Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Hats Off To Two Women Who Showed Up

JOY DAVIES and Pixie Hobby were the only political candidates who showed up at the Ocean Park town hall meeting to talk about the port expansion plan that would bring more trains through BC on route to ship US coal by sea to Asia.

Locals in the US and Canada are concerned about health and environmental impacts. The incredibly long strings of frequent freight trains blocking emergency access to communities along the way is also a concern.

I do not recall anyone saying these are good things. Yet few people spoke up more forcefully against the proposed expansion than these two accomplished women who will compete for the same votes in the fall federal election. Although one is Liberal and the other NDP, they agree about the hazards of thermal coal and potential for disaster to towns at home and around the globe.

The professional achievements of Joy and Pixie are significant. They could rest on their laurels but were compelled to run for their respective parties. They won respect and my admiration but could stumble in the bigger battle by splitting the votes so that the government currently in power (known for deregulation, giving breaks to big business, and not going to community meetings) could win again.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bench With A Message & A Bottle

THE BENCH at Elgin Heritage Park facing the Nicomekl River is one I walk by often. The plaque on the bench titled Hugh’s View gives people a reason to pause. It reads, “Love, compassion and integrity make a family strong.”

A bottle in a paper bag littered the bench one day. Its open mouth gaped at the scenery in odd juxtaposition to the noble sentiments attributed to Hugh.

The drinker was likely wrapped up in his inside rather than outside view.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Stuffed Toys Ready For Pickup By The Fence

WE ARE never too young or old for a stuffed toy to cuddle but some (no matter how cute) overstay their welcome. This bear, with the year 2000 sewn into the bottom of its foot, and two bunnies that might have been Easter gifts looked forlorn in the shade of a big fence at a home where they once were cherished. Will a new family scoop them up or will they end up in the trash I wondered?

Almost everyone has found comfort in plush animals. They peak our imaginations and sit politely in tiny chairs at children's tea parties. They are as consoling as security blankets and as forgiving as pet puppies. I don't remember my childhood favourite but my daughter's favourites have a place in my home. Most are stored in plastic bags waiting for a new generation of hugs.

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