, 03.29.2020 04:45 PM

KINSELLACAST 101: Adler, Kinsella, callers on Cuomo, Trudeau – plus Wire, Television and Against Me!


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    jsa says:

    I don’t have a twitter account…

    re: Again, what “news” source please.

    Journalist goes undercover at “wet markets”, where the Coronavirus started | 60 Minutes Australia


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    jsa says:

    hey warren, thought i’d try throwing this your way for a friend.

    “‘Community Living Toronto (CLTO) serves 4,000 people, including 600 people in residential facilities, of which 300 are in group homes scattered across the city. Normally, about 700 people participate in day programs. Also, it employees some 1,400 staffers and countless volunteers. (Full disclosure: I am a member of the Community Living Toronto Patrons’ Council, which supports and advises on the work of CLTO)

    Across Ontario, there are more than 100 Community Living organizations serving 12,000 people with intellectual disabilities.

    Without exception, front-line workers throughout the province working in Community Living facilities are facing tremendous stress and anxiety about their own health and safety and that of the people they serve.

    Unlike workers in hospitals and health clinics, though, Community Living staff are not considered health-care workers. That means they have to scramble for protective gloves, masks and extra help for their clients.

    They’re experiencing shortages of personal protection equipment and must also deal with trying to explain to their clients why they can’t have their normal routines or why they must practice social distancing.

    Group homes pose particular concerns. With day programs, schools and community centres closed, group home residents have few places to go. As well, residents have difficulty understanding why they can’t go outside, why they can’t go to work, no longer visit their families or have their families visit them.

    And while some professions can work from home, people supported by Community Living staff have no choice — they’re needed to help with tasks such as shopping for groceries, preparing meals, ensuring proper medications are taken and assisting with personal hygiene.

    Still, staff is coming to work, leaving their families to help the people who rely on them for support, many of whom are facing increased challenges during this unprecedented period of forced closures of day programs, supervised excursions and simple pleasures, such as going bowling or to a movie.

    “We are lucky to have so many committed individuals who are not able to work from home,” Saunders said this week in an interview.

    Sadly, no one seems to see them. They’re invisible, under the radar while performing tough jobs in tough times.'”


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