Monday, September 17, 2007

poetry: [untitled]


Shining bright, emitting light.
Whole and nearly unfathomable. Omnipresent and large.
Dusky rays nurse the streets to sleep; indiscriminately spreading her incandescence.
Reminding me of our infinite and universal connections; the relationship I was finally building with you all.
Under her gentle guise, we fantasize. Suggestive explorations into the extreme.
I was slipping into a darkness where souls seek to be lost. But she caressed me. She smothered me. She reminded me: I am not alone, We cannot be alone.
Suffering and joy forever bind us, and to our personhood we are forever bound.
“And good night,” she whispered. “Tonight I am done.”
April 30th, 2007
*image courtesy of
www.hoax-slayer.com

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Child Poverty Leaves Little To Be Proud Of

Child poverty in Canada is a testament to a free-market economy and laissez-faire public policies that fail to preserve any sense of basic justness.
Nearly 26% of Canadian families with children are headed by a single-parent. Twenty-four percent of families with children in Toronto are headed by a single-parent, among whom, 83% are headed by women. (http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/255728)
Children in single-parent families are among the most vulnerable to experience poverty. Campaign2000.ca reports that over 50% of Canadian children in low-income homes live in lone-parent families headed by females.
In the wake of Ontario’s upcoming election, Ontarians must push politicians to address the 44% of Canada poor children who reside in this province. Tangible policy tools must be promised, starting with a government funded and regulated day care system that better enables parents to earn an income while children are being tended to during the primal years of development.
With an Ontario program in place, other provinces are territories are more likely to follow suit. The establishment of national daycare program can only become all the more possible, as was the case with the establishment of Medicare after Saskatchewan introduced publicly funded healthcare in the 1960s.
Evidence that daycare is the key to reducing child poverty is made apparent in Sweden where daycare is universally accessible and child poverty is the lowest among all other industrialized countries. Note that the wealthiest country in the world, the United States, consistently exhibits some of the worst child poverty rates among all other industrialized nations (http://www.unicef.org/media/files/ChildPovertyReport.pdf); tragically, more disgraceful than Canada.

*images courtesy of
www.campaign2000.ca