Canada, Inc. – La Fin: Red Plus Thirteen

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*le sigh*

Here we go…

Goodbye beaches and rivers. Goodbye Arctic.

Goodbye Indigenous communities affected by neglect and extreme racism. A lot of whom have opened up legal pot shops on their sovereign lands after being left out of the big business legislating of cannabis laws. Are you going to let them prosper or attack them for being the same kind of entrepreneurial that the suit and tie guys are in the cities; albiet focused on their communities and not their stock portfolios.

A most hearfelt farewell to protected environmental areas and extreme immediate investments in green technology that we need to exist for the next million generations.

Indeed, farewell to those future generations. Thou is missed in thine logical absence from the brief arc of time in which our species has but a drip of belonging.

The blue guys and the red guys are the same guys, guys.

Super job, champs.

-jg

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Canada, Inc. – Part 13: The Hill The Red Wave Died On

I shared an NDP meme on my personal Facebook and my MP reached out via private message to clarify/correct my inaccurate information.

Below is a copy of the Facebook message sent to my MP:

You’re a great representative for our region and are demonstrating the kind of politician we need more of.

I find the SNC Lavalin affair to be a sore point for me regarding the party. It confirmed for me where the priorities of the two main parties lay when things get down to the 11th hour bare bones reality. The blue fellas operated for ten years with SNC Lavalin-PAE as the go-to military contractor for the missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan. Another former subsidary, SNC-Tech, sold the US Military millions of bullets for use in Iraq. This is a war-profiteer swaying our federal government; and this particular set of facts was conveniently left out of the coverage.

To hear Scheer’s response on the issue at the time and also to hear Trudeau’s denials of wrongdoing after the ethics report came out was heartbreaking. Especially when the words said for his blackface apology would have fit perfectly as an apology for what happened with SNC.

To think that Scheer wouldn’t have interfered in the same manner the Ethics Commissioner says Trudeau did would be naive of me. As would believing Trudeau’s response script would vary much from that of Scheer’s. Ad-hominem bipartisan quibbling is always theatre.

While I trust you, my MP; I do not trust the Prime Minister nor the party.

My position on the SNC affair is very very biased which is why it shapes my opinion of the Liberal party so strongly.

I served in Kandahar working for SNC and swept up carcinogenic pesticide covered sand/dust in enclosed spaces for five months without a respirator or informed consent as to the danger. We were all also exposed to the burn pits every day for the duration of that war. There was a failed lawsuit in the US against KBR for the burn pits specifically. The only other outlying environmental factor in my life is living in Pictou County downwind from Northern Pulp my whole life (different discussion, though I find your position on that issue solid and fair).

Since 2008 I have had multiple surgeries to remove rare unrelated tumors from multiple locations in my body.

This includes three surgeries on the sole of my right foot that leave me at an impairment of mobility such that every piece of me hurts all of the time. Just severe enough to struggle with everyday things that consume every bit of energy and free time that I have; not severe enough to recieve any sort of help. Many simply think I am lazy or faking it.

Happy to watch SNC crumble. Sad to see the Red wave defend them. For me, the SNC affair is the hill that the Red Wave died on. I hope you win and the Liberals lose so Trudeau is replaced.

The way you operate; friendly with every representative and constituent at every level of government and never using personal attacks while also remaining factual and answering questions is the kind of inborn personality traits that a party leader should have.

The kinds of policy changes we need are immediate and very very left (I vote for the person not the party). The reality in Nova Scotia is different than that of Alberta or Ontario and expecting to come to any meaningful or actionable sort of consensus on a National level on issues like green energy and climate change is borderline unfathomable. Please prove me wrong.

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PART 14

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Canada, Inc. – Part 14: We Have a Four Party System, Damnit!

The above was a paid advertisement by my incumbent (Liberal) Member of Parlaiment that implies there are only two options this time around.

Nonsense!

At no time in Canadian history has the time to take our country back from corrupt bankers and politicians and elites been more realistic and fathomable an option as it is right this moment! There are at least FOUR candidates in every riding. One for EVERY major party.

The above post by a local Liberal Party campaign implies that only two parties (perspectives) matter. That is inaccurate as the Green Party has candidates in every riding. They could (by fluke/chance) have a green wave wash across the country just like our corrupt Prime Minister Trudeau lucked into last time.

It wasn’t luck though, was it? The banks and hedgefund managers needed legal weed and the Blues could never hand that to them. But here we are.

The Greens and NDP aren’t vote splitting parties this time around. There are four candidates in almost every riding in Canada for the first time in history.

Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens have candidates running in every riding

#gogreengetclean

Canada, Inc. Part 12 – Russia, Greenland, and the Arctic Council

The second largest country in the world bordering the largest country in the world tied in with the property and cultural rights of the member states, participants, working groups, councils, and other subsidiary bodies of the Arctic Council (More Info 1, More Info 2) is an important yet avoided topic of discussion in Canadian politics.

Russia has the oligarchical ability to simply order large swathes of the country into compliance. Canada has corporations to nudge politicians into essentially the same thing. Instead of any meaningful action, we bitch about it on Facebook and passively accept how progressively and perpetually we’re being shafted environmentally and economically.

Solar panels all over the arctic, all over Saskatchewan, all over Siberia.

Dump money into it. Russia will use North Korean slave labour (like they always do) for those really far away money saving projects for the Kremlin. We can then ignore that fact and enter into a peaceful agreement to share green power. We can team up and distribute green technology to the world by virtue of simply covering massive amounts of open space producing a resource thats’ need is perpetually growing and very low impact on the environment. Architecture it into the landscape.

We have societies all around the Arctic Circle that have existed thousands of years before Mass European Immigration to the Americas or any other part of the world.

Arctic sovereignty will be a massive political issue between Canada, Russia, and Greenland (Denmark) as climate change progresses and new lands become traversable and then inhabitable.

This means new oil reserves and shipping routes. This means new military bases. This means new international priorities. This means new compromises.

Are the same people and values that directed how Canada and the United States handled the Russian invasion of Ukraine or Afghanistan or Syria the same kinds of people and values that we want directing whether we lead with cooperation or shoot at our Arctic neighbors?

What do you think the North American strategy would be?

Arm and train the first nations people encircling the arctic and then impose sanctions on the groups within the borders of other countries that are not explicitly Tweeting that they are “with us”?

To hell with that warmongering horseshit!

Shame on those swine! Shame!

Peacemakers and peacekeepers. That’s who we are.

It may not be who our politicians and corporations are but it damn well is who Canada is.

Before we consider any friendly relation with Moscow; the Russians gotta stop beating queers and fucking with Muslims and other minorities. Chill on that hate-shit.

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PART 13

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Canada, Inc. – Part 11: Environment Girl, Ad-Hominem Politics, and The Collapse of Capitalism

(Shared by someone in my Facebook feed)

These are different things! The media painted him as a racist and based on the initial false impression created by those inaccurately reporting the situation, people hated the kid. She is rock-solidly asking the right questions to the right people for the whole world to see and it scares the dogshit out of the establishment.

Attacks on the boy were for perceived bigotry. Incorrect info reported. He was a scapegoat to distract and further divide people.

Attacks on the girl are exclusively ad hominem attacks primarily coming from people with a very specific set of political beliefs. This set of individuals are losing this capitalist paradise that was so carefully constructed during the industrial revolution. Successive generations were indoctrinated into believing and accepting this system as necessary through the antiquated education system we still use. Values and beliefs are ingrained slowly but similarly to the way that 1950’s U.S. guv’ment commie-fear videos claimed the Red’s brainwashed their folks. We’re just gentler about it in the west.

Cultural shaping is done through the plotlines of our sitcoms and whatever is momentarily in the spotlight of the 24-hour news cycle.

She totally has the power the snap this twisted matrix.

In a Canadian context; we need to look at our politicians strategies. Are they using ad hominem attacks more than discussing facts? Listen and see. Really listen.

I align with the Greens and the NDP. In a perfect world, Greens. We do not live in a perfect world. If you live in an area where vote splitting would allow a Conservative to take the seat – vote them out by voting for the Green or Orange that WILL oust as many opposition incumbents and deny as many Conservative candidates as possible.

The ONLY thing the Conservatives have right is gun laws.

We must be armed to the fucking teeth when the shit hits the fan. Unfortunately the only ones who will be prepared are the nutjobs in the backwoods stocked up with ammunition and food preserves for a hypothetical conspiracy that when the government tries to take their guns or infringe on their “Christian Values” that they have the means to enforce their freedom with violence; instead of everyone collectively preparing for the much graver demise of our ecosystem.

My belief is that the world is already environmentally devastated beyond repair and those in power know; as opposed to allowing absolute anarchy by being honest – they satiate us with things to distract and pleasure us until the oxygen disappears.

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Part 12

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Canada, Inc. – Part 10: Abolish the Federales

A revised election system is necessary. I dunno exactly what that looks like.

It may be as radical as looking like having our provincial ministers represent us federally as well, abolishing the whole three tiered system developed during a time when boat was the sole method of trans-Atlantic travel.

A time when federal ministers travelled by horse, train, or ship to represent us halfway across a continent.

Technology and travel advancements since then make a lot of neat stuff possible.

The excessive separation between us and them only serves to allow the least-oppressive power structure that the West has refined in the past few thousand years to keep us running at the status quo; ensuring job security for the ‘old guard’ during a time when drastic change is needed in a lot of areas.

Each party has at least one good policy (on paper); so in the interest of representing everyone by this system we have – very little progress is made in a timely manner.

In a nutshell… We have to find a way out of this political paradigm in which literally every political body can take long periods of time between official statements about issues like Northern Pulp or the SNC thing; and the comments pass the buck to someone else. Then that entity can take long periods of time to craft a statement that then passes the hot potato.

Yet nobody sets it down, lets it cool off, and checks how much longer we need to leave the potato in the fire before everyone agrees it is a fucking potato.

Canada needs a touch more transparency and a few more public jailings of CEOs and politicians… You know, for the ratings. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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It works: 36 Bankers, 96 Years In Jail

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PART 11

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Canada, Inc. Part 8 – Education

The educational paradigm we are using does not align with contemporary reality of the world we live in. Both funding and pedagogical philosophy should be revised entirely.

There are several important items to cover in relation to how education must be re-shaped in order for us to function as a cohesive society.

Free Post Secondary Education

Implement free post secondary education across the board. Individuals can attend any Canadian university that their aptitude will allow them to get into. If we remove the cost factor around education; these young fertile minds may just happen to solve every fucking problem our world faces right now.

Nutrition and Life Experience

Incorporating gardening and more field trips into every child’s experience. We have thirty-seven million people in Canada. Double the child-tax benefit to ensure proper nutrition. Every home could perhaps also be given a subsidy or a kit with solar panels and hydroponic equipment so that every home can produce it’s own food. Incorporate children learning at school about gardens and perhaps having a greenhouse built at every school. Every child should grow into an adult that has the knowledge to be self-sustaining.

Fast-Track Hiring and Qualifying of Teachers

Teaching teachers must be much faster. This could be introduced as a stop-gap solution for the lack of substitute teachers. Unload money into this to pay salaries for lots of more vetted and properly trained adults to craft our young people into the leaders our world needs tomorrow. The types of things that make a good teacher are not only the things you learn in university at thousands of dollars a year. The types of things that make a good teacher are innate. The reality in Canada now is a shortage which has administrators and EAs covering for teachers.

An individual who chooses a career in teaching and is a really good teacher is much like one who chooses a career as a personal support worker. They have inborn personality traits that make them good at their job. Patience. Kindness. A steady hand. Things that cannot be taught.

Therefore, in order to pick out who should be a teacher in a time of a teacher shortage is to seek out those with desirable personality traits and life-experiences and have them shadow 12 teachers over two years. During this time the experienced teachers job is to train the fresh teachers “in-house”. Good old ‘on-the-job-training’

Perhaps EA should be the first step or barrier to entry into a career in teaching. That’s where you start. You can stay and work and specialize as an EA if you desire. Their main qualification is being certified in the core competencies of their job. Any individual having post-secondary graduation in any subject or a personal and professional history that would compliment the next generation should be considered.

Those With Differing Needs

Invest in EA’s and all other supports that students with differing learning styles require so that they receive the same quality of education as their peers who fit more precisely into what the industrial-aged-education-system wants them to be. Everything from assist devices to stand-up desks to funding of specialized schools and inclusiveness training for all people involved in education.

This is absolutely one of the few things I believe every government must invest human and financial capital into with what should amount to a blank check.

End The Education-Industrial-Complex

Isn’t that great? How one can just add the suffix “-industrial-complex” to anything and it’s either complete and utter conspiratorial nonsense OR one gets the picture immediately that we live in a Capitalist dream world within which (some) morally bankrupt educational institutions that were founded on the noble and ancient pursuit of knowledge have been perverted into elitist profit centers that perpetuate the worst parts of society.

The same sentiments stated earlier about elementary and secondary schools extends to post-secondary.

FUND EVERYTHING. Every student. Every mind.

Make the entire thing NOT about money. At all. At every level of government and society.

PART 9