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And Neither Have I Wings to Fly

Labelled and Locked Up in Canada's Oldest Institution

by Thelma Wheatley

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The shocking true story of the institutionalization and abuse of children and adults with intellectual and physical handicaps in Canada’s oldest provincial institution in Orillia, Ontario. Daisy Lumsden and her family were such victims, along with over ten thousand children, including infants, and adults with intellectual disabilities committed over the last century to the institution now known as Huronia Regional Centre, formerly the Asylum for Idiots and Feeble-Minded. The time frame of the book, 1900-1966, covers the most controversial decades in its history, a time of over-crowding and abuses that reached a crux in the 1950s and 1960s when the inmate population was nearly 3000. Victims of the rising eugenic ideology of the early 1900s that infiltrated Canada from United States and Britain, advocating segregation and involuntary sterilization of the “feeble-minded,” Daisy’s family — uneducated, ignorant, unemployed, incestuous, poor — were easily identifiable as “feeble-minded” and “unfit,” unwittingly caught up in a genetic “survival of the fittest.” But who are the “unfit” in our society? And who decides?

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Thelma Wheatley, born and educated in Wales, U.K., emigrated to Canada in her twenties and completed an Masters in English at York University in Toronto. She is the author of the award-winning And Neither Have I Wings To Fly: Labelled and Locked Up in Canada's Oldest Institution (2013) and My Sad Is All Gone: A Family's Triumph Over Violent Autism (2004). She was married to a Sri Lankan in the 1960s, at a time when such marriages were called “mixed”; they have two children. She currently lives in Port Credit, Ontario.

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