Author: The Activist

 Black Press: Viewpoint comes with blinders

The Comox Valley Record’s “Viewpoint” column is usually reserved for the pander to big money, ignore ever more ominous signs of devastating climate change tomfoolery of Tom Fletcher. However with the BC election too close to call even the Fox News styled rabid right rants of Fletcher incessantly attacking the NDP appear to have been too mundane for Black Press. So, voila, they pull out the big gun/big money spokesperson, Jim Shepard for a “guest column” that is pure, deceitful election propaganda for the corporate interests that were so desperately trying to buy the election for BC Liberals—the party running on a “debt-free BC” slogan—the same party that, in six years under Clark added 30 per cent more to the provinces debt than the NDP did in ten years at the helm. Did you notice that the Jim Shepard advertorial(which Black Press deceptively labels a “column” suggesting it is something other than the blatant propaganda/political attack ad that it is) begins with a deception that any, however dozy, editor would immediately pick up as an unabashed lie: “The NDP’s Leap Manifesto-accepted by New Democrats across BC and Canada as a guide for our future…” Well the federal NDP did vote to use the Leap Manifesto as a discussion paper on alternatives for saving our atmosphere and life on Earth from the devastating impacts of global warming, but no provincial...

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Old Boys’ Club rides again!

The Comox Valley Old Boys’ Club rides again! This year they’ve named their entry to the wild west show, which is politics as usual in the Comox Valley, the Comox Valley Taxpayers’ Alliance(CVTA).  Just out of the chute, bucking and raring and firing their six irons in all directions at once, comes the latest rendition of the Comox Valley Old Boys Network (CVOBN). I was going to say that it seems INSCRUTABLE!–at the least–that  the CVOBN which has–in the past–spent so much time fussing about their desire to have more expeditious relations with the city, are now calling themselves the Comox Valley Taxpayers Alliance and taking out full page ads in the CV Record to attack council for hiring the staff to deal with the delays that have, previously, so vexed the old boys! However, the whole Lilliputian effort by the CVOBN seems a lot more comprehensible if we just look back to the 2011 incarnation of the CVOBN– then called “Common Sense”—which was a bit of a conundrum as they were about anything but common sense. Common Sense was a secretive group that suddenly appeared on the political scene one month before the 2011 election pushing a neo-conservative program of tax cuts for business and a curtailment of local government’s mandate to deal with environmental and social issues. While they were pushing much the same themes as CVTA,...

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Christy Clark–It’s Not Right!

I want to share a story from long ago with you—a story that may well encapsulate the current provincial election campaign. Names are—of course—fictions to protect privacy. A long time ago—a very long time ago, I and partner, Scott, ran a small renovation company (N&S Renovations) in Rossland, BC—not coincidentally the home of one of the finest ski hills in North America. In that remote time Rossland houses in need of repair were so inexpensive–$14,000 for a 1500 sq. ft. home–anyone running any kind of renovation business didn’t dare to put out a shingle for fear of not being able to get past the lineups of homeowners who would come to beg you to show up at their place next. Once Scott and I would begin a reno we would be besieged by neighbours wanting to know when we could start on their homes. And so it was that having completed a pre-ski season month of glass, insulation and addition renovations at the Kennedy’s– a most delightful young family of five–Scott and I moved our tools directly across the street to the Ritter’s home to begin rebuilding just about everything except the kitchen sink—well, actually, we replaced the sink as well! One day at the Ritter’s–a day dedicated to getting lots done because there had been no powder at Red Mountain for at least a week, a day when...

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April 22–beginning of new era in Union Bay?

Despite a deeply and bitterly divided community, on one point there can be no disagreement about the April 6  all candidates forum called to hear from candidates up for election to the Union Bay Improvement District Board: the April 6 forum was a whole lot calmer and (even) safer than the October 19, 2016 forum where the developer’s slate muscled the mike from the moderator and proceeded to belligerently confront the meeting. As I noted in  my Oct 21,2016 post Dog Bones, Development and Water; Healing and Moving on in Union Bay? at one point in the Oct 19 forum, just as one of the developer’s group was being pressured to surrender the commandeered mike and allow the meeting to proceed, I saw what looked like a number of not happy people rising from their seats—enough people that I hastily hoisted my iphone to snap a picture and quickly made my way to the exit doors to ensure they opened easily—in case I needed to make a sudden and hasty retreat! But the April 6 meeting was very different. Some might say that the difference between the October 19 and the April 6 forums was the presence of some pretty beefy looking security guards and the steely resolve of the moderator who laid out the rules of the meeting clearly indicating that the rules were not open to negotiation....

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Garbage and Soul: all things are alive and beautiful

Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty…seen with the eye of the poet , as God sees them, all things are alive and beautiful. -Henry David Thoreau   This past week I attended a fascinating talk titled “Garbage and the Soul – Reclaiming the Rejected.”   The talk, presented to the Comox Valley C.G. Jung Society by that Matt Kelly, a Comox Valley Jungian analyst, kept a full to capacity meeting enthralled for two hours considering some surprising and intriguing aspects of the enigmatic question: “Does what we reject/trash in the outer world (garbage) mirror/come from our treatment of unwanted aspects of our inner life?”—sort of the flip side of the famous Chief Seattle quote: “What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” So our treatment of garbage is more like an equilibrium than a one way flow: how we treat the complex world of nature affects the parameters of how we view/treat ourselves; how we treat the...

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