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I posted this in The Facebook, and got one response - from my sister. Maybe nobody else saw it, maybe nobody wanted to comment, maybe it upset some. I'll tweak and repost.
There was this article, from the CBC - Survivors, faith leaders call on Catholic Church to take responsibility for residential schools.
"The Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. said last Thursday that preliminary findings from a survey of the grounds at the former residential school in Kamloops revealed the remains of 215 children — some as young as three years old."
These were schools for young native children, taken from their families. The schools were run by various church groups, mainly Roman Catholic, from 1831 to 1996. The intent was to assimilate them into Canadian (non-native) society, by force if necessary. Abuse was common and has been well documented.
"The Roman Catholic Church was responsible for operating up to 70 percent of residential schools, according to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS). United, Anglican and Presbyterian churches were among those operating the remainder. In the years since, the Roman Catholic Church is the only one that hasn't made a formal apology."
I see that Ford has walked back two of the latest restrictions - the closure of children's playgrounds, and random police checks. This was after his medical experts went online to state that the data - which he had seen - showed that playgrounds were a very minor source of cases. And also was after several police jurisdictions stated there was no way they would get involved in making 'random' stops of people. Ford seems to forget the issues of carding and the resultant racial profiling.
But first some background. What with COVID restrictions and a new smaller apartment in a highrise, I'd been getting less exercise and drinking less fluids. Two weeks ago I'd felt maybe the beginning of a UTI - never had one so not sure. If anything, the pain meant I tended to drink less fluid. Yes, a bad idea, in hindsight. On a Tuesday night, I had uncontrollable shivering after supper so figured I was just chilled and huddled under lots of blankets until it went away. This likely was a seizure from low electrolytes. The next day was so-so, but I assumed that had been a one-time thing. That night, more shakes after supper, so back under the covers.