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 … Continue reading Pipelines and Tankers
I have noticed over the past twenty years or so a distinct change in how government policy is created. When creating policy or programs government appears more focused on the rule breakers rather than the program users. In other words rather than focusing on the needs of the end users they focus on that small … Continue reading Policy for the Masses or the Ideologues?
As many of you are aware I moved to Kelowna to assist my aging mother. Life can be pretty complicated at times but especially when you are 87 years old. Lately her health has been declining and she is needing more support service to maximize her independence while staying in her budget. She is, like … Continue reading Are All Politicians Equal?
A little late but Happy New Year everyone. My holiday season was relatively quiet but a very pleasurable event. The presence of my son, grandson and ex at my place for Christmas not only made my Christmas but had my mother beside herself with pleasure. With my son and ex coming from greater distances the … Continue reading Governance or Marketing?
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?
Sometimes we have to get up on our soapbox and scream our frustration at the world. Often all we hear is the echo of our own voice being bounced back at us but, with that said, we should never stop raising our voice when we see injustices that are important to us. Ignoring it just … Continue reading What is Justice?
I have often seen democracy defined as: “a form of government in which the people freely govern themselves; where the executive (or administrative) and law-making (or legislative) power is given to persons chosen by the population; the free people”. Politics, on the other hand, is defined as: (Used with a sing. verb) The art or … Continue reading Democracy versus Politics