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Beirut explosion, COVID 19, Isaias leaves at least 5 dead – Human Sufferings

Beirut explosion, COVID 19,  Isaias leaves at least 5 dead – Human Sufferings

Listening to the different death occurring explosions, human-killing virus, and storms leave me feeling helpless. Are we helpless? Events that occur in producing social dislocation as noted are from internal forces such as disasters, persecutions, and intra-group armed conflict, the militarization of developing countries, as well as from external forces such as bombings and imposing wars from the Security Councils of other states. This displacement leads to the marginalization of many ethnic communities as well as many war-related deaths. All these traumatic events precipitated large groups of people to be dislocated with the next process being relocation and resettlement. This process results in the loss of many basic needs, the loss of loved ones, and unfamiliar cultural environments and communities. Dislocated persons become strangers in a new land with the loss of familiar sounds, sights, and smells.

What is missing around social dislocation is the discussion on the positive aspects of the human spirit. The destruction of traditional bonds of community and the new formations of the community is complicated and is unclear if the label social dislocation answers questions related to new realities of local-based networks and identities. Types of traumatic experiences are not the only variable in a person’s existence but attitudes towards life and the know-how in rebuilding, adapting to the present are part of a successful resolution (Sixsmith et al., 2014; Ungar et al., 2013; Polk, 1997; Fine, 1991) to trauma experiences.

Resilience is a useful concept regarding human populations as life for many is about the opportunity available for ‘that life’ to not just exist but to thrive. Resilience is part of the human experience from the time a human takes her\his first step. Falling due to balance and staying down is not an option for a toddler. They get up and try again. Reconstructing the self when allowed to do depend on social networks and economic policies. Social behaviour is constructed by reflecting on experiences the person has and interprets as positive and the reactions of others towards the same experience. Positive feelings can provide an impetus for repeating behaviours. To carry out daily life experiences many well-adapted individuals will seek help in unfamiliar environments. The ability to seek help is a transferable skill that not only shows resilience but also the ability to adapt. My question to myself and to you  – how are you adapting and thriving?

(some of the content is taken from my published chapter –

Social Dislocation, Adaptability, and Resilience in

Merle Audrey Jacobs (2015) Social Dislocation to Geographical Dislocation: Trauma & Resilience  (Ed). Toronto, APF Press. (refereed)

Merle Jacobs

From 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, racism

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Who is dying from COVID19 in Ontario: how do we move information to action!

Who is dying from COVID19 in Ontario: how do we move information to action!

8,430 Canadians have died from COVID19 in Canada. They are family and friends, not just a number. The News Media has helped us keep up with the information and presented how Seniors, Minorities and people in low-income neighbourhoods are more likely to be harmed by COVID19.

Cases continue to rise in Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces that have accounted for a majority of Canada’s death toll and caseload ever since the pandemic began. Living in Ontario prior to COVID we were fighting back against the Ford’s government cuts to education, social services.  People are out on the streets for Black Lives in Ontario, a good issue to promote a better society. What about being out protesting for “Seniors in LTC Lives Matter.”

Authorities have revealed that postal code data shows people in minority and low-income areas of Ontario are three times more likely to test positive than predominantly white and wealthy neighbourhoods. https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2020/06/15/six-new-outbreaks-of-covid-19-in-ontario-nursing-homes.html.

Ontario has the highest number of for-profit care homes in Canada, with 57% of the more than 600 facilities owned or managed by for-profits with 17% fewer workers. Residents of for-profit nursing homes in Ontario are far more likely to be infected with COVID-19 and die than those who live in non-profit and municipally-run homes. Long-term care is the front line of Canada’s battle with COVID-19, accounting for as many as four out of every five deathshttps://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/for-profit-nursing-homes-have-four-times-as-many-covid-19-deaths-as-city-run-homes-star-analysis-finds/  Ontario’s home care system provides care to more than 730,000 Ontarians.

Doug Ford and his PC government are moving ahead with their new home and community care legislation. The new regime set out for home and community care dismantles most if not all public governance of home care. All remaining publicly owned & controlled home care would be transferred to an array of provider organizations including for-profit and non-profit organizations. The legislation is permissive, repealing the previous Home Care and Community Services Act and enabling the provider organizations to structure, contract, subcontract & run home care in an array of different ways that they would develop themselves. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aQpch2pYj3Utx7qdQ2CY5RO1lP2mcVSz/view  In May, the Toronto Star reported that “three of the largest for-profit nursing home operators in Ontario, which have had disproportionately high numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, have together paid out more than $1.5 billion in dividends to shareholders over the last decade.” Mike Harris( former PC Premier) has profited a lot from his part-time boardroom-based job with Chartwell. According to the Toronto Star, he was paid $229,500 last year. https://canadians.org/analysis/mike-harris-raking-profits-long-term-care-system-he-helped-create

As I was reading the news about COVID19 and LTC – it seemed distant. People’s lives are in danger and it has become a back page issue. Why are we becoming numb to the deaths in Canada and around the world? This is ageism. Are we upset about racism, LGBTQ injustices but not about ageism?

As Canadians, we need to ask this question – why are people who are unable to care for themselves, those who live in minority and low-income areas have a higher number of deaths in Ontario? Are we advocating for them? Write to your MPP in Ontario https://www.ola.org/en/get-involved/contact-mpp  – send them an email !!!!  as an MPP should help their constituents with petitions or raise this issue with the government. Doug Ford- Help us understand why you are not acting in the best interest of Ontario, but in the best interest of Mike Harris?

 

 

 

Merle Jacobs

From 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, racism

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