I’ll leave details of this ugly incident to my colleagues at the CBC’s Go Public team, specifically Rosa Marchitelli, who writes about what happened to a lady in Calgary named Linda Rolston in vivid detail.
Rolston, as you may have read by now, was told not to return to a grocery store unless she brought help because she couldn’t pack her groceries fast enough.
Rolston had had cancer, had her voice box removed and lost a great deal of mobility in her shoulders and arms.
What happened to her at that grocery store shouldn’t happen to anyone, of course.
But just for a sec, let’s forget the bad part.
There’s a good part, as well and sometimes it really does take a village to help with the hurt.
It begins with Rolston deciding she had enough of this kind of nonsense and talking to Go Public.
And there others in the story who supply the rest of us with a ray of hope.
Start with MarchitellI, who showed us what top-of-the-line journalism can be at a time when so many of so many of us rail about alleged “fake news.”
Let’s add David Lepofsky, the Toronto lawyer and the volunteer chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, who when he finally heard I was trying to make contact with him cared enough to call me from Israel.
McColl, as you will hear shortly, is the possessor of something we tended to value above all else back in my day.
Here is our conversation.Listen