the fracking boom in the USA is responsible for the bust right now. The USA is our biggest customer and it is energy self sufficient right now. I don't blame the NDP for the messes left by the PC government either. I do blame the NDP for not having done any work that I can see to change the problems in continuing care other than the photo opportunities with all and sundry. There are some problems that you can't fix such as the energy self sufficiency of the USA. But there are other problems you can fix such as the problems of abuses in continuing care, failures of AHS to monitor and remedy such abuses, failures of Alberta Health to oversee the poor performance of AHS and the failures of all concerned to limit the retaliatory acts of folks in the health care and continuing care industry which included banning, evictions and legal action (lawsuits). By such interesting methods were the sad situations of some families' problems in continuing care kept secret from the public. Much like the situation in the foster care system, the government of Alberta has participated in a coordinated program of lack of transparency and lack of accountability for it's failures in continuing care.

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Ralph Shaw Pretty much, Julie. What a lot of people are missing is that now the luxury of making or breaking Alberta's fortunes is not hardly within the grasp of ANY provincial govt. The middle Eastern players have finally disenfranchized their responsibilities to the original intent of OPEC. They've turned their taps on way longer than agreed to. C'est la vie. To blame the current NDP provincial govt for downturn in oil and consequent loss of jobs is about as intelligent as say, seasonal construction workers blaming the govt because they can't pour concrete in cold weather. And seasonal construction workers DON'T do that. So let's wake up to the real why, cut the blame shit, and get on with salvaging what we can. Sitting in coffee shops bitching about who is wrong and who everyone dislikes is sure not productive. And I'll wager that none of our "old schoolers" ever did that; no they went to work on solving the situ as best they could.

I don't blame the NDP for the down turn in the economy. I'd say that the fracking boom in the USA is responsible for the bust right now. The USA is our biggest customer and it is energy self sufficient right now.

I don't blame the NDP for the messes left by the PC government either.

I do blame the NDP for not having done any work that I can see to change the problems in continuing care other than the photo opportunities with all and sundry. There are some problems that you can't fix such as the energy self sufficiency of the USA. But there are other problems you can fix such as the problems of abuses in continuing care, failures of AHS to monitor and remedy such abuses, failures of Alberta Health to oversee the poor performance of AHS and the failures of all concerned to limit the retaliatory acts of folks in the health care and continuing care industry which included banning, evictions and legal action (lawsuits). By such interesting methods were the sad situations of some families' problems in continuing care kept secret from the public. Much like the situation in the foster care system, the government of Alberta has participated in a coordinated program of lack of transparency and lack of accountability for it's failures in continuing care.

The NDP are fully aware of these problems since Public Interest Alberta and Friends of Medicare have been yapping to them about these problems for years. So why has no action been taken? And please don't tell me it is because they are new to the job. With every new political party elected to government there is some orientation required but the government itself is constant. In other words, we changed the tablecloth of the political party over the table of government but this makes no difference in the speed by which change happens. This is amply illustrated by the speed by which the NDP government passed Bill 1 which benefited them. In sharp contrast, all we got in return for the yapping about problems in continuing care is a weak Visitor Management Policy that seems to indicate that citizens are the problem since we have to be "managed".


I believe it is important for citizens to wake up to the real. Hence my yapping about the real. The real is that the NDP are failing citizens. They have disappointed voters like myself who voted for them. In all ways they have not made change happen.

And I believe that "bitching" about the failures is a good indication to the new hires that we're pretty kind and generous folks but we aren't going to stay silent about the poor performance of our new hires. Get going folks. Keep on "bitching" about the failures. Because without sustained chatter there will not be any sort of work done on issues we consider important. The problems in continuing care impact our most vulnerable at risk seniors and handicapped citizens who cannot advocate for themselves. These are members of our families. We love them. We want them to be safe. And we won't stay silent about these issues any longer in Alberta.



Ralph Shaw Pretty much, Julie. What a lot of people are missing is that now the luxury of making or breaking Alberta's fortunes is not hardly within the grasp of ANY provincial govt. The middle Eastern players have finally disenfranchized their responsibilities to the original intent of OPEC. They've turned their taps on way longer than agreed to. C'est la vie. To blame the current NDP provincial govt for downturn in oil and consequent loss of jobs is about as intelligent as say, seasonal construction workers blaming the govt because they can't pour concrete in cold weather. And seasonal construction workers DON'T do that. So let's wake up to the real why, cut the blame shit, and get on with salvaging what we can. Sitting in coffee shops bitching about who is wrong and who everyone dislikes is sure not productive. And I'll wager that none of our "old schoolers" ever did that; no they went to work on solving the situ as best they could.
Julie Ali Kent MeadesHi Kent, I agree that the oil and gas industry provides a return on our non-renewable resources but I do not believe it has been a good return.
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Julie Ali Ralph Shaw I don't blame the NDP for the down turn in the economy. I'd say that the fracking boom in the USA is responsible for the bust right now. The USA is our biggest customer and it is energy self sufficient right now.

I don't blame the NDP for the messes left by the PC government either.

I do blame the NDP for not having done any work that I can see to change the problems in continuing care other than the photo opportunities with all and sundry. There are some problems that you can't fix such as the energy self sufficiency of the USA. But there are other problems you can fix such as the problems of abuses in continuing care, failures of AHS to monitor and remedy such abuses, failures of Alberta Health to oversee the poor performance of AHS and the failures of all concerned to limit the retaliatory acts of folks in the health care and continuing care industry which included banning, evictions and legal action (lawsuits). By such interesting methods were the sad situations of some families' problems in continuing care kept secret from the public. Much like the situation in the foster care system, the government of Alberta has participated in a coordinated program of lack of transparency and lack of accountability for it's failures in continuing care.

The NDP are fully aware of these problems since Public Interest Alberta and Friends of Medicare have been yapping to them about these problems for years. So why has no action been taken? And please don't tell me it is because they are new to the job. With every new political party elected to government there is some orientation required but the government itself is constant. In other words, we changed the tablecloth of the political party over the table of government but this makes no difference in the speed by which change happens. This is amply illustrated by the speed by which the NDP government passed Bill 1 which benefited them. In sharp contrast, all we got in return for the yapping about problems in continuing care is a weak Visitor Management Policy that seems to indicate that citizens are the problem since we have to be "managed".

I believe it is important for citizens to wake up to the real. Hence my yapping about the real. The real is that the NDP are failing citizens. They have disappointed voters like myself who voted for them. In all ways they have not made change happen.

And I believe that "bitching" about the failures is a good indication to the new hires that we're pretty kind and generous folks but we aren't going to stay silent about the poor performance of our new hires. Get going folks. Keep on "bitching" about the failures. Because without sustained chatter there will not be any sort of work done on issues we consider important. The problems in continuing care impact our most vulnerable at risk seniors and handicapped citizens who cannot advocate for themselves. These are members of our families. We love them. We want them to be safe. And we won't stay silent about these issues any longer in Alberta.
Julie Ali
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