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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Main Blog | Comments Off on The brain drain of the Caribbean trained nurses:

By Derrick Miller Our quiet need:   The role of a nurse is equally important as a good doctor, education, clean criminal record, and a productive safe community. These caretakers and medicine givers are eyes and ears of doctors, from preparing a… Merle JacobsFrom Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racismMore Posts - Website Follow Me:Share...

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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Main Blog | Comments Off on How Mainstream Media Fakes The News – Behind The Scenes

“How Mainstream Media Fakes The News – Behind the Scenes” Video Originally Uploaded by Killing Time, Published February 25, 2014. (For more insightful information, please follow the links in the video’s description box.) Merle JacobsFrom Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racismMore Posts - Website Follow Me:Share...

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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Canadians need a government who understands guns kill: citizens must vote

Canadians need a government who understands guns kill: citizens must vote

RCMP Constable David Matthew Wynn, 42 is not another person in the news. He is one more law enforcement officer who has been gunned down by a criminal who used a gun freely. There is outcry and focus in the mainstream media as well as in social media. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was the last major incident in 2014 that gripped Canadians. The Harper government wants to bring in laws regarding Canadian  jihadists/terrorist. Does he understands it is guns that kill people as well the  pathologies that plague our society.   On-duty police officers can carry handguns as well as Canadian border guards carry side arms as our Firearms Act and Regulations Act in Canada defines who can legally carry them. National Firearms Association of Canada works on trying to change our laws and protecting their membership’s rights with views such as ‘research is clear that arming law-abiding people’. Guns for the sake of protecting are not part of our everyday culture which has it roots in First Nations, the UK and France. Unlike the gun crazy USA and their constitutional right to bear arms, Canada has tried to support a value where guns are  used mostly if “the individual’s principal activity is the handling, transportation or protection of cash, negotiable instruments or other goods of substantial value.” The Harper government passed Bill C-19 and Long gun registration is no longer required except in the province of Quebec. This change in policy could not be stopped in spite of the outcry by women ,Police, Health and Safety Experts . As I look at today’s sad Wynn family in the news, it is more than having unarmed auxiliary officers, it is more about us. It is also about the flow of illegal guns from the USA, the lack of political will, and removing guns for criminals. As well, allowing any Canadian, age 19 or older who does not have a history of violence, drug trafficking or other habitual criminal behaviour to legally buy and own firearms must be revisited as storage, lending and violence against family members will find holes in this part of our legislation. Arm sales is big business and Canada is a target market when we read that the UN report ‘that Canada ranks third among the developed western countries (behind the United States and Norway) in the civilian ownership of firearms.’ Our society’s social capital, our schools where young people die, and our health as a society pay a price when guns wreak havoc as it has done on Constable Wynn’s family and friends. Rights legislations are a baseline for establishing values and the social construction of democracy and freedom add to these values. However, with rights comes responsibility. Who is responsible for his unnecessary death? We will all be upset for the next while. The family will always have a missing chair at the table. We, the people must vote for parliamentarians who represent us and ask for less party politics and send more independent candidates to parliament. Staying home and not voting in Canada sends the same actors back to parliament beholden to big business and big donors. If we want increased control over the availability of weapons in Canada we must try to change social perspectives which allows for our current dysfunctional political system. The  pathology of not voting as viewed as exercising one’s vote. This is a view that needs re-educating. If the citizens of Canada take political  power back by voting, current identity politics, and pandering to large vote...

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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Why I followed Toronto’s elections

  The City of Vaughan politics and debates made me drowsy. Few tweets and I vicariously started to back horses via twitter. The involvement was fast on my part as both Ms. Chow and Mr. Tory were seasoned politicians. Ms. Chow lost, Mr. Tory won. “We’ as Doug Ford like to use came in second but was the real looser although the media and Pundits like to point out they were a force. My question starts with what type of force? the Globe and Mail has a take on John Tory as well as Ford Nation. Ford Nation tapped into frustration of those who lack the same privilege that some have in Toronto. Rob Ford has a council seat and we wish him well in his health. FordNation on the other hand is not one that I find comfortable when weeping women compare John Tory Win To ISIS Coming To Toronto.  There was so much going on pre and post election that could make one debate issues on twitter. The only non debate item was the debates themselves. Boring, except for Ari Goldkind who was smart like Chow & Tory but had fresh ideas with his own insights. Watching him live in the only debate I went to by invitation, made me believe that the future is exciting. The stroking of fears by the Fords instead of building community togetherness is a very negative political tool. Right wing politicians as well as the radical left try to use it to their advantage even if has the came effect as cluster bombs to the brains of their followers. This is the same tool fundamentalist use to promote their way of thinking and as we know incites hate that can lead to killing those they consider ‘the other.’ The killing of Corporal Nathan Cirillo shook Canadians and we must speak out against hate speech not just in a religious setting but also take a look at what Ford Nation is doing to the minds of their followers to obtain power. Even in defeat Doug Ford was ungracious as his little brother. Toronto will now be a little more boring like Vaughan. Perhaps I will have to start looking into our taxes and check out Vaughan city hall. Do we have a map of Vaughan? It was fun to read the tweets, some made me LOL. Back to my usual followers.   Merle JacobsFrom Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racismMore Posts - Website Follow Me:Share...

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Daisy's Blog | Comments Off on Kitten Dreaming Video Too Cute Not To Post!

Tweet Just becuse this is too cute not to post! You’ll want to share it, for sure Daisy Jacobs-De La MazaLoved by many, bi-racial, and happily retired. I enjoy long naps, and the occasional snack.More Posts Share...

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Daisy's Blog | Comments Off on Sharing my food with little missy from next door is a no no!

Sharing my food with little missy from next door is a no no!

I pretend that I do not mind sharing, but I do. I saw Mum taking my food out of my bottle. She took it out and gave it to the ‘little thing’ which they call that cat from next door. It has family so why does this small under grown cat come and take my food. Yes, my food. No one asked me about this. you know, this type of behaviour is unfair and uncalled for. How would they like it if I took their food and gave it to strangers. This has got to stop. I did not mind when the cats with no homes came, then the raccoons frightened my Mum and the horrid cat that screams all the time thinking he owns our space chased them away. Mum stopped the food thing until little missy from the house next door came begging. They think I am not looking and if they see me looking come and give me a few kibbles from my own food. What cheek and down rights abusive behaviours. Would you like it if a dress you liked were given away. Oh, I am being what they call a sexist. Big words for little me. All I want you to know is that I do not like little missy for next door eating my food. I may be plump but I am not stupid. Food is the life blood of a cat, not your silly clothes that I mentioned earlier. I am so angry about this that I better stop and go and eat my kibbles they left out for me. If they see this I will get a lecture about Christianity – how Jesus said to share. I am going to join the Tea Party and become their type of Christian. They do not see sharing as a virtue. Have a good night. © Daisy Jacobs-De La MazaLoved by many, bi-racial, and happily retired. I enjoy long naps, and the occasional snack.More Posts Share...

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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Special Guest Blog | Comments Off on Dog Takes Puppy on Journey in Shopping Cart

Dog Takes Puppy on Journey in Shopping Cart

Another ultra cute video is coming your way. Here you can find the trip of two little friends – Maymo and Penny. In the video Maymo is pushing Penny in a grocery cart, while they are having a fabulous walk around different places. Watch the video and… Merle JacobsFrom Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racismMore Posts - Website Follow Me:Share...

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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Special Guest Blog | Comments Off on Grumpy Cat [story]

Grumpy Cat [story]

Where the grumpy cat came from? Grumpy Cat looks grumpy, but her sourpuss expression is making people all over the world smile. Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an Internet sensation in 2012 when her photo was posted to Reddit. Accused… Merle JacobsFrom Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racismMore Posts - Website Follow Me:Share...

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Daisy's Blog | Comments Off on litter needs; understanding the news

litter needs; understanding the news

Hi Everyone Daisy is back I got the family computer at last. They are just PC nuts. Just read how some pets have to use news paper shredded. LOL. They can p–s on the news, not read the BS. For humans the news papers p–ses on them thinking they have a 9 day memory not like elephants who would remember the news BS. We have good memories. Humans? they are like fruit flies. today – gone tomorrow. I have 9 lives. I was thinking [I love to think] – What has the world done for animals? other than kill us. The ‘us’ I mean for the general animals, not for us house pets.  Just like people who say ‘us’ and never experience what happened. So if we use their news papers for litter it may be one small way to get back at the human world for their abusive ways. Read the news and it tells you how we are abused. In the old old days poor little lambs were killed for the sin of humans. Thank goodness this was not a cat thing. Now I was told that an Indian court bans animal sacrifice in Hindu temples. Excuse me, I thought they did not eat meat. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” – Mohandas Gandhi. If only he knew. Not only do humans not know how to treat us but they do not act kindly towards other humans. Just look at how they are killing each other. Maybe if more humans saw these psychos they would know how we feel about being killed for sacrifice and used for fun & food. I live in a meat eating home – what a horror and what bad behaviour when they know they can live without so much – you know what I mean. Enough of how humans treat most animals and themselves. I really want to say that kitties are not the only people that have news paper in their litter box [our bathroom] Well, some people still take the news paper and read in their bathrooms. In the past when people did not have toilet paper they used pieces of news paper. Much like the Kittie litter some poor cats have to use. Not me, I have wheat, rather clean. Why am I giving you details of my life? My advice for human, don’t trust what you read, what you see on TV and hear on the radio. Be like me, ignore the news, sleep a lot, torment your people and let them pet you. You see, we house pets are the elites of the animal kingdom especially in wealthy societies. Perhaps the best way to understand the news is to send the papers directly to the Kittie Litter makers, dogs and cats who use them could tell you what is happening. Just as good as high paid talking heads and media people. You won’t believe us so why do you believe them? Most news funded by Big money. Get my point! Oh my paws are hurting, I have said too much. Chow ( I mean I am off to eat) Daisy Daisy Jacobs-De La MazaLoved by many, bi-racial, and happily retired. I enjoy...

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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Robynne Neugebauer – Remembering a friend & sister

Robynne Neugebauer  – Remembering a friend & sister

Robynne loved being in Toronto. She was a colleague and the type of friend that comes into your life to change it forever. She taught me that friendship was easy and not demanding and that little things could make her happy. She said we were sisters. She shared her joys and her disappointments. She listened to mine. I should have met Robynne when she was a teenage ‘her words’ as she was in the same class as my younger brother Richard. In graduate studies at York University we passed each other but never met – another missed time. ‘Why didn’t we meet? She would question me from time to time. We passed each never meeting – until the mid nineties – we met at a wedding. Her eyes shining and with a shy smile she asked if I was Ricky Jacobs’ sister. We never looked back. Her last email message to me was that our friendship had stood the test of time. While she lived in Toronto I found that she loved to meet for coffee, meals with friends, go to concerts, conferences, – When she sold her home in Toronto she gave a lot away to a church to help newcomers. When she moved to Ottawa, she said it would not be forever, she would return as Toronto were everyone she wanted to be with lived. She did not want to move but her job took her there. Robynne really enjoyed her friendships and did everything to make sure they developed. When she came to my home, no matter who was there she would engage them in a conversation which made them feel welcome, chatted with them as if she knew them forever. I have been told by many of those individuals that it was the eye contact and her genuine smile that showed she was really interested in talking to them. Robynne remembered everyone’s birthday and loved to buy special cards. Once, when I told her ‘no more gifts, I have too much” she sent a gift in my name to a family in a developing country – a pair of chickens – a hen and a rooster to start an egg business. She always thought of something to give, she was indeed a giver. Robynne made a joke of having tea with my mother and Malo who made the tea – she would say this is special tea “it is Maloti.” – which is really Malo’s real name. She called my mother ‘Auntie’ and had that special mother-daughter relationship with her. She promised her she would be there for her 85 birthday. The last time she visited us was in mid August to wish my mother for her 84th birthday which was September 7. That day she said she would be greedy and have an extra cup of tea with a twinkle in her eyes – a joke between her and her friend Malo. She had these relationships – different with each one of us – knowing what made the relationships and trying to meet the person where they were not what they should be. For me she knew that I loved our 1:1 conversations where we would talk about world issues or girl issues. We spoke on the phone for hours when she lived in...

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