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D'you suppose we could get at least twenty people interested in a Canadian Music community?

Neil Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kashtin, Tanya Tagaq, Metric, Bruce Cockburn, New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, Rush, Stars, Coeur de Pirate, the list goes on...

Putting the question out there.
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What I originally had here was a facetious, detail-obsessed comment on the title of this article. Because I live in Canada, though not in Cape Breton...

What I want to say now that I've read it in full? That's something else.

I have friends who want to stand and fight, friends who feel a need to get ready to flee, friends who are uncertain of what to do next, and I know a few people who think the new management in Washington is Just Fine with them, too.

My government at present views the new management as a complication they have to try to cope with in order to get to better days for everyone on both sides of the border. At least that how it looks to me right now. I don't know that they understand what they're dealing with yet. They were ready to work with just about anyone else *but* the people now in the White House...
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So we're trying to rebuild an intercity transit network - preferably publicly owned and operated - across Canada. Even if our provincial/territorial and federal governments don't quite realize that the country needs it right now. Certainly, the current management of my birth province of Saskatchewan doesn't realize it yet. That, or they are acting in defiance by using an austerity budget to justify what they've announced intent to do yesterday.

My family used the Saskatchewan Transportation Company when we lived in Saskatchewan. In the absence of a proper passenger rail service, and given the lack of attention given by privately owned bus transit, it was and still is vital to have.
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I would argue that at least two of our politicians at the federal level in Canada are among many people worthy of our attention and respect for coping with hard situations, even if/when we watch them in the midst of coping with errors strategic and/or tactical.

Ahmed Hussen is our current minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Erin Andersson and Michelle Zilio filed a piece with the Globe and Mail that gives us a sense of his progress, from Somali refugee to federal cabinet minister.

Chrystia Freeland went from reporter to minister for Global Affairs and International Trade. Being of Ukrainian ancestry and opposed to Russian interventions in her family's old country, that has made her a target for desinformatsiya efforts centered upon her maternal grandfather's role in local media as dictacted by the Nazi regime in Germany during World War II. There are two opinion pieces, one by Paul Wells for the Toronto Star and another by Michael Harris for iPolitics, that frame some of my thinking on the matter.

The situations each of them are now facing will change - at times, dramatically, I expect - in the days and months ahead. But I do believe each of them is working to rise to the challenges of these moments.
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Yesterday, there was a bunch of protests against M-103, a motion by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid of Mississauga targeting Islamophobia as a Problem to be studied and solved to whatever degree possible (along with other forms of bigotry) in several cities across Canada.

What brings me continued hope for the future of Canada is that in every case, opposing rallies were organized and fielded in defence of M-103.

Calgary.

Edmonton.
Regina and Saskatoon.
Winnipeg.
Toronto.
Montréal and Ville de Québec.

I haven't heard of the like in Ottawa-Gatineau, and I don't know whether to be hopeful or worried about that. If you know of similar events elsewhere in Canada, I'd be glad of links to the reports.

Again: counter-protests against bigotry? Cause for hope.
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Courtesy of the Toronto Star:



Something to strive for.
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Apparently, it happened at a local masjid. Details, what there are of them for now, here at this CBC report.

I was starting to worry that the like would happen somewhere in Canada. There've been smaller-scale instances of vandalism scattered across the country the last few years...

Note from one angry Canadian: this does NOT get done in our name as a people. We are NOT going to tolerate anyone pulling any attempts at a homegrown Krystallnacht. Absolutely not.
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Ville de Québec
Anywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador
Anywhere in Yukon, the NW Territories, or Nunavut
Red Deer
Haida Gwaii
Windsor
Kitchener-Waterloo

That's an incomplete list. Horribly incomplete.
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[personal profile] siderea pointed out an article on Politico by Molly McKew that is giving me the shivers: that Putin's goal - one of them - might be to push our several nations into reshaping ourselves from within to become more like his version of what Russia is or should be. To abandon our own doctrine and traditions as nations. And in the process, undermine our abilities to depend on one another as nations, as peoples...

It's a disturbing thought. And therefore it has merit worth pursuing. Because if the theory's right, then we can counter the strategy it details, and moreover, we should.

It's putting me in mind of several opinion pieces in various corners of several news services, which taken in concert - allowing for their contradictions of one another - might give Canada some means - beginning with inspiration, but hopefully not ending there - with which to help reweave international human society into something more durable for the decades to come.

Of course, whether we recognize those tools for what they are, the possibility that we might do so at all makes Canadian society one more target for Putin's campaign against the idea of a global civil society.

Recognize this: NATO, EU, NORAD...they're the near-term targets. Long-term, it's the UN and its web of satellite institutions as well and the ideals they embody. Why else pull away from the International Criminal Court?

For that matter, we might see the efforts of the political parties making up the ranks of the International Democrat Union in a similar light. But for their competing ambitions, Putin's United Russia Party might well have ended up a member of the IDU.

There are some who see Justin Trudeau as "the last major progressive leader standing", Aaron Wherry among them. I don't know that I agree with that, given Angela Merkel's continued presence despite being seen as a conservative in German circles per Wherry's opinion piece. But certainly, he's seen as a key, by Joe Biden among others.

Some of those others also see Canada as currently being the freest of societies on the planet. Whether you take the admittedly-flattering article on Upworthy at its given word on the subject, and acknowledging Canada's existing, long-standing flaws, it's one more reason why we might be positioned to make a positive difference in this world.

I'm not sure how much further to take this train of thought at the moment, and I'd originally meant to study several kinds of software as part of my ongoing job search. So, I'm going to open the microphone up.
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Some of these may be more to your liking than others. But I put the link forward to promote curiosity.

"When it comes to holiday food, most people probably think of turkey. But in Indigenous communities, the choices can be as diverse as the individuals who prepare them.

From canned moose to rabbit stew, here are just a few of the meals that Indigenous people are sitting down to this holiday season."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-holiday-dishes-2016-1.3912466

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Ashby, like Spider Robinson and others since his arrival, is an ex-American (or in her case, in the process of becoming so). I've been paying some degree of attention to her opinion columns in the Ottawa Citizen, particularly in the last few months.

This column is one of the root causes of my worry about "annexation or blitzkrieg?".

And then there's this one about how we use - and react to how others use - the Internet.

You may want to look at some of her other columns.
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Randy links to a tale of quieter heroes...

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rfmcdpei at [URBAN NOTE] "How construction barriers are bringing downtown's gritty past to life"
CBC News' Lorenda Reddekopp looks at how archeologists are uncovering the history of Toronto's infamous Ward, a neighbourhood that was an early center for immigration.

Mavis Garland clearly remembers the sign stuck in the window of her stepdad's barbershop: "No Discrimination."

That was back in the early 1950s. Garland's mother, a white woman and British immigrant, made the sign. Her Chinese stepfather wanted clients of all races to know they were welcome.

Garland says it worked.

Her family's story is one of six depicted in an art project — called Picturing The Ward — on the wooden construction hoardings surrounding what will eventually be a new courthouse in downtown Toronto, at 11 Centre Ave., northwest of city hall.

The street art covers two blocks, recounting life stories from the gritty, impoverished area that used to be known as "The Ward." It was a first home for new immigrants to the city dating back to the 1800s.
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Howard Dean to Terry Milewsky on Power & Politics, advising Canadian viewers about NAFTA and US-Canada relations in general:

"This is the time you don't want anyone in Washington to pay attention to you."

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