Friday, April 17, 2009

The Economy Made Me Do It!

By Naomi Lakritz, Calgary Herald

There's a new and troubling catchphrase in danger of picking up steam out there: the recession made me do it.

This week, Margaret Grant, 48, of Moncton, was sent to prison for four years for failing to provide the necessities of life for her elderly mother, whom she kept in a chair for long months in her filthy home. Grant's mom, Kathleen, 78, developed advanced gangrene, and pressure sores so terrible that the judge said parts of her bones and some of her internal organs were visible. Rescue came too late, and the mother died shortly after being taken to the hospital.

Also this week, it was reported that the recession is causing a huge spike in domestic abuse.


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