Author: The Activist

People’s Guide to Sustainability in the Comox Valley

I hope you have noticed the two posts on this site which could be categorized as “Examples of easy to implement sustainability practices in the Comox Valley : Courtenay resident designs cost effective DIY solar hot water system and Growlers are great; reuse trumps recycle big time  . I want to point to them because I would very much like your help in identifying the many other opportunities for easily implemented (not necessarily DIY—though that is an extra bonus!) sustainability actions in the Comox Valley. I don’t care if it is large, small, DIY, commercially available and easily implemented, corporate or non-profit group actions; as long as it is about steps we can take–in short order–to decrease our ecological footprint and increase our opportunity for a high quality of life that can be lived now and passed onto future generations, please send your examples to me -nreynolds at shaw . ca or post as a comment to this article. I would dearly like us to see The Activist become an ongoing source of information for living sustainably in the Comox Valley. If you want help in putting your idea together as a post, send me a note and I will arrange to come by with pen and camera to work with you on writing and picturing your suggestions. I am hoping that in one year we can publish a...

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Working together respectfully for a just, sustaining and sustainable Canada

While I have no sympathy for Bill Tieleman’s grade school –ha-ha-a-ha-ha taunting Tyee article, Greens’ Breakthrough Dreams Withered on the Vine, it is impossible to look at the federal election results, and not conclude it is time to think clearly and analytically about the future of the Green Party of Canada and the values that it so boldly espouses. While Tieleman concludes that “’Stampede’ voting, not strategic voting, ran them(Green Party) over this election,” my own experience going door to door, day after day, over the course of our marathon election was that people wanted Harper out and they were very much planning to vote to accomplish that end. Stampede voting in Tieleman’s mind is a hard core reality like the asphalt under his feet though he has no demonstrable proof of or mechanism for this figment of his imagination. Oh, Yes! There were new voters-horary!- and confusion about which party would be the vehicle for change, but in my home riding-Courtenay Alberni-I encountered a large number of people committed to strategically voting to keep Harper out. And there was a stronger Green presence with personal endorsement through yard signs than I have ever seen before. Further to the question of strategic voting, Votetogether.ca notes that in ridings they targeted for strategic voting: • The NDP and Liberals took 25 of the 29 targeted seats away from the Conservatives....

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Gird yourself–least you split a gut!

Oh, my gosh, just when you think the ship of fools that they call the Republican Party leadership race in the United States couldn’t get any sillier they bring out the head fool and he does this whole new act. Today Donald Trump jumped into the hilarious-if-it-weren’t-meant-to-be-serious ring of utter wacko with an announcement that he would support a boycott of Starbucks Coffee for printing red Xmas cups with bells and trees instead of Christian icons. Apparently Twitter is flooded #StarbucksRedCup, with response to this earth shaking issue– including a full spectrum of response from absolute hate mail directed at Starbucks to a litany of gut busting humour. One tweet suggested a reasonable compromise, make blank red cups and supply crayons to colour in anything the customer wants—should satisfy the child in everyone! The tweet that just about busted my gut wouldn’t have been funny at all if it weren’t for the pronouncement of the front running Republican candidate and the hate mongering of the Christian right. But I just about split a gut over a simple image of a serene, loving/blessing typically portrayed looking Jesus image on a red cup with the printed message: “Verily, They’re just coffee cups, Guys!” Oh, my gosh, “It’s just a coffee cup” if only Michael Cervantes were writing today! Forget Don Quixote–What a fearful, fascinating, foolish knight Donald Trump, and his whole...

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They don’t speak for us

If, as Jorge Ramos stated in accepting the Burton Menjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in defending press freedom, “…the best in journalism becomes a way of doing justice and speaking truth to power,” how on earth have we gotten so far off the mark in Canada 2015? The near unanimous record of the press in the just past federal election is exactly the opposite—speaking lies to its readership in support of a thinly veiled corporate agenda to frivolize our democratic institutions as meaningless trivial pursuits to be manipulated-and discarded in all but the flimsiest pretense of journalism. Running Conservative Party supporting feature articles that don’t even meet the standard of not being obviously false and vacuous endorsements of the Conservative Party that reflect only the class interests of the ownership, the Canadian media has exhausted its credibility on this federal election. While no party-none!-dared buck the press, it is time for us as citizens to demand that our media be compelled to fulfill its social responsibility to search out and report the truth (s). To me it seems nothing short of an insurrection that the people of Canada rose up in the face of the lying distortions that they encountered in almost all media and threw the Conservatives out. Perhaps it is time for us to go the next step and throw out the media that has been...

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Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
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