Posts Tagged ‘Franke James’

I Don’t Belong In a Nursing Home

Teresa Pocock: I don't belong in a nursing home

I Don’t Belong in a Nursing Home. I have places to go. Things to do. People to meet.

Please sign Teresa Pocock’s petition

With the stroke of a pen, Teresa Pocock’s human right to decide where she lives was wrongly taken away.

In a heart-breaking move, Teresa, my sister-in-law who has Down syndrome, was forced against her will into an old-age nursing home, by the Toronto Central CCAC (Community Care Access Centre) and two of my siblings. Four days later, she was rescued by my 91-year old father who was “adamant” he did not want his daughter living in a nursing home. But then the nursing home called the police, in a shockingly callous and bizarre effort to force her back.

Teresa is demanding an apology from these two institutions, the CCAC and the Rekai Centre. This is a sorry mess. Her records show that the crisis list was manipulated to get Teresa to the very top, and placed in the nursing home. Her profile contained false information which made her appear to need 24/7 care. See the presentation I made with Teresa, to the Ontario Government’s Select Committee:

Teresa’s story: Crisis, Capacity and Courage

On July 22, 2014, the Ontario Government’s Select Committee published their final report. It states: “Long-term care homes are pressured to accommodate young and middle-aged people with developmental disabilities without any medical need for this type of care or any training to support this group of clients.”

By signing this petition you can help Teresa get an apology for the harm done to her. Teresa is asking the CCAC to apologize for wrongly taking away her human right to decide where she lives. Teresa is asking the Rekai Centre to apologize for calling the police in a completely unnecessary, intimidating and callous attempt to force her back into their institution.

Over three months ago we filed a 12-page complaint with the Ontario Ministry of Health. We have only heard they are “inspecting” the matter.

We need a full apology from both institutions because this is not just about one person — it’s about standing up for and protecting the human rights of all people with disabilities.

Please sign Teresa Pocock’s petition demanding an apology from the CCAC and Rekai Centre at

Thank you.

I Love My Human Rights

Teresa Pocock: I Love My Human Rights

Teresa Pocock: I love my human rights. Please don’t take them away just because I have Down syndrome.

Please sign Teresa Pocock’s petition demanding an apology from the CCAC and Rekai Centre at

Posted: March 29th, 2014
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You And Your Meds: Are they Safe?

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“You And Your Meds: Are They Safe?” was held at the Art Gallery of Ontario on January 15th. It was sold-out public event sponsored by and the Patients’ Association of Canada, which featured presentations by Terence Young, Dr. David Healy and Dr. Sholom Glouberman on prescription drug safety. I was delighted to show six of my “pillustrated” canvases. It was great to meet everyone and share our stories…

You And Your Meds: Are They Safe?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Terence Young, Canadian MP and author of Death by Prescription
Dr. David Healy, founder and author of Pharmageddon
Dr. Sholom Glouberman, President of the Patients’ Association of Canada and author of My Operation

Photos by Franke James. Thank you!

Posted: January 17th, 2013
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Banned on the Hill (and in Europe!)

Is fear of the “Dirty Oil” label behind Canada’s tarring of Artist’s European tour? What lengths will the Canadian Government go to ensure that oil from the Alberta Tar Sands is not labelled “dirty”? Watch this video about Canadian artist Franke James, and how a dream opportunity — a 20-city European artshow to educate youth about climate change — faced behind-the-scenes interference by the Canadian Government.

Created with Franke James. See: 2011

Who Cares about the Forest?

“Who cares about the Forest?” Do you ever feel guilty when you use paper towels? Do you ever think about trees being cut down to make envelopes? Do you ever wonder, “is it really right to cut trees?”

Created for FSC Canada with Franke James. See: 2011


The daily create-a-word game and comic.

See: 2006-2011

Whack the PM!

Canada’s whackiest election poll and spoof.

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See: Created with Franke James in 2004, 2006, 2008.


The game everyone plays.

See: Created with Franke James, 2000-2003.

Control Alt Delete

How to restart your life even if it’s totally crashed

See: Created with Franke James, Alec Stevenson and Frank Sinclair. 1999-2000

Posted: December 7th, 2009
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