Author: The Activist

As always–in your corner

My youngest son runs a very successful business teaching boxing in downtown Vancouver. What interests me today is not the business plan, nor the teaching strategy, not even the occasional appearance of Prime Minister Trudeau for a jabbing lesson in how to keep your opposition off balance; what I find utterly fascinating and widely applicable to understanding what is going on in our world is his simple, encompassing tagline: Always in Your Corner. Looking at the recent presidential election in the United States, Always in Your Corner provides an understanding of how the Democrats failed against a Republican candidate—and legislators, who otherwise would not have attracted a respectable sized audience at the circus. Clearly American voters could not bring themselves to believe that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or the Democrats generally were, by any stretch, in their corner. What on Earth were the Democrats thinking? Did they not see the massive civil resistance to these “Free Trade” agreements whose obvious goal was the entrenchment of corporate greed over the interests of citizens?  How long did they think it would take for citizens to wake up to implications of these agreements giving corporations the right to imagine money they would like to make—regardless of the impact on wages, environmental safeguards, and the provision of public services for the public good—and sue governments (our public treasury)to convert these greedy imaginations into...

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Expanding the Organic Farming Discussion

Hi Norm, I read with interest your recent “Growing a Better Farm and a Healthier World” article on the Tidechange.ca website. I would like to thank you for contributing your boundless energy towards one of the issues that will define the character of the Comox Valley in future decades. You asked for other perspectives on this important issue, so allow me to share my two cents’ worth. I moved to the Comox Valley a few years ago and purchased a few acres of land in a wonderful forested spot near Seal Bay Park. I feel I am in heaven. The only drawback is that the soil is basically alluvial till with a lot of sand, rocks and very little topsoil. This is not uncommon in a few areas of the Valley. The solutions suggested in your article will therefore work well in farms with good top soil, but will not quite be enough for people who have little or no topsoil. For anyone trying to grow crops for personal use or for sale under these circumstances, the options will require bringing in substantial amounts of topsoil that will then need to be deposited in raised beds with wood or cinder block perimeters. Others will also do this but will add a very large greenhouse on top so that they can grow tomatoes and other crops that can’t handle a...

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Tell Trudeau: Welcome Those Fleeing Violence and Deportation Under Trump

Dear Friends I just signed the petition: Tell Trudeau: Welcome Those Fleeing Violence and Deportation Under Trump It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because: After just a few days in office, President Trump is already beginning to implement his racist, anti-immigrant agenda. He’s about to launch a major effort to hunt down and deport millions of undocumented people and asylum seekers in the US. Many went to the US to escape violence, and they could be persecuted or killed if they’re sent back to their countries of origin. Shockingly, if an asylum seeker currently in the US showed up at the Canadian border trying to escape deportation to an unsafe country — Canada would turn them away. Canada doesn’t accept any asylum seekers who come to Canada via the US, because of an outdated law called the “Safe Third Country Agreement”.  This law prevents most people fleeing violence or persecution from seeking refuge in Canada if they land in the US — deemed a “safe country” under the law —  first.[1] Except remaining in Trump’s America is unsafe — particularly for poor and racialized people. For many people, deportation may also be a death sentence. The Safe Third Country Agreement is the reason refugees put their lives at risk trying to cross the US-Canada border secretly rather than going...

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Growing a Better Farm and Healthier World

“WE NEED TO REPLACE MASS AGRICULTURE BY AGRICULTURE BY THE MASSES” — JM FORTIER My ‘big dream’ for The Activist, is that through posts like Ebobing to a Happier Healthier World, Courtenay Resident Champions DIY Steps to Reducing Carbon Footprint… and the following post on David Wicklund’s Growing Island Growers, we can accumulate enough stories about Comox Valley residents involved in living very real attainable steps to a more sustainable Comox Valley that we can publish a what, where, who, how to guide to living and creating a Sustainable Comox Valley. David Wicklund, owner/operator of Growing Island Growers (GIG), has a really big dream about how growing healthy food on healthy soils at a healthy/affordable scale could become the anchor for supporting healthy people in a healthy local economy—a healthy/sustainable Comox Valley economy. AND, to that dream — he has attached some very concrete/doable/being done how to steps to what would make that happen. From the first sip of the first pint in our extended conversation about the methods and motivations behind Growing Island Growers, it was clear that David is as passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience as he is about developing techniques for growing healthy, small scale, profitable crops in the Comox Valley. Speaking passionately about the organic farming techniques that he is helping to develop and implement on the three acre, certified organic Pattison Farm...

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An open letter to St. Joseph’s Hospital re: Medical Assistance in Dying

To Whom It May Concern; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comox. B.C.   Re: Medical Assistance in Dying ( M.A.I.D)   On several occasions I have been admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital for various surgeries or health care. There has always been excellent “care with compassion” for which I have been grateful. Thank goodness I was not at death’s door. For now, those who request “Medical Assistance in Dying” will have their request denied, and they will receive “care without compassion”. Your hospital motto will have to be changed. Also the motto of the medical profession is “to do no harm”....

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Guys and Dolls @ Sid Williams Theatre
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Three Legged Dog Productions presents Guys And Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway. Presented by Carla Arnold – Royal LePage in the Comox Valley. Join us for Frank Loesser’s celebrated musical comedy about rolling the[...]
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10:30 am Yoga Workshop with Joseph Encina @ Bikram Yoga Comox Valley
Yoga Workshop with Joseph Encina @ Bikram Yoga Comox Valley
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