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...
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...
RE: Chaudière Island and Our Promises to Walk Rightly With First Nations
Dear Prime Minister:
I have been watching with admiration the past year your in depth and skillful articulation of the important issues facing Canadians. For me, these include correcting the wrong relationship we have with First Nations, for the first time ever in Canada making every vote count, addressing the terrible wrongs in our criminal justice system, and truly making a plan for Canada to cut greenhouse gases and renew our economy with renewable energy. Today I am writing to you about the relationships with our First Nations.
I have been walking with my church to learn as much as I can about our colonial history and our collective journey with our First Peoples. It is appalling. One has to wonder how a society could claim to be civilized after the terrible way we have treated the Indigeno...
For those of us who have been working hard on climate concerns everyone has an opinion on the outcome of COP21. Personally, I am relieved that they did as well as they did. I respect the challenge of having so many players all pressuring to have input and having to build consensus on how to move forward. I congratulate the Canadian Government and Climate Activists on a wonderful job. Of course, it is not perfect. Perfection does not exist in such a process. But as far as I can tell, it is the turning point I’ve been looking for. Climate issues and policies are part of the daily discussion. We have committed to leave some oil and gas and coal reserves in the ground. The Canadian public is much more aware of the need for policy turnaround and that it will mean changes.
The problem is, the vast majority of people around the world have no idea what that means. In order to get this far we have had to simp...
Activists across Canada have been strategizing for the last two years about how to stop Stephen Harper from further harming Canada. We hope it is not too late to retrieve some of the damage he has done. We search for a way to grow into the country we want to be.
Mr. Harper wants us to be a great country for the rich to thrive. Libertarians want all the benefits of community without investing in it so they can maximize their own personal freedom and wealth. Liberals and leftists want it to be a compassionate and green country. We want to take care of the well-being of all our citizens. We want a global community with institutions that can collaborate and confront the most difficult challenge humanity has ever faced – global warming.
In the meantime we buy three sets of signs, three sets of ads, and try to figure out the differences between three platforms that seek our attention and our vote – NDP, Liberal, and Green.