Labour movement/ class/ it’s about ethical practice 

Can labour movement survive? 

a significant scale. Nothing in American politics compares with the civil-rights crusade, the movement against the Vietnam War, or the labor wars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Could that change? Might the future possibly hold a resurgence of the indignation about class disparities—and about the labor and economic circumstances they reflect—that was once focused on the workplace?

Globalization and technology have gutted the labor movement, and part-time work is sabotaging solidarity. Is there a new way to challenge the politics of inequality?

With employment data that overwhelmingly speaks of the loss of ‘good jobs’ I’m so angered that we still see new low paying temp jobs as progress. My generation has abandoned our children by choosing short term profit over longevity and righteousness. We have set the stage where our kids cannot own a home or property. We raised them with entitlement but failed by preaching an ethis that crippled their practical financial world. When my educated son who has few options and huge debt at age 30 when I was already working, buying a home, paying taxes, and saving money, I am distraught. I feel ripped off not entitled. I lived in an era where as a firstborn in my family who received a degree. To find my family aspirations have been high jacked by a scam I get so frustrated. It’s not the millenials who have been sacrificed but the pos-war generation that worked so hard. Now as a frustrated retiree who feels the middle class has been scammed how do I tell my children there is hope? 

The recent Trump era where reactionary policy has beaten the moral class hope is so devastating because we know fascism isn’t a sustainable option. 


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Let’s Get Focused!

Think, Ask & Reflect

In his video Single -tasking is the New Multitasking, James Hamblin talks about how we as a society are:

“developing an inability to focus because [we] never focus on things” – Hamblin

Perhaps Hamblin is onto something here with #tablessthursday but the idea of a whole day without having multiple “tabs” opening and running at one time is more than just a little bit overwhelming for me! In part I feel like I need to have multiple “tabs” open to be doing my job well.

I am going to try to paint a little bit of a picture here for you to explain why I feel that way!

As a grade 2 teacher I will tell you that my days are never boring and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I don’t think it matters what grade you teach but for the point of my story today, we are going…

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WikiLeaks vs. Watergate

Diane Ravitch's blog

I read/heard two interesting reflections on the election this morning.

First, I heard someone (name unknown, surely a Democratic spokesperson) ask the question on the radio: Why is breaking into the email of John Podesta different from the Watergate burglary where Republican operatives broke into the Democratic National Committee offices to steal its documents and plans?

Then I read this article in the Washington Post written by a professor of international relations who read the transcripts of Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs and found them unremarkable.

Since the future of our nation is at risk, I can’t stop thinking about what is at stake if a sociopathic billionaire wins the Presidency, and what is at stake as he crisscrosses the country telling his followers that our electoral system is “rigged.” He offers a choice: Elect me and I will jail my opponent, or if I lose, the entire electoral system…

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Bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese with sun-dried tomatoes

Savoury Foods

Bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese with sun-dried tomatoes

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From Rockies to Wild west coast…

August, as usual in beautiful British Columbia is the month of great outdoors. The options for outdoors activity are endless. I’ve been trekking, mountaineering, fishing or paddling for more than 30 years in BC or neighbouring regions. I have been blessed with friends two groups of long term friends who enjoy various treks into the wilderness. One group prefers paddle trips the other backpacking and mountaineering. We’ve been at this summer adventuring together for 25+ years now. The Pacific Northwest is a stellar part of the world to secure friendships and discover our amazing outdoors.

Our Rockies trip this year was less adventure but full of spectacle. We hiked the beautiful area of Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park. It may just be the best alpine venue anywhere. We started it off with the daunting climb to Abbott Pass where we met many fascinating people at the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) hut. The hike up is full of eye opening vistas but includes a grinding scramble up a steep rocky scree chute that can be dangerous. I took a falling rock off the knee so helmets are essential gear. 

The hut sits teetering on the great divide straddling BC and Alberta border. It’s a busy but wondrous alpine haven. This year the stars and meteors were a treat! 

After slugging it back to OHara campground, we trekked the alpine circuits above the gem main lake. We averaged 15km/3000 vertical feet per day it the vantage points are spectacular. The Rocky Mountains and many Canadian parks offer so many mountaineering trips from simple hikes to world class climbs. The traverses near Banff are spectacular. Although very busy and sometimes crowded, the Lake OHara area is truly stunning. There is something for everyone- not a typical case.

After returning home for a few days, I headed out to the west coast to kayak the remote and beautiful Broughton Archipelago. We took the safe and convenient option of water taxi across the Queen Charlotte strait. The traffic, currents and wind make the crossing hazardous so we chose to keep it simple departing from Port McNeil. 

After setting up a wilderness camp on an outcrop of rock , we enjoyed the remote west coast surroundings. We struck out late each morning, waiting for the fog to lift. We can manage our navigation, via chart readings, compass and a GPS , but it’s more enjoyable if a paddler can see. Broughton is a beautiful area with its multiple islands and tidal areas. Waterfowl, sea lions and humpbacks were around. Paddlers need to plan or be willing to rough it because beaches are very rare. 

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The humility of flyfishing

I recently spent a few days trout fishing in the Nicola plateau area of Brirush Columba. It’s in my back yard but I only have made the extra effort of exploring the area properly since retiring. I’ve been a flyfisher my entire life yet now, after thinking I was an ‘expert’ but now realize I’m only experienced. Nothing like not catching trout when the aquatic marvels are boiling all around you!

One spectacular ‘fishy’ day on the pretty Bluey Lake near Apen Grove, nymphs were hatching, birds were feeding and  fish were rising everywhere. I could not get the correct fishing combination;moreover, when I did, I broke 2 large rainbows off at the boat! Urrgh!🙂

Nevertheless, what a divine few days. Birds of every kind busy foraging, the forest busy with chipmunks dropping cones on my tent and deer walking through my camp apparently aware I had no rifle. A real treat was a gaggle of Canada geese numbering in the hundreds flying overhead with a very boisterous chorus I wasn’t sure what it was initially. It was like a gigantic black kite soaring above the tree tops. 

The real joy was falling asleep to sound of trout rising so I suppose, it’s nature blissful justice that I call it a day on a BC lake with only potatoes and stew for dinner.🙂

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Be a teacher, please be a teacher.. 

Grad speech by Tim Minchin, U of Western Australia. 

A poignant and very funny transcript.



Six: Be a teacher! Please! Please! Please be a teacher. Teachers are the most admirable and important people in the world. You don’t have to do it forever but if you’re in doubt about what to do be an amazing teacher. Just for your 20s be a teacher. Be a primary school teacher. Especially if you’re a bloke. We need male primary school teachers. Even if you’re not a teacher, be a teacher. Share your ideas. Don’t take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn and spray it. 

Seven: Define yourself by what you love. I found myself doing this thing a bit recently where if someone asks me what sort of music I like I say, “Well I don’t listen to the radio because pop song lyrics annoy me,” or if someone asks me what food I like I say, “I think truffle oil is overused and slightly obnoxious.” And I see it all the time online – people whose idea of being part of a subculture is to hate Coldplay or football or feminists or the Liberal Party.

We have a tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff. As a comedian I make my living out of it. But try to also express your passion for things you love. Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro stuff not just anti stuff.

Eight: Respect people with less power than you. I have in the past made important decisions about people I work with – agents and producers – big decisions based largely on how they treat the wait staff in the restaurants we’re having the meeting in. I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful. So there!

Nine: Finally, don’t rush. You don’t need to know what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. I’m not saying sit around smoking cones all day but also don’t panic! Most people I know who were sure of their career path at 20 are having mid-life crises now.

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