Community Meeting: Austere Practices
251 Rue Dorchester, Quebec City
Folie/Culture is concerned by how austerity policies and healthcare system reforms impact the lives of people with mental health problems. What happens when funding for social housing is cut? Are we moving toward medical practices focused on quantity to the detriment of quality? Is austerity simply a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul?
To address the problems caused by this massive upheaval, Folie/Culture invited the public to a community meeting featuring two guest speakers followed by an open discussion on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at L’AgitéE.
Pierre Mouterde is a former philosophy instructor at Cégep Limoilou, essayist, and sociologist who now divides his time between critical journalism (Presse-toi à gauche, Droit de Parole, Relations, À Bâbord, NCS, etc.), work on the sociology of Latin American social movements, and philosophical and sociopolitical essays.
Gilles Simard lives in Quebec City and is a mental health peer helper. He trained as a journalist and spent much of his life working in the non-profit sector. After a severe depression and various addictions, he published Le Cœur enveloppé, a book detailing his experience in Quebec’s psychiatric system.
Le Collectif de Minuit, a food action group, was on hand to serve vegan food by donation.