Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The controversial carbon tax DIVIDEND cheque finally arrived. Yep our Premier sent us all $100.00 to spend because he felt the price of gas wasn't high enough to convince us to get out of our cars and on to those non-existent buses South of the Fraser. This morning I heard one of his ministers trying to explain how this all would work. I was fascinated. According to the government here is how it is going to work:
- The government gives us $100.00
- The government adds a 2% gas tax on July 1st (gas is currently $1.48 a litre)
- The government lowers our personal income tax 4%
- In a few months the government will raise the tax to 4%
- A few months after that the government will raise the tax to 7%
Now that was an incentive I couldn't refuse and my government said it would make a real difference to the climate and everything... so I took my cheque and went to the US where I got $20.00 more gas for my cheque than I would have in Canada!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It is a very lovely place as it sits right on the edge of the water and has these beautiful lawns rolling down to the waters edge and surrounded by rose bushes.
The trees are loaded with birds all of whom like to sing the night in. It was very lovely.
I tried to capture it with my lens. I hope you enjoy the experience almost as much as I did.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I am stunned and I fear it may come to a country near me in the near future. I cannot believe that people would actually allow this bill to pass. It would be like having all your snail mail letters and parcels read by the mailman before he delivered them. I find it scary and I will quit using the internet entirely if they ever pass such a law here.
The article in The Province Newspaper does not say what the thinking behind this is, but one can assume that it was done in the name of security for the people. For the life of me I cannot understand how violating my freedom and my right to privacy keeps me safe. Yes the world is a scary place, but for me it would be a whole lot scarier if my right and my neighbors right to privacy and freedom were taken away.
Benjamin Franklin said "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security".
I wholeheartedly agree - what do you think?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Either there are a lot of one legged men out there or there is definitely something strange going on.
****HOLD THE PRESSES! There has been a surprising twist in this story. The last foot (6th in the series) has turned out to be a hoax! Someone put an animal paw in a sock and stuffed it in a tennis shoe. Sick ...very sick thing to do. The police still have no idea who the other feet belong(ed) to or where they come from. ****
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Sechelt had a native residential school and some of the children attended the same high school I did. I made friends with a girl named Ruth and one Saturday day I got my mother to let me visit her at the school. I can still remember being appalled by how my friend had to live. She showed me where she slept. It was a small metal bunk in a room filled with bunks. Each of these bunks had only enough room between them for a child to stand and that is all. She showed me where she and the other children washed. It was a huge room with row after row of sinks and a large communal shower. No privacy was afforded any of these children. If robbing their dignity and their families were not enough these children were often inadequately fed and clothed. I have never forgotten this place and the sadness I felt knowing that my friend went to bed every night with out any one to comfort her or treat her special.
On Wednesday Prime Minister Harper apologized on behalf of the citizens of Canada and the government for robbing these children of their families, their culture, their dignity, their religion and in some cases their lives. It is about time we accepted responsibility for what we have done.
I hope that this helps with the healing that must take place for these people and the generations that have been effected by it, but I wonder .... is it too little too late? I often wonder what happened to my friend Ruth. I hope she found her way home to her family and found a way to heal from what we as a society did to her. I hope she found the love and caring that was rightfully hers, but denied her by ignorant government rule and greedy hypocritical religious leaders.
"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Is there any question that this war that has killed 4,000 Americans and wounded over 30,000 was based on lies?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
A fellow co-worker sent this little gem along to at least give us all a chuckle;
The provincial government is sending each and every one of us a $100 Carbon Tax rebate.....
If we spend it at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China.
If we spend it on gasoline, the money will go to the Arabs.
If we purchase a computer it will go to India.
If we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.
If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan.
I we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan...
and none of it will help the BC economy.
The only way to be sure to keep the money here at home is to spend it on prostitutes, weed, beer and tattos since there are the only products still produced in Canada.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
I have missed blogging and I do try and get a look at everyone else's blogs a couple of times a week, but I am usually so tired that I don't have the energy to do much else, but browse.
It is an election year here and I am very involved in my constituency getting other people involved so we can be ready when the writ is dropped. Politics is a very strange addiction I think. Most of the people I am involved either love it or hate it. Believe it or not even though I work in a politicians office we have people working there who have no interest what so ever in politics. As I have been involved in this most of my life I often ask myself why? I don't have a lot of answers for it other than I have always been interested in politics and how governments effect the people who elected them.
Being so busy means I have very little time to chat with friends or e-mail them for that matter. Today my British friends have flown across the Atlantic to the US to travel by car across the country. If they are reading this I hope they know I am sending them good thoughts for a safe and happy trip. I hope they understand and forgive me for being so busy these days. Have a good one guys - send me lots of happy pictures.
However, no matter how busy I am I try to spend some time each week taking pictures and walking and playing with Miss Lucy. Almost every weekend I go to a park or the beach and snap pictures. Despite the fact that the weather has been miserable it still is very much spring. The blossoms on the wild berry bushes are out and so are the bees.
The bunnies are back in my yard driving Miss Lucy crazy.
My favorite - the wild daisy's are everywhere you look.
Being able to get out for a few hours every weekend to snap pictures and play with Lucy keeps me sane. I am going to try and get a few minutes to write this week. Lots to catch up on.