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 … Continue reading A Long Life, A Short Illness
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?
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?
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 … Continue reading The Age of Indifference
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
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 … Continue reading Bringing Back Democracy
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 … Continue reading Supporting Democracy is More Than Remembrance Day