Dear Reader, I have not disappeared, though I am transforming. Long-time followers of my blog may know that this space has undergone several metamorphosizes over its lifetime. One of my earliest and most popular posts heralds back from 2009, The Invisible Backpack of Able-Bodied Privilege Checklist. It too has revised and changed over time, as … Continue reading The Story of Where I’ve Been
I’d like to start off with thanks. Thanks to the organizers for keeping this movement growing and strong, thanks to my fellow speakers, it’s an honour to be up here with you, and thanks to all of you (indicating audience) for being here today. I’ve only got so much time, so I just want to … Continue reading My Speech at the 2019 Toronto Women’s March
A response to "Ontario Welfare Reforms Welcome News". Dear Editor, I’m writing in response to the editorial posted on July 31, 2018 with regard to Ontario’s recent “welfare reforms”. As a front-line social worker, a former recipient of the Ontario Disability Support Program, and a current City Council candidate for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, I thought I might … Continue reading I’m a Front-line Social Worker, and I Do Not Support Ford’s Cuts
Hello, my name is Melissa Graham, I’m a candidate in Toronto municipal election this year, in Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore. The following statement is not just to address the amazing people following and supporting my campaign, but to my friends and family across Ontario. The Big Smoke is in trouble Ontario, and we need your support. … Continue reading Together we can Stop Ford’s attack on Democracy
Save the Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 Starting at Queens Park (111 Wellesley Street West) and marching to the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson (99 Gerrard Street East) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Why we’re Marching: To bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as we fight against ableism, sanism and other … Continue reading The 8th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March
My partner has been warning me about this for weeks, but I couldn’t let it in. Knowing people were angry, and believing they’d make this choice were very different things in my mind. I voted early and left for Newfoundland to visit family. The difference between a wealthy province like Ontario, and a province that’s … Continue reading What Just Happened Ontario?
Canadians have been urging their governments to recognize housing as a human right for over a decade. Last year, the federal government introduced Canada’s National Housing Strategy and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that “housing rights are human rights”. Now public consultations on the National Housing Strategy’s human rights-based approach to housing are underway until June 2018. The Government of Canada wants to hear what you have to say about the key elements of a human rights-based approach to housing, the proposed approach to new legislation, and new concepts to be explored.
We believe that the federal government MUST recognize that housing is a human right in law. Canada signed international agreements that must be upheld. We need clear remedies to hold our government accountable to their promise. Without recognition of the right to housing in law, a human-rights based approach to housing is merely symbolic.
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