Tag Archives: democratic rights

A Long Life, A Short Illness

I have been following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process for some time now.  Needless to say I was glued to Newsworld this morning when they released the final report.  I was very surprised to hear the final residential school didn’t close down until 1996.  That is not ancient history.  Being raised in an institution […]
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Tribalism – Worlds within Worlds

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 […]
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Why Have Rights?

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 […]
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Are You a Consumer or a Voter?

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 […]
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The Age of Indifference

My move is done, I’m basically settled in with only my wall hangings to get up and a new sofa being delivered in about two weeks.  The wall hangings are proving to be difficult but that is the nature of living in a wheelchair.  Hopefully I can find a local day workers program and hire […]
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Democracy versus Politics

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 […]
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Bringing Back Democracy

There is a by-election coming up in Calgary-Centre in a couple of days which has the potential to send a powerful message to our politicians in Ottawa.  There has been a lot of unrest in this riding for some time but it has remained staunchly Conservative for over forty years.  It has remained that way […]
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Supporting Democracy is More Than Remembrance Day

October was not a very prolific month when it came to writing and, although it flew by, it really wasn’t that busy that I couldn’t have done some writing. There has certainly been an abundance of topics. And with that said I thought it would be beneficial to start the month of November off with […]
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