Given earlier polling that found enthusiastic support in the affected CVRD areas for a curbside collection of household and yard waste as well as a pick up of recyclable materials(74%) it seems obvious there was an organized effort by a few vested interests to defeat the new collection service by a failed AAP.
I am grateful and honoured to live, work, and play in the water, on the land, and through the forests that are the unceded traditional territory of the K’omks, Eiksan, and Pentlatch people.
Given the Conservative record under Harper it is hard not to understand the reluctance of Canadian voters to abandon the Liberals by default thinking—even when they don’t like Liberals.
What I failed to adequately consider is that the Fairy Creek watershed of southern Vancouver Island is part of Tree Farm License 46, a 59,000-hectare timber harvesting tenure within the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation whose band council wants to proceed with logging the old growth in their territory. If one were to do as I suggest and “meet all demands unquestioning…”one would have to permit whatever logging they wish to do “unquestioningly.”
What if rather than wrangling over who/what party to support we come up with an easy/objective evaluator of who to support for a “Just and Sustainable Canada”? What if we make up a list and promote the list in big and small ways—road signs/hand outs due to cost of media advertising.
Having the BC Green Party hold the balance of power in the BC legislature was great for ending the abjectly corrupt way that big money bought elections in BC, but—surprisingly—it did little to change environmental policy in BC.
“We are told today that Inuit never had laws or maligait (“things that have to be followed”). Why? Because they are not written on paper. When I think of paper I think you can tear it up and the laws are gone. The maligait of the Inuit are not on paper. They are inside peoples’ heads and they will not disappear or be torn to pieces. Even if a person dies, the maligait will not disappear. It is part of a person. It is what makes a person strong.”
Now I remember why I so publicly burned my BCNDP membership card in 1993. I was fed up with a NDP government that, under Mike Harcourt, promised meaningful reform in BC forestry policy, however, once elected, quietly assumed most of the policies of the Socreds.
Today the gig is up. It is time to put away the pretenses and platitudes. It is time for settler governments, complicit in this hideous death and cover up of so many children, to capitulate—to meet all demands unquestioning; to come to a settlement that recognizes past horrors and points a way forward where we can finally put this grim past behind us and move forward with a meaningful and implemented justice for all.
So this week I want to expand the idea of participatory journalism by asking you, readers of this column, to share links to the websites/news media that you feel carries the most trustworthy, most insightful coverage of news/views from around the world—and especially in our own backyard/country. If you trust it and it fascinates/informs you, please share it.