Author: The Activist

Welcome to The Activist: an Island Word Blog moderated by Norm Reynolds

The Activist: a new Island Word Blog dedicated to bringing people together to talk with each other about our common desire for a sustaining and sustainable community/province/country/world. You can submit articles to nreynold (at)shaw.ca to post. There is a comment area below all blog articles. We encourage our visitors and contributors to use this feature to stimulate further conversation. All content is the view of the contributor and does not, necessarily reflect the opinion of The Island Word. Happy Trails! Norm Recent Posts: http://islandword.com/gird-yourself-least-you-split-a-gut/ http://islandword.com/chili-samosa-and-horseradish/ http://islandword.com/they-dont-speak-for-us/ http://islandword.com/how-balanced-budgets-created-an-electoral-deficit/ http://islandword.com/election-perspective-you-wont-hear-anywhere-else/ http://islandword.com/welcome-home-canada/...

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War Without End? Allegory Reveals the Inner Working of Things

I want to share an—all but privacy details true—simple story about a woman, a dog and a duck. To my way of perceiving things, this insightful allegory reveals the deepest strategies behind the current war without end in the Middle East. I have shared this story once before, but I relate it once again because today it is even more revealing of the inner working of things than it was in 2005. Perhaps only through allegory can our western minds begin to comprehend the seeming absurdity of a stateless band of Muslim fighters with no satellites, no war planes, no hi tech drones, no battle ships resisting the gigantic, high tech, industrialized weaponry of the Western powers. A Woman, a Dog and a Duck A long time ago when April was very young, her mother died. After that she went to live with her Grandmother on a large ranch with green meadows, rolling hills and spreading oak trees in the foothills rising up from the Pacific Ocean shores of sunny southern California. April was sad about losing her mother but her Grandmother was a very kind woman who loved children and April’s heart was comforted by the beautiful landscape and all the farm animals she got to know. While April only lived on the ranch for a few years she never forgot it. One day many, many years later...

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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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Upcoming Events

Dec
23
Sat
9:00 am Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Dec 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more! See you at the Native[...]
2:00 pm CLT’s Anne of Green Gables: the ...
CLT’s Anne of Green Gables: the ...
Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Book by Donald Harron Music by Norman Campbell Adapted from the novel by L.M. Montgomery “Anne of Green Gables (Harron)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Follow Anne Shirley as she warms[...]
Dec
26
Tue
2:00 pm CLT’s Anne of Green Gables Matinee
CLT’s Anne of Green Gables Matinee
Dec 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Book by Donald Harron Music by Norman Campbell Adapted from the novel by L.M. Montgomery “Anne of Green Gables (Harron)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Follow Anne Shirley as she warms[...]

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