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It's a habit they established with the swastika itself, after all.

So why wouldn't their would-be heirs try to pervert the flags their enemies fought under? That report of the "Proud Boys" disrupting the indigenous ceremony at that statue in Halifax was a clue, going by the flags *they* carried:

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/former-canadian-flag-the-red-ensign-gets-new-darker-life-as-far-right-symbol/wcm/80778f2c-6c23-4000-9917-85176a40e684

I am remembering there's a superhero created by Scott Chantler called the Red Ensign for the True Patriot anthology comic now being carried with new stories by Chapterhouse comics. Before he officially attached his name and design to that copyright inevitability, a few others played with similar thoughts over the decades. I can't imagine he'll be any more thrilled than the Royal Canadian Legion's membership...and the latter are not thrilled at all by this attempt at grand theft symbology.
dewline: (education)
Some musings from Vicki Mochama for Ottawa Metro on the state of racism amongst and within Canadians' hearts.

I have benefitted from white privilege. I know that. I acknowledge that. I want a more just world because I too will benefit from the consequences of its being brought about. One more of the things I fear is that I will succumb to the temptation to fear for that privilege.

Leaving this public, knowing the range of consequences...

PS: Adding a link to Saada Branker's opinion essay at CBC on the situation. Because it's also too relevant to ignore. Fatigue (and anxiety) responses to stories about intolerance should never be equated by bigots with having license to pull this crap. Anywhere. Ever.
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It’s been not quite a full week since the Brexit vote happened. There’s a lot of wreckage to assess and understand the nature of here. To be fair, I am not certain that I do understand any of it just yet.

There’s the demographics of it. Scotland and Northern Ireland versus England and Wales. Old versus young. The splitting of the Conservatives’ ranks, along with UKIP versus everyone else.

There’s the murder of Jo Cox.

That last item doesn’t seem to get much attention since the results of the vote broke. Not from the commercial news services, or the publicly-owned ones either. And the sick joke of it is that her killer – judging by his reply when asked his name for the court’s records – may have gotten exactly what he wanted.

That makes me angry.

As a Canadian, I am one of those people across the planet indirectly affected by the Brexit vote. Most likely, the effect will be on what there are of my retirement savings. But since I’m not a citizen of any of the components of the United Kingdom, there are a number of people who will no doubt tell me that it’s not my knitting to worry about.

The problem with that is, as I have said, that I am affected by the choices of others regardless of that fact. The same applies to the American election process underway at the point when I wrote these words. I am going to be hit by consequences. I have a stake in the outcome of these things, despite not having a lawful vote in most of them.

As a Canadian, I cannot help but look back at the two referenda on Québec independence. As a non-Québecois, I had no legal voice in the outcome, but as a Canadian, my future was going to be impacted anyway. And there were those people who – some cheerfully, some in resentful anger over past offences against them by others – told the people in my situation that ours was to shut up and let it happen to us.

That too made me angry.

That anger couldn’t be allowed to overwhelm me. Others did allow it in their own hearts. Still more channeled that anger in more productive ways, or so I think looking back. That’s part of why there’s still a mostly united Canada.

Another part is the Clarity Act. Brought in during the Chrétien administration, it set up rules for how referenda on seccession from Canada should be held: with clear Questions and a clear majority percentage to trigger the beginning of any negotation process that results from the answers to such Questions. By contrast, the political parties of the UK seem to have made the error of going with a simple majority instead. Not unlike the “Fifty plus one” stance of the Québec separatistes and those who agreed with such rules elsewhere in Canada, whatever else they thought of the separatiste project to begin with.

That the Brexit referendum is officially non-binding seems to cut no ice at all with the winning side, nor with the leaders of the Remain forces. Certainly not with key figures of the European Union who insist that “leave means leave”. The call from such people now is to bind the whole of the UK to such results. No matter the narrowness of the Leave side’s win, no matter the breakdown of the vote’s demographics, no matter the misgivings of many who did vote Leave and now find themselves shocked at the reaction and consequences.

Simply bind and damn them all.

And that too makes me angry.

And I do not know where to put that anger yet.
dewline: (comic books)
You've made martyrs of your prey.

Believe it or not. Like it or not.

That's what you've done.

And yes, the irony of that is recognized.

This will not be forgotten.
dewline: (bad news)
Who said that?

James Moore, our federal industry minister. The title is a direct quotation.

I fear to say more than this.
dewline: (bad news)
Collected Works, Klugman, Gerry Anderson now as well...

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