Friday, October 23, 2015

Right to a Healthy Environment: An Ecojustice Case

Did you know that the Right to a Healthy Environment (RHE) is not a part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Learning this surprised and angered me. 53% of Canadians polled thought that this right was included and most Canadians feel that we should have this right.

I read this in an Ecojustice pamphlet earlier this week at an event the charity held about environmental rights and the injustices faced by the residents of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. I couldn't get this hole in the Charter out of my head.

Ecojustice is Canada's only national charity that uses the law to defend our environment. Margot Venton, a staff lawyer for their vital work, explained that when countries recognize the Right to a Healthy Environment in the law, standards improve. Among her international examples was France. The country has banned fracking as well as the use of pesticides in public places, with some purposeful exceptions.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Multi-Grain Cheerios #StopDietainment Campaign: Positive?

62/365 - On A Diet
Credit: Helga Weber / Flickr 
I was really glad to see a commercial for Multi-Grain Cheerios' anti-dieting campaign on TV.

We are bombarded with messages in the media about losing weight, getting that toned tummy, getting "bikini ready." You are not good enough and your value is defined by your appearance and your ability to conform to society's expectations. Thin is in and anything else is out.

I think this campaign does a great job of highlighting the impact this has on young girls' self-esteem.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Retraining the Brain with Dance!

Federico has dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects muscle control and strength.

He discovered that while walking in rhythm to Madonna's "Vogue" and then while dancing in general, his symptoms improved!

I love this so much. I also find that I can tolerate my Dandy Walker syndrome symptoms better to an extent while dancing and doing things in rhythm. Keeping my balance is less of a strain and I seem to understand my centre of gravity better while I dance. I'm not sure how it works or why. I think it's partly physics, partly strength training and partly pure joy, but I imagine there's also some neuroplasticity going on. As Federico says, "Sometimes you have to use the body as a tool to get to your brain."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Federal Election - Addressing Socioeconomic Issues=investing in health of Canadians

Poverty and homelessness impact health and healthcare. Canada can do better to support those affected.

In preparation for the upcoming federal election, the great folks at the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres​ are calling upon all federal parties to address these social health issues by committing to taking these upstream actions and they need your help! Please sign these petitions and share them with your friends. It's a fast and easy way to make your voice heard.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Disability Advocacy in Easter Seals Thrive!

I am thrilled to share that Easter Seals has asked me to participate in Thrive, the charity's mentorship program, which helps young women with disabilities navigate issues in their transition into adulthood!