Two Beatles albums (from iTunes!) stir assorted memories


David Letterman, noting Yoko Ono’s 78th birthday last week, joked that she celebrated by breaking up The Jonas Brothers.

Back in the twilight of sixties, perhaps early seventies, a much-appreciated Christmas gift (namely for my older brother Craig but which the rest of us took full advantage of) was a record player. Not just any record player, either. This was stereophonic, which as far as we could tell just meant there were two speakers – left and right – with enough spare cord to separate them by a couple of feet or so. We later learned (of course Craig already knew) that cool things happened in one speaker, then the other, sometimes back and forth.

It wasn’t in a big coffin-sized cabinet like my aunt’s. It was very slim. The record player dropped down from inside like a Murphy bed and it had a spindle maybe six inches long where you could pile records one on top of the other and they would drop down, individually, as the one before it finished – very cool. This also worked for 45s (single songs, double-sided). An arm swung over from the corner and held the records in place up top until they were ready to hit the turntable.

It’s hardly a surprise, thinking back, that it was green – my mother’s favourite colour – kind of the same shade of green as the fridge and stove.

If I remember correctly, that Christmas Mom and Dad played it pretty safe (for them anyway) with gifts to us of the greatest hits albums of Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, the latter being a Christmas album some of which I now have in mp3 format for old times sake.

I’ll try to think of a list of many of the albums which eventually flopped down onto that stereo turntable but meanwhile, as I enjoy the remastered Beatles iTunes in my ears, I’ll share a few memories of them.

I remember seeing them on one of their Ed Sullivan Show appearances. I remember the black suits and ties, white shirts and the scandalous mops of black hair which they all shook at various times as they performed. I must admit my appreciation only grew for them after they broke up, I was quite young, probably allowed to stay up to see them because the mouse was on with Ed, or promise for later that night.

Craig had both Let It Be and Abbey Road, the two I’m listening to now, if not more.

I almost owned a late hit single of theirs – at least I was late trying to get it, which I didn’t. My first and last shop-lifting attempt was, among a couple of other things (pipe-smoking equipment well beyond my age), the single “Revolution”. Never did get it, but will never forget the reason why.

As I was heading for the mall exit at Woolco (that dates it right there) a man hooked me under my right arm, very discreetly, and asked me to “vide tes poches” – empty my pockets. Well, amateur that I was, hoping to impress my peers and yet flying woefully solo, he very nearly had a few extra lumps from the back of my pants!

I was red-faced, nearly crying I’m guessing by then, certainly panicked. His office was back between the washrooms and the shipping room. Long story short, he eventually told me that he wasn’t going to involve the police nor my parents. Good thing, too, because as I explained to him I was just a few months away from a once-in-a-lifetime school trip to London (so I must have been 15 or 16).

Other than being later than expected home that night, I escaped unscathed.

Happier memories just floating by come from a diner in the Bellerive district of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, where I grew up. It was called Le Fricot (The Stew) best-known, by me, for its nice, brown french fries (second only to the chip van which parked near the tracks on Maden Street most summer evenings). The Fricot was a one-storey building, modern, cube-shaped (it might be mistaken for a bank nowadays) and was built on a corner of an otherwise older neighbourhood so I suspect one of our annual major winter fires probably cleared a spot for it. Inside, diner-style, were booths separated by faux wood just above elbow height and mini jukeboxes dangled over the partitions between booths. I’d guess the going rate was three songs for a quarter. I distinctly remember that opening yelp from The Beatles’ “Oh Darlin'” there!

Song titles – and picture me singing the background sopranos at the top of my lungs in the basement – included The (soaring) Long and Winding Road, the hammer instrumentation of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, the guitar opening and brass-in-bass line of Because, the simple, descending, repetitious bass clef piano line in Let It Be, and the lyrics alone from She Came Through The Bathroom Window were hilarious enough for this kid!

Bixi rocks!


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Bixi is the name of the private,not-for-profit outfit which rents bicycles at highly visible stands throughout Montréal.  By buying any of a variety of memberships, residents and tourists alike can pick up a bike within a short distance of almost anywhere and drop it off at another such Bixi stand.  For $5 per 24 hours or via passes of various lengths it sure beats having to replace stolen bicycles every six months or so!  (The billboard pictured in Vieux-Montréal is advertising $10 off a pass for a limited time.) 

The bicycles are stylized, if not stylish, and made of very light aluminum by Alcan, one of the program sponsors. 

I saw quite a few of the bicycles around town this week. They’re like two-wheeled Zip cars (even handier) – but helmets, while recommended of course, are not provided for practical reasons. 

Would any bombastic, and other, mayoralty candidate(s) in Toronto care to import this great idea from down the 401?

For now it’s expanding to Washington!

Canada’s government, rightfully shamed in Copenhagen, too arrogant to see it


I say, “Bien oui!” to The Yes Men!

Copenhagen Spoof Shames Canada; Climate Debt No Joke

The Yes Men Punk Canada

Who Are The Yes Men and Why Did They Punk Canada at Copenhagen

Like Rick Mercer and This Hour has 22 Minutes, there’s a lot more truth than spoof in the treatment of Canada’s environmental policy by American satirists/activists The Yes Men. While I used to take great, smug pleasure in Rick Mercer “Talking to Americans” I feel shame for our country with the band of environmental pirates who purport to govern for all of Canada.

Stephen Harper, Jim Prentice and their cadre of environmental hooligans, in encouraging the tar sands development to just keep on going, treat the boreal forests of Alberta like a giant ash-tray, clear-cutting ancient forests and then further degrading the area by strip-mining down and down and down scraping up tar and then extracting the oil – the dirtiest oil business on the planet.

It’s like Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are in charge except that in their quarry the tar sands and their exploiters were just a glimmer in the eye of Bedrock. Dinosaurs, at least in terms of brain size, can still be found in the halls of Parliament.

So Yes Men, keep it coming. The government of my country will not see the humour – they are rarely capable of finding it in anything other than bullying, knee-slapping jabs at anyone who disagrees with them.

Canadian International Air Show sold out all weekend – many downtown residents unimpressed


As Toronto continues to welcome more and more residents to downtown high-rises and neighbourhoods the hazards and inconveniences of the Canadian International Air Show mount exponentially – to which the show responds, trumpeting the economic benefits. Note the sponsors.

It is one thing to honour grandfathers and great-grandfathers with fly-pasts of World War II planes, be it on Labour Day weekend or Remembrance Day; it is quite another for modern-day supersonic-jet-fighters to scream over the city at break-neck speeds – first in practice, earlier in the week, and then during the CNE air shows themselves (so that’s Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday and Monday).

This is not a downtown, street-level festival. This is a lakeside exhibition with necks craned skyward and over the water. However to set up the manoeuvres, and then to double-back to base, these pilots are roaring across the downtown – a multi-use, high-density residential part of the city.

It is one thing to try and console small children and pets, who can’t possibly understand what these terrifying sounds are, but imagine what it must be like for survivors of present-day conflicts where these war machines have traumatized so many.

Please – be done with this testosterone-fuelled militarism or move it somewhere with a smaller population and an even more welcoming audience.

I hope that this is an early agenda item for all levels of government in the fall. It will certainly be a multi-level election issue!

P.S. I think NOW’s headline summed it up well:

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IN A CITY WHERE SMOKERS ARE PARIAHS, CNE FLIGHT OF FANCY STILL ISN’T SEEN AS ANTI-SOCIAL

Suburbia encroaches on wildlife – not the other way around


As I watched this very interesting report on The National the other night I was reminded of a wildlife corridor project a lot closer to home, whether I consider home to be Toronto, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec or Perth, Ontario.

It’s called A2A – Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association. A look at the map on the website shows Perth (when most maps of that scale would not) at the eastern edge of the corridor.

Come to think of it, Perth’s local conservation area is very popular with birders (and less so at certain times of the year with anyone who fears snakes) so conserve-nature-and-they’ll-come-is-a-good-lesson.

Also, about ten years ago, a very forward-looking organization called ecoPerth turned a steep, sleepy hillside just down the street from my Mom’s into a thriving urban “forest in the making” which overlooks the Tay Canal Basin. While it’s still young there were enough fast-growing trees and other vegetation planted to give it a wild out-of-town feel already.

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Not far from Perth, along the back roads to Kingston, is the Foley Mountain Conservation Area on a beautiful peak overlooking the village of Westport. I took this picture around Thanksgiving of 2001 (before I had upgraded my camera).

View of Westport from Foley Mountain

We’ve become accustomed to raccoons making their home fairly close to our downtown household garbage. Yet there really ought be no one surprised when deer, rabbits or even coyotes and bears start visiting and/or terrorizing suburban neighbourhoods.

The answer is not to hand out hunting permits or silently condone such activity unlicensed, either.

Let’s do what we can to make sure they can safely get under our highways, or avoid them altogether.

They aren’t on our lands. We’re on theirs.

Green Party TV ads optimistic and effective


The Green Party began running a series of ads today to be broadcast through to the end of the campaign, this as Harris/Decima released poll results for September 29 – October 2 showing that, in Ontario, the Green Party is tied for third place with the NDP at 17 percent (and higher in some areas, according to H/D’s Bruce Anderson who appeared on CBC Newsworld’s Politics program ), while the Conservatives have a 34-31 percent lead over the Liberals. (More about the Politics broadcast below the videos.)

03.10.2008
Green Party goes prime time with first-ever TV ads
OTTAWA – Fresh from a victory for Green leader Elizabeth May in the English-language televised leaders’ debates, the Green Party taking its momentum to the airwaves by releasing a series of historic television advertisements. Featuring leader Elizabeth May, the ads were released across Canada today. The ads mark the first-ever national television campaign for the Green Party.

In the ads, Ms. May is featured speaking about subjects that are close to the hearts of Canadians. She covers the Green Party’s economic plan, the elimination of poverty, protecting the natural world and improving democracy in Canada. The ads were filmed on Ms. May’s cross-country whistle-stop train trip, where she reached out to Canadians from coast to coast with the Green Party’s message of hope.

“The commercials provide a fresh approach to politics. They are unscripted, free from manipulation and are straight and honest,” said Jim McDonald, national campaign manager. “We wanted to raise the tone of political advertising in Canada.”

The ads will give Canadians the opportunity to hear Ms. May explain issues without stooping to the negative representations offered by the other parties.

The ads are being broadcast on all of Canada’s major networks, both in prime time and off-peak periods.

In addition, regional ads will target British Columbia and Quebec. Deputy leader and Vancouver Centre candidate Adriane Carr is featured in the British Columbia ads. The Quebec ads feature Claude William Genest deputy leader and candidate for Westmount-Ville-Marie.

English ads are running nationally on CTV, Global, CBC, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, E! Canada, and City-Toronto. French ads are running on TVA, Radio-Canada, and RDI. Videos are available on the Green Party’s YouTube Channel – http://ca.youtube.com/user/canadiangreenparty.

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 1 – Grassroots


Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 3

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 2 – Poverty

Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 2 (en français)

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 3 – Economy

Adriane Carr 2008 TV Ad

Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 4

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 4 – Democracy

Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 1 (en français)

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 5 – Nature

Don Newman’s ‘Press Gallery Pundits’ today were Joan Bryden and Rob Russo from Canadian Press, Don Martin of the National Post and CBC Radio’s Chris Hall. Together they picked through the entrails of the two debates this week. Rob Russo said he thinks Stephane Dion’s English is better than Stephen Harper’s French but added that there’s a double standard when it comes to bilingualism in political life in Canada, which I agree with, whereby a francophone’s English must be more proficient than an anglophone’s French.

Chris Hall thought Harper was back on his heels in the early going in the English debate with Elizabeth May pointing out that the leaders had agreed to devote more time to discuss the economy and yet Harper showed up with no initiatives – let alone a platform.

On the question of minority/majority outcomes October 14, Russo said he believes Elizabeth May and the Greens are going to win many more votes than last time which will make it easier for Harper to win a minority – with even less than the 36% of the vote he won last time. (Of course the Liberals and NDP have been terrorizing us with that line for months now.) Newman and Martin tossed about the irony of Elizabeth’s strength perhaps coming at the expense of Dion whom she has said she would favour as Prime Minister over Harper.

I won’t be budged. The more individual votes the Greens can win, the better the party will be able to operate as a forceful voice on climate change and other issues. It is what Elizabeth refers to as the perversity of the first-past-the-post electoral system that so poorly reflects the will of Canadians. If the Greens get, say, ten percent of the votes across the country on October 14 it seems crazy that we would not have seats in Parliament.

So vote Green. With election financing the vote is worth about $10 to the party over the life of a government. That’s money to be used to grow, to broaden our support and to help Canadian democracy.


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Ducks drown in symbol of human excess


Warning: According to my blog stats this is my 666th post. Please proceed with caution. :)

The next time you are idling in a drive-thru, wasting gas the price of which has you so hopping mad, think of the unsuspecting ducks, migrating as they do this time of year, who unwittingly drowned after being bound and gagged in a pond by waste products from Syncrude in Alberta’s dinosaur swamp tar sands.


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Naming colonial arrogance


I’m going to try to be more deliberate in following the issues of aboriginal rights which, frankly, don’t get the detailed national media coverage they deserve. 

The summer tourism season will present other opportunities for members, and settler allies, of the Algonquins of the Sharbot Lake area to engage in protest as they act against mining companies and also try to get legislation like the Mining Act revamped.

With Bob Lovelace and the KI 6 in prison, this video is a good primer on the dispute over uranium mining on First Nations’ land north of Kingston and why more settlers need to get involved in getting some action out of our governments.

On my last visit to the Perth area, in Lanark County to the east of Sharbot Lake, it was heartening to see signs of support for the First Nations on lawns and in fields.  The same can be said in other counties around eastern Ontario.  The mining of uranium is of concern to many people there – native and settler alike.

Here’s a link to the Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium

Then there are the on-going disputes over a gravel pit in Tyendinaga (the Deseronto area) and a new settler subdivision on disputed lands of The Six Nations of the Grand River in Caledonia.


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TTC should be an essential service – because it is!


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On a mild night like this open windows let in the din of my downtown neighbourhood – the occasinal siren, the shouts of bar patrons on their way home, the hourly gong of the Old City Hall clock, the honking of cars and the TTC: the Toronto Transit Commission’s streetcars squealing on the turn from Carlton to Parliament Streets, the buses on Sherbourne and Parliament Streets, and the distant rumble of the subway trains as they emerge from underground and cross the Don Valley on the tracks beneath the Bloor Viaduct.

Not as of midnight.

When the tentative deal was reached last weekend, the one that was ultimately rejected by members Friday, the Mayor et.al. had said this was not the time to discuss making the TTC an essential service.

“Bob Kinnear has a lot to answer for, for the way he’s handled things.”: TTC fare collector at Ossington Station (close to the Queen St. W. club district)

Perhaps, now that the strike is on, despite union promises that 48 hours notice would be given before service was withdrawn,this would be a good time to get Premier Dalton McGuinty and his crew to (a)legislate an end to the strike if it continues past Monday and (b) declare public transit an essential service.  This would mean more arbitration, with the possibility of more costs to the city, but the essential service designation could, and should, be backed up with more core funding from the provincial and federal governments. 

Between Conservative Premier Mike Harris and Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin the TTC’s budgets were decimated and it’s taking a long time to get anything resmbling that level of funding restored – this as all governments pay lip service to going green. 

The TTC IS essential for the environment, the environmentally-conscious and for lower-income Torontonians! And what precious car-driving commuter would not like to have the TTC’s one million-plus riders out of their way?


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Earth Hour 2008


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From the CTV report I have posted the stupidest of the viewer comments. Thankfully there were many, not shown, who were better informed. (It seems that several dinosaur fossils are out of the tar for the weekend.)

laureen
this is so silly I am going to turn on every light in my house from 8-9

john in ontario
It’s 7:59 and every light in my house that isn’t on is going on. I’m starting up a wash load I’ve been saving all day. Take that Suzuki!

Michael
I think this is a silly idea. I try to save energy every day and I don’t need other people to badger me. I will save energy my own way.

Paul
I’m turning on all of my house lights, running all 3 vehicles, and we are making a great big bonfire in the back yard … and my stereo is being turned up very loud.

Green garbage doesn’t interest me, especially when it’s based on poor science.

Gypsy
I’ll turn off my lights the day Fruit-Fly Guy and Al Gore put their money where their mouth is and set up permanent residence in a cave. Until then, you will not tell me what I can and can’t do! So, my lights are on and the cars are running!!!

surrender – toronto
my lights are still on

Tim Toronto
maybe if it was done on a continuous monthly basis with some lasting year round results it would have merit.But to do it once is nothing more than a publicity stunt with no long term value or goals except to give the illusion and make some feel warm and fuzzy inside.Give me a break the city of Toronto is going to participate and everyear are summers have more and more severe poluted days!!!

Raymond
I hope the participants realize that the coal-fired generating stations did not reduce their emission outputs one iota during this self-induced publicity stunt. If people want real energy-use reductions, maybe Mr. Bennett could convince his lemmings to follow him off a cliff.

Eric
So are we going to have a “Mars Hour” too? … ’cause I mean, the ice caps on Mars are melting as well, and CLEARLY that is caused by our C02 (or maybe it’s the Mars Rover).

We must save Mars from Man-Made Global War– wait…

Scott Richter
Never did anything different this evening if it takes an “Earth Hour” for the population to conserve resources I think we are already screwed.

I don’t need government, hand wringing neighbors (comrades), or the hypocritical elite telling me how to think or what to believe.

I’ll fall on side with those that value individual freedoms and thought not group think based on emotional gobbledygook, and potentially flawed science, that’s making the gifted few very rich and powerful.

Michael
The idea is silly because saving energy should not be a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of concept. Just like birthday cards and Mother’s Day cards, if you really care you should be doing it everyday without being prompted and without occasion.

When children are taught to follow others through some event they are likely to wait to be led. I never wait. I get going once I see the need. I use my own senses and I never take other people’s words for granted. Would you like your children to be leaders or followers? Do you believe everything people tell you?

If we need events like these to teach children and ill-informed adults then each day of the year would be filled with special public awareness events.

And what do you do with the other 8,759 hours of the year for energy conservation?

G.B. Logan
I know why ‘ignorant fools’, ‘idiots’ and ‘morons’ like me are posting doing earth hour, but why those who think it’s a wonderful idea? Are their computers run by solar power?
And the bonfires? the batteries in the flashlights?
And (as I said before) the paraffin in the candles?
What?

Greg
laureen.. ur a tool! I for one am very proud to say that I killed my main breaker, and had fun without electricity! This was great and we should do it more often!

Mr Chillz
This is just a dry run for world global governance. Pretty soon they will write some draconian law that says we have to do this all the time.

What a farse…..

fuzzy
Wow … not me.

The difference between me and you is that I don’t pretend to care. I love my afluent life style and plan on keeping it. I’m not a hypocrite like the rest of you who want to feel good by living in the dark for one hour, but have no intention of giving up your standard of living. You are limousine Liberals of the worst kind … or just hippies.

My lights are on.

Kellie
HYPOCRITS!….all of you. I’ll believe you are actually serious when you give up electricity, heat, telephone, vehicles, and every other convenience in life. Until then, you are simply play-acting and horribly delusional.

Josh
Has this sham changed the attitudes of a single person? No. People are still going to drive 120 km/h in their Hummers down the 401; people are still going to “forget” to recycle; people will still use alkaline batteries and throw them out when they are finished. Start making real changes, not coming up with events that do absolutely nothing.

bobby
Globull Warming is the biggest hoax perpetrated on Mankind. Gore’s movie has already been proven false, The hottest years of the last century were in the 1930’s – not recently. In fact, since 1998, the Earth bas been cooling year to year.

The TRUE morons here are the “watermelons” – green on the outside but red on the inside.

Environmentalism is the new home of extreme Leftists, trying to control other people’s lives through arbitrary government laws.

Robert Wood
I am sorry for those of you who are actually doing this silly WWF publicity stunt, thinking it will “help the Earth”.

Why is it silly? Because it is the Sun that causes climate on the Earth, not feeble minded enviro-mentalists and their dupes.

Why are followers of this silliness dupes? Because Al Gore is a charleton and the WWF, Greenpeace and related organizations are billion dollar multinational businesses that rake in the money from believers like the Catholic church of the middle ages. You can even buy indulgances.

Robert, Ottawa

Thomas Hood
This is foolish i didnt turn off one light AT ALL for the sole reason that it was proven on Mythbusters that you use more power by turning them off then back on then you would just by leaving them on! Plus the Leafs are on HNIC and are beating the Habs 4-1 :)

JS
I’m turning ALL my lights on for that hour and going for a 1 hour drive in my gas guzzling SUV for that hour.

This is one of the most stupidest ideas I have ever heard. Here in Calgary this past winter, we have set new records for daily energy consumptions. 1 hour today or ever will make a difference, when countries like China, India, Russia, etc. don’t do anything. It is not a man made problem and it isn’t a man made solution.

Luke
I turned on my Christmas lights in protest.

Jake in Ottawa
Turning off a light for one hour is kind of like pretending to diet by not eating for one hour and then saying ‘thank God that’s over; now I’ll have a Big Mac.’

Michael
The main problems with this event are the impractical nature of the gesture and the naive mindset of people who ascribe to it. Events like these are empty and ill-conceived gestures for people who like to feel good or feel that they are good people. Everyone goes back to business as usual after a few days.

Lights stay on in some places because burglars make hay when you tell everyone days in advance exactly when you will turn off the lights. It takes 5 minutes to break a shop window and loot. Haven’t you heard of black-outs? How naive can you be?

Ontario
I turned all my lights out left the house and egged every house with there lights on for an hour.

Kate from Sk
Raise awareness? Educate?

For crying out loud, Y2Kyoto hysteria has been crammed down our throats for the past three years and counting.

A snowflake cannot melt in this nation without making it to the national news. There is so much hysteria and so little common sense, and it’s demonstrated by ridiculous examples like this – an activist group’s fund raising press release being treated as news.

So, no thanks. I don’t need my awareness raised. I dont’ need to be educated. I’ve learned everything I need to know just watching 10,000 hypocrites jetting to Bali, from David Suzuki and his second home.

Or as it has been pointed out by others – I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who say it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.

I’m aware, all right.

But, I’m saying “NO. I will not participate in your insanity.”


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Why I am voting for Green Party candidate Chris Tindal


I’ve been asked lately, particularly by members of the NDP, why I have switched to the Toronto Centre Greens after many years as an active New Democrat for whom I even considered running this time last year. Recent polls show many others, some of whom I have mingled with at Green Party campaign functions recently, or read about, might well be asked the same questions.

In my letter of resignation as Membership Secretary, last December, to the Toronto Centre NDP executive I noted – without spelling it out – that my brother’s fall and subsequent death last April and May had taken away my appetite for the cut and thrust of partisan politics. Understandable and understood.

Subsequently, as politics again started to infiltrate my consciousness, I was less impressed – even irritated – by what I was hearing from our elected leaders. ‘Making Parliament work’ was a slogan being passed around – seemingly used and then discarded – by each of the elected parties. Clearly Parliament was, and is, not working. Bickering and behaviour, with which children should not be stereotyped, has prevailed.

Meanwhile, again having been absent from this while absorbing the almost-daily news of worsening climate change and some interesting ways to deal with it, I began to be much more worried about the environment in which my niece and nephew are growing up. Life-and-death issues, so front of mind recently, had begun to be about more than family. Yet the parties in Parliament kept on throwing mud, teasing out each others’ hypocrisy, and doing little or nothing to effectively advance the climate change file. The decline of the auto sector, and the manufacturing sector in general, was noted (and hands wrung) while alternatives to the automobile have been thwarted.

I heard Green Party leader Elizabeth Green articulate many of my views.

But it’s not just about ‘green’.

The labels “left” (whether socialist or not quite), “liberal” and “conservative” don’t need to have the gravitas they used to. I don’t mind, and even aspire to, conservative management of my personal finances. (I live in hope.) Just stay out of social conservatism. A liberal, middle-of-the-road approach to some things does not offend me and is often a way to get things done. A leftist, or socialist, approach to some things still resonates strongly with me.

These niches, these points on the political spectrum, do not need to be either/or choices. So long as the planet’s sustainability, and our collective role in that, is paramount I can find solutions which might make for strange bedfellows if I remain tied to the left-centre-right model.

The Green Party of Canada’s stated values are a check-list to keep in mind on all policy matters while being more pragmatic than ideological. The party tries to give credit where credit is due, when it considers the positions of other parties, in the interest of advancing solutions consistent with its values.

I appreciate the party’s openness with its policy documents – everything, and more, anyone might need to be an active, informed Green freely available.

Chris Tindal sent around this flyer a few months ago and it sealed the deal for me at the aforementioned time that I was beginning to reassess my capital-P politics and my wish for a positive, proactive voice. I have frequently posted specific links to Chris’ campaign – videos, blog posts, etc. – which articulate some of the many reasons I support him.

Oh, and as the very limited media coverage of his campaign has often conveyed, Chris is funny, articulate and does good internet!

Finally, I am impressed with the infectious enthusiasm of Green Party members and volunteers – many of whom are working across the country – to help Chris Tindal on Monday.

It all adds up!


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A Friday link blast


There’s been a lot of stuff I’ve been linking to today on  my facebook page, a product of subscribing to so many updates from some of my daily reads.

I’ll begin with this exciting project from Toronto Centre Green Party of Canada candidate Chris Tindal.

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Next, here are three articles from salon.com:

Geraldine Ferraro still needs to apologize
I don’t believe in atheists
The rise of the superclass

Brave New Films, observers of FOX News (however unpleasant an experience that is), have put together a new video with lowlights of FOX coverage of Barack Obama. I’ve included Part One as well.

And, finally, Chris Tindal’s last “Campaign Confidential” (at least for this campaign) at Torontoist.

Have a great weekend!


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