Author: The Activist

The Activist–Ode to a Disgruntled Friend

“You old fool!” These tirades begin the same way every time-a bright smile, a slap on the back; but a tremulous shadow taunts uneasily at the strings of the blithely chiding face; and the words convey more than just a greeting. “Life, my friend, is no oversized chess game where you can see the end from the beginning, or design strategies, or even take advantage of long, well-contemplated moves. Life, you shall see, (another slap on the back and, for him, a breath grabbing pause); life is the Amazon River in flood, and we are only confused ants caught on a dislodged tree drifting inexorable to the sea. Just because the rest of us keep burrowing in the wood and building nests, quarreling with the colony at the other end of the log; in general, living fairly normal lives-you think we don’t know what’s happening. ‘Help! Help!’ you keep shouting and talking about swimming lessons and pointing across to the banks we can’t even see anymore. (Another long breath and a forceful hand on my shoulder) You think we’ve forgotten, but we haven’t. No one forgets the dry earth homes, the territories our ancestors scouted and held for generations, the rich succulent jungle vegetation. There’s no one here that hasn’t guessed the fate waiting for us ants in the sea. But you, you old fool, (having seized on the...

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Roundup/Glyphosate is still being sprayed on the railways – WHY?

A couple weeks ago I was on the Rotary Trail, and happened to find a torn-up sign on the ground, stating that glyphosate spraying had just occurred – signed, “Southern Railway of Vancouver Island”. The Rotary Trail runs parallel to the train tracks, and is covered with blackberries and other wild edibles. What are the municipal restrictions about use of glyphosate (ROUNDUP) in this area? What are the rules about how far from the tracks can be sprayed? And why is this even allowed? Here is the link to Courtenay’s 2007 bylaw, which indicates a measly $100 fine:...

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