Does Canada need a National Disability Act?

  This copy originally appeared on CBC’s The 180 on Dec. 20, 2015 Listen to my interview with CBC’s Jim Brown here. Stephen Harper’s Conservative government promised a national disability act in 2006, but never followed through.  Now, the new Liberal government has made a national disability act a priority. They say the new bill will…

The dangers of foraging: An amateur mushroom picker’s nightmare

After five years of mushroom picking I have finally realized just how little I know about the “sport.” I can identify about a dozen edible species and have enjoyed countless meals made better by foraging, including chanterelle risotto, cauliflower mushroom stuffed quail and creamy morel pastas. But no meal is worth the pain I endured…

Women with disabilites and abuse on CBC Radio

Part one of “In Dignity: Disabilities, Freedom and the Fight for Security aired on CBC’s On the Coast, All Points West and Radio West on Oct. 13, 2015”  From CBC online: Laurette Yelle felt her privacy was violated when two staff members of the group home she lived in barged into her room while she…

World Vinyl Record Day

As a millennial, my most recent interaction with vinyl dates back to early childhood. I have fond memories of playing Alvin and the Chipmunk’s version of “Leader of the Pack” on a 78” (is that how you call it?) The high-pitched notes rang through the cheap speakers of my bright-yellow Big Bird shaped turntable. So,…

Women with disabilities face elevated risk of abuse

Sadly, women with disabilities are far more likely to experience abuse than able bodied women and more likely to experience the most severe and prolonged forms of abuse. In a survey conducted by the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada, 40 per cent of respondents with a disability reported having experienced violent abuse.One Ottawa-based study showed that women with…