Archive | March, 2012

Your Faith Will Never Die

25 Mar

by Sarah Scout

One day
The wind, land and sky
Will crumble and die
The sea will dry
And the birds will not fly,
The rain will not fall
The sun will not shine
“But why?” you’ll ask the Creator,
and he’ll say “because it’s all mine.”
Our existence will be gone
Just toward the end
Blind in the darkness
With nothing left to mend
Locked in without faith
Swallowed by fear
Never ever knowing
Why you were here
As the years pass by
You struggle and fight
Having everything good taken away from you
You know this can’t be right
Standing up proud
Standing up strong
Learning acceptance
You strive to live on
Come back sun
Come by sky
No more fear
Because your faith will never die.

Earth Day 2012

25 Mar

For Immediate Release

Earth Day Canada announces two action campaigns for Earth Day® 2012

Actions that are good for the environment are also good for our health
Toronto, ON (15/03/2012)—Earth Day Canada is issuing action-based challenges urging all Canadians (kids, classrooms, groups, businesses, individuals and families) to make positive changes to their daily habits. The challenges run from April 1 to April 30, 2012 and encourage participants to take up a new action for 21 days, a period long enough for the action to become a part of their daily routine.
For kids, classrooms and schools

Through the kid-friendly campaign, Act for the Planet, Earth Day Canada’s EcoKids program, with prizing from Sony Canada, is offering kids a chance to get involved on their own terms. Kids will have all month long to do something good for the planet (and remind their parents to do their part, too!)

Fun and easy actions include
•Creating window decals to prevent bird crashes
•Making planters to clean inside air
•Bringing their own water bottle
•Making something new out of something old.

For youth, adults, families and businesses

For the rest of us, lifestyle choices are typically based on convenience, complacency and habit, but these come with a price. Earth Day Canada’s Take It Up for Earth Day campaign can help you make better decisions about what you eat, drink and what resources you use. Try something new that’s good for you and the planet!

Take up one (or more) of these pro-environmental behaviors
•Eat and prepare plant-based foods at home
•Drink tap water and get water wise
•Care: Detox your personal care routine
•Move: Activate your lifestyle with outdoor, unplugged activities.

“We know that beyond air, food and water quality, the types of products we use on a daily basis, as well as the amount of activity we get, can have substantial effects on our health and the environment,” says Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. “These campaigns help inform people about the environmental and health impacts of the decisions they make on a daily basis, while encouraging them to adopt behaviours that will improve the health of their families and communities.”

The 2012 Earth Day challenges also offer
•Step-by-step guides that kids, teachers/group leaders can use
•Tips and activities for individuals, groups and businesses to work together to keep commitments
•Information about the health and environmental benefits of actions
•Chances to win great prizes and rewards.

Feel ready? Visit earthday.ca, register your commitment(s) and join other Canadians this spring to make change a habit!

About Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world’s largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada’s “Outstanding Non-profit Organization” by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. http://www.earthday.ca

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Keith Treffry
Director of Communications
Earth Day Canada
416.599.1991 × 107 | keith@earthday.ca

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SOURCE: http://www.earthday.ca/pub/resources/media_releases/2012-03-15_earth_day_campaigns/index.html

Occupy Calgary Receives William Irvine Award at the Unitarian Church of Calgary

25 Mar Reverend Debra Faulk - Unitarian Church of Calgary

Reverend Debra Faulk - Unitarian Church of Calgary

Reverend Debra Faulk - Unitarian Church of Calgary

We are most gracious to the Unitarian Church of Calgary for presenting this award to Occupy Calgary. Thanks for your consideration and hospitality today! For those who weren’t able to attend, you may watch below.

What Does Leaderless Look Like

25 Mar

http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/03/what-does-leaderless-look-like/

Collecting Rainwater Now Illegal in Many States as Big Government Claims Ownership Over Our Water

23 Mar

Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials,that rain belongs to someone else.

Read more:
http://worldtruth.tv/collecting-rainwater-now-illegal-in-many-states-as-big-government-claims-ownership-over-our-water/

U.S. Relaxes Limits on Use of Data in Terror Analysis

23 Mar

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/us/politics/us-moves-to-relax-some-restrictions-for-counterterrorism-analysis.html

Anyone who thinks we are whining needs to read this article.

18 Mar

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-things-rich-people-need-to-stop-saying/

Robocall suspect to admit scheme

12 Mar

The news that Elections Canada investigators are aware of the IP address “Pierre Poutine” used to set up the Guelph, Ont., robocall account has convinced a suspect to step forward and accept responsibility for the deceptive calls, sources say.

Whoever set up the account that sent the election day message that deceived opposition voters in Guelph was careful to cover his electronic tracks.

According to sworn affidavits from Elections Canada investigator Al Mathews and sources close to the investigation, whoever sent the fake recorded message used a prepaid credit card to buy a prepaid cellphone, registered an account under a fake name and address with robocall provider RackNine, and used a different fake name and address – Pierre Poutine of Separatist Street, Joliette, Que. – to set up his cellphone.

But the CEO of RackNine, Matt Meier, was able to trace Poutine’s electronic trail back to a specific Internet protocol address, which is apparently assigned to a single home. Sources say that revelation has now convinced someone to step forward and own up to the scheme.

Someone with knowledge of the affair is expected to share information with Elections Canada today.

The young campaigners most often associated with the Guelph campaign in media reports have both repeatedly publicly declared their innocence.

Campaign communications director Michael Sona left his job working for Conservative MP Eve Adams after the story broke, but a few days after leaving, he told CTV News he had no involvement.

“I have remained silent to this point with the hope that the real guilty party would be apprehended,” he said.

A woman who identified herself as Sona’s mother cast doubt on the fairness of investigation on Sunday.

“To me, it’s been a setup from Day 1,” she said, without elaborating.

During a brief conversation with the Ottawa Citizen, she also referred to reports about Meier tracing the Internet address used with the RackNine account. “It’s interesting that Matt Meier found the code when he’s working for the Conservative party.”

Sona stayed at his family’s home in Guelph during the campaign but isn’t living there now, she said.

Deputy campaign director Andrew Prescott, who had an account with RackNine that he used for other campaigns, has also said he had nothing to do with the calls.

After the Ottawa Citizen sought comment from him on Sunday, he sent out a tweet, under his handle ChristianConsrv: “Getting media requests for a story from people who just days ago suggested it implied wrongdoing on my part. An apology first maybe?”

Others who played a role in managing the campaign, including campaign manager Ken Morgan, have not returned repeated messages seeking comment. Riding association president John White could not be reached for comment.

Since the Ottawa CitizenPostmedia News investigation into fraudulent political calls last month, opposition researchers have been tracking down reports of similar calls in other ridings.

The reports, which have not been independently confirmed, say that opposition supporters outside Guelph also recall receiving a recorded message from Elections Canada advising them that their polling station had been moved.

The issue has been a political football for weeks with opposition MPs accusing the Conservatives of being behind a national vote-suppression scheme and the Conservatives accusing their critics of smearing them without proof.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Robocall+suspect+admit+scheme/6287054/story.html#ixzz1otALBiZb

Protesters gather to rally robocall – 660News

12 Mar

More than a hundred Demonstrators gathered in downtown Calgary on Sunday to protest so called “Robo-calling” during the last federal election.

The Liberals and NDP’s accuse the Conservatives of being behind the scandal, a claim the Tories adamantly deny.

The group of about 100 to 120 people made the peaceful march from City Hall to the Harry Hays Building downtown.

Holding a sign that reads “We want democracy now,” demonstrator
Jen Bacon tells 660News it’s time to get to the bottom of who’s responsible for the robo-calling scandal and hold them accountable.

“Just a public apology won’t be enough. You know, we want people to be charged if they find them doing this,” says Bacon.

Similar events were held in cities across the county including in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

Read More – 660News.

I Decolonize

11 Mar

By Sarah Scout
——–
I decolonize
I decolonize
I decolonize
because I realize
that I was given eyes
to see

ears to hear
blood to be
the human being
that I choose to be

a First Nations woman
who has the right to live in dignity

and beauty

who dares to think
to speak
to say

that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
can your God Forbid

apply

to even someone

like me

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