Author: The Activist

And We’ll Change The World!

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Jack Layton’s last letter When I think over the past year with the frantic efforts south of the 49th to carve up and feed every bit of public good/life to the greed of corporate profit while fanning the flames of racial hatred, gutting science institutions that suggest there is a limit to how much devastation our planet can take and remain habitable to human populations; when I think of our own government pandering after the “Free Trade” agreements that are—transparently—selling out our public good and environmental control to the unlimited greed of “investors” just to add to the greed of the wealthiest 1% of the world’s population; I take a deep breath and I go sit down in the shade of the plum tree in my back yard and reread Jack’s last words. Recently, I took Naomi Klein’s new book,  NO IS NOT ENOUGH, along on my quest for a suitably restful place from which to review Jack’s perdurable words. If I were to try to summarize Klein’s insightful book it would go something like this, ”No is not enough!!!!” According to Klein, “Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst most dangerous trends of...

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Public Meeting Aug 10 for New Sustainability Project.   From burgeoning organic farms to Do-It-Yourself rooftop solar hot water generation, to built-in-the-garage solar vehicles, people all over the Comox Valley are enthusiastically adapting to the challenge of moving towards sustainability. To encourage a better understanding of what is  possible and what is actually happening the Comox Valley Sustainability Project is developing: An interactive Website documenting sustainability actions in the Comox Valley, A Sustainable Saturday Tour and exposition, A published guide to sustainability practices, products, and services.   You are warmly invited to come  and learn more about the Comox Valley Sustainability Project, and share your information on sustainable practices, services and products at the Sustainability Project Public Meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7:15-8:30 at House of Now 536A Fifth Street, Courtenay. For more information or are interested in joining the team contact Danny at islandword@shaw.ca or Norm at...

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Leadership for a better Canada/world

Of the five candidates running to replace Tom Mulcair as leader of the federal NDP leadership the one candidate that stands out—even from such an exceptional group of leaders–is Niki Ashton, MP Churchill—Keewatinook Aski. She is the only leadership candidate that had the gumption to spend time campaigning for the progressive Social Democrat running for President of the United States, because she—early on—recognized that only a candidate who could offer a clear alternative could beat Trump with all his malicious, socially and environmentally destructive policies—with its implications for Canada and our world.  Ironically, the 35 year-old Ashton is likely the only Canadian who could become a stand-out-and-speak up Bernie Sanders kind of leader in Canada. The thing that has most moved me about Niki Ashton is her willingness to speak passionately about the grievous human rights abuses being perpetrated on the Palestinian people. No other Canadian politician is willing to do that.  Even NDP politicians who we expect to speak up for human rights seem to be struck dumb when it comes to the utterly devastating abuses that Israel is inflicting on Palestinian people. In fact, in the lead up to the last Canadian federal election Tom Mulcair refused to sign the nomination papers of anyone who had ever suggested that Palestinians are entitled to the same human rights that we seek for every other human being.  To me...

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What the Hack? Let’s Build a Better World

Russian tinkering in American politics is only the tiniest, insignificant tip of the iceberg that is the corruption called the American political system these days. We saw a tiny fleck of 21st Century right wing political corruption in the Harper team’s robo calls trying to confuse selected voters into believing their polling place had moved. But that was a most distant and almost insignificant reflection of the ubiquitous malfeasance that is right wing politics in the United States—but spreading like wild fire before Santa Ana winds on a sweltering California late summer day. It is no longer appropriate to say there is rot in the American political system– like an apple in late winter that has a brown spot. American democratic ideals–which once dazzled humanity’s dreams of governance by, for and of the people–have been almost entirely corrupted by social media and massive computational capacity wedded to the enormous amount of money that corporate interests and the colossally wealthy are willing/anxious to spend on dismantling all but the pretense of Democracy. Where we hear the term voter suppression and think of efforts to make voting more difficult–like: requiring more identification than a particular(disadvantaged) group or class of people is likely to have, or limiting the number of polls in some areas so people likely to vote for less than far right candidate will become discouraged at the line ups...

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Dump Trump; build a sustainable Comox Valley

Thank you President Trump! Ironic as it may be, Donald Trump has done more to stimulate real action on climate change than any other head of state, present or past. Yes– the inane Donald has officially pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement–but what is the Paris Climate Agreement other than a toothless pretense of an agreement filled with meaningless promises whose primary intention is to fool people into believing that we can trust world leaders to put the long-term health of our planet before the short-term profits of oil and gas companies? The Donald couldn’t bear the idea that anything might be thought of as more important than corporate profits—not even the life supporting atmosphere that makes human life(and corporate profits) on this planet possible. What The Donald–and his profits-are-all-that-matter buddies–failed to consider is the degree to which the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has compelled those who do want a healthy, functioning atmosphere to speak up and take direct local actions to save our planet—regardless of what the radical right has in mind. Some of those actions are political. Surely the recent rise of the BC Green Party has something to do with the urgency that people feel must now be assigned to caring for our planet. However, politics is only one level of action, what else are people who want to take...

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