Hope Is Not A Plan is the story of civil rights in Canada.
On July 26, 1990. The American with Disabilities Act was signed and put into effect.
It gave American citizens unprecedented legal power over their lives.
Canadian citizens. Everyday. Have their civil rights violated by their government. There needs to be change, because…
Hope Is Not A Plan.
April 2020, the media reported the case of Jonathan Marchand, a computer network engineer with muscular dystrophy in his early 40s, who has been trapped in a Quebec nursing home. For eight years Jonathan has fought to convince his provincial government to give him community supports that exist in BC and Ontario.
April 2020, the media reported the tragic death of Ariis Knight, a 40 year old woman with cerebral palsy, in a BC hospital. Ariis communicated using non-verbal methods. Her unique communications took months, if not years, to learn to understand. However, the BC government denied Ariis the presence of an essential support person who knew and understood her methods of communication. She died alone and unable to effectively communicate with her health care providers.
May 6, 2020, the media reported that Bill Salhany, an ex-RCMP officer with a spinal cord injury, and other residents in George Pearson Centre, a nursing home featured in this film, had been bullied for at least six months by drug dealers and their customers who live in Pearson. No one in authority put a stop to the bullying.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed many disabled Canadians trapped in group and nursing homes in Ontario and Quebec and the rest of Canada. Many Canadians are shocked at the conditions in nursing homes revealed by the pandemic. They wouldn’t have been shocked if the knew the history of their own country. As George Orwell wrote in 1945: “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”
Hope will not enforce the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Why? Because hope is not a plan.
Over 7 years ago, We released a film about civil rights in Canada. There was a call for change and here we are in 2020 and not much has changed. Deplorable conditions in nursing homes across this country because of COVID. #stillnotaplan