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Latimer Landscape

Robert Latimer, in a classic filmic "beauty shot" – panoramic and glowing with evening lightSources

About Taking Mercy

Although it pains me to refer any viewers to this highly distorted and manipulative broadcast, it is important to know what we are up against, in the iconic treatment of those who urge for license to kill.… Viewer beware: this is documentary in its Trojan form. Please view “Taking Mercy” with all of your critical faculties intact. (The Latimer segment begins just before the 8-minute mark on this video.)

While you are at it, you may want to have a look at how Global/Shaw Media frame their commitment to viewers: “to tell our stories in ways that make a difference”.

Formal complaints about Taking Mercy have been made to Global Television. See, for example, this bulletin posted by the Canadian Association for Community Living

About the Latimer Case

For a disability perspective on the murder of Tracy Latimer and the trials of Robert Latimer, I recommend the powerful commentary and supporting documents presented by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.

See also The Latimer Case: The Reflections of People with Disabilities

The current position of the Canadian Association for Community Living is articulated in a press release detailing the Association’s response to Robert Latimer’s successful application for day parole in 2008

About Memes and Mythology

Malcolm Gladwell’s explanation of memes is taken from an online Q&A on the Tipping Point, published at

Blogger Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone has written a frank, compelling and highly relevant article titled “Memes, Culture, and Death of People With Disabilities

For an interesting discussion of landscapes, icons and Canadian culture, visit The Mythic Landscape at The Virtual Museum of Canada.

And to understand where canola fits into contemporary Canadian mythology, have a look at Statistics Canada’s Fact Sheet about rapeseed, new and improved.


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. It’s going to be ending of mine day, however before end I
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    February 20, 2014
  2. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

    June 2, 2013
  3. Phil Dzialo #

    Could I humbly request that you add the following link so as to afford the reader unfamiliar with the case the court transcripts and letters, medical documentation and commentary by members of the disability community:

    July 28, 2012
    • cfrazee #

      Sorry Phil, but I must respectfully decline to promote the website you have recommended. My goal in this assembly of resources is to point readers to a few notable articulations of a disability perspective on the Latimer case – resources that are both considered and responsible. In my view, the advocacy materials on behalf of Robert Latimer that you endorse fall far short of this standard. I have therefore expunged the URL before approving your comment.

      August 1, 2012

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