“O Canada, O Canada, who stands watch from sea to sea? Who for a lost democracy? Who for the true north strong and free? If not you then let it be me”

Singing the national anthem at any event – even at home during hockey games – is always a moment that stirs tremendous pride within me. I am Canadian and thank you William Shatner because every time I say that now, I think of you….

Canada is one of the best places on earth, in my opinion. I love it and could never make another country my home. Yet Canada has  indeed,changed and maybe it’s time for a pause to reflect on where we are going.

In 2012, Priscilla Judd wrote this edgy alternative anthem. I think it says more than I ever could here in words. Agree or not, take what you like and leave the rest.

Where ever you are, I hope you stand up and sing the traditional anthem and honour our country… and if you like it, sing this one too. Happy Canada Day!

World Vision offers Feed a Hungry Family in Canada gift option.

In July Canada made it back into the  UN’s top ten list of developed countries, but looking at the World Vision gift site, you might think we were a third world country. While this might shock some, the response to my recent posts on the Loblaws chains decision to pull back the 50% discount on nearly expired product in favour of a 30% discount indicates there are a lot of hurting families, seniors and singles out there.

World Vision is most well known for supporting children,families and communities in third world countries. That they are now offering the option to help feed a Canadian family isn’t something we, as a nation, should be proud of.

https://catalogue.worldvision.ca/Gifts/Forms/Gift.aspx?giftId=2519

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Tragedy in Ottawa

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My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier shot and killed this morning while on service in Ottawa this morning – my deepest condolences. http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/soldier-killed-at-national-war-memorial-identified-1.2065980?hootPostID=50a6907fb7f84ff0824b1d455587eb2c

My thoughts are also with all parliamentarians, staff, friends and colleagues who experienced this.

Let the resolve,strength and reason of Canadians as a country,guide us. And because I could not have said it better myself:

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http://globalnews.ca/news/1629721/alleged-ottawa-gunman-what-we-know-so-far/

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”

 

2013-09-01 022Say what you will about John G. Diefenbaker now, he coined a passage that has become sacred to many devoted Canadians.

I clued in a couple of years ago that things at the federal level were not about to change anytime soon despite the incessant assaults on our science, our media, our people.And incessant they are-hardly a week goes by before media is reporting yet another Harper attack on something.

And I couldn’t stand it then, as I can’t stand it now. There is a continual erosion of the rights and freedoms we built this country on and it’s not coming from an outside source,it’s coming from our own governments.

Despite not agreeing with the complacency, I do sadly understand it- so many Canadians are still so darn polite-eh-and we don’t like rocking the boat!
But does that mean I have to buy into it? No way, no how, not happening.

My parents used to tell me polite people never talk about politics, religion or how much someone makes.

Well, I know I’ve broken all of those rules- sorry Mom and Dad!

I don’t give a crap how much you make as a friend, but I do care how much bureaucrats make in government.

I do care about how much they expense and I do care about where and how the money is spent. Why? Because I see far too many struggling  while far too many in government are living high on the hog. And in a modern country like Canada,that is rich in many ways, that’s not acceptable.

What religion you practice, who you love, who you marry, where you were born, what colour is your skin…is inconsequential to me. I care if you believe in truth,honour and freedom, I care if you worry and help others, if you are a good person inside.

I believe in a hand up, not  a hand out. I believe in helping your neighbor and anyone else who needs it more than you do.

I believe that Canada comes first, as do Canadians. Educate us, employ us, support us, and embrace those of us who dream of all we are able to achieve… as Canadians! We are an incredible melting pot of those whose families have been here forever, and immigrants who came to find a better life, and helped build this country.What makes Canada great is our diversity, our resilence, our inherent strengths.

Vote.

Vote because your vote IS IMPORTANT… in fact one vote is so incredibly important it can win or lose an election and determine if a riding/city/province/our country moves one step back or two steps forward… yes your one vote can do all that.

Don’t complain to me about anything, if you don’t vote. I truly believe that not voting is one of the biggest problems this country has. People in other countries will die for the right to vote and here, we toss it away as a bothersome task, too disconnected from how politics impacts our personal lives. In Canada, it’s usually about half the population that decides the future of the country.  Friends in foreign lands laugh when I tell them that, they can’t understand why so many people don’t vote.

And all the while those who don’t care are sitting having tea at 2pm, the government is likely lumping in regular average folks who really care about this country enough to attend a protest or two, or learn how to protest, in with the truly sick criminals intent on harm.

…and if me, the mom of 4, who bakes, wipes snot,pulls teeth and tries to make whatever change I can by writing about issues that impact my family, my friends and my readers… well I guess if that puts me in that group or any other, so be it, but I’m as average a Canadian as it gets:

 From 2012:

Tonight, I have two special items for you, at least special to me because of where they came from, and why.

They both concern Canada. Our country – for some like myself, a birthright, for others a choice to find a better life. There was a time, not that long ago, that I outright admit I took our liberties and freedoms here in this great, amazing land for granted. And why not? This is Canada, after all, where as Pierre Burton once said, you know you are one when you can make love in a canoe…without tipping. Beavers chomping, moose munching and kids playing hockey on frozen ponds… the clichés abound when it comes to Canadians and our country.

I love them all, I really do. But to me, what really makes us Canadian is our endless strength and our convictions.

Right now, both are being tested, and sadly, by our own government – a government who many say, and I agree, is selling our country out, putting it at grave risk and forgetting the wonderful people who made this country what it is.

Our arts are being killed, our scientists muzzled and silenced, our environment mismanaged or sold to foreign interests, our personal rights and freedoms are being eroded every day.

Our government seems to have forgotten what country this is, and I think I have become a nationalist(eek) – someone who advocates political independence for our country.

We aren’t politically independent in Canada, nor are we in B.C.

When you have corporate friends who have great influence over political leaders, when you have foreign governments who are paying for educational supplements here, actively lobbying and shaping policy and impacting government affairs,when you have a prime minister who openly tells his country he will overrule due process to make something wrong, right…. I am telling you we do not have political independence.

The wonderful thing is, there are thousands of others just like me, and we are finding each other, and talking and informing everyone we can.

One person at a time if need be,and you know something special is happening when a reader,( whom I also consider a new friend), stops on her road trip across Canada to send you a photo, from the Gordie Howe campground in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan because she knows exactly what I will think of it. ( doesn’t get more Canadian than driving across the country in a camper..)

Here is her email from today:

“Hi Laila,

I just thought I would send these not so great photos to you… the one with Harper quoted re: Dief! What a total joke for Harper to even be quoted for one thing and to call himself a Tory! I grew up thinking the Conservatives knew what they were about due to Diefenbaker but those days are long past and only a few good old boys are trying to call Harper into line…

Anyway…how one man can change a nation so quickly…for the worse!

Keep writing…my husband and I are doing our first trip in a small camper across Canada …and reminiscing about Canada along the way…and hope to be in Ottawa for July 1st and I will be wearing my anti Enbridge T-shirt with my save our salmon hoodie! “

Best, Barb

Well, the photos were all great, and here is one photo that I think speaks volumes!!The irony is clear and I am sure old Dief would be turning in his grave if he saw this.

Clearly Harper didn’t learn a hell of a lot from Diefenbaker, now did he? That’s all I am going to say about that.

( I will be featuring more photos from Barb and her hubby’s trip across Canada, since I asked her to continue to send photos to me of things that really stood out for her along the way,things she felt were really Canadian)

 

The second special item for you comes from Priscilla Judd, whom I met while covering the No Prison for Lumby story. Her heart is true, and spirit strong… and talent…immense.

Priscilla writes:

“Life is very much better in Lumby without the fight over a prison but this Federal Government (supported by BC Liberals)  is tearing apart our country – fast. I’ve been busy working lately and writing songs. Anyway, my husband made a video to help me share one of them.I’m sending you my song URL in hopes that first: you like it and second, I’m hoping you will share it.

It’s easy to sing… I have performed it at two protests and it seems to unite people. I hope it goes around in your head and you can remember it if you feel like giving up – I know I do – times are bleak… So let me know how the song works for you – many thanks

in peace

Priscilla”

I opened the link, listened to the song and smiled.

Yes, it really struck me, the beauty, the truth of that song, and if I had my way this would be our new anthem because it speak to all we hold strong , true and free in Canada.  Yes Priscilla, this works for me just fine!!

Listen. Reflect. Enjoy. Will you stand beside me, and stand up for British Columbia, for Canada when they need us most? To remain, the true north, strong and FREE.

 

“O Canada we’ve all agreed to
stand for the true north strong and free
with glowing hearts from sea to sea
we stand on guard for thee

O Canada on Native land
we wash the oil from tar and sand
from pipe to power this darkest hour
from sea to shining sea

But who stands watch for the earth below?
stands for the ice and the melting snow?
who for the land to call our home?
Oh Canada I don’t know

O Canada with fossil soil
we frack the gas and mine the coal
for carbon power this darkest hour
from sea to shining sea

but Who looks out for the prairie sky?
stands for the air so none of us die?
who for wind and the birds that fly?
where the planet goes there go I

O Canada from forest green
we ship the logs and cut the trees
and there for the river that meets the sea
with mud and logging debris

O Canada O Canada
who stands watch from sea to sea?
who for a lost democracy?
who for the true north strong and free?

if not you then let it be me”

Priscilla Judd.

Now go and out enjoy the day with your family, your friends, neighbours and community. Celebrate the good, celebrate this incredible country and just enjoy life.

There is time to fight the good fight when it’s all done. :)

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The only thing you need to know about Justin Trudeau ~ your amuse bouche before this mornings ‘big breakfast’ post coming shortly

The National Bureau Chief for Sun Media is David Akin, of whom I am unabashedly a big fan. Why, Sun Media haters might ask?

Because besides the fact that he was more often than not, the only journalist out there holding Christy Clark’s feet to the fire prior to the last election and during it – he called her first on her jobs plan claims, among other items – he writes blog posts that get right to the point, like this excerpt:

So, the ladies had questions. Like this one:

“Which nation, besides Canada, which nation’s administration do you most admire, and why?”

There were about 100 people in the crowd  at swank downtown Toronto meeting place who’d paid $250 each to be able to ask Justin Trudeau questions and, as the ad said, to “really get to know the future prime minister.”

Ok, so other than Canada, which country’s government does Trudeau “most admire”?

Well, first of all, Trudeau had to acknowledge one thing about his crowd: “Not the fluffy questions some were expecting.”

Much laughter and clapping.

Ok, then. Which country’s government does the “future prime minister” most admire?

Answer: ” You know,  there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China ….

Wait a minute. China? He was not asked which country he liked a bit, or was doing a decent job — but “which nation’s administration he most admired.”

So here’s the whole answer:

” You know,  there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green  fastest…we need to start investing in solar.’ I mean there is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship that he can do everything he wanted that I find quite interesting.

But if I were to reach out and say which…which kind of administration I most admire, I think there’s something to be said right here in Canada for the way our territories are run. Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon are done without political parties around consensus. And are much more like a municipal government. And I think there’s a lot to be said for people pulling together to try and solve issues rather than to score points off of each other. And I think we need a little more of that.

But Sun News can now report that I prefer China.”

Much laughter ensued. Much laughter indeed.

Seriously? Seriously?

Now, go read the rest, right now, and chew on that for a bit with your morning coffee, while I finish up the main course for you… :)

http://blogs.canoe.ca/davidakin/politics/the-country-justin-trudeau-most-admires-you-wont-believe-it/

If I just keep my finger on my head long enough it will look like I am deep in thought and that might hold them off for a bit...
If I just keep my finger on my head long enough it will look like I am deep in thought and that might hold them off for a bit…

So, if you think the young Trudeau will be any different from the old Harper…. you’ve just had the reality check of your life. http://lailayuile.com/2012/11/06/stories-within-stories-harperwhy-we-must-stop-the-canada-china-fipa-and-the-deal-you-still-dont-really-know-about/

And what exactly did the Chinese government use our Canadian uranium for? http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/31/inside-china-nuclear-submarines-capable-of-widespr/

Lest you forget…

“Most in  your arena see soldiers as part of the “SYSTEM” ‘soldier’ or ‘troops’ are words often used in the media in times of turmoil……only during this time of year do we, as a nation, take a step back and reflect on the sacrifice of the common man. The common man, who like me, has done for our ability to be free to speak out when we choose to….Our right to question things freely.

But sadly, it is often one of those blessings most have come to feel was a birthright… and not something that was fought for by young men who volunteered and came as close to hell any mortal wishes to be…..but if they did not, we would be in a different world now.

It’s about remembering the ‘common man’… not “THE MAN”

~ Cpl. Walker 3RCR Mike/Para Coy retired 2002

Cpl. Walker is a friend of mine, and he is one of our modern veterans in Canada. I’ve seen his photos of his time overseas and .. it is something we all need to remember is happening with our young men and women, every day. Whether you agree or not, I will continue to support the choices of the men and women who serve our country.

It is, indeed, a selfless act of bravery, and of service.

He wanted to include this quote with his thoughts.

IT IS THE SOLDIER

It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near” ~Sun Tzu( otherwise known as Rant #1 – there is another one coming)

“Only one thing to it: a strong stomach.  The guts to gladhand a man you’re going to stab in the back; pledge allegiance to principles you stomp on every day; righteously denounce some despot in the press and sell him arms under the table.  The talent to whip up the voters’ worst passions while you seem to call on their highest instincts, and the sense to stay wrapped in the flag.  That’s politics:  I’ll take the simple life.”
―    Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais,   Le Mariage de Figaro

You could not find a more truthful statement than the above: it does take a strong stomach to be a politician and clearly that hasnt changed since this particular book in the Figaro trilogy was written in the 1700’s.  Taking a look at current events in Canada, and in our own province of B.C., I think it’s safe to say however, it takes an even stronger stomach to sit on the sidelines as a voter and try to digest what amounts to a really bad serving of politics no matter where you look.

Let’s start with something everyone needs to really pay attention to because in my opinion, it’s a game-changer for  British Columbians: The Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act, otherwise know and referred to as FIPPA.

FIPPA is yet another one of those underhanded moves by the Harper government in which he throws Canadians under the bus with one hand while tossing back some Dong Po Pork dipped in mustard with the other hand. How he gets away with this stuff, I don’t know. It’s like Canada has become one large fooseball table with Harper and China at opposite ends, and we all lose in the end.

But I digress. Long story short, FIPPA is a foreign trade agreement, a contract, between the Peoples Republic of China and Canada. And without getting into the nitty gritty legalese, it’s being rammed through without any debate, without any public input and it carries some longstanding consequences for all provinces where Chinese investors own assets. In BC, this means that Chinese investors would be able to sue the province for changing direction on the Enbridge pipeline – big trouble for a potential NDP government who plans to withdraw and try to block the project.  The agreement also allow companies with even minority Chinese shareholders to sue Canada, and Canadian companies, outside the Canadian legal system.

It’s unconstitutional, and some say, treasonous.

 I think it’s both, considering the amount of Chinese, trickle-down state-connected, investment in BC’s resource sector – in our province this agreement could have disastrous and long-standing implications we can’t get out of anytime soon.

There is a bit of hope though, and that would be if Christy Clark put some action behind her tough talk of standing up for BC, and launched a Supreme Court challenge – from The Vancouver Observer:

“The province can call for an injunction in the BC Superior Court, requesting the courts to order the federal government not to ratify the treaty until the constitutional issues are resolved,” Van Harten told The Vancouver Observer.

The other option, Van Harten added, was a upswelling of public opinion against the treaty that will pressure elected officials in Parliament as well as provincial legislatures”

Van Harten, an investment law and treaty expert, even sent a letter to Premier Clark ( along with all the other premiers) to warn of the implications and while the premier would not comment to The Observer, Terry Lake did – stating that the letter warning of the above was speculative…

Sure, Terry… speculative that you are not acting in the best interests of British Columbians, but in the best interests of Terry Lake, not unlike most current BC Liberal MLA’s still sitting.

Here is my advice,for what it is worth. Don’t look to Christy and the Liberal leftovers to save the province, she knows she’s done – it’s up to all of you, if you choose. Which brings me to the really big issue of why the hell are our provincial and federal governments so happy and excited and giving gifts and accepting panda’s from a country that has one of the poorest human rights records in history?  Hello CNOOC, I am talking about you.http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/cnooc-security-arrest-falun-gong-adherents-302266.html  Is this really a company we want to do business with in Canada? Seriously?

For the last year, I have been ardently interested in both the provincial governments( in my opinion, blind) direction to pander to Asian interests, as well as Harper’s turnabout with China… when first elected he was standoff-ish with respect to Canadian China relations and that suddenly changed.

Today, our provincial government as well as the Harper government federally, have both chosen to place all of our resource and technological eggs in one large Chinese government connected basket, and I have a huge issue with this. Not because of the wonderful Chinese people who have come to Canada looking for a better life, not unlike my ancestors, but because of the totalitarian regime associated closely with many resource companies… and the active lobby group affecting foreign and domestic policy.

First of all, for those not well read on the topic, China has a military strategy  that encompasses the entire world, not just a nation here or there. In particular, it seems when you look at their state connected, “business” acquisitions, they target countries  like Canada and Australia ( it has even been mused that we are the next Australia) because we are soooo nice, and sooo complacent….

Time to read two, vital posts prior to my next, if you have not… and one funny but in a sad way, video from Rick Mercer Reports.

http://lailayuile.com/2012/04/12/playing-with-the-dragon-who-is-looking-after-canadian-interests-while-china-outwits-our-governments/

http://lailayuile.com/2012/06/06/playing-with-the-dragon-ii-the-architects-behind-canadas-china-policy/

Meanwhile, over in Alberta….

It was just over a year ago I first wrote about Chinese companies who allegedly couldn’t find one single skilled worker in Canada to staff their mines up north… http://lailayuile.com/2011/10/04/if-you-build-them-mines-they-will-come-workers-from-china/

Of course, this week the outrage begins anew with news that even more mines will be bringing even more foreign workers, and while the companies
“promise” to train Canadians down the road… something tells me that’s never going to happen.

Of course, this isn’t just a BC trend to look to foreign workers… Alberta’s been very busy doing the same thing, targeting Americans.

This article details the wonderful partnership between Alberta and American veterans because ” Canada needs you for pipeline work.” :  http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2012-Articles/CANADA-WANTS-U-S-VETERANS-FOR-PIPELINE-WORK/

“This is a great opportunity for veterans, transitioning military, National Guard and reservists, and their family members,” said Ted Daywalt, founder and CEO of VetJobs (www.vetjobs.com), a recognized industry leader in helping veterans find work. 

My first thought was ‘How convenient for pipeline companies to have workers on site with military experience and training…’

But there is more. Opportunity awaits at this site : http://www.opportunityawaits.com/default.aspx , where the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation has a multitude of skilled job openings for people looking for work from the US, and are even holding job fairs to recruit on behalf of Suncor, Finning and PCL Constructors. They offer tips and advice on getting your US passport, living in Alberta and all the benefits offered by the companies seeking workers.

I hear that in some fields there is a shortage of skilled labour because many provinces pushed kids to tech and business rather than trades for far too long and that’s starting to show as older tradespeople retire. Time to invest in educating and skills training for Canadians starting at the high school level for those kids interested, but even with that being said, I find it hard to fathom these companies can’t find Canadian workers to fill these positions.
Or did they really try?

United States Of Can-ah-duhhhh, celebratin’ July 4th with pride!

http://www.greenparty.ca/media-release/2012-06-29/harper-s-disdain-canada-exposed-washington-our-embassy-ignores-july-1-celeb

OTTAWA – As Canadians across the country mark Canada Day with pride, the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C., is doing nothing to mark our country’s 145th birthday.  And yet, on July 4, guests have been invited to our embassy to enjoy a fireworks display in honour of the founding of the United States of America.

“I was astounded when I came across this information,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands. 

“While the Harper Conservatives support a bill to protect the right to fly our flag, they are systematically ruining our reputation internationally.  And why are they spending $28 million to celebrate the fact that the British Empire, the Iroquois Confederacy, and other First Nations won the War of 1812, making Canada possible, when the Prime Minister seems to think we lost?” said May.  “I hope Canadians take note of this on July 1 and are more determined than ever to protect Canada — our traditions, our values and our natural environment from Stephen Harper’s radical agenda.”

Canada, we stand on guard for thee…

Tonight, I have two special items for you, at least special to me because of where they came from, and why.

They both concern Canada. Our country – for some like myself, a birthright, for others a choice to find a better life. There was a time, not that long ago, that I outright admit I took our liberties and freedoms here in this great, amazing land for granted. And why not? This is Canada, after all, where as Pierre Burton once said, you know you are one when you can make love in a canoe…without tipping. Beavers chomping, moose munching and kids playing hockey on frozen ponds… the clichés abound when it comes to Canadians and our country.

I love them all, I really do. But to me, what really makes us Canadian is our endless strength and our convictions. Right now, both are being tested, and sadly, by our own government – a government who many say, and I agree, is selling our country out, putting it at grave risk and forgetting the wonderful people who made this country what it is.

 Our arts are being killed, our scientists muzzled and silenced, our environment mismanaged or sold to foreign interests, our personal rights and freedoms are being eroded every day. Our government seems to have forgotten what country this is, and I think I have become a nationalist(eek) – someone who advocates political independence for our country. I love, and will defend my country, and will do so using my pen and paper… or computer as modern times dictate. 

 We aren’t politically independent in Canada, nor are we in B.C. When you have corporate friends who have great influence over political leaders, when you have foreign governments who are paying for educational supplements here, actively lobbying and shaping policy and impacting government affairs,when you have a prime minister who openly tells his country he will overrule due process to make something wrong, right…. I am telling you we do not have political independence.

The wonderful thing is, there are thousands of others just like me, and we are finding each other, and talking and informing everyone we can.

 One person at a time if need be,and you know something special is happening when a reader,( whom I also consider a new friend), stops on her road trip across Canada to send you a photo, from the Gordie Howe campground in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan because she knows exactly what I will think of it. ( doesn’t get more Canadian than driving across the country in a camper..)

Here is her email from today:

 “Hi Laila,

I just thought I would send these not so great photos to you… the one with Harper quoted re: Dief! What a total joke for Harper to even be quoted for one thing and to call himself a Tory! I grew up thinking the Conservatives knew what they were about due to Diefenbaker but those days are long past and only a few good old boys are trying to call Harper into line…

Anyway…how one man can change a nation so quickly…for the worse!

Keep writing…my husband and I are doing our first trip in a small camper across Canada …and reminiscing about Canada along the way…and hope to be in Ottawa for July 1st and I will be wearing my anti Enbridge T-shirt with my save our salmon hoodie! ”

Best, Barb

Well, the photos were all great, and here is one photo that I think speaks volumes!!The irony is clear and I am sure old Dief would be turning in his grave if he saw this.

 Clearly Harper didn’t learn a hell of a lot from Diefenbaker, now did he? That’s all I am going to say about that. ( I will be featuring more photos from Barb and her hubby’s trip across Canada, since I asked her to continue to send photos to me of things that really stood out for her along the way,things she felt were really Canadian)

The second special item for you comes from Priscilla Judd, whom I met while covering the No Prison for Lumby story. Her heart is good and spirit strong and talent…immense.

Priscilla writes:

 “Life is very much better in Lumby without the fight over a prison but this Federal Government (supported by BC Liberals)  is tearing apart our country – fast. I’ve been busy working lately and writing songs. Anyway, my husband made a video to help me share one of them.I’m sending you my song URL in hopes that first: you like it and second, I’m hoping you will share it.

It’s easy to sing… I have performed it at two protests and it seems to unite people. I hope it goes around in your head and you can remember it if you feel like giving up – I know I do – times are bleak… So let me know how the song works for you – many thanks

in peace

Priscilla”

I opened the link, listened to the song and cried. Yes, it really struck me, the beauty, the truth of that song, and if I had my way this would be our new anthem because it speak to all we hold strong , true and free in Canada.  Yes Priscilla, this works for me just fine!!

 Listen. Reflect. Enjoy. Will you stand beside me, and stand up for British Columbia, for Canada when they need us most? To remain, the true north, strong and FREE.

“O Canada we’ve all agreed to
stand for the true north strong and free
with glowing hearts from sea to sea
we stand on guard for thee

O Canada on Native land
we wash the oil from tar and sand
from pipe to power this darkest hour
from sea to shining sea

But who stands watch for the earth below?
stands for the ice and the melting snow?
who for the land to call our home?
Oh Canada I don’t know

O Canada with fossil soil
we frack the gas and mine the coal
for carbon power this darkest hour
from sea to shining sea

but Who looks out for the prairie sky?
stands for the air so none of us die?
who for wind and the birds that fly?
where the planet goes there go I

O Canada from forest green
we ship the logs and cut the trees
and there for the river that meets the sea
with mud and logging debris

O Canada O Canada
who stands watch from sea to sea?
who for a lost democracy?
who for the true north strong and free?

if not you then let it be me”