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The Brave New World of 1984

Entertained to Death “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of … Continue reading

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Apology as Public Ritual: Why It’s Still Important

The Evolution of Apology “Confession is good for the soul.” Though we in the 21st century West are living in a post-religious age, the role of ritual is no less important to human nature than it ever was. This is … Continue reading

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House of Commons passes apology motion for British Home Children

It happened so quickly most Members of Parliament were barely aware of it. On February 15 a Private Member’s motion brought forward by Bloc Québécois MP Luc Thériault was passed. The motion calls for the House of Commons to apologize … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Circus of Fear

UPDATE: I wrote this poem following a harrowing period in my life during the latter days of the Stephen Harper regime, when he appointed Steven Blaney as his Minister of Public Safety. Photos of the man expostulating in Parliament were … Continue reading

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2015: The Turnaround Year? Part 2: Hopeful Signs

You can almost feel the current flowing You can almost hear the circuits blowing It’s a far cry from the world We thought we’d inherit —Rush, Far Cry   ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— … Continue reading

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2015: The Turnaround Year? Part 1: Critical Mass

So much poison in power The principles get left out So much mind on the matter The spirit gets forgotten about… —Rush, Grand Designs, from the album Power Windows At what point does the necessary critical mass accrue to reach … Continue reading

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Summer of Fire: poems

INTRODUCTION: Thanks to climate change induced drought conditions across vast swathes of North America, 2015 is turning out to be another Summer of Fire. I’ve lived in British Columbia most of my 55 years and have never seen a fire … Continue reading

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