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September 16, 2007

a new television channel for the blind and visually-impaired

catherine @ 3:38 pm

I have been meaning to write about this but stuff got in the way. I read on the Fagstein blog a couple of weeks ago that there will be a new television channel in Canada: The Accessible Channel. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will require that the new channel, which should be launched in April 2008, be carried in all packages by cable and satellite providers and it will mean a very slight increase in fees for subscribers (2.40$ a year). An article on VoicePrint explains:

(…) the recent approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for The Accessible Channel, a national, English-language digital specialty service that will feature only “described” as well as “closed-captioned” programming, is a major breakthrough for Canadians with diminished vision or hearing.

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September 10, 2007

guêpes de taille

catherine @ 6:11 pm

There are a lot of wasps in Montréal right now. Like A LOT. Like more than usual, or so it seems. Everyone has been buzzing about it. No seriously. The Gazette, Cyberpresse and others have noted that there sure seems to be a lot more wasps this summer and they certainly are very agressive. Of course, some say it is hard to really say if there are more. “No one sits around counting wasps, so there is no way of knowing if there are more this year than last,” according to Chris Buddle, a McGill University professor of entomology (source: the aformentioned Gazette article). I see his point but surely, I imagine that if everyone is complaining about it, there must be something to it and it might be worth looking into.

People who know me know how miserable I am about this. I have a general phobia about insects and those that bite or sting in particular. Over the years, I have learned to [kind of] deal with this [irrational?] fear but this year, that is rather hard to do when you can not step outside for a few seconds or drive with your car windows down, etc., without being harrassed by these things. Apparently, the Public Health Department and the McGill Health Center have not registered an increase in stings (source: the aformentioned Cyberpresse article). Well, I do not know about you but, after being stung by a bee or whatever, calling them to let them know would probably not be the first thing on my to-do list.

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September 8, 2007

no more pussy footing

catherine @ 1:03 pm

This morning, while making my long overdue RSS rounds (definitely not as much time to read as I used to), I came upon this text by The Girl Who wherein she talks about being intimidated by assholes and caring too much about what these people think when they obviously do not give a shit about how they make her, or anyone around them, feel and how she is starting to find a way to assert herself instead of letting it consume her or affect her relationships with people she cares about. Essentially, she writes about overcoming her “pussiness”.

And wow, she was so able to articulate how I feel about the whole thing and why it is that at one point in my life, I decided I was not going to take any more abuse. Of course, you have to substitute “Mormonism” with “disablism” in my case. And a lot of the stuff I had to (and still have to) deal with is directly related to my disability and not always just random stupidity. But it does wear one’s patience thin in other areas as well and I think she explained it beautifully.

Still, coming up onto 41 years (eek!), I have to admit that stuff still gets to me and I still have moments when I lose all my bravery and just want to run away (and there are probably times when I should have). There are still times when, even though I know it is not all that important, that I should not let these people and these situations get me down, they do anyway. But that’s life and I guess that even when we know we are stronger than that, there are moments when we are not and we need to tell ourselves that is OK too.

September 5, 2007

the sum of my parts

catherine @ 10:37 pm

Three days ago, I posted a few photos to flickr. Nothing special, or so I thought. A random picture taken in a post office, one of the black squirrel I have kind of befriended and throw peanuts at every morning and one of a rather ordinary poster I photographed during my last visit to the rehab institute. Of these three, the photo of the rather ordinary poster received an insane amount of traffic and it took me a few days to figure out why.

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September 3, 2007

on telethons and tolerance

catherine @ 2:11 pm

Today in the US is the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, hosted every year by Jerry Lewis, who for reasons that escape me has always been considered very funny by many francophones, even here (though he was never as big here as he was in France). Maybe it had something to do with the fact that his movies were dubbed in French. Maybe he was funnier translated, who knows. Anyway, many bloggers in the US disability community today are writing to protest pity, something telethons rely heavily upon to get donations. For a good round-up of related blog posts, check out Kara Sheridan’s Anti-Telethon Blogswarm.

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