Author: The Activist

Trumpty Dumpty

Trumpty Dumpty   Trumpty Dumpty wanted a wall Trumpty Dumpty rose to the call All of the Democrats had to confess They didn’t know how to get out of this mess   Trumpty Dumpty was one scary clown And no one was able to bring the man down All the Republicans wanted to throttle The Genie that they had let out of the bottle   Trumpty Dumpty sat on the wall Trumpty Dumpty really had balls ‘Cuz all the Russians and all Putin’s men Interfered to make Trumpty a winner again   Trumpty Dumpty he has it all It’s...

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You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

In just a few more days Donald Trump will become President of the most powerful nation on Earth. Along with Trump a whole host of appointees will be ushered into office whose credentials for public service seem to be their public record of wishing to dismantle or maim the very agencies they will now govern. That it is going to be tough times for progressives is indisputable, but recently I’ve been realizing how profoundly true are the words sung by Joni Mitchell “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”  More and more I see signs of people waking up and saying, “I want my democracy back!” My nation is not made great by trashing the place for the sake of the inability to even ask how we can have a nation of democratic governance where justice, compassion, mutual respect, sustainability, social equity and the love of peace are our governing principles. I think it is an infectious message that has people around the world asking fundamental questions about how we continue to get these public leaders whose only interest in the democratic states they are elected to is the burning desire to dismantle and maim them. While I hear a great deal of talk about protests over the implications and actions of the Trump presidency, I am not convinced that, in this instance, protests are going to...

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Courtenay Tree Bylaw: good for residents and trees; red flag for developers

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” –Greek Proverb ” People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world which cannot sustain people.” –Bryce Nelson With a little luck—and a lot of community support—2017 will see amendments to the Courtenay tree protection bylaw that, while clarifying the on-the-ground rules, most significantly, extend the vision of the valuable part urban trees play in the ecological quality and general well being of our community. Courtenay has had a tree bylaw since 1989 that has seen minor clarifying tweaks along the way. However, a 1989 vision—that didn’t even include how many trees need to be retained on a lot– adjusted by minor tweaking along the way has clearly left the bylaw in need of more visionary upgrading to reflect current community values and Best Management Practices on the value of urban trees. Where any kind of protection to urban trees was once seen as a sop to environmentalist, municipal planning in the Twenty-first century has evolved to the point that meaningful planning for protection of urban trees is now seen as fundamental to planning for healthy communities. While trees continue to be recognized for contributing to the attractiveness of the physical setting of a community, they are now, also, recognized as an essential utility critical to maintaining clean...

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Scrooge, Trump: nightmares to a better world?

Over the years I have attended numerous workshops with Jeremy Taylor, a Jungian psychologist who specializes in dreamwork. The fascinating thing about Jeremy’s view on dream interpretation is that, in his view, all dreams are “big” dreams: All dreams come in the service of health and wholeness All dreams are like onions and every layer has its own relevant meaning All dreams reveal their meaning as we are ready to hear its message But, as most people do, you might ask what about nightmares? How do they come in the service of “health and wholeness?” Well in Jeremy’s view the scary aspect of a nightmare is simply there to tell the dreamer that he/she has been missing the point in less dramatic dreams. It is past time to wake up and hear what it is the dream so urgently wants to convey. For example consider the classic nightmare:  A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. Scary enough to shake the old grump, Scrooge, into his senses so that, he can—at last—see what is truly important in his life and in the community life of the nineteenth century. It is as relevant today—perhaps more so—as it was in 1843. I have ,for as far back in my adult life as I can recount, watched a version—almost always the Alastair Sims one– of the Charles Dickens’ story on Christmas eve—or closely...

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EBobing to a happier, healthier World

Noting that all great things have humble beginnings, Lao Tzu, founding father of Taoist Chinese philosophy, is famously quoted as saying that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Interestingly Bob Huddart, Comox Valley entrepreneur and community activist, began his journey to the eBob electrical powered bicycle trailer—the next major step up in bicycle transportation—with a simple question: What would it take for me to be able to be able to go for a two week camping trip on my bike? Obviously some people go light and lean with the food, clothing and equipment. And some people are so physically fit they can bike all that gear up hills like the grind up from the Denman ferry, but Bob was asking how he could bike his way to a comfortable holiday(even to the Himalayas, he only half playfully quipped) without breaking his back. The idea of a battery-driven bike trailer with sufficient capacity to carry the weight and bulk of an extended vacation settled quickly over Bob’s thoughts, and he took the fledgling idea to the next meeting of Transition Town Comox Valley. There the idea was brainstormed into an all purpose cargo trailer that could become the centre piece to moving to more environmentally friendly transportation generally including business uses of all kinds from repair persons, to food carts, to delivery trailers. Its use...

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