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Monday, April 1, 2019

You STINK, Halifax

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 5:18 PM

You had a grip on the cigarette smoke. Now, we can't walk downtown without inhaling weed every breath we take. Your people are the opposite of cool, here. Open up some MJ Cafes as designated spots instead.
—Pew-pew-pew
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Seething over scooters

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 12:05 PM

To the young scooter driver leaving the mall yesterday: Where did you learn to drive that bike? You're going to get yourself injured or killed—passing the cars waiting at the light, by driving up the yellow line, almost getting squeezed into the median as you turned because you were where you shouldn't be, and then passing cars along the curb side is dangerous. There are only two lanes!
More patient driver
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Urinating in downtown cafe sinks

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 11:59 AM

People are urinating in the sinks of downtown coffee shops, apparently to conserve water. So you're washing your hands in a urinal, basically. Well, I guess it's for a good cause.
—Stinkydinkinsink
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Maybe Once Employees Start Collapsing...

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 11:44 AM

...you'll give a shit that there's no air conditioning in the kitchen. You know it's an issue. It's been as issue for the last three years. And you know it's fucking people up: I've told you myself—to your face and in writing—about the dizziness and vomitting from the heat. I don't give a fuck if the labour department doesn't have "a specific maximum" for how hot the kitchen can get. If your employees are getting sick from the heat, it's too fucking hot. Maybe next time I get so hot I have to puke, I'll make sure to do it in your nice, air-conditioned office. Maybe then you'll do something about it.
—Heat Stroke Waiting to Happen
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Snow-covered Halifax

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 12:02 PM

I'm not talking about the cold white fluffy stuff. I'm talking about the obscene use of cocaine in every downtown venue ever. I love partying, I love having fun, I love going to clubs, dancing, taking in live music, whatever. What I don't love is being yelled at in the bathroom about how you “need coke" or how "your life is ruined because of coke.” I can see the powder dripping out of your zombie noses. Disgusting! Sniff a little harder—SNIFF SNIFF SNIFF—nothing to see here. PUKE.

I've tried party drugs, even went a little overboard as a much younger person, but it doesn’t take much of the brain cells you might have left to know that using coke every weekend, every time you go out, every day, every night is going to seriously fuck you up.

FYI: a wide range of cognitive functions are impaired with long-term cocaine use—such as sustaining attention, impulse inhibition, memory, making decisions involving rewards or punishments, and performing motor tasks. Other scary things: increased rate of stroke and brain bleeds, loss of smell and damage to nose and sinus cavity. Loss of TONS of money you probably don't have, directly contributing to WARS and death of innocent people, losing friends, family, partners, children—how many reasons do you need to stop?The Only Thing Worse Was Being Asked For Crystal Meth


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear blood lab: Women over 40 have sex

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Being a woman (over 40) who loves men and everything about them I date. Sometimes I date more than one man at a time (gasp, oh my petticoats), don't worry I am honest about it.  Sometimes I date couples, bi men, straight married men, kinky men. I am in it for the experience, and maybe eventually a partner.

Being a responsible person I use condoms, all the time, but sometimes accidents happen.  So I go to the walk in clinic, tell the doctor I have multiple partners and I would like to be tested.  The doctor being a very gracious, wonderful woman who does not care about my sexual preferences gives me the swab for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and the blood requisition for the rest.

Today I am told by the blood lab that they will not process my swab because I am a woman over 40, apparently women over 40 don't have sex. If I were a man, I would not be receiving this call. WTF. Ohhh, my Irish temper...

In the past I have gotten my testing done at my family doctor and she always had to write "unfaithful husband" on the lab work, which at the time was true, and I honestly thought this "women over 40" need an excuse thing was just her and the blood lab she dealt with. But I hated it because the receptionist, who was my next door neighbour, and the blood lab technician, who has kids that same age as mine always saw this on the paper.  It was embarrassing. So I thought I would try the walk-in, in the city where I didn't know anyone.

Apparently, this is a province-wide requirement at blood labs, they do not process STI testing for women over 40.  Where to start on that one...discriminatory, sexist, violation of privacy, ignorant, downright stupid, everything the Canadian health system should not be. —L


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fuck NS Healthcare

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 4:21 PM

So I call a phone line after regular business hours to get some advice because something very weird is happening and they suggest I go to a hospital to get checked because I might be having an emergency. I comply and am examined and told that it might not be an emergency but I should check with a specialist in that particular field as soon as possible just to be sure. So the next day I phone the specialist's office, the one where they told me to "call right away" if I'm having certain symptoms and they tell me that despite my symptoms I can't be seen without a referral. So, I phone my family physician's office and the earliest they can see me is in six days. The only other option is to go to a walk-in clinic, and the last time I tried that they told me, at mid-day, that they were full-up till the next day. It's now past mid-day on the second day of the weirdness and I'm having trouble seeing. So, I decided what the hell? Who needs two retinas anyway? One eye is as good as two, isn't it? —Fucked Every Which Way









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Friday, January 19, 2018

Bitching for understanding

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 10:41 AM

The thing about children of serious/chronic mental illness is that you have no right/freedom to an opinion. You go through life never having a voice, society tells you it's a waiting game. When you try to voice your opinion, it’s considered illegitimate. You must be going crazy. You must be getting paranoid. There is no “real” community, it’s labeled a “support group.” The community is based on drugs and dominance. Nobody wants to get to know you once they find out you have a parent with serious mental illness, unless they also have a close relative with serious mental health issues. Eventually you have to talk about it, and when you do, people usually respond with an awkward caught off-guard response. Then they either begin to distance themselves from you, or begin the cycle [as described above]. It can become so frustrating at times. Children of parents with mental illness grow up so much hopelessness, so much unseen societal pressure. They either give up and have drug/alcohol issues themselves, or they spend their whole lives fighting their own societal-determined fate. It’s a lonely world when you have no community, when it can ever be simply a “support group.” People rarely speak of loved ones with mental illness with pride and when they do, they are usually reminded that this is a societal taboo.

People with mental health “issues.” How come we have to consider these “issues”? These are some of the most interesting people you will ever meet! They have the most interesting stories, they are usually so innocent, and NOT violent. They care so much and can be really good parents. The children of people with serious mental health “issues” are the most empathetic people you will ever meet—they’ve seen and heard it all, all of their lives. They can see so many perspectives. They have so many stories to tell, but who wants to tell them if it’s just going to scare people away? If it’s just going to contribute to the negative societal label? —Not Really A Bitcher, Just A Little Frustrated


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Physical health is also important

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 9:39 AM

I'm sure smokers have felt persecuted during the anti-smoking campaigns of the last 30 years. Well, eating and sitting are the new smoking, and instead of lung cancer we now have type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and musculoskeletal disorders. Definitely it hurts to be perpetually reminded that there are certain ways that you're physically unhealthy.  But why is it a good idea to tell kids it's OK to be fat, when no one would tell a kid it's OK to smoke?  People are dying from both.  It's not good that I have to put this in the "Bitching" section so I don't get attacked for fat-shaming: I don't want anyone to feel ashamed of their body, and I also do want people to be physically healthy and not die from heart disease. We need to be able to encourage better physical health and better mental health at the same time.  So by all means, throw out your scale if that helps you love yourself.  Meanwhile, take smaller portions, wait five minutes before you take seconds, and, if you can afford it, eat half as much starchy carb and twice as many vegetables. —Not A Fat-Shamer


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Nova Scotia needs family doctors

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM

To the NS Government: I'm sorry that I have a disability that require's opioids and I'm sorry I need a family doctor to fill my prescription, my doctor retired and I have been looking for well over a year now. With  massage therapy and medication that I cut myself down on before the new opioid laws even took effect and with the help of my therapy I would be able to work again and finally get off of assistance! Oh by the way  my massage therapy is free thanks to a good friend so assistance and the good tax payers of Nova Scotia do not and still do not have to pay for it. I am now back to where I started: in pain, not being able to function, still on assistance, and  a drain on the system. If only there were more family doctors to help people out so they can get off of assistance.

Disgusted! Why even try when you'll end up back where you started?! —Sick in Nova Scotia


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I thought Canadians had healthcare? Where is mine?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 4:18 PM

I was first saddened by the way this province health system is managed, now it has turned to disgust. I've countlessly reached out to multiple resources just to be put on a never ending wait list because the medical attention I seek is needed but since I cannot afford health insurance I am just shoved in an overworked neglected system.

I understand our system is over burdened and had limited resources, but it upsets me so to see drug addicts get the medical attention they need and be put on expensive government funded programs to help rehabilitation and not care and continuously piss medical dollars away. I'm all for the ones who are trying, but I see more and more not give and shit and abuse the program.

I'm gripped 'cause I want to get better, I'm begging to get better, but unless I had an endless income to spend I cannot get the help or insurance I need, due to pre-existing conditions, I don't so I've been on a wait list since October just to have two appointments with a public case worker for them to tell me they are leaving, now I'm shoved back into a wait list system. Crumbs to all those suffering from mental illnesses and can't get the help they deserve like me. —Helpless Haligonian





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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MRI urgent

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:11 PM

My doctor put in a request for an MRI in October 2016. I just got the good news...I have an appointment for March 2018, in Kentville because HALIFAX is too busy. I might be dying, please send the bill to my estate.

Someone please remind me why we love public healthcare. —Not Amused





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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Clever, witty title

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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To the employers and managers and supervisors who have all told me that my (chronic) mental health issues and the treatment thereof is having a negative effect on my job and their perception of me in some way: go fuck yourself. To anyone who is suffering through our broken (mental) health care system, who is having their worth determined and livelihood threatened by how many sick days it takes for you to feel stable and healthy and whole: I love you. I believe you. Keep fighting. These people may not understand what is happening to you but there are countless others out there who do and we need to stand together and support each other. As I type this, I am in tears, fearful that one more sick day to see a psychiatrist or a GP or to adjust to a new medication will mean the end of gainful employment for myself, I draw strength from all of your efforts simply to survive. –Clever, witty signature




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Friday, January 6, 2017

Emergency room

Posted on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Here I sit in QEII emerg, my leg that had surgery four days ago has developed a nasty purple patch so I'm in to make sure I'm not heading for blood clot land.  I'm sitting in what are likely the most uncomfortable cheap  office chairs ever made, for the last four hours. There is no comfort to be found. I have pulled up a coffee table for a footstool so I can keep my foot  elevated as suggested.  They can't give me a pillow, so I need to rest my bruise on the hardwood.    They tell me it will probably only be another four hours. I'm looking around at a large sad group of people, either sick or injured waiting and waiting.  Maybe someone should replace Stephen McNeil’s comfy executive office chair with one of these particularly shitty ones and see if he could sit eight hours. —Unhappy camper
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

You're a doctor's office

Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Why is it so hard to find a tissue in a doctor's office waiting room? —Sneezy
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