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Written for Serenity by Julie Ali Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and if we can't end the genocide let us at least bear witness and when you see another child vanishing when you see the child abused and harmed while the government mouths platitudes when you see the citizens speak about the horror and then forget when you see the sea of indifference don't give up or give in instead speak for years and decades as Ruth Adria has done let the horror wake you up to the elite who reside in government let the elite vanish as the child vanishes let us use our votes well and if we can't end the genocide let us at least bear witness and when you see another child vanishing when you see the child abused and harmed while the government mouths platitudes when you see the citizens speak about the horror and then forget when you see the sea of indifference don't give up or give in here is Serenity who lived a life truncated and fragmented and here is the child who was tasered meanwhile the guardians aren't held accountable or face legal consequences for their failures to parent but of course if this happened in the family we get to go to jail for neglect and death government gets an emergency debate for the deaths of children and when you see another child vanishing when you see the child abused and harmed while the government mouths platitudes when you see the citizens speak about the horror and then forget when you see the sea of indifference don't give up or give in
Q: So you're an anti-vaxxer now? A: Yes. Q: Don't you worry about your child getting sick from vaccine preventable diseases? A: No, not really. I actually have less fear of many of those illnesses now that I've done my research. Q: But what about polio? A: There have been no Polio cases in the US since 1979! Why are we still vaccinating for a disease that doesn't exist here? However, Polio is asymptomatic in over 95% of cases. When symptoms do present, they're usually mild and flu-like. Q: But we don't see iron lungs anymore because of vaccines. A: We don't see iron lungs anymore for the same reason we don't see computers that are large enough to take up an entire room. Technology has come a long way. Q: But even if the risk of getting something serious is small, don't you want to protect your child with vaccines just in case? A: I do want to protect my child, and that is one reason I say no to vaccines. Because in my cost-benefit analysis, the chances of my child being harmed from vaccines is greater than the chances of my child being harmed from one of those illnesses. Q: But it's not just about your child. It is your responsibility to vaccinate your child to protect immune compromised people through herd immunity. A: First and foremost, my responsibility is to my child. I will not set my child on fire to keep someone else warm. What parent would knowingly risk their child's life for the sake of the herd? Would you? My child is not a human shield. Secondly, herd immunity is a myth. We do not have vaccine induced herd immunity and never have. Q: But don't you think vaccines are a victim of their own success? They eradicated polio and other diseases, so you probably haven't seen them thanks to vaccines. A: Correlation does not equal causation. The history of vaccines is more complex than that, and I no longer believe that vaccines can take the credit for eradicating any diseases. We have never had widespread vaccination for scarlet fever or typhoid, yet, they are no longer a threat. Amazing what sanitation can do. Polio has also not been eradicated. I may not have lived through the "polio" era, but I am living in a time with a different kind of epidemic. My child's generation is the first to have a life expectancy that is less than that of their parents. People are sicker than ever with autoimmune diseases, deadly allergies, neurological problems, and cancer. We can not cling to a controversial problem of the past to make crucial decisions for today. We have to do something about the problems we are currently faced with, and giving more vaccines is not an acceptable solution. Q: Do the ingredients in vaccines concern you? A: Yes Q: You know there's formaldehyde in pears, right? And mercury in tuna? A: When's the last time you puréed a pear and some tuna, then injected it intramuscularly? We have a digestive system for a reason, and the mucosal tissue is one of the most important components of the human immune system. I don't think bypassing those functions is without consequence. Ingestion and injection are not the same thing. It's the same reason you can drink snake venom, but being bitten in the leg with the same venom can kill you. Q: But the science is settled and doctors and scientists agree that vaccines are necessary. A: Science is never settled. As history has shown, science can be dangerously wrong. It can also be heavily influenced by financial interests. And doctors and scientists do not all agree about vaccines. There are many doctors, nurses, immunologists, and researchers who are aware of the shortcomings of vaccines. And if we want to really discuss vaccine science, we need to demand that there be more of it, because vaccine science is severely lacking. It is the tobacco science of our time. The current vaccine schedule (which has more than tripled since vaccine manufacturers became protected from liability) has never been tested for safety. There hasn't been a randomized double blind placebo controlled study comparing the outcomes of the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated. Vaccines are the epitome of quackery." by Erin Fielding
Failing to provide the necessaries of life: More recent Alberta cases Yes, the official charge uses the word 'necessaries,' not 'necessities,' and yes, that is actually a noun
CBC News 1 Hour Ago Tamara and Ryan Lovett collage Tamara Lovett, left, is going on trial for refusing to take her son, Ryan Lovett, 7, to a doctor. Ryan died in 2013. (Youtube) 1.3k shares The phrase "failing to provide the necessaries of life" is back in the public discourse this week, with the trial of Tamara Lovett, who turned to holistic medicine before the death of her seven-year-old son Ryan Alexander Lovett.
Ryan died in March 2013, after Lovett tried to treat his strep infection with alternative medicines instead of being taken to a doctor, police allege.
The boy had been bedridden for 10 days.
Boy whose meningitis treated with dandelion tea lived in 'squalor', court hears at mother's trial
Alberta to review naturopathic regulations in light of toddler death
Eight months after Ryan's death, his mother was arrested and charged with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.
This is far from the only criminal case in Alberta involving parents accused of failing to seek medical help for their children.
Earlier this year, the parents of 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to the toddler, who died from bacterial meningitis.
Parents of two other people who died in Alberta — one child and one adult with disabilities — currently face charges of failing to provide the necessaries of life.
'Necessaries' vs. 'necessities'
Although unusual in everyday parlance, the word "necessaries" — not "necessities" — is the term the legal system uses and is, in fact, an actual noun.
This is the precise wording of section 215 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada:
Every one is under a legal duty (a) as a parent, foster parent, guardian or head of a family, to provide necessaries of life for a child under the age of sixteen years; (b) to provide necessaries of life to their spouse or common-law partner; and (c) to provide necessaries of life to a person under his charge if that person (i) is unable, by reason of detention, age, illness, mental disorder or other cause, to withdraw himself from that charge, and (ii) is unable to provide himself with necessaries of life. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary also recognizes the word "necessary" and its plural, "necessaries," as a noun, despite the word typically being used as an adjective.
It defines "the necessary" as "whatever is needed for some purpose" and "necessaries" as "things (such as food, a place to live, and clothing) that you must have."
hi-calgary-courts-centre-8521 Jeromie Clark and his wife, Jennifer, face charges of failing to provide the necessaries of life and criminal negligence causing death after their 14-month-old, John Clark, died in 2013.
The medical examiner found the cause of death to be a staph infection complicated by malnutrition.
At the time of the couple's arrest, police said the family — who claim to be Seventh-day Adventists — followed a strict diet based on an extreme interpretation of the religion.
Police began investigating after the parents brought John to hospital on Nov. 28, 2013, where he was treated but died the following day.
Police said John was born at home and had never been to a doctor previously. They allege the parents took steps to conceal his condition from other family members.
A jury trial is set for next June.
Calgary police Insp. Don Coleman Insp. Don Coleman said investigations into cases of failing to provide the necessaries of life are complex and difficult for all involved. (CBC) Patricia Couture, 68, was charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life to her 38-year-old disabled daughter, Melissa, who died on April 26.
Police and paramedics found Melissa unresponsive when they responded to the family's home in the southwest community of Woodlands at about 3 a.m. that day.
Melissa was pronounced dead shortly afterward, and Patricia was arrested.
Calgary police Insp. Don Coleman said it's a difficult case for everyone involved, but investigators had grounds to lay the charge.
"In Canada, there is a reasonable expectation of care to be provided to those who can't care for themselves," he said. "So it would appear this hasn't been met."
A neighbour who knows the family said Patricia was a single parent to Melissa, who he described as "mentally challenged and unable to hear or speak."
Ezekiel David Collet Stephan David and Collet Stephan were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son, Ezekiel in April 2016. (Facebook/CBC) In April, David and Collet Stephan were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life in relation to the death of their 19-month-old son, Ezekiel.
A jury convicted the mother and father after they opted for natural remedies as Ezekiel's health worsened from meningitis, only taking him to an actual physician after he had stopped breathing.
David Stephan was sentenced to four months in jail and his wife to three months of house arrest.
They have been released pending an appeal by the Crown over the sentence and by the defence, which is appealing the conviction.
Alex Radita and parents Alex Radita, 15, weighed less than 40 lbs when he died. His parents, Emil and Rodica, are accused of refusing to treat his diabetes and neglecting the child. (Court exhibit/Facebook) The 15-year-old was found dead in his Calgary home in May 2013 after a call to EMS.
He weighed 37 pounds when he died of starvation and complications from untreated diabetes.
His parents, Emil and Rodica Radita, were charged with first-degree murder.
Court has heard that the parents refused to accept Alex had diabetes and withheld insulin from him.
The trial and sentencing arguments have concluded. A verdict is expected early in the new year.
February 28, 2017 is the deadline to ask for money from the Schedule 1 class action settlement.
If you lived somewhere on the list below, check the dates beside the name of the place where you lived. If you lived there between those dates, then you may be able to get money from the settlement.
• St. Lawrence Regional Centre in Brockville between April 1, 1975 and June 30, 1983
• D’Arcy Place in Cobourg between September 1, 1963 and December 31, 1996
• Adult Occupational Centre in Edgar between January 1, 1966 and March 31, 1999
• Pine Ridge in Aurora between September 1, 1963 and August 31, 1984
• Muskoka Centre in Gravenhurst between August 28, 1973 and June 30, 1993
• Oxford Regional Centre in Woodstock between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1996 or in the “Mental Retardation Unit” or “MR Unit” of the Oxford Mental Health Centre between January 1, 1969 and March 31, 1974
• Midwestern Regional Centre in Palmerston between September 1, 1963 and March 31, 1998
• L.S. Penrose Centre in Kingston between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1977
• Bluewater Centre in Goderich between April 1, 1976 and December 20, 1983
• Durham Centre for Developmentally Handicapped in Whitby between April 1, 1974 and September 28, 1986
• Prince Edward Heights in Picton between January 1, 1971 and December 31, 1999
• Northwestern Regional Centre in Thunder Bay between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1994
You do not need to go to court to make a claim. You just need to fill in a claim form. A support person can fill it in for you, but the cheque will have your name on it.
You could get up to $2000 if you were harmed or hurt at a place on the list. You could get up to $42,000 if you write about how you were harmed or hurt. The money does not affect ODSP and you do not need to pay tax on it.
If you have questions about this, you can call 1-866-442-4465.
TTY users can call 1-877-627-7027, or email email@example.com .
You can also contact a lawyer at Koskie Minsky at: firstname.lastname@example.org , or 1-888-723-4304.
You must send your claim form to the claims office by February 28, 2017.
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This week’s blog is written by Heather Hui-Litwin, a long-time friend of NSRLP, former SRL and co-founder of the Self-Rep Navigators group in Toronto (www.limitedscoperetainers.ca). Heather recounts her experience trying to track down procedural information for a SRL she is assisting. The 2013 Study, and our continued daily contact with SRLs at the NSRLP, demonstrates how much SRLs worry and stress about navigating court procedures, and the significance of access to accurate procedural information. Heather’s personal experiment described below shows just how hazardous and strewn with obstacles this process is. Working with the self-represented By way of background, I am a non-practising lawyer who specializes in supporting self-represented litigants through the provision of (pro bono) legal education. A recent client needed help with a family law matter. The client asked me some procedural questions, such as whether her order would remain in force when a notice of appeal was filed, and
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