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?