Tag Archives: democracy

The Erosion of Rights

“Believing without questioning is an insult to the human conscience” – Abhijit Naskar I have purposely been trying to stay politically quiet for the past four weeks while fuming internally. I grew up in Calgary but have had the opportunity to live and work in other areas of our great country Canada. However I continue […]
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New Decade, New Direction

I just got back in from a quick wheel around the community. It is still warm enough (the sun is bright) to do a good wheel and not lose too much air out of my tires. However, based on the numbness of my fingertips it was chillier than I thought. But they are forecasting a […]
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Christmas 2019 – Memories of Christmas Past

“My life isn’t a book, it’s a collection of short stories” – Terry Wiens Christmas, a day of family, friends and memories. It is a day that can be loud, boisterous and full of activity. It can also be a day of quietude, reflective and personal relaxation. I have experienced both and find myself, maybe […]
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Activist or Advocate?

Advocacy is often seen as working “within the system” whereas activism is seen as working “outside the system” to generate change. I think this is really useful, as clearly the role or issue can shift from one to the other. – Author unknown I have fifty years experience as an activist with another 25 years of advocacy experience […]
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Election Day 2019 Canada

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for supper” – James Bovard Today is election day and I am torn. In over forty years I have never felt such trepidation over a federal election while at the same time being so glad it is coming to […]
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The Influence of Youth

“Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.” – Pierre Berton After all of the news regarding the Alabama legislation today to redefine abortion, the White House basically flipping off the Congress by refusing […]
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And the Children Shall Lead the Way

“You who are on the roadMust have a code that you can live byAnd so become yourselfBecause the past is just a good-bye.Teach your children well,Their father’s hell did slowly go by,And feed them on your dreamsThe one they picks, the one you’ll know by.Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you […]
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The Edge of the Wedge

A wedge issue is a political or social issue, often of a controversial or divisive nature, which splits apart a demographic or population group We seem to have been thrust into what has become quite a controversial election season.  British Columbia held a province wide vote Saturday (October 20) to renew every municipal government in […]
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Redefining Social Justice – Part 2, Knowing Your Place is Not Knowing your Role

“Never fry bacon wearing a tank top on while sitting in a wheelchair” – Ancient Chinese Proverb I have always considered myself a political “centrist”.  There isn’t a political party that hasn’t presented a few platform I agree with and others I don’t.  But that is alright, that is what makes me a centrist and […]
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Who Is Responsible…We Are

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter” – Winston Churchill I have been watching some of the online news coverage of the March Across America movement and one of the words that is providing a common thread is “hope”.  I find a certain sadness in that.  These kids should […]
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