Tait’s 8 — Eight tid bits to help get you through the day

• Curtis Lazar will play his first professional hockey game Thursday night for the Ottawa Senators against the Edmonton Oilers. Curtis spent four years in Edmonton playing junior for the Oil Kings and is a great young man. He told Sun Media Wednesday he was planning to visit his billet family during his stay. Edmonton Sun hockey writer Brian Swane summed things up best: “Curtis might be thee nicest kid EVER,” says Brian.

Curtis hasn’t scored his first NHL goal. Wouldn’t it be … ?

• There’s a special recognition event Thursday at the DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton to honor Silvio Dobri who is retiring as a board member of the GoodHearts Transplant Foundation.  The group helps transplant patients in need of financial help. Silvio has done wonderful work for the group since becoming a transplant survivor several years ago.

• The big roast for 630 CHED’s Bryan Hall was last night at River  Cree.  So if he sounds a little fuzzy on the big 630 Morning News Thursday he has good reason. We’re not saying Bryan’s old, but we hear he was a waiter at the Last Supper.

• Wayne Lee and friends are hosting their annual Empowering Edmonton event Monday with all funds going to the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta. It’s a day of great stories shared by incredible people. Visit.empoweringalberta.com for more details.

• We’re sending best wishes to Oiler president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe and Don Metz of Aquila Productions. Both men recently had brief hospital stays. Both men, however, are fighters and will be back on their roads real soon.

• Mrs. Tait and I reflected earlier this week on celebrating 19 years of marriage. There are many things which have contributed to our happiness, including, of course, having two remote controls of the television.

• There’s a great — absolutely terrific — picture Mark Scholz shared on his Facebook page. Mark’s father Fred is visiting from Newfoundland and Mark snapped a shot of Fred having his nose squeezed by young Henry Scholz, Mark’s nine-month-old son.

• Canadians responded like never before on Remembrance Day in Ottawa in record numbers. We showed out appreciation and gratitude. And, I think, we’ll continue to do so in future years.












Why does elder abuse happen? (The Monday blog)

 The number is staggering when you look at it. And then when you realize what it represents, you well could shake your head and ask the age-old question: why?

Why were there 23,000 reported cases of abuse of elderly people in Alberta?

Twenty-three thousand people.  That’s almost the population of Leduc.

Why is this happening?

lady_senior_sad_opt1The story surfaced in Saturday’s Edmonton Sun from reporter Dave Lazzarino on Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

There should never be such a day, really. But, perhaps — and hopefully — it might encourage others who could very well be suffering in silence the chance to come forward and tell their story.

Elder abuse. Why does it happen?

Senior citizens were the doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, planners, school bus drivers and people who did every other job to help build the communities we live in. They have paved the way for future generations in our city, province and country.

They have earned the fundamental right to enjoy their golden years. They should not have to worry about their well-being.

Yet the number of senior citizens being abused in Alberta is both alarming and disturbing.

What does that say about how we respect people who were also pioneers?

Does it say they can be trampled on at will?

Does it say, given their age, they no longer matter?

Does it say they no longer have any voice of reason?

And here’s the one that really concerns me: are they being taken advantage of?

Absolutely not. 

Many of these cases — like the one Dave wrote in his story — are from family members. An Alberta Health website suggests 25 per cent of abusers are family members.

And while we must respect other people’s business, we cannot — and should not — turn a blind eye.

We need to collectively look out for our neighbor’s safety. That’s one of the privileges we have and share as community members.

When it comes to senior citizens being abused, though, we need to start asking some serious questions.

Please take part in the poll at the bottom of this blog to give your feedback.

We have to start addressing the issues now. As Dave’s story also points out, we have an aging population growing.

A genuine fear is there could be more cases reported in the future.

We cannot let that happen.

But first things first.

If you are a victim of elder abuse, please contact someone for help. You are not alone, and you do not, under any circumstances, deserve this.

In Edmonton call 780-454-8888.

Not everyone can speak for himself or herself. You can help them.Or, if you know of someone who is being abused, but you don’t know if you should do something I encourage you to speak.

We can’t answer why elder abuse has touched 23,000 people. Moreover, we can’t quickly remedy the issue with a band-aid.

We need to make elder abuse a part of our every day conversation to understand and comprehend it, rather than hoping, somehow, it will go away.

Then, and only then, can we try to answer why.








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