Posts Tagged ‘abuse’

According to Ballastexistenz, there will be a protest of Minna’s lack of care on Friday at the MPP’s office and CCAC:

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 Centrewhich 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 ALS patient denied care

The Sudbury Star Article

Youtube: Sudbury CCAC Exposed

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Minna Mettinen-Kekalainen is dying. Living in Ontario with ALS and Asperger Syndrome, Minna is on a hunger strike in protest of being denied care by the North East Community Care Access Centre. An article in the Sudbury Star says:

Mettinen-Kekalainen told The Sudbury Star last week she threatened to report the nurses to the Ontario College of Nurses because they were not giving her the care her doctor ordered.

She and friend Jason Bushie say the nursing agency and the Community Care Access Centre have deemed that harassing behaviour.


Amanda at Ballastexistenz (where I first learned about Minna) writes:

Someone needs to be out there picketing and otherwise publicly embarrassing the agency itself and getting reporters involved in that — putting out newspaper articles that don’t call Minna’s credibility into question or confuse the issues. Someone else needs to be going to the proper authorities on this and seeing if they can get any of them to do anything. I can’t do that even locally right now, let alone in Ontario, so someone, somehow, needs to take the lead in this who actually can.

Don’t take the easy way out here. Don’t find excuses not to do something if you’re capable of doing it, or to do a half-assed job if you’re capable of a… whole-assed(?) one. Don’t let Minna die. And if she does die, don’t let up on the agencies that ultimately caused it by neglecting her when she needed them the most, find some way of holding them accountable.

Some contact info:

Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci
Constituency Office email:

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The New York Times (on August 25, 2008 and November 24, 2008)reports that pediatrician and author Dr. Melvin D. Levine “is facing five lawsuits accusing him of molesting young boys during physical examinations” (Accused Pediatrician is Leaving Institute, Nov. 24, 2008). Levine co-founded the All Kinds of Minds Institute, whose mission is “to help students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific and clinical expertise”.

He is famous for the PBS documentary about learning disabilities, Misunderstood Minds.


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[Note: I originally wrote this for Blogging Against Disablism Day 2006]

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(h/t: F.R.I.D.A.):

Around the first of this month, the International Coalition on Abuse and Disability’s weblog debuted. Professor Dick Sosbey studies the relationship between disability and violence (among other things). He has written several books on disability and abuse, including Violence and Abuse in the Lives of People with Disabilities: The End of Silent Acceptance?

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….in a bad horror movie from the ’80s! (Who knew?)

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