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I’m doing some last minute shopping since everything is closed tomorrow, and I noticed a story pop up on my phones’s news alert about Saskatchewan RCMP looking for suspects after 10 people were stabbed dead and 15 injured.

Like what the flying fuck???? Gotta look this up.

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So these guys are “of white ethnicity”. 

Oh, wait, they are interviewing the brother of one of the victims on tv. The victim was a drug counselor and at least one of the guys was getting counseling from her. The two guys were residents of the native community where the attacks took place. The community struggles with a serious drug and violence problem.

The brother who is still missing, Myles Sanderson, recently served a 5 year stint in jail for assault and robbery, but not murder. Police actually had a warrant out for him for failing to report in as required. The dead brother had wounds that were not self inflicted. Maybe his brother killed him, maybe a victim fought back and he died of the wounds.

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Reminder that Patrick Brown is still a piece of shit:

https://thepointer.com/article/2022-09-07/patrick-brown-allies-cancel-future-council-meetings-ahead-of-election-suppress-investigation-details

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Patrick Brown along with Councillors Rowena Santos, Paul Vicente and Harkirat Singh have called off the majority of Council meetings between now and the October election, following the previous meeting of Council where multiple forensic investigations were cancelled by the mayor.

At the special meeting on August 26, called by Brown with less than 24 hours notice for 3 p.m. on a Friday, he brought forward motions to cancel forensic investigations into the failed Brampton University project, which cost $629,000, and other questionable procurements carried out under Brown’s leadership. He made the alarming move after an update by Froese Forensic Partners Ltd. (hired to carry out the investigations into the Brampton University procurements) revealed widespread wrongdoing in the use of taxpayer dollars for two Brampton University contracts—one given to a firm whose point person is a close friend of Brown, the other awarded to Santos’s close friend and mentor, David Wheeler.

Council was never told of the relationships and City staff revealed earlier this year that much of the work was never completed. Despite this, an additional $360,000 was given to Rob Godfrey’s company; he has been described by Brown as a close friend and political confidante, and is the son of Postmedia Chair Paul Godfrey.

 

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12 hours ago, Paxter said:

Tragedy in Hamilton, Mississauga and Milton today. Horrifying, distressing and confusing. 

Apparently the guy had anger issues. Sounds like suicide by cop. And that poor cop who was killed was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, he walked into the diner to get lunch while on a training exercise with Mississauga and Peel police. Had a wife and two kids.

Look at the two guys in Saskatchewan who also had bad childhoods and lots of anger issues. Put more money in childcare and support and these things can be eliminated, or nearly eliminated, with time.

Also, a national holiday has been declared for the day of the Queen’s funeral.

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This is awful -- and it is true for many locations in the US too -- whether or not the story acknowledges this.  And the UK.

'Disaster Mode’: Emergency Rooms Across Canada Close Amid Crisis
A nationwide shortage of nurses has caused dozens of emergency rooms across Canada to close temporarily and forced some patients to wait days for a bed.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/world/canada/nurse-shortage-emergency-rooms.html

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51 minutes ago, Zorral said:

This is awful -- and it is true for many locations in the US too -- whether or not the story acknowledges this.  And the UK.

'Disaster Mode’: Emergency Rooms Across Canada Close Amid Crisis
A nationwide shortage of nurses has caused dozens of emergency rooms across Canada to close temporarily and forced some patients to wait days for a bed.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/world/canada/nurse-shortage-emergency-rooms.html

It's not just ERs either, there is strain across the health care system, from family doctors to surgeries. And of course the aged care system is hopelessly broken here. 

Ontario's proposed solution? Private care. That will end well. 

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2 hours ago, Paxter said:

It's not just ERs either, there is strain across the health care system, from family doctors to surgeries. And of course the aged care system is hopelessly broken here. 

Ontario's proposed solution? Private care. That will end well. 

This has been a problem in Healthcare  for years. Covid just made it more obvious. Bad working conditions and low wages are the main reason. 12 hour shifts and constant shift work are hard. Weekend work is a constant and so is working part time at 2 or more jobs and not getting benefits. Unless the private operators offer better wages and working conditions, which I doubt will happen, all that will happen is even more workers will leave the field. 

Being designated as an essential service means healthcare workers can't strike for better wages or benefits and rely on arbitration for contract negotiations. I have been through this as a union exec enough times to know that getting a whole group of new managers who have no understanding of the existing contract language will be an utter shitstorm.

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Not politics, but here comes hurricane Fiona! Dog is already super anxious, cat doesn't give a fuck, I just want my ears to pop (since 9ish am), already half a tree on the street next door, and full force won't hit for 4ish more hours...

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