I have been making a real effort to avoid any return to political blogging but this one I can't let slide. Ms. Leitch please, you went from asking what you referred to as a simple question regarding Canadian values to "enhance a unified Canadian identity". Words are powerful and emotive. From a semantics perspective there … Continue reading Ms. Leitch Please…
Franklin D. Roosevelt is credited with the saying "there is nothing to fear but fear itself". That statement was part of his inauguration speech in 1933. And yet today we have a government that campaigns on fear and prejudice rather than good policy and the protection of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And … Continue reading Living in the Shadows
Well after my Sunday rant it is time to move on with something more progressive. "Progressive", something that seems to be fading in the new Canadian political culture. Time to move on and see if Canada is still open for business. Of late I have been paying close attention to the whole niqab issue which … Continue reading That Was Then, Has Now Changed
I have sat down (kind of redundant statement considering I'm wheelchair dependent) numerous times in the past couple of weeks to put some thoughts to paper but to no avail. Traditionally when I'm writing I have CBC News World on in the background, a practice I have now stopped. It was becoming to difficult to … Continue reading And that’s the way it is…
How many times have you heard "just give it time"? How many times have you said "change happens slowly"? Well I am just approaching the 61 anniversary of my diagnosis with polio. I contracted it when I was 3 in June of 1953. They treated me for almost two weeks for the flu even though … Continue reading Are We Really Moving Forward?
I am not a journalist. I am not a reporter. I don't work in the news industry. Now that I have set the table I am a person who can look past a thirty second sound byte, check a few facts from different sources and make an informed opinion. I am not constrained by the … Continue reading Independence Requires Freedom of Expression
In many of my posts I have often mentioned "worlds within worlds" or people "living in their bubbles". This is not meant in a negative way and actually is not all that uncommon based on social anthropology. It is known as "tribalism". The Merriam Webster dictionary defines tribalism as "loyalty to a tribe or other … Continue reading Tribalism – Worlds within Worlds
There is a line close to the end of a movie called Rory O'Shea Was Here that I have adopted for my own use. "A right must exist independently of its exercise". I love this movie and I believe this line is very powerful. I have referenced this line in past posts however in … Continue reading Why Have Rights?
I don't know about the rest of you but I found the Throne speech to be a real slap in the face to anyone who is capable of individual thought. I have no idea who actually wrote it but they should have contracted Alice Munro. After all she just received the Nobel Prize in Literature … Continue reading The Throne Speech, a Compass for Misdirection!
With the Canadian Thanksgiving behind us and the new Throne Speech being put forward for the next sitting of Parliament what better time to do a little overview of the evolving Canadian democracy. As a starting point I decided to review the definition of democracy. The definition I am using reads "A form of government … Continue reading Are You a Consumer or a Voter?