From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. Carl Schurz

Sunday, August 28, 2016

#GoodRiddanceHarper

I didn't think I'd ever blog again especially with Harper as the subject matter, but here goes

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What we have wrought

Far too many Canadians are blind to our colonial past, many willfully so, but nothing demonstrates our colonial legacy as the residential school system does.

Case in point: they were taken away from their parents at age five or six for 10 months a year. They were forced to eat vomit, subjected to sexual and physical abuse and put in an electric chair.
“The little ones first,” recalls Edmund Metatawabin to the Wawatay News in July. “And I was, I think, about number seven or eight, meaning I was one of the smaller ones.”
The children sat on a wooden seat with their arms strapped to a metal chair. A Brother held a wooden box with a crank ready to send the electric charge.
“Your feet is flying around in front of you, and that was funny for the missionaries,” Metatawabin says. “So all you hear is that jolt of electricity and your reaction, and laughter (of the Catholic school administrators) at the same time. We all took turns sitting on it.”

 Think about that folks, we snatched kids from their families and tortured them in the name of assimilation, stripping them of their language and culture. Also think about the Catholic church reneging on compensation for these crimes.

It will take much more that a mealy mouthed apology from the PM to address the great harm we have wreaked on the indigenous peoples whose land we stole and profit from to this day.

When we look at the issues facing First Nations today we must always view them through the lens of our colonial past and present. These issues just didn't spring up in isolation, they are a direct result of our actions as such we have a huge debt to repay.

We cannot begin to address the suicide crisis and other issues plaguing First Nations across the land until we as Canadian own up to our role in creating these issues. We need to do whatever it takes to help indigenous peoples and communities to heal.

However we cannot simply impose solutions, we need to ask those affected by our actions what they want and need to begin the process of healing. Let them dictate the process while we support those solutions with every ounce of resources we have.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

#CETA and the #ISDS "Club"

The video below from the Council of Canadians (CoC) while directed at the EU is also a must watch for Canadians. It delves into Canada's history and the effects NAFTA's Chapter 11 (ISDS) has had on us and what the EU can expect if The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is ratified.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Demanding your own oppression

The current collective bargaining talks between the city of Toronto and it's inside workers ( CUPE 79) have as usual unleashed the usual venom from those who advocate for their own oppressors.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Try a little togetherness

We are a people divided, by race, creed, religion, nationality and social class. In short every way imaginable.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Unmatched lethality"

Harper called them "transport vehicles", Trudeau "jeeps" but as we learned today they are so much more than that.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Let the debate begin

It's time to stop debating referendums and get down to the business of deciding what we want in terms of electoral reform. This focus on referendums merely allows the Conservatives and those who profit from the status quo to set the agenda.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A half-pregnant pause

It seems the new government is intent on keeping it's promise to end Canada's participation in the IS bombing mission, that's a good thing. A kept promise is usually so.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015

This is our fault too

While Harper and his not so merry band are taking a ton of heat over their lack of response to the current refugee crisis, we should keep in mind that through our apathy we have allowed this to happen.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A modest proposal

We rebate 75% of every dollar donated to a political party and politician, we then go on to rebate 50% of every one of those already subsidized dollars spent during an election.