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MOVIE – "Suffragette"

Suffragette is a British movie that played in selected cities. The DVD is now available. Carey Mulligan (Great Gatsby) and Helena Bonham Carter (Margaret’s Museum, The King’s Speech) are prominent and Meryl Streep has a bit part as an inspiring political activist. The movie shows the up-front and also the behind-the-scenes struggles of the women seeking, in 1912, the right to vote. (Not realized in Britain until 1928). Having exhausted the peaceful means available to them, they resorted to more radical means. They lost their homes, husbands, children and endured public humiliation, domestic abuse for insubordination, and jail terms. I thought it interesting that the women we saw in the film were working women, poor women, not the upper class or the wives, daughters and sisters of the men who were constant in maintaining the status quo. (One exception was the wife of an MP who encouraged the women to present their case.) The movie opens with a statement: “They (women) don’t need rights. They have husbands and fathers and brothers to take care of them.” I feel like a wimp when faced with the passion of these women. 

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Deck Gardening

Purchase a second hand bookshelf or two. I have two.

Cover inside and outside with heavy plastic.

Lay on its back. Plant rows of seeds and or starter veggies in rows between shelves.

I have assorted lettuces, carrots, green peppers, kale, onions,....

also beans in a hanging basket and tomato plants.



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Workshop on Bill C-14 (Medical Aid in Dying)

Recently, I had an opportunity to attend a workshop in which David Levangie from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John brought helpful information regarding the proposed Bill C-14 (Medical Aid in Dying) that is supposed to go into effect June 6. David went through the history of the Bill, the terminology, the fears and uncertainties ahead, and the particular difficulty of crafting a federal law that covers all of Canada given that the provinces and territories are in charge of managing their own health care. (Read Rosemary Ganley comprehensive summary here). David spoke about how we all carry a bias as a result of our experience and the tradition we have known; pastoral care persons need to listen to patients, respect their dignity and their diversity of views. He cautioned us to avoid certitude. Sometimes when we don't like change, we choose to not engage and to deny those who do engage. An alternative would be to learn all we can about impending change and potential effects. Most public hospitals seek to embrace many faiths and an inclusive stance towards all its patients, professionals and ministry personnel.


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