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November 12, 2019

Dear Premier Horgan,

I was very disappointed to hear a news report a couple of weeks ago that I can’t get out of my mind.  So I decided to write to you about it.

The news item states that your government is taking $25 million dollars from the Skawahlook First Nation youth employment project, and directing it instead to displaced forestry workers.

First, I completely understand that displaced forestry workers have to be given adjustment programs just as oil workers do in Alberta.  We are in a time of major transition and it is happening rather fast.  We have to support Canadians to be able to make those adjustments.

Nevertheless, we both know that $25 million is not a lot of money in today’s world.  It is peanuts to provide employment for First Nations at risk youth who want to find ways to become part of the modern economy.  What a white supremacy, colonialist attitude to think we can take such programs away from First Nations Youth to support settlers from another area.  Instead we n...

October 9, 2019

So Sorry to lose my friend Maxine, artist and human being extraordinaire.  She lived independently almost to the end.  Sadly, she died of stroke before she was ready to go.   A big thanks to the Nanaimo hospital who took such good care of her in the last few months before she died.  I miss her very much.

December 31, 2018

Dear Family and Friends;

So glad to be in touch with you again.  For some reason I have been postponing writing to you this year. What to say? Is Santa coming tonight? Will Jesus bring us renewal and hope?

Ron and I have a good life and no complaints about our health.  Community life at Pacific Gardens has welcomed many new people since summer and they are all wonderful people.  The community is growing together in vision of what we want our lives to be like.  We have 9 children living here and will soon have 10 – a real bonus from my perspective.

I had a show of my flowers in a downtown gallery in May and participated in the Art Walk in November so I am becoming known as one of many artists in Nanaimo. 

This is a rich artistic community with several theatre companies and a rich variety of music at our concert hall.  There is never any shortage of opportunities for entertainment.  I may decide to serve, next year, on the board of the Nanaimo Arts Council. 

Ron serve...

December 6, 2018

Just participated in the Nanaimo Art Walk.  What a wonderful experience and a great introduction to the Nanaimo Art Community and to the art loving public.  I was hosted by Dione and Renee at the Stitcher's Muse at 90 Commercial Ave.  What a beautiful store they have, a haven for stitcher's and sewers where you can find any took or material you are looking for.  They opened up their front windows for me so that I could really show my work.

We had about 160 visitors on Saturday and another hundred on Sunday.  It was wonderful to watch all the different reactions to my work, and to engage in conversation about art and life with those that were interested.  Almost every piece received special attention from one viewer or another - although there were definitely a few that were the most popular.  

I was also able to steal away  and see what everyone else was doing thanks to the amazing support I had from friends at Pacific Gardens.  Thanks to Judith and Lee and...

October 20, 2018

As a Unitarian Universalist I am called work toward religious principles that affirm and promote the worth and dignity of every person; make the world more just, equitable, democratic and peaceful.   To do this I have personally attended, or organized many educational events to learn about different voting systems, their benefits and disadvantages.

Today while I was out knocking on doors I met a man who had given up on our system.  He refuses to vote because it makes no difference.  I am concerned about the voter apathy which I believe is encouraged by our First-Past-the-Post, Winner-take-all voting system. I am concerned about the centralization of power in the hands of unaccountable leaders who do not have to answer to as high as 60% of the electorate.

I am concerned about the growing inequality and the growing poverty in my country. I am shocked at the lack of action on reconciliation with our First Peoples and on the lack of action on climate change. Everyt...

April 16, 2018

I am thrilled to show my flowers at the Blessings Studio Gallery at #4, 85 Commercial Street, Nanaimo BC.  My show will continue for the month of May.  I warmly invite you to drop in and see my work.  This is what Crystal Desharnais says about my work:

Blessings Studio is proud to present the Solo Art Exhibit featuring art by,

Fine Artist, Frances Deverell

Frances uses art to connect to her to inner self and with spirit. Seeking connection with the wonders of nature, the miracle of life, and with beauty. Believing we need this vision of wholeness and harmony with the earth and with life to sustain us on the justice journey.

Please join us for the opening, May 5th from 7pm to 9:30 pm.

December 17, 2017

 Here it is, Christmas at Pacific Gardens in Nanaimo.  Sorry it has taken me so long to touch base with many of you -- both family and friends.  How different our life has been this year and how much change and disruption we have experienced.  This is the Aviva choir giving us a concert in our common dining hall.  But that is the end of our year.  Let's start at the beginning.  We started in September to downsize our stuff to be able to make the move to Pacific Gardens.  I had to get rid of 11 file drawers of paper and ended up deciding to priorize and scan a great deal.  And of course we had to find a home for everything we couldn't take.  In the meantime Ron was the logistics coordinator for the fall fair and I continued my work with the Capital Region Interfaith Council, The CUC Criminal Justice monitoring group, the CUSJ Board and so on. 

 We were lucky that our visits to Buffalo coincided with a visit from Tennessee by Ron's brothe...

September 16, 2017

RE: Submission to the Federal Review Process for Environmental and Regulatory Reviews:

I appreciate this opportunity to submit my personal feedback in response to the Discussion Paper you have put out on Environmental and Regulatory Reviews of the  CEAA, the NEB, the Fisheries Act, and the NWPA.  Unfortunately I did not find access to read the actual discussion paper.  Nevertheless, I have been watching the changes in environmental protection for some years now quite closely and would like to share my comments.

I was present in Ottawa throughout the entire Harper period when he passed Bill C-38 and C-45.  As an environmental activist and supporter of First Nations rights to consultation when their territories and their ability to hunt and fish are seriously affected, (as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples) I walked with Idle No More in protest of these bills. 

As a Canadian citizen I was dismayed to see the Federal Government remove so many l...