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The Me Too movement has done tremendous work in a short time but, like a lot of movements, it has stood on the shoulders of those who came before. In most of the news stories and articles written about harassment in the workplace there is little acknowledgement of the hard practical work union women and their allies have done in their unions over the past 50 years. By ignoring that work we are also missing out on possible solutions to the problem.
As the Regina Leader Post reported on January 30, “Three men and one woman from British Columbia are due in a Swift Current courtroom Friday on human trafficking-related charges after RCMP officers intercepted three speeding vehicles outside that city earlier this week.”
The four – twins Seyed Kourosh Miralinaghi and Seyed Kamran Miralinaghi, both 19, Shawn Alexander Kelly, 23, and Shermineh Sheri Ziaee, 36 – all reside on Vancouver Island. Ziaee, mother of the twins, was also charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Tonight I sit in front of the computer screen, my fingers hanging on the keyboard ready to—once again—translate what I am trying to communicate into script AND…the words don’t come. I am at a loss to understand, let alone write about Andrew Nikiforuk’s January 27 post on The Tyee Huawei to Hell . For years, I, like so many others, have regarded Nikiforuk’s columns/books/writing as examples of journalism in the public interest—at its best!
In many of these chronicles I’ve stressed the need for us to help young adults deal with climate change. Most of the time when we adults try to help young people we call upon our own personal experiences. But most of us don’t have experience dealing with climate change. We are trying to figure that out for ourselves. So is there any other experience we know about and can share with them? I think there is. I think we can get some insights from war zones.
I want to start this week’s post with a story. It’s about a Christmas event but it is not about Christmas. It is about our children and grandchildren to whom we owe an inheritance of a healthy planet—an inheritance WE are failing miserably to provide.
You likely missed them, but on December 30, B.C. Liberal MLA and trade critic Ben Stewart launched two tweet missiles. They were duds. Stewart's first tweet: “Just confirmed Premier Horgan is shutting down ALL BC Trade offices in Asia immediately! Is it budget...
As impressive as the demonstrations were, the students are relatively powerless to change things. They are depending on many of the same people who are causing the climate change problems. But what would happen if they had some real power? What would happen if sixteen year-olds had the right to vote and run for office?
Tonight, as I contemplate what lies ahead for the new year, I am overpowered by the lyrics and melody to a song, “Can Anyone Tell,” I heard many years ago at an antiwar conference in Nelson, BC. The song envisions the Sun, Moon and Stars in a conference. The Sun, in this celestial gathering is saying to the stars and moon, “I see that you are sorrowful. For ages we shone for her (our Earth) and loved her so well, but now she is turning/busted and burning. Why would they do t is Can Anyone Tell?” The song goes on to paint a musical picture of this beautiful life-sustaining planet, beautiful in its seasons and life sustaining and asks repeatedly, “Why would they do this (destroy this beautiful, life giving planet)? Can anyone tell?”
In the unconvincingly feeble argument over the democratic value of the internet some have pointed to the effects of online discussion and incremental small bit fund raising as a counter to big money influences on political campaigns as proof positive that the internet has been good for democracy.
B.C. may have developed an allergy, an allergic reaction, if you will, to getting to the bottom of things.
It’s the only explanation. Whenever there’s more than a whiff of a scandal in the corridors of power, the government of the day often falls back on a line that could be easily lifted and paraphrased from the 1992 film A Few Good Men: “the public can’t handle the truth!”