Social isolation: my contribution to SpeakOUT poetry

30 Aug

Yesterday, I registered for French classes at Université Laval. So, this semester, despite not really feeling like a student (at all), I’ll have the equivalent of a full-time course load: 2 classes at Laval and 1 through the University of Saskatchewan. Part of the reason that I registered for classes is to be in the space where I can just meet people.

It’s been tough in Québec, where I can’t come close to expressing what’s on my mind. Especially during a provincial election, where all I want to do is debate and discuss politics with people around me.

I wrote this for SpeakOUT Poetry in Toronto about social isolation. This experience has been a really important reminder for the need to build community and opportunities for people to come together, spend time together and work together.

And every time a social service is cut and a family has less access to a community centre, our social fabric is damaged.

Who’s interests are served when the people can’t unite and organize?

One Response to “Social isolation: my contribution to SpeakOUT poetry”

  1. Robert McBryde September 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi Nora,
    I read your report in Rabble.We live in Taschereau too. We’d love to meet you and fill you in on Quebec politics. We’re anglos who have lived here for 35 years.We’re involved in human rights, refugee support and environment movements and are currently campaigning hard for Quebec Solidaire. Come to the Ninkasi bar on rue Saint Jean as of 8:00 p.m. on election night. We’ll be there. Also contact me at email below or through Facebook.
    Bob McBryde

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