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Kelly Rowland Holds Back Tears Discussing Social Injustice in the Black Community (Exclusive)

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Hoda Kotb Opens Up About Breaking Down in Tears on Air Over Drew Brees’ Coronavirus Donation (Exclusive)

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Don Lemon Wipes Away Tears Discussing Co-Worker Chris Cuomo’s Coronavirus Diagnosis On-Air

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Zoë Kravitz Says She ‘Was In Tears’ Over Dad Lenny’s Speech at Her Wedding

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Octavia Spencer Tears Up Over ‘Humbling’ PGA Award: ‘You Can’t Win the Race If You’re Not In It’ (Exclusive)

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Ontario delays new autism program, prompting tears from struggling parents

Parents of children with autism burst into tears Tuesday as the provincial government announced another delay in getting their kids the services they need.

Children, Community and Social Services Minister Todd Smith announced that a needs-based program will be phased in over two years, instead of being up and running in April as previously promised.

Parents who were watching the announcement at Queen’s Park, some of them clutching pictures of their children, began weeping and saying, “not good enough.”

Smith says the work has already started, but it is complex and will take time to be fully implemented.

Despite concerns from parents, the Ford government said the revamped program will include each of the key elements recommended by a provincial autism panel. They called the program “comprehensive, sustainable and family-centred.”

“The work has started, and we are continuing to listen to experts and families,” said Smith in a news release. “Thanks to the panel, we know where we have to go. And we have the right plan, and the right people, to help get us there.”

Before the program is fully implemented in 2021, families will get interim funding of either $ 20,000 or $ 5,000 to pay for services, depending on their child’s age — the maximum annual amounts they were to get under the now-cancelled plan that was announced earlier this year.

That plan sparked outrage, forcing the government to go back to the drawing board and nearly double the amount of money it will allocate to autism services.

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‘Love Island’: Latest Elimination Leaves Islanders In Tears as Final Week Draws Near

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Elder caregivers face stress, tears with scant support

The case of a Montreal man sentenced to two years in jail for killing his wife, who had Alzheimer’s disease, has laid bare the need for better supports for caregivers, many of whom struggle to cope and often don’t know where to turn, advocates say.

“They feel alone. They feel depressed. They feel distressed,” said Mélanie Perroux, co-ordinator of the Regroupement des aidants naturels du Québec, an organization that works with caregivers.

Michel Cadotte, 58, was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, at a Montreal long-term care facility in 2017. During the trial, Cadotte testified he smothered Lizotte with a pillow because he could no longer stand to see her suffer.

The court heard that Cadotte had made inquiries about medical assistance in dying on his wife’s behalf in 2014. He was told Lizotte would be ineligible because her death was not imminent, and she was not coherent enough to consent.

In delivering her sentence Tuesday, Quebec Superior Court Justice Hélène Di Salvo characterized Cadotte as “a man in love who was exhausted and couldn’t stand to see his wife suffering any longer.”

Di Salvo acknowledged the case had given rise to heated debate within Quebec society. She said that, as citizens, “we can only hope that the cries of alarm about the difficulties of caregivers as well as the problems of the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will have been heard.”

Perroux testified during sentencing arguments about the pressures on caregivers, explaining how the lack of support took a toll. Some caregivers put in more than 30 hours of work each week “without being supported by the health-care system and without being asked how they feel, and how they deal with it,” she said.


Jocelyne Lizotte, left, is seen here with her sister Johanne Lizotte. Lizotte was killed by her husband as she suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s. (Handout/Quebec Superior Court/The Canadian Press)

Burnout a real risk

Claire Webster, whose own mother died after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s, hopes the discussion around the Cadotte trial will lead to changes.

When Webster’s mother was diagnosed, she recalls leaving the doctor’s office with little information about the disease, or what to expect.

“I burst into tears. I didn’t even know what to do, where to go,” said Webster, who now works as a Montreal-based consultant with families struggling to care for an ailing loved one.


Cadotte was sentenced to two years in jail for killing his ailing wife. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

The next 12 years were filled with stress, sadness and anger, as she attempted to navigate the health-care system, care for her mother and raise her young family.

“If you’re not prepared, you know, you’re going to blink and all of a sudden you’re going to be completely overwhelmed by the changes in your loved one and not knowing how to respond to what’s going on,” she said.

Webster said she sees many caregivers have thoughts of suicide. She reached that low too.

The key, Webster said, is to know you can’t do it alone — and that you don’t have to.

“If families are properly given the right information, the proper education, taught from the very beginning: This is a disease. This is how it’s going to progress … This would help prevent caregiver burnout.”

She would like doctors to give family members of those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s a prescription for care, outlining what to expect in the years to come, and where they can turn to for information, and support.

Province prepares new policy

A recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal called on federal and provincial governments to provide more financial support to informal caregivers.

More than one in four Canadians puts in regular hours providing care for family members and friends with chronic illnesses or disabilities, according to Statistics Canada.

Perroux said she’s heartened the Quebec government is working on a new policy to support caregivers. Last year, it held a public forum to get input from those affected.

“It’s a start,” she said.

Marguerite Blais, the province’s seniors’ minister, declined to comment on the Cadotte case. A first draft of the policy is expected in the fall, with a final version by the end of the year.

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Brexit stage left: Why Theresa May’s run as PM ended in tears

The astonishingly cynical and astonishingly successful 19th-century French statesman Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand — foreign minister under Napoleon and prime minister under Napoleon’s arch-enemy, Louis XVIII – once described his approach as “surtout, point de zèle.” Above all, no zeal.

Theresa May was nothing if not zealous. The U.K. prime minister wore zeal like a badge of honour as she doggedly pursued her goal of separating Britain from the European Union in a deal that her party and her parliament kept rejecting.

In the end, she announced her resignation on Friday in tears. Zeal, as Talleyrand might have told her, was not the tool to deliver Brexit.

It’s hard to remember, three years on, how much room May had to manoeuvre when she became prime minister. The Brexit referendum result in 2016 hit the British political class like a thunderbolt. Few knew how to react.

May, whose Conservatives had a parliamentary majority, had a virtually free hand. She could have consulted her colleagues and the opposition, could have taken her time, could have crafted a plan for a “soft Brexit” that would have commanded an even larger majority.

She did none of that. There was no consultation, no time-wasting and no interest in a soft Brexit. The markers she quickly laid down were rigid — notably, her insistence on strict control of immigration, even if it meant excluding EU citizens, and her refusal to join a customs union with the EU.

Then, nine months into her premiership, she set the clock running on negotiations. They would last just two years.

Having done that, she promptly called a snap election – and lost her parliamentary majority.

‘No principles, only events’

Let us again consult the prince of cynicism, Talleyrand, who defined politics this way: “There are no principles, only events.”

For May, the first event was the greatest — the loss of her control of parliament. There were many others. One of her principles in negotiating with the EU was that the 27 remaining countries of the union wouldn’t hold together, and that she and her government would be able to split them and negotiate a sweet deal.


May was home secretary under Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and went on to replace him after his resignation in the wake of the Brexit referendum result in 2016. (Carl Court/Getty)

In the event, the EU lined up its tanks in a row. They fired in unison, and kept firing until May’s government was forced to retreat in confusion.

More events served to undermine her. She cobbled a deal together that the EU would accept and locked her cabinet in her Chequers retreat until they all agreed to it. Their agreement lasted two days, and then came the thunderous resignations — first, of her own Brexit minister, David Davis, and then of the clownish but popular foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

There were more resignations. Where other leaders would have ditched their failed approach, May simply hunkered down, clinging to her deal, presenting it to parliament not once but three times — and watched it get defeated three times. There were no precedents for this in British politics.

There were almost no precedents for her as a leader. She had no small talk and no people skills. Her cabinet frequently had no idea what she was thinking. She failed to reach out to MPs. Her husband and a handful of aides were apparently the only people she confided in.

A changed party system

May came to office as an accidental prime minister. David Cameron, the man who had won the parliamentary majority for the Conservatives in 2015, had also organized the referendum on the EU. When he lost it — after campaigning to keep Britain in the EU — he promptly resigned. Other potential successors knifed each other in public. May was the only one left without blood on her.

She leaves office as a destroyed prime minister. Like the Bourbon kings of France, she appears to have learned nothing and forgot nothing.

The last three years have done more than destroy her — they may have helped destroy the traditional British party system. Her Conservatives were polling around 10 per cent in the run-up to the European Parliament elections taking place this week.


Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, right, has surged in polls for the European Parliament election. (Lily Martin/CBC)

The expected winner is the Brexit Party, the child of Nigel Farage, a longtime member of the European Parliament and political gadfly. He has seized upon the fury of many British voters with their established political leaders. He says he will give them what they want: a clean break with the EU, with or without a deal with Brussels.

And now one final word from Talleyrand. “Since the masses are always eager to believe something,” he once said, “for their benefit nothing is so easy to arrange as facts.” 

Farage is a master at arranging facts. Three years ago, he was saying that a soft Brexit deal would be a snap to arrange with Brussels. Now he yells that Brussels has betrayed Britain, and only the most brutal of Brexits is acceptable.

And the man seen as the frontrunner to succeed May as prime minister is Boris Johnson, another masterful fact re-arranger. In the 2016 referendum campaign, he insisted that leaving the EU would free up billions of dollars for Britain. That promise has now been forgotten.

Other countries in Europe have seen a major increase in the vote of populist parties. If Johnson wins the Conservative leadership, Britain would find itself with a populist prime minister.

That, too, would be a legacy of May’s three miserable years in office.

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Chris Harrison Says Colton Underwood's Fence Jump Left 'Bachelor' Production in Tears (Exclusive)

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