What a year this week has felt.
As BC faced the worst year ever for overdose deaths in 2020, families like those of Roby are left scared and helpless in a quagmire of inefficient and ineffective supports.
Every life lost is a human person. A human person who had someone who knew them, someone who looked for them, someone who cared about them, and each death is a tragedy.
I strongly believe that harm reduction measures need to be implemented, and robust supports need to be available free for anyone who is ready to stop using drugs. Drug addiction is not a moral failing, and each of these deaths were entirely preventable.
If you’ve met me, I’m sure I’ve told you how much I love podcasts. It’s also likely I’ve told you that Reply All is my favourite. Until now, I guess.
This is so beyond disappointing. This is so beyond ok. The hypocrisy of creating a standalone series calling out someone else’s toxic workplace culture while actively creating a toxic workplace of your own… I could not be more disappointed.
I respected the journalism of Pinnamaneni and Vogt. I respected their storytelling and dedication. This revelation is devastating.
This week, I’ve been so incredibly disappointed by people in my larger community. There have been things said that are hurtful to members of so many marginalized communities.
In my own world, I have to own up that I wasn’t always anti racist. As a white girl from suburban Calgary I didn’t meet non-white people, and didn’t know much about the prevalent racism that still exists today. Embarrassingly, I didn’t even learn about the far reaching affects of racism until I was in university.
It is not good enough to learn. It is a constant process of unlearning, listening, learning more, and doing better.
There are many steps to anti-racism but first is always acknowledging the problem.
Further Reading on Racism in Canada:
I am striving to do better every day. I hope you will look in your heart and try to do better too.
There are some very strong cases made for boycotting the upcoming Olympics. While I am loathe to agree with anything O’Toole suggests, to me this idea has merit for further research and discussion.
As an aspirational librarian, Freedom to Read Week is always a timely reminder that access to information is vitally important. Check out the lists of challenged or banned books!
This Facebook-Australia head to head has been so interested to watch unfold. There are so many differing opinions (obviously) but it is clear that no one is absolutely sure what will happen next.
And what if Australia was able to hold it’s own against the monolith that is Facebook? What if we were able to take back some power from a company who we have given way too much of our data and our lives?
We’ll see what comes of this, but it’s going to be interesting to watch.
This six part podcast feels like a mystery, leads you unexpected places, but is at the core, the telling of one woman’s side of a story. It’s about art, connection, obsession, and personal growth. It’s a lot, and it is great.
In case you are obsessed with small cooking devices like I am, Anne Reardon has done your homework for you. I think her approach is great! Check it out if you have been pondering getting one.
“I read the most fascinating article about butter!” – me, with not a hint of sarcasm.