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We can’t leave it up to volunteer community services. Soup kitchens and drop in centers are wonderful and I admire the people who are providing these services but it is not enough. We cannot leave it up to charity to take care of the needs of these unfortunate people. A government operated clinical health service needs to be located near the site with immediate access to counselling, medical services, adequate housing, and food and other essentials.
It is no accident that “No” side complaints about electoral reform in BC were almost unanimously posited as “It’s too complicated!” The problem wasn’t that anyone demonstrated that the electoral options on the ballot didn’t deliver on better/more representative governments. The argument never got that far. “It’s too complicated.”—and I am sure ,you– like me—heard it over and over: “It’s too complicated!”
On August 4, 2020 a hundred of the world’s leading economists published a dramatic document entitled “Letter from economists: to rebuild our world we must end the Carbon Economy”. In relatively few words it describes the world in which we live, the problems we are facing and the steps we must take to turn things around.
If you want to change something in your life, you first have to change the frequency level you are operating on. Becoming aware that you are basically a walking magnet will inspire you to choose wisely where you want to spend your mental energy.
To become aware of where we put our precious energy, we need to take a look at the kinds of thoughts we entertain all day long. Do we focus on what’s going right in our lives or are we full of woe for the state of the world, angry at someone, frustrated with ourselves, our children, partner, relatives…the list is endless. What most people are not aware of is the impact these negative thoughts have on their bodies, minds, and emotions. They create corrosive chemicals which can eventually manifest as dis-ease. There is a healthier way to think.
. As of the first of June, there have been 15,393 opioid deaths in Canada since the beginning of 2016. Canada has set aside 300 million dollars as an emergency treatment fund. But is it enough? Most of this will go to the hospitals and health service providers. Considering that there were 21,000 emergency responses for 2019 alone, this money will not stretch very far and very little of it will go to the cause of the problem.
Activists in BC fell prey to the misunderstanding that defeats activist initiatives everywhere– if it ever was true–that people vote based on rational evaluation of the issues. That naïve assumption is without a remaining breath in a world where ubiquitous social media generated, petty resentments have become the primary, overwhelming criteria for citizen evaluation of issues both small and gigantic.
The major problem of systemic racism in Canada applies more to indigenous peoples than African Canadian. Speaking from the education profession, as a former educational psychologist and reading specialist including several years working with indigenous people,
Love is the appreciation of the gift of life that I can celebrate when I look at the unique characteristics of other human beings. I do not expect everyone to be and act like me; in fact, I celebrate the differences. I see people as part of a culture and I celebrate the special qualities that people from that culture possess and share. But I also see the individual within that culture and celebrate her or his unique talents and gifts, his or her individuality