Many people do not believe in NCR [not criminally responsible]. In other words, they don’t believe in such a designation. They believe that if you kill somebody like Tim McLean, the way that Vince Li did, that it was a criminal act and that you are criminally responsible. They don’t believe in the designation NCR because of a mental disorder. That perpetuates stigma, so it buys into people’s fears and their own social prejudice. It confirms their stigmas that they’ve seen on television or Hollywood movies, because most people portrayed as mentally ill in Hollywood movies, or even children’s cartoons, are portrayed as being violent and untreatable. People watch television and it simply confirms to them that these people are looney tunes, crazy psychos who do not recover.
On [CBC’s] Cracked, for example, you will only see one side of the picture. Oftentimes they show a sick person when they’re sickest, but they hardly ever show when a person is well.
Thousands of Canada’s aboriginal children died in residential schools that failed to keep them safe from fires, protected from abusers, and healthy from deadly disease, a commission into the saga has found. So far, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has determined that more than 4,000 of the school children died.
… the other reason [Rob Ford] is so popular? Number two: his agenda. What about all those people in Ford Nation who say they will vote for him tomorrow? What they are saying loud and clear, and what everyone on the left should pay attention to is this: They are saying ‘We would rather have a guy on crack than a mayor who will raise our taxes.’ They are saying ‘We don’t care if he drives his Escalade drunk through the city, we care that he wants to privatize garbage collection.’ They are saying ‘We will vote for a gerbil if we get a dollar back.’
Rob Ford’s popularity has nothing to do with the man himself: he is a circus act. But his politics are very real, and they should not be written off just because he’s about to be.