Ahead of tomorrow’s release of “An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (reforms)”—recently dubbed “The Reform Act”—a brief guide to what could be a minor revolution in our parliamentary governance.
On the seriousness of economic exclusion: ”Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.”
I did have a few breakups I would qualify with, “I don’t mean ‘I can’t be bothered to figure out where things went wrong, I mean that she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder,” but for the most part, “crazy” meant “acting in a way I didn’t like.” I didn’t realize just how damaging this attitude was in the way I related to women.
Same-sex parents. Cohabiting couples. Voluntary kin. Children with parents in prison. Immigrant-Americans. What we thought of as the typical American family is being rapidly redefined. It is more diverse than it was even half a year ago.
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
It’s pervasive and disheartening, and I see it everywhere.