update: Friday Protest at MPP’s office and CCAC, and Minna’s eating again for the time being


I don’t know anything other than having received the following notice, but it seems like a very good sign. The notice I received contains places (far better than here) to get updated information:

We Are Protesting:

FRIDAY JANUARY 23rd from 8AM until NOON in front of MPP Rick
Bartolucci’s office located at 93 Ceder st, corner of Ceder and
Lisker, the Canada-Broker Building.
Then at NOON we are Marching to the Community Care Access Centre
which is located in the Rainbow Centre 40 Elm St, Suite 41-C the
north east corner of the mall at the corner of ST Anne Rd and Notre Dame Ave.

For Further and Updated Information:

Facebook Group: Minna’s Hunger Strike – Call to action for an ALS patient denied care

The Sudbury Star article

Youtube: Sudbury CCAC Exposed

Have also received word that Minna is eating again for now — but that doesn’t mean the situation is resolved by a longshot, it just means she’s not for the moment starving to death, she’s “just” totally lacking in all other aspects of necessary care. (Which is terrible enough as it is.)

Check those other websites for continuing updates, since they’re far more direct than looking here to see if I’ve found out anything yet from a distance and had time to blog it.

About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods, which tell me who I am and where I belong in the world. I relate to objects as if they are alive, but as things with identities and properties all of their own, not as something human-like. Culturally I'm from a California Okie background. Crochet or otherwise create constantly, write poetry and paint when I can. Proud member of the developmental disability self-advocacy movement. I care a lot more about being a human being than I care about what categories I fit into.

8 responses »

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for highlighting this appalling case. I’ve sent emails to the people mentioned and have also contacted Amnesty International in Canada to ask them to take her case.

  2. For everyone invovled in sending e-mails, posting on blogs,participating in rallies, or following along hoping for the best for Minna, there seems to be good news. A recent post on the Facebook page of which you provided a link above has an article by the Canadian Press dated 1/28 that states Minna’s home health care will be restored on Monday. It also states that the short term goal of getting Minna health care will be followed by another goal to see that this never happens to anyone in their province again.

    Best wishes to Minna…She had an entire community of people near and far rallying for her rights..

  3. Having been a recipient of services from the local CCAC (Sarnia), I too am aware of the – evil – practices of them. I have had to deal with constant – vague – complaints which accuse me of being abusive towards the Personal Support Workers. I have never once been abusive towards any PSW. Only on one occassion did I yell at a PSW, after she refused to listen to the first 4 times I stated that I was too severely ill to move and unable to bathe. She kept insisting that I bathe or that she had to leave. She soon left without unplugging the heater I require while bathing, and failed to prepare any meal for me either. This is routine and acceptable behaviour by the PSWs and CCAC is well aware of such attitude from such PSWs but they continue to do nothing about the PSWs. There are several PSWs who refuse to completely bathe me – thinking washing of the feet is an indignation. And again CCAC has done nothing to enforce what is supposed to be the duties of their job. And yet they immediately are on the phone to me accusing ME of being “abusive”. It’s always been the PSWs who have either failed to do their job, think they’re job duties are too menial for them, and/or are outright abusive in their attitude and actual words.
    Signed Sufferer of the CCAC

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