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  • Janette Watt

    No more accepting the unacceptable!

    “…injustice is met with silence. The unacceptable is accepted.”* On June 29th, I will be among the people of this country who will stand with First Nations peoples. On June 29th, I will be among the people of this country who will march with First Nations peoples. On June 29th, I will be among the people of this country who cheer on the leaders of the First Nations peoples as they speak to us of asserting their rights to full and…

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  • Max De Luca

    Monkey Business

    I have seen images on the television screen that have made my stomach squirm. I have watched some documentaries that have made me swear to put down the pen and take up the sword. I have seen the plight of the undesirables and the malcontents begging for acceptance on the street corner in front of the disinterested masses who only yearn for silver and gold. Nothing was as vile, savage and sickening as what I saw on the television screen in…

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  • Janette Watt

    A Letter to Zakia

    Dear Zakia, Sister I have thought a lot about you over the past many days, and each time I do I think of Maya Angelou’s poem, “I know why the caged bird sings”. Two verses, especially… …a bird that stalks down her narrow cage can seldom see through her bars of rage her wings are clipped and her feet are tied so she opens her throat to sing. The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed…

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  • Victor Schwartzman

    Making a Statement

    Once upon a time a billionaire learned he was soon to die from cancer. He became determined to make a statement with his death, and for society to recognize he was useful (beyond generating wealth for himself). Without a care for the economic consequences—he had not become a billionaire by being sensitive to the needs of others—he began to liquidate his holdings, turning his hotels and factories and farms and stocks into gold bars. The sudden massive sales caused markets to…

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  • Jeff Armstrong

    An Environmentalist Is Born

          After a long hard pregnancy it seems Mother Nature has finally given birth to another environmentalist, albeit the runt of the litter. Prime Minister Steven Harper took his first baby steps while on a visit to Europe for the G8 meetings when he called climate change the biggest threat to the future of humanity.      The only problem with this is the fact that his proposal of intensity based green house gas reduction won’t necessarily lead to an actual reduction…

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  • Janette Watt

    How power grows… and is TREMENDOUS!

    Friedrich Nietzche: “It is through being wounded that power grows and can, in the end, become tremendous” Janette Watt: “Dear Fred, I know from experience, mine and that of people I care about, that what you say can be true. Yet, I don’t believe that it HAS to be this way nor do I believe it is the BEST way for power to grow. I know, from experience, that growth and learning also occurs where their is love and peace. And,…

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  • Max De Luca

    Country Club Handshakes

    Ever since that glorious day I came out of my mother’s womb, I have been taught, told and trained by a powerful man who holds dominion over all other things on this planet. He has taught me who to love and who to loathe, what to lust and what to behold. He claims that the Lord is the conductor of his empirical symphony and that manifest destiny is the beat that the world dances to. His suits are now different, his…

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  • Janette Watt

    I value and believe…

    Recently, as part of a job application I was asked to prepare a personal statement of equity. There were no directions (— and I never got an interview) so I have no idea what was expected. I could find no examples, — not one on the world wide web (perhaps my googling leaves something to be desired!) So, what I produced was an original document that arose out of my own heart and mind. It was difficult to sit alone and…

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  • Janette Watt

    “We” Media!

    Guess who said this: “News providers had better get web-savvy, stop lecturing their audiences, become places for conversation and destinations where bloggers and podcasters congregate to engage our reporters and editors in more extended discussions.” (a) Noam Chomsky (b) Naomi Klein (c) Paul Jay (d) Rupert Murdoch (e) All of the Above Seems to me the answer could very well be a, b, or c. Seems to me that if you asked them, anyone of them would likely agree with the…

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  • Max De Luca

    Hello Mr. Cab Driver

    “I smell burnt toast and am having problems breathing,” I wheezed. “I need to go to the hospital right away.” “I will call the cab company,” my fiancée yelped. “You can’t drive me to the hospital? Is Days of our Lives on or something?” I gasped. “No dear, chances are that the cab driver will be a doctor and he can fix you right up and the wait time will be drastically shorter than the hospital!” While rural Canada begs for…

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