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Rally – January 21st

So I’ve decided my internet soapbox needs a break.  I need to get into the real world and get energized!  Tomorrow (okay, later today the 21st) a large rally will be held at Victoria Park in London to support the locked-out Electro-Motive employees.

I’m not connected with Electro-Motive in any way, nor am I a union member, however I feel we must stand together so that Canada continues to *have* a middle class. We do not have a division of 99% vs 1% like the United States but our division is closer to 85% or 90% with just 10-15% of people controlling the wealth.

If we do not stand up for ourselves we will find ourselves in worse shape – with few jobs offering a living wage indexed to inflation, a pension plan, medical benefits or simple job security. I haven’t been to a political rally in over 15 years but I intend to be there tomorrow!  Who else will be attending?

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The smartest man on the planet

I think I’ve fallen in love with David Suzuki again.  When I was a kid every month I got a slew of magazines in the mail.  I loved getting mail at all but to recieve pages and pages to read with a window onto the world was amazing.  Ranger Rick was on of my favourites, along with Owl.  Great science and nature pieces.  I loved David Suzuki then (along with Robert Bateman).  I haven’t seen him this riled up in a while and he makes my point much more elequantly than I did last night.

David Suzuki at Occupation

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in Occupation Movement, Uncategorized

 

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Welcome

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Many years ago there was a coffee shop in the small town I grew up in. It was called by various names but always had the same cast of characters. It was a place where you could sit for hours with a cup of coffee (or tea) and chat. You talked with people you had known for years, some you just met and some who you wished you had never met. The subject? Anything and everything. Conversations about the world and what matters in it. I intend my blog to be the same. The only rule is respect – feel free to disagree with me (in fact it makes it more interesting) – just tell me why you’ve come to a different conclusion looking at the same world.

As a society, we don’t tend to have deep conversations with loved ones or strangers. I think the reasons for this are many – we don’t have time to think things through and come up with our own opinion, we’re afraid of offending others or we don’t think our opinion matters. We figure we are so different from others that there’s no point in saying anything. But if we’re all so different are we really?

And what do we lose by not having those conversations? Ask the occupiers if they feel like they’ve been listened to before they took the drastic step of occupying public places. Ask people who don’t vote if they feel like they’re listened to. If we don’t speak then how can anyone hear?

I’ve moved the coffee shop online. (Just as well since the combination of a smoking ban and people spending $5 all night drove it out of business.) Welcome to Cup Conversations. Put on the kettle and stay for a bit.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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