Care Watch Dec 28, 2020 The Christmas Edition: a quick review of where we’re at with COVID-19 and eldercare
The Work in Progress during this week is a review of the 77 government pieces of legislation enacted since the UCP was elected. At the half-way mark, it does appear to be a concerted effort to unravel a century of progress with social programs and the administration of justice.
Some changes are really sneaky – an effect only obvious as the legislation is enacted, and the regulations revealed. [ Like, additional policing to control rural crime – if the costs are covered by the municipalities.]
Do you have a notable example of legislation which challenges or changes our values and civil rights?
Which change is doing the greatest harm?
The most mean and petty? [deindexing AISH is my choice for this category]
Let me know… for our year-end wrap=up!
During this pandemic, historians have been consulted like the Oracle of Delphi. Is COVID-19 like the Black Death? The 1918 flu? What lessons of history can be applied to today?
But can history show us what we want to know?
In some ways, yes. In others, no. And we need to broaden what we ask.
As a historian of medicine, North Africa and France, I find we are using some lessons but ignoring others. Pandemic histories are useful, but how they connect with race, public health, revolution, labour, gender and colonial histories will help us explain the present and predict the future.