After a stroke left him locked in his own body, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana has found ways to lead an incredibly full life. Then the pandemic came. It swept through Quebec, leaving a trail of devastation. Today, Rabbi Cahana is one of the thousands of Quebeckers left stranded in the middle of one of the worst disasters in modern Canadian history.
Innis Ingram’s mother is his hero. But today, she’s living in one of the worst hit long-term care homes in Ontario. She has a terminal illness. Dozens and dozens of people around her have died, including her friend and roommate. And she’s had minimal human contact for three months. But even though he can’t be there with her, Innis is determined to get her the care she needs.
Long-term care workers are in the vanguard in the war against COVID-19. They’re not the kinds of workers who get movies or TV shows made about them. In fact, their stories are rarely told. But not only are they battling heroically against this pandemic. They’re fighting for recognition and respect within a system built to marginalize them.
“My biggest fear is that not enough will change, and not enough lessons will be learned.”
“I had a confrontation with someone in the line up for a grocery store… and that moment of slow honeyed ease was totally interrupted.”
Over the last two months, Nova Scotians have endured tragedy upon tragedy. The worst mass murder in modern Canadian history. A helicopter crash and the death of a Snowbirds’ pilot. And all the while, COVID-19 ravaged the biggest long-term care home in Atlantic Canada.
“I’m going to be very careful about how much I leave my property until there’s a vaccine.”
The child welfare system is failing Indigenous children, and APTN’s Kenneth Jackson can’t stop covering it.
“After this pandemic, we can create a new normal that’s better for everyone.”
“The job of fiction is to intrude on reality and instead we’re living in a situation where reality is intruding on the fictional.”
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