Happy Summer to all students and Happy Canada Day to all

Kids slept in this morning. I let them sleep as long as they wanted. One son commented how good it felt.

Now we’re soon off to a splash pad to take advantage of city operated area.

Have a great Canada Day everyone.

Tell me why you are proud to be a Canadian.

One thing that makes me proud is our great health care. With one of my sons being tested for a stomach ailment, I’m so glad I’m I don’t have to pay out of pocket.


13 thoughts on “Happy Summer to all students and Happy Canada Day to all

  1. Proudness is not first reaction – except when as a tourist in Europe beign
    able to explain that one is a Canadian, not an American as was assumed.
    -Gratitude is primary, that fate brought my forebears out here so our
    current generations were born into its bounty and goals of peace,
    order and good governance. Interesting to look at the places they
    originated from, and wonder how things would have been if they had
    not chosen or been forced to emigrate to the new world and chosen
    to settle within the then-Empire, not the republic to the south.
    – Mind you, some miss the older ‘Dominion Day’ with which they were
    raised Canada Day always sounding a bit like a marketing brand, not
    an historical event celebration. Apparently it briefly wasConfederation Day
    under Mike Pearson, but too much of the country did not federate in 1867
    to let that stick.
    Again, grateful for this province’s health insurance plan that came in about
    45 years ago – before that, one had to save up to have a baby with its doctor
    and hospital costs. (Hope things are going well with the boy..)
    And grateful for the amenities of this city such as your park splash pad..

  2. @KR…”Proud” of “our great health care”? Well, I’m not so sure.

    Yes, certainly it represents a political accomplishment of sorts (compared to the teething process of the healthcare system reform underway in the US ) and yes, it is generally popular and provides a degree of functional utility and a braod spectrum of service to many, but does it rise to the definition of—great health care?

    Not so fast.

    What about the long waits for surgery, ER and appointments with specialists?

    What about the fact that if the system was so great there wouldn’t be a need for private facilities (such as Cleveland Clinic branch in TO) or, that dentists and other ancilary/supportive healthcare services would be included?

    What about the refrain one always hears at every hospital, “Sorry, we can’t do X, or provide you with Y, or can’t have you undergo such and such…because of ‘cut-backs.'” And the chorus that wells up in every instance in every nursing home, along the lines of: “The Ministry said:….we can only change soiled briefs once a day….or,…physical therapy, speech therapy, recreational/occupational therapy, bed-sore treatment cannot be provided anymore because of …(take your pick of standard pat bureaucratic excuses.)

    What about “head-of-the-line” treatment for “special powerful friends,” politicians, celebrities?

    Or even more telling:, What about all the “special powerful friends,” politicians, celebrities who actually go abroad for their diagnosis, treatments or surgery?

    In fact, some of those seeking services abroad for example, advanced imaging, could easily schedule a visit the next day at any one of hundreds of MRI facilities in say Miami alone (where you mentioned you visited) (a city of 1.3 million) vs. a wait of a few months minimum to book one in London (a city of 350K). Using the same ratio as the example would bring the per capita MRI machines needed for London to be at least 30-40 not 1 or 2.

    More troubling is the fact that accepting healthcare in this country virtual forces one to forfeit legal recourse for botched or substandard treatment. Also, final disposiion of any treatment modality is determined not by one’s doctor but by the Ministry’s guidelines (aka dictates.)

    And, what about your own dealings that you described here earlier that were less than charitable, if not intimidating experiences with the various medical practitioners and coroner pertaining to questions of diagnosis/treatment and the ultimate demise of your father?

    Let’s also not forget that our healthcare isn’t free…citizens suffer under significant tax burdens.

    On the theme of taxes, rules and oppressive regulations: these are always some of the reasons cited to explain why there is always a net loss of doctors in Canada, and why newly minted doctors from Canadian medical schools flee the ‘great healthcare system’ to practice abroad.

    No, I would not go so far as to herald this as the most imporant national accomplishment to celebrate on Canada Day.

  3. @Glorious and free,
    Do you think the reaction you would get, distinguishing between what is in my opinion, the splitting of subtle if not insignificant hairs, whether as a traveller you are perceived as Canadian or American, would hold true not only in some other parts of Europe, but also currently in Afganistan, Egypt or Mali.?

    It’s nice to feel patriotic, special and rightfully proud on Canada Day (Dominion Day, if you wish) but do you really think that across many parts of the world, the rather cartoonish myth and propoganda that we hold so dear, of Canada, and our so-called Canadian-Values, is distinguishable or holds any sway?

    I might even assume you may be a Canadian veteran and if I detect the sense of accomplishment from your writings, indeed, if you are speaking as having made major generational contributions to Canadian and world history I , like so many fellow countrymen and women must acknowledge and salute you. But one shouldn’t dismiss though, that over the past century, especially in Europe across two major Wold Wars, Korea, Cold War and so many other confrontations all over the world, the price paid for freedom was largely born by the sacrifices of our American friends. So I’m not sure, that if you were mistakenly identified as an American, it necessarily would be such a bad thing.

  4. Anyone,
    On this particular Canada Day, I mentioned the health care system because I had a son who was in the midst of getting medical treatment.
    He was seen right away, given a solution and asked to follow up with a doctor and we went on our merry way.
    Yes there are problems with the system but we experienced no hassles. The last WHO rankings in 2000 rated Canada 30th for its health care system. Not great, but certainly better than many countries. And it’s top of mind also because of the mess south of the border.
    I shared my personal story about my father to help other families. Not certain why this is brought up here as it falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
    You did not provide any example of why you are a proud Canadian. Perhaps you are not?

  5. There are most certainly many things of which to be proud…some things though require skepticism.

    A critical analysis doesn’t preclude pride.

    And, I’m not sure what you mean when you write “falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services?” Without actually referring to your past postings directly and rather as I must rely on my rather shabby memory, I was simply recalling the point you were making at an earlier time when you wrote that you were facing resistance when you asked for a possible autopsy, and were officially told to what I recall was your chagrin, that there wasn’t anyhing to justify doing one.

    Perhaps I misunderstood the whole conversation.

    Back to the discussion of one being “proud.” Can one be too prideful? Is there distortion and blindness that comes with pride…not to mention any of the similar other descibed conditions of the seven deadly sins?

  6. Still unclear what Anyone approves of and how he feels blame-free
    of other things – unless he just landed at Pearson.
    Were his parents not here to help choose our governors who
    made the decisions that distress him ? And what is he doing
    to remedy problems?
    Just sitting around critiquing Canada is tiresome reading.
    -Kathy is accurate about the ministry that deals with post-mortems.
    It is not a health care issue – that ministry deals with the living.
    Let us let our host’s issues with the sudden death of a parent rest.
    It was not suspicious in a sense that required the state to intervene.
    It may be that her mother and the executor have looked in to seeing
    his medical records up there if there was confusion in the dispersed
    family about his recent health.

    -30- on this issue.

  7. It is a Health Care issue, because OHIP-system doesn’t pay for private autopsy. I don’t even know if there is a private autopsy service available here when Crown is unwilling or doesn’t deem death ‘suspicious.’

    As far as “blame-free,” do you really think it’s fair to point to me as one, among 33 million+ to be singled-out for derision and blame for somehow not changing the course of government and so therefore shouldn’t critique it?

    In fact: according to your definition of activism, being involved in “decisions” includes what I’m doing here: writing, informing, critiquing. All this is an excercise in trying to “remedy problems’ and not just “sitting around.” In fact, some see this as laudable: direct appeal, Direct Democracy .

  8. Once you are dead, you are no longer a Health care issue.
    Do let the Rumleski bereavement lie.
    If wishing to change things, have a right to autopsy your loved
    ones, deal with the Coroner’s office or the Minister in charge.
    Maybe even ask your loved ones if they want you doing this to
    their remains if you are in a decision-making position at the
    time of death.
    The question posed above is what gives one pride in the country,
    not why it is lousy.

  9. Easy to find…recent Fraser Institute report says at least “46,159 Canadians sought medical treatment outside Canada in 2011 as wait times increased 104 percent (more than double) over stats of 1999.” How can this make one feel proud?

  10. P.S. participated in a private autopsy done in US for loved one’s wrongful death lawsuit…can’t imagine how that would’ve been handled here in Ont.

  11. Is it appropriate for you to be suggesting the host’s father was a subject
    of wrongful death? Have you special knowledge of that day in the park
    up north?
    She was clear he had a heart attack at 72, which is not all that unusual.
    Kathy, do you wish this discussion about your extended family’s private
    affairs to continue ?
    Did not say am proud of the healthcare system in this province. But am
    appreciative to the benefits being received, recalling the day when care
    was paid out of pocket regardless of Canada wide decisions tracked by
    Fraser group.
    Again is there nothing that this poster appreciates – would think freedom
    of speech is high on his list.

  12. Let’s put a -30- on this one.
    One final note, I am filing a complaint with regional coroner supervisor who is with Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

  13. I don’t know why an unfortunate lack of courage and understanding has developed here…suddenly antipathy, outrage and discord as a result of a discussion that was obviously introduced earlier– and, not by me, is forced to slam shut-down.
    Perhaps, rather than a “Mommy-Slap” shut-down (and I’ve been a parent long enough to know exactly what this is here) it may have been more gracious for some to show some sensitivity and reserve judgment so that they could be better educated outside of a self-satisfied cocoon of arrogance with insight from the big, bad, outside world of facts and reality:

    Be brave and learn…or, play by yourselves if you prefer.

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