Tag Archives: democratic erosion

And that’s the way it is…

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 […]
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Are We Really Moving Forward?

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 […]
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Fact or Fiction?

I am getting really tired of people telling me there is nothing they can do about the current attacks on our democracy when the topic of politics comes up.  What they don’t seem to realize is that by taking that attitude they are contributing to the stripping away of the Canadian democracy.  And one of […]
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Twitter Was Not Designed for Conversation

I did something today I have always told myself I wouldn’t do.  I tried to engage in a conversation with someone on Twitter.  It’s impossible to have a reasonable conversation with someone using only 144 character but especially when that person turns out to have only linear thinking skills. I was watching Power & Politics […]
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Pipelines and Tankers

Well the people of Kitimat, and by extension the citizens of BC, had their say yesterday, April 12/14.  They held their own plebiscite and said “NO” to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  Now granted this is a non-binding vote but it still goes down in the books as citizens taking action and rejecting a potentially serious […]
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My Father was a Veteran

My father was a veteran and he was proud of it.  I was proud of my father as a vet.  My father joined the army in 1941 to fight in World War 2.  He was from a Mennonite family and protected from fighting for religious reasons so he didn’t have to join but he choose […]
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What Change?

Mr. Harper would have Canadians believe we were voting for change when we elected (and I use the term “we” very loosely) his Party.  And it is his Harper’s party, not Canada’s party.  His actions and his Party’s actions speak much louder than his words.  Twelve years ago he was condemning the government of the […]
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Politics or Partisanship?

I must admit I am quite pleased over the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision regarding the proposed appointment of Marc Nadon to their midst.  The SCOC did what they were designed to do, protect the law and, by extension, the Constitution.  I feel bad for Mr. Nadon because, unfortunately, he appeared to be nothing more […]
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Chipping Away at Age

When you first arrive to Kelowna you quickly discover there are two types of seniors.  There are the ones my age closer to 60 than 90 and there are 80+ like my mother.  When you are here to help out your mother you start to realize just how important a distinction this is.  The picture […]
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International Gesturing or Dismantling Foreign Policy

Let me start by expressing my concern over the situation in the Ukraine and voice my support for the Ukrainian people, both over there and here in Canada.  For once I agree with our government in the condemnation of these actions. With that said I am concerned over just how seriously Canada’s voice is being […]
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