What's the big news story in Canada this week?† A goose died?!
Probably.† But also, a woman from Quebec who had been on long-term sick leave for major depression is fighting to have her benefits reinstated after her insurance company canceled them, primarily due to photos they found of her on Facebook.
As CBC News reports, the alleged photos showed her "having a good time at a Chippendales bar show, at her birthday party and on a sun holiday."
To be fair, I've been to a lot of male strip clubs and they are all very depressing.† But you can't fault her insurance company for drawing these conclusions.† As usual, use common sense when posting photos to Facebook, especially if your primary source of income is a long-term disability claim against a former employer.
For example, if you claim to have lost an arm at work, don't post any pictures clearly depicting yourself having multiple arms.† If you've claimed that you are paralyzed from the waist down, avoid uploading any video content of you playing two-on-two wiffle ball (or any stick and ball game for the matter).
Yes, depression is a different kind of illness.† It's hard to diagnose just by looking at someone's photos.† But social networking is one of happiest activities anyone can partake in.† The joy of constantly approving friend requests from people you don't even remember and sorting through a thousand event invitations to thing you don't care about.
Actually, now that I think about it, if you believe you are depressed, it's probably best to avoid Facebook all together, not only for the good of your benefits, but for your own good as well.