He won’t say it, so I will:
There are too many foreigners working in Toronto hospitals.
I don’t doubt that they are well educated and qualified. But there is a practical problem:
Deaf old people can’t understand their thick accents, and the foreigners don’t understand common English idiomatic expressions.
The result is frustration and occasionally, something more serious.
But most Canadians would literally rather die than question or change this unworkable state of affairs.
Because remember: it’s “free”!
UPDATE: a reader writes:
If South Asians can demand and get a virtually private hospital in Brampton (because it would make them feel more ‘comfortable’ to be cared for amongst and by their own..) what is stopping anglo Canadians from rebelling and doing the same for our people?
Good God, why should your husband’s mother, you or I feel like second class citizens in our own country?
BTW, don’t be so sure of the credentials of foreign staff working in large hospitals.. two South Asian nurse practitioners were released from our clinic here in Oshawa recently for falsifying their documents…
UPDATE: the only thing I object to here is that I’m forced to pay for it. These homes should be run as private charities. You can’t take government money and then bitch about not liking the government’s “enlightened” “liberal” rules against “discrimination.”
But of course little old Italians want to be around little old Italians and so forth. (Just like I sure as hell DON’T.) That. Is. NORMAL.
Italian is the lingua franca at Friuli Terrace and everything from meals to entertainment is geared towards that.
Housing someone who is not Italian and who has requested to be somewhere else, both dilutes the flavour of the building and makes it hard for that tenant to fit in, Ms Anthony said.
“It’s not just that we don’t want them. They also don’t want to be here,” Ms Anthony said.