Category: Norm Reynolds



Balm for the Heart

I can understand those who see the plot and characters in the—now playing at the Rialto—movie Wonder as being so sentimentally superficial that it makes a good bed time story for children and little else. I could have made that assessment, but sometimes what we see is more about who we are than any objective reality in the world we behold. And, who we are sometimes changes. Thursday night when went to the Rialto with a friend to see Wonder, I wasn’t looking for a hard hitting, intellectually satisfying narrative about the complex world around us. I was, unbeknownst to me, looking for exactly what Wonder delivers—a simple-though credible enough, emotionally moving story suggesting there is, yet, something endearing, something—dare I say—noble about human life.

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It’s going to take more than a leap

Clearly something has gone horribly wrong over a broad spectrum of issues. This summer the decade long trend of record-breaking temperatures lead to record breaking fires ravaging BC and California claiming lives and destroying property. This fall saw a hurricane season unprecedented for its intensity and duration; almost half the world’s wealth is in “off-shore” accounts evading taxes that are supposed to support just, and sustaining economies; our oceans are becoming seas of plastic and pollution; the idea of clean water and a warm place to live becomes ever more elusive to much of humanity; even peace as the foundation of a decent, just and safe world seems to have been abandoned in the mad rush to implement the neo-liberal agenda of enriching the few and entrenching corporate interests over democratic values.

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Remembering Ruth

You might say Ruth Masters, Comox Valley’s most loved, respected and despised environmentalist, was the first Comox Valley resident I knew anything of after moving to the valley in 1993. It was quite the introduction. After buying a building lot in Comox, I set up camp in a small shed to serve as home while I built our accessible home for four. Day two after moving into the 10’x10’my neighbor came over to visit. He brought a six pack of beer and a friendly smile.  After a hand shake and exchange of names, he got directly to the matter weighing on his mind. “You don’t happen to know that  Ruth Masters do you?” he asked a bit suspiciously for the proffered beer, smile and hand shake.”No, I haven’t even heard of anyone by that name.” “Oh, good!” He seemed to give a profound sigh of relief at my reply.

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More at stake than sprinkled income

We, progressives, make a big mistake in not standing up and supporting the Liberals when they come under massive fire from Canada’s elites for attempting even minimal tax reform. I’m not arguing that the Trudeau Liberals are great. Gads, the electoral reform debacle is an astounding slap in the face to those who believed Trudeau’s election words meant something. Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines are a betrayal of Trudeau’s commitment to climate change. Trudeau’s promotion of investor rights over democratic values is abominable.

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Join the discussion: Leaping to a better world

Clearly something has gone horribly wrong: this summer and fall saw a hurricane season unprecedented for its intensity and duration; record-breaking fires ravaged BC and California claiming lives and destroying property; almost half the world’s wealth is in “off-shore” accounts evading taxes that are supposed to support just and sustaining economies; our oceans are becoming cesspools of plastic and pollution; the idea of clean water and a warm place to live becomes ever more elusive to much of humanity. Even peace as the foundation of a decent and just world seems to have been abandoned in the mad rush to implement the neo-liberal agenda of enriching the few and entrenching corporate interests over democratic values.

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Grandpas/Millennials Respond to Black Press Trump—ee–ter

Black Press calls its weekly Tom Fletcher big money propaganda piece a neutral sounding “Viewpoint.” However, given Fletcher’s unrelenting, Fox News styled, rants from the radical right perspectives that Black Press tries to pass off as journalism, it would seem more appropriate to tag the column as “The Trump—ee–ter.”

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