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Dec 1, 2014

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Paying Tribute to Black Strathcona

Paying Tribute to Black Strathcona

  On a blustery, rainy, second-to-last-day of another action & entertainment-packed Heart of the City Festival (the 11th annual), a wondrous day of tribute unfolded on a large scale. The events were in honour of the history & ongoing, compelling legacy of Hogan's Alley community in Black Strathcona.
  First of all was the walking tour meeting fittingly at the Jimi Hendrix shrine at Main & Union
  The tribute culminated in an amazing, standing-room -only extravaganza in the legendary Carnegie Theatre. It was a magnificent feast for our eyes & ears, beginning with a beautiful opening by the Festival's executive director Terry Hunter. The first performer was the incomparable singer extraordinaire Vanessa Richards. Then we viewed about 10 short films showing sites, buildings, eateries, performers, residences in Hogan's Alley along with some shots of Dora & Jimi Hendrix. Histories & facts & stories were also contained in several of the movies; enlightening indeed, as well as poignant, funny, sad & happy. They unfolded a gift box of astounding poets & singers too numerous to mention but all were exceptional.
  There was an impromptu calypso drum demonstration by an in-the-groove gentleman whose name also escapes me (although I do remember writing it down somewhere ... )
  Closing the ceremonies, I believe from the Ugandan ambassador to Canada who was most gracious & profound. After all this amazing banquet of music, wonder & emotion, Vanessa Richards eventually, reluctantly had to give an ending to the afternoon's festivities, inviting all to stick around for a meet & greet chat with all involved.
  As I was packing to depart to yet another event, all of a sudden, out of the blue, Priscillia Tail - multimedia artist& volunteer - rushed up (bursting with joy (as always» grabbed me & said, "Robyn! We've got to get photographs of Chick Lane, Leonard's brother, both extraordinary entertainers who toured the world. I immediately realised what a rare opportunity this was & said, "yes Yes YES!!" Chick was most gracious as he stood ramrod straight, balancing perfectly with his cane; there we were ending events with huge smiles plastered all over our beaming faces! It is a treasured memory & a memento frozen in time, just like Hogan's Alley and Black Srathcona .... and folks, it just don't get any better than that.

                                             By ROBYN LIVINGSTONE
 

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tough love

tough love

she & I have made it through another day without killing ourselves
or each other without running away from each other
we've made it through with so little to go on
we've made it through without bank accounts or pension plans
we've made it through with nothing to look forward to
we've made it through without really wanting to
we've made it through with despair, fear & confusion
we've made it through without owning anything of value or wanting to
we've made it through with a profusion of differences between us
we've made it through without television or movies
we've made it through without meetings to go to
we've made it through without organizations to belong to
we've made it through without any church to attend
we've made it through without using computers
we've made it through without books telling us how-to
we've made it through with everything we've lost
we've made it through despite the years of trouble we've caused each other
we've made it through with our strangulated spirits turning blue
we've made it through with nowhere to go
we've made it through with worn-out shoes
we've made it through without the oblivion of drugs or booze
we've made it through with crippling lifelong emotional wounds
we've made it through sleeping past noon
we've made it ,through without any good news
we've made it through lottery tickets or bingo
we've made it through with our families sick & poor & crazy & old
we've made it through with even fewer illusions
we've made it through without being run over by cars or blown-up
by pipelines or mutilated by maniacs on city avenues
we've made it through with our senses shrinking & our bodies
breaking down & our nerves whipped & abused
we've made it through with the meaningless lives we're forced to use
we've made it through by sending blind prayers into burned-out air
we've made it through by listening to each other
we've made it through by holding onto each other
we've made it through by trying to care more for each other than we do for ourselves
& somehow she & I have made it through
another goddamned day
                                      Bud Osborn

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CARNEGIESINGALONG CHOIR
COME AND SING WITH THE CARNEGIE
SINGALONG CHOIR

Drop-In rehearsels Sunday Afternoons (Classroom 2)
                               Dec. 7, 14, 21st  (2:30 – 5:30 PM)
Carols on the Stairwell  - Dec. 22nd
                                (Meet on 3rd Floor at 4:30 PM)
Christmas Eve Singalong, between acts in the Theatre

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In Memory of Bill Loiselle

In Memory of Bill Loiselle

  Bill appeared to be a ferocious reader with a rather macabre sense of humour. He once read my copy of Howl (Allen Ginsberg) to some mutual friends and we were all blown away by his showmanship! I suggested a performance at Carnegie’s Open Mike… Being a small man Bill projected a hardened shell, but if you were to crack it you’d’ve find a heart of gold.
  To the light, Bill, to the light.
                                                 Angela Zenk

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You won't believe this.

You won't believe this.

 Christy Clark is trying to change the BC Society Act to give deep-pocketed interests new powers to drag any community group that opposes them into court.

 The changes would allow private interests to sue environmental & Community groups for opposing their projects, tying those groups up in expensive court battles. Environmental organizations, neighbourhood
associations, churches, you name it -- they could all find themselves targeted if Clark's plan goes through.
The potential impact of this policy is chilling. It could effectively muzzle free expression and public debate across British Columbia, striking at the very heart of our democratic values & giving unprecedented power to those with the deepest pockets.
 This plan affects over 27,000 groups across the province. It could bankrupt small community organizations, muzzle public dissent, and force non-profits to fight against constant legal proceedings from anyone who disagrees with their work.
  The legislative session ends this Thursday, and we have a simple goal: get as many people as possible to join our campaign before the legislature adjourns.  Send Christy Clark a message before it's too late: DON’T MUZZLE BC!

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"Who i am." Board Bios

"Who i am." Board Bios

 Adrienne Macallum has lived in the downtown eastside since 2001.  She has served on the Carnegie Board as Corresponding Secretary since 2007.  She has volunteered in the Learning Centre on Thursdays mornings as a computer tutor and ESL for over 12 years.  She is also a portrait artist and has dabbled in the world of digital storytelling.  She enters many artistic endeavors in the area and has recently produced a play for the Heart of the City Festival.  She is chair of the Library/Education committee  and goes to Volunteer and Program Committee Meetings regularly.   She loves the Carnegie and looks forward to future volunteering for this community. She also loves to do yoga.

Priscillia Tait carries many nick names that was given to her from childhood to the present day-monkey, mays, chewie, huckleberry queen, and many more.  She's a devoted mother who had used some of the agencies when needed and now volunteers at the Carnegie Learning Centre and attends Education and Library, Oppenheimer Park, and Volunteer Committee meetings.  This is her way to give back to the community of the Downtown Eastside and to enjoy Kale, turnip, and cabbage soup with her hard earned volunteer tickets, not!" Stay Beautiful @ Heart

Pat McSherry: I've lived in the DTES since 2000 and been a member of the Carnegie Community Centre Association Board of Directors since 2008. I've been Treasurer for four terms and chair the Finance Committee. I also attend the Program, Oppenheimer Park and Community Relations Committees. I have volunteered in Carnegie's Learning Centre. I serve on the Boards of St. James' Anglican Church at Gore and Cordova, the St. James' Music Academy, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonatzin Community that meets at the Listening Post. I co-chair the Poverty Action Team of the Metro Vancouver Alliance and serve on its Strategy Team.

Wilson Liang is on the following committees: education/library, community relations, program, and finance. Besides volunteering on the board, Wilson also volunteers at the Learning Centre and CCAP.

Lisa David was born and raised in Vancouver and has lived in the Downtown Eastside for almost 19 years.  She is not certain how long she has been a member of the Carnegie Board, but she has had the honour of serving with three different Presidents.  Whenever possible, Lisa attends committee meetings for Finance, Program and Community Relations. She also volunteers for the Carnegie Newsletter.

Sharon Kravitz has worked with the Carnegie Community Centre since 1993 primarily as a volunteer, but also as a staff person working at Oppenheimer Park in in 1997, and the Carnegie Outreach Program from 1999-2002, and numerous community projects with the Carnegie Community Centre Association. Sharon has been on the Carnegie Board for two terms. Sharon attends Program, Volunteer and Community Relations Committee Meetings.

Phoenix Winter: I am grateful to be part of the DTES community, and spent time here when I was homeless.  I am gifted with a mental illness, and have been able to be on the Board for about five years.  Because I am President, I am supposed to go to all committee meetings and I do my best to do so.  I am part of the Firewriters writing group out of the Learning Centre of the Carnegie, and also drum with the Harmony of Nations at Oppenheimer Park.  Thank you for being you...

Margaret Tsang: Served on the Carnegie Board for 2 ½ years.  She’s a volunteer tutor for the Learning Centre and prior 2nd floor receptionist volunteer. Previously, she volunteered for UBC Learning Exchange as IT Facilitator at Mount Pleasant Library/Community Centre.

Sam Snobelen
moved to Vancouver in 1968. He first lived in the Downtown Eastside in the early 1970’s. His first stint on the Board was in the infamous year 1986, when members united to throw out a self-interested majority on that Board. Sam was in the one-vote-less minority. After that was resolved he took a quarter-century off but now he’s back!

Thelma Jack
: I have been sober for 20 years. I also volunteer on second-floor reception 1 day a week.

James Pau
: James has been living in the Downtown Eastside since the very first day he emigrated from Hong Kong in 1975, leaving his nursing profession behind. He joined the Carnegie Seniors’ Support Group in 1996 & continues to serve in different capacities on the Executive. A year later he was elected to the Board & has returned every year since, attending the Community Relations, Education & Library committees. Relying on his experience in nursing he volunteers for the DTES HIV/AIDS I.D.U. Consumer Board for 19 years as its social/spiritual chair. He’s also active on issues of poverty, homelessness, world peace and social justice.

Fraser Stuart
has been an active Board member for ‘?’ years, and is involved in issues of housing and poverty through the Carnegie Community Action Plan (CCAP). He sits on the Program and Community Relations committees.

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(another go at) ALBERTA

(another go at) ALBERTA

  Alberta has a little of something for everyone. It has an excellent highway system, which greatly expedites the movement of people between Somewhere and Nowhere.
  Alberta has a notable tradition in the area of political leadership, as exemplified by those two towering figures of political acumen: Peter Lougheed & Don Getty: a couple of bench-warming second-stringers, who fumbled their way through business school on football scholarships. This legacy continues up to the present day, and Albertans enjoy debating important issues across a broad ideological spectrum ranging from the views espoused by Conrad Black & extending all the way through to those advanced by David Frum.
  Alberta is notorious for its cultural achievements: everything from Wilf Carter to West Edmonton Mall.
  Albertans are an earthy, robust bunch, & their tastes run to the simple and uncomplicated. They like their steaks rare, their potatoes mashed, and their drinks straight. As for intellectual stimulation, they will, on occasion, risk an encounter with the daily newspaper.
Albertans are by their very nature philanthropic, an example being the eagerness with which they sell-off their natural resources to the lowest bidder. Invariably, these are Americans, and they take every possible  precaution to ensure their generous patronage.
                                               By Ken Morrison

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Against ‘Since Forever’

Against ‘Since Forever’

Like horses built out of glue promises made become unglued Saint Minus voted to make up for 8 years of abuse & lies but no goodbyes, King Gregor dances with his selfishist friends who will cling to him like parasites right to the end as a mass exodus of sanity waves weeps & cries, now in Washington state people smoke their legalised pot as for us as of April 1 booze will be sold in grocery stores gee thanks a lot a mere 55 pedestrians die every year you can triple that a few times as well as domestic abuse they’ll be a hit,
You were climbing over a Lego version of the Berlin Wall when satan (gregor) gave you a calm but dictatorshipish call asking for your time ‘free brainwashing lessons’ manipulation over your city in 24 hour DVDs ‘This is the Ultimate Selfishists For Dummies’ kit, statutory holidays for the uppercrust of urinalcake almost makes you want to have a gun (how American of you) as you continue down Further Street all his minions are pounding out that primitive yet ruthless ‘We Will Work For less..’ it’s his stable & people must be kept in line or they’ll get beat & the worst will be forced to live with discreet panic & widespread disorder, blood-red skies shall be the order of the day for at least 4 more years they say grief is in a recession but anarchists shall shed no tears
Saint Minus has brought common sense & determination to people who through mistakes thought nothing could be done with order, school kids don’t even know WWI from WWII & they honestly don’t want anything to do with the past how frail this city ‘world’ has become you’re either rich or poor that’s the way our lives have been cast we are an army of angry & frail souls who have been against ‘since forever’ the likes of scum like you smoothtalking broken-down glass walking sacks of evil disillusionment fills the air, Like the Last Supper being a take-out order of Chinese food or saying that “at the end He had problems with his self-esteem & attitude problems King Selfishist Gregor could most definitively compare…
 Criticism is like loyalty you stand by your word good or bad otherwise you’re just like the other guy shouting slurs to stir up trouble that is pathetic & very sad autonomy & anarchy are not weapons for once think of others (it is allowed) being an individual is always welcome news, like a gifted culture with nothing whatsoever to give as long as there are authoritarians & selfishists I have no other options open to me
I must for at least now try to live may the SatanGodIcecrean Family have mercy on my dead soul if I am the only one with such views.
                             By ROBERT McGILLIVRAY

I don’t care how much a man talks, if he only says it in a few words.”            -Josh Billings

P.S.: Booze in grocery stores & pot is harder to get so start collecting your Emergency Room bonus points… and I do not even smoke pot except to sleep, & Kinder Morgan go back to your hell.  Thanx

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Dear Editor – Burnaby Mountain:

Dear Editor – Burnaby Mountain:

By the time you decide whether or not to publish this,
the problem may have been resolved. However, tonight on Burnaby Mountain, there are a good number of protesters fighting against a proposed oil pipeline that would run under Burnaby mountain, upon which the Simon Fraser university sits.
  The Burnaby city council tried to prevent this pipeline, but corporate lawyers convinced the courts that they had the right to undermine the mountain.
 The corporate lawyers were hired by Kinder Morgan,
who want to run oil from the filthy tar sands of Alberta to Vancouver so that the oil can be shipped overseas.
  Kinder Morgan has a long record of oil spillages in
North America, which they simply dismiss as “oil spills can have both negative and positive effects”
  This rape of our land can be traced back to the Free Trade Agreement that Canada signed with the U.S.A., in which it was stated the foreign corporations had the right to sue a signed country so that they, the corporations, could, in fact, use the signer’s land as it pleased.
  And so, on this night of  Wednesday, November 26, 2014,  hundreds of courageous people are camped on Burnaby mountain to prevent an unwanted environmental rape.
  If there is still time, may people of the Downtown Eastside who have time to spare, take a bus to Burnaby mountain and join the sovereign cause to protect  the lands we live in from foreign corporations.

                          Most Sincerely,
                                        Garry Gust.

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Confide In A Friend

Confide In A Friend

 When you’re tired and worn at the close of the day
And things just didn’t seem to be going your way,
When your patience has come to an end,
Try taking time out and confide in a friend.
 Perhaps she too may have walked the same road
With a much troubled heart and a burdensome load,
To find peace and comfort somewhere near the end,
When he stopped long enough to confide in a friend.
 For then are most welcome a few words of cheer,
For someone who willingly lends you and ear?
No troubles exist that time cannot mend,
But to quick relief, just confide in a friend.

                                       Sheri-Lynn Kirkham

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Christmas Not Forgotten

Christmas Not Forgotten

Every day that goes by so many things go on. You might not want it to be real but what’s the point for a song? Can’t forget about the family and is it not the truth that things change as we grow up and long past has gone our youth. If we found as much on the real, no matter how much it might make you feel, the energy we put into Christmas each year could surely take care of the troubles so near. If you can see a lemon-like light where all human beings can get along & not fight, then who cares about their religion & who cares about their wealth. Can’t you see it is all certain the one fate that were dealt is to live under life’s roof. Coming & going out, we’re all here to exist with each other, and to that there’s no doubt... if we can relax and try to get along.
  Treat everyone like Christmas the whole time year long. The gift I would love to give to the world is a life-long commitment to respect every living thing and ignite a beautiful sound inside everyone’s head that will ring; a sound so powerful so strong & so kind that it will infuse with every human mind – one of awareness & of great joy, one of great caring for every girl&boy
  To change the world is the point of this song, no matter what it takes and no matter just how long. This precious gift is to take one chance at peace. Such a beautiful sound indeed that we all deserve at least.
Chorus:
War is over if we want it. We can work out a plan and do it.War is over now. Peace for every human being as each day we share. Peace for all the whole world over if we really care.

                                                              Darren Morgan

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From the Library

From the Library

  On Thursday, December 11 at 3pm in the Carnegie Theatre, the library is pleased to welcome the VPL Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence – Rosemary Georgeson.  Georgeson is a Coast Salish and Dene storyteller, and she will be sharing family fishing stories, among others, and cross-cultural connections between First Nation and non-First Nation cultures.  Coffee and refreshments provided.
  A big thanks to Carl MacDonald for suggesting a “birthday” celebration for our Centre namesake, Mr. Andrew Carnegie. He was born November 25, 1835 and the city of Vancouver requested financing for the Carnegie Library back in 1902.  Carnegie turned 179 years-old!
  The first “Main & Hastings Book Club” was a humble and interesting gathering of the curious-minded.  After introductions, the goal was to share something that had been inspiring, and recommend further reading.  The resulting list includes titles that were discussed:
Riding Fury Home, a memoir by Chana Wilson  306 .7663 W74r) was admired as the reader found she could relate to the author’s difficult relationship with her mother.
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (823 C75L6) was featured, including a reading that goes,
“...it seems to me that for each of us going home must be like going to render an account. We return to face our superiors, our kindred, our friends—those whom we obey, and those whom we love; but even they who have neither, the most free, lonely, irresponsible and bereft of ties,—even those for whom home holds no dear face, no familiar voice,—even they have to meet the spirit that dwells within the land, under its sky, in its air, in its valleys, and on its rises, in its fields, in its waters and its trees—a mute friend, judge, and inspirer…”
 Mathematicians Blaise Pascal (inventor of the adding machine) and Euclid were acknowledged.
Music like Mozart’s “Turkish March” and Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” (No. 14) were revered.
The Grand Illusion” (1937) film by Jean Renoir – son of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was admired greatly (DVD: 791.4372 G7511r1)
Tolstoy’s essay “What is Art?” (891.78 T654ch1) and the biography Life of Johnson (828 J69Zb) by James Boswell on the story of Oxford English Dictionary inventor Samuel Johnson were referenced.
  It was a lively discussion & all are welcome to our next meeting:  Tuesday December 18th (10:30am –
12:00pm in the Classroom on level 3).  
                                             Your librarian, Natalie

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26th Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner
26th Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner
  Saturday, December 20th, 2014 12:00 Noon
  In 1988 The Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner began and in 1992 the Oppenheimer Park Christmas fund was created. Over our twenty six year history we’ve served over 3,000 meals  each and every year & created a very special Christmas tradition in the Downtown Eastside, complete with a visit from Santa and small gifts including new socks, gloves and packages of toiletries.
  This has been accomplished with the support of hundreds of volunteers, as well as donations
of cash and services from the film industry community and local businesses. This year we need your help again and hope you can join us!
  We are very proud to have organized this event for so many years and realize that it is truly ONLY possible for that to have happened through the ongoing support of our community. From financial donations of every size, through donations of time, services and goods, it is the film & television industry of BC that has made this possible.
  Visit our website at www.oppenheimerdinner.ca. You can get more information about the event. Look at photos from past years or make a donation. We have made making a donation easier with Paypal.
  We will be doing a COAT DRIVE again this year. The Bridge Studio graciously allows us to park a truck on the lot to gather them up. Please drop off any gently used coats at The Bridge Studio guard shack (2400 Boundary Road, Burnaby). A truck will be parked there from Dec 1st  to19th. Donations of baked goods are always needed. Please contact Patricia Brady at pjbrady@telus.net
 
 VOLUNTEERS can email Morgan Brady directly
at oppenheimervolunteer@gmail.com Once
again this year we will be limiting the number
of volunteers that can sign up – simply to
ensure that everyone involved has a great
volunteer experience. When signing up to help
out remember that we need people to wrap up
the event also. It is the least glamorous job of
the day. However, it is one of the most
important.


* THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS *

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Carnegie Community observers

[Here’s a poem from Priscillia Tait, one of three Carnegie members who attended the National; Conference to End Homelessness at the beginning of November. Given a scholarship, there was also a free ticket to the benefit concert by Blue Rodeo, High Valley and Dustin Bentall with Kendel Carson. Called Band Together to End Homelessness, it took place at the Orpheum Nov 4th –

Carnegie Community observers
Seeking to find some form of entertainment
Without any fuss over a bus
Country, and Blues music
I'll be! I was blown away
From my seat at the Orpheum
The opening was a band called High Valley
And featured was Blue Rodeo!
They were groovier than an LP from the 60s
These bands performed
In support of ending homelessness
Observers were short and tall
That grooved to the music
In their own unique way
Danced through the night
Like a Sasquatch in love.
                                             Priscillia Tait

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Misery is a Poet's Greatest Inspiration

Misery is a Poet's Greatest Inspiration

I am homeless without a telephone number.
And it is positive to have no shame.
My belief is ... home is where the heart is.
So surely, I feel comfortable wherever I go.
And I have a good heart.
I am street-drug free and I do not smoke
And I do not get drunk.
My belief is ... I should not cheat or steal.
So surely, I try not to tell lies.
And if I do lie I feel guilty and remorseful.
I am artistic, poetic and very creative.
And do not wish to dwell on the 'negatives.'
My belief is.. working with my heart and soul.
So surely, I don't want or need pity.     .
And I am used to living my life as a loner.
I am very naive but I try to be honest.
And I have a lot of time on my hands.
My belief is ... singing to make people happy.
So surely, I practice on forgiving & forgetting.
And I need to write poetry for the loss of others.

                                  ©DJBruce

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Making Amends with Society

Making Amends with Society

No I am not perfect.   This I’d be
I do make mistakes.   This I see
Yet I feel somewhat partial, the one to blame
For all of the mockery, all of the shame
So before I make these true amends
Knowing when all the bullshit ends
I was shown the truth may not always be
However I do agree that yes: truth sets us free
So with that I apologise for all the lies
For all my wrongs and,
      when I should have been more wise.
So hopefully now you will see
How truthfully I am sorry.

                   Submitted anonymously

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...dancing...

...dancing...
  Many years ago I was living at a place north of North Battleford and this man came to visit us. He had a tame dancing bear, so I danced with the bear.

                                                  Marlene W

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Harper Government Embraces Nazism?
Harper Government Embraces Nazism? Canada Votes against UN Resolution Condemning “The Glorification of Nazism”         By Mark Taliano, Citizen Editor, DailyClout
                                
  Canada’s embrace of Nazism should come as no surprise to conscious Canadians.
We are still reeling from the successful “renovation” of our indigenous Progressive Conservative Party, which has now been transformed into the extremist CPC government, dominated by its Prime Minister, or, as many would say, its Crime Minister, Stephen Harper.
  Most recently, Canada distinguished itself by voting against a U.N resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism. No doubt CPC apologists will use any number of convoluted rationalizations to approve the decision, but such a vote remains antithetical to what Canada should be.
  Other external manifestations of the fascistic CPC government – and the courtesan corporate media’s suppression of the truth – are manifest in the government’s unequivocal support of a Nazi-infested illegal regime in Kiev, Ukraine.
  According to John Parry in “A Shadow U.S Foreign Policy”, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych won the election in 2010 “in balloting viewed by international observers as fair and reflecting the choices of most Ukrainian voters”.
  However once Yanukovych refused a closer association with the European Union through “trade agreements” and “economic reforms” his legitimacy became a mere obstacle to overcome.
  A “shadow government”, funded by the West, including Canada, triggered violent protests, the massacre at Odessa, and the on-going slaughters to this day, as Kiev tries to conquer all of Ukraine at the behest of the West and its agencies, including International Finance Institutions (IFIs) such as the IMF.
  Suppressed evidence shouts that the Kiev junta’s unapologetic core is Nazi. The following is a list of neo-Nazi politicians, their Nazi affiliations, and the key positions they control in the junta government:
* Andry Parubiy: Secretary of Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council. Parubiy founded the Social National Party of Ukraine, a fascist party styled after Hitler’s Nazis. Eventually, the Social National Party became the neo-fascist/neo-Nazi Svoboda party.
* Oleh Tyahnybok: Leader of Svoboda
* Dmytro Yarosh: Deputy Secretary of National Security. Leader of the Right Sector, Oleksandr Sych: Deputy Prime Minister. Sych is a member of the Svoboda party.
* Andriy Mokhnyk: Ecology Ministry. Mokhnyk is Deputy Head of Svoboda.
* Ihor Shvaika: Agriculture Minister. Shvaika is also a member of Svoboda.
* Oleh Makhnitsky: Acting Prosecutor General. Makhnitsky is a Svoboda member.
* (Source: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1be_1394044181)
  Putin knows that the Soviet Union suffered grievous losses (over 20 million dead) during World War II in its valiant fight against the Nazi war machine. He hasn’t forgotten, but the West, including Canada, apparently has.
Canada’s internal and external policies increasingly demonstrate our true colors: we have become agents for extremism, terrorism, and imperial warfare. And we have forgotten the lessons of World War Two. The CPC government’s proclamations to the contrary ring hollow.

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It’s Friday, mid-afternoon
It’s Friday, mid-afternoon as I walk north on Main street.
As I pass the newly erected Keefer Block consuming the entire area around Keefer and Main.
I think about the news I've recently read regarding all the Georgie awards for the new building. Keefer
and Main has now been transformed. Where is the Chinatown culture going?
It's funny how the words sung by Barry McGuire some 30 years ago seem so poignant now .. “
you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.”
Strong words and the rhythm keeps echoing thru me as I walk past the cranes building yet even more
and more high-rises.
One block up I pass Mike, a familiar face, long grey hair and even longer grey beard
with a slightly crooked smile.
We glance at each other and I smile as he smiles back. I toss a couple coins into his hat, it's all he asks.
He gives me another smile and says, “Have a good day.”
How can I when I have just realized I’ve seen the eve of destruction.
I carry on my way when another tune fills me up from yester year that fits this changing scene. This time
it's the Kingston Trio that makes me think of a tune. Still poignant words from long ago.
Where have all the SROs gone, long time passing. We must ask ourselves
I look around and keep humming to myself.
And the scene continues…
                                                                                                                         By Jackie Humber

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Oscar – one of the Dogs

Oscar – one of the Dogs
  
  Oscar was an American Shitezu. I walked him one rainy season for an old lady who lived in the West End on Cardero St. She had been living in that old basement suite for many years. Gradually the heritage building filled up with young gay fellows. Her relationship with her neighbours was acrimonious. I think they tried to encourage her to move, but to no avail. Sometimes she would find used condoms deposited outside her door.
  Oscar was intelligent (a quality of the breed), however he was very stubborn. He was used to a certain route around the streets near his house. He was amazingly strong when he dug in his backlegs and pulled against the leash if I wanted to combine a little shopping with our outing. I had to let him have his way; he had an agenda.
  One day I removed the leash from his collar. Amazingly he came along with me. I learned a lot about Oscar and dogs in general that day.
  One day I noticed he was walking very slowly, exhibiting some pain. It took a long time to get up the hill to the Vet on Davie St. She checked him over and told me he had sustained an injury in the ribcage area, probably the result of a kick. I remembered the heavy door in the building where he lived.. perhaps it had closed precipitously on his body.
  I quit the dog-walking job and took up some courses. Sometime later I ran into the old lady on the street. I inquired about the dog’s health and she told me that Oscar had died. I was shocked & disturbed – he was only six or seven years old! The vet had not said anything to indicate a really serious injury. I knew that Oscar had had too many different walkers who did not love him as much as I did. He was just a means of making extra money for unemployed young people.
  I think of him a lot. You hardly ever see a dog of that type on the street. I suspect they are fairly rare and expensive. Sometimes I think that dogs have more sense than humans. Humans may be smarter, but dogs have those qualities of loyalty, devotion & integrity so lacking in homo sapiens.

                                           Wilhelmina Mile

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The Yoga of Social Change

The Yoga of Social Change

  A one line response to the word "yoga" is usually something like "Duh, yeah, stretching into weird positions" Putting Yoga together with social change gets stuff like "Did you stretch for social change?!" from the highly educated half-wits
  There is a difference between this practiced ignorance and the response from people who have learned enough to realise how little they know of what there is to know. I practice such ignorance with many things until it becomes obvious that several million people are already adept in such-and-such a field. Maybe that's human nature too. It can happen with learning computers, finance, social skills, community organising, increasing one's awareness and touching Infinity.
Consider the following:
* There is in the living being a thirst for limitlessness. * Self-sacrifice and service to humanity.
* Capitalism makes humans beggars; Communism makes the beggar a beast.

  The first difficulty in bringing these together may be that spirituality and politics or spirituality and economic systems don't meet at any point. The practice of Tantra Yoga can be the base from which to bring about progressive change in all spheres.
The Body's Eternal Song
The spiritual energy, called kulakundalinii in Sam'skrta, lies quiet at the base of the spine. It's like a coiled snake, poised to rise. Also along the spine are 3 psychic channels, the ida, pingula and susumna. These 3 carry the kulakundalinii~ as they spiral upwards along the spine they cross and form what are called 'cakras'. Each nexus point or chakra is a substation of the mind and has a number of mental propensities linked to it. The lower chakras control the basest aspects of existence - eating, fear, survival, lust, greed, etc.- and the higher aspects of life are expressed through the upper chakras, like dignity, service, respect, love.
  Each of these propensities has a distinct sound, the vibrational essence of its existence. There are 50 separate propensities, called vrttis, and 50 sounds. These sounds are the 50 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. When it is pronounced correctly, certain words and combinations actually vibrate the chakras, strengthening the vrttis attached. This is the basis for much of the emphasis on the use of Sanskrit words in the lessons of Tantra.
Capitalism and Communism
  There is a natural law, like the law of gravity or child birth, that governs the social cycle. It recognises four distinct groups within human society and explains how they each have their turn at the helm. It also sheds light on what symptoms and behaviour will be evident as the next phase of the cycle approaches. The four groups are shudra (labourers), ks'attriya (warriors), vipra (intellectuals) and vaeshya (acquisitors (merchants)). The first phase has the labourers, including farmers and workers, surviving and maintaining the land and families. From this social pattern rose warriors, the strongest and ablest fighters, who became tribal heads and kings. They began to dominate the people, ordering society to enrich and empower themselves through the exploitation of the labourers. The warriors, in turn, found themselves needing the intellectuals to keep order and govern their territory. Intellectuals, usually in the form of a priesthood or at least with complex theories that the warriors give obedience to, became indispensable to government. .. so much so that the warriors became only figureheads with the real power inherent in the prime minister/president/first citizen & their bureaucracy.
  As the power of ideas begins to wane, ever more complex theories are evolved, but those merchants/ acquisitors are hard at work to enrich themselves and make both the intellectuals and warriors subservient to them, to aid them in worsening the exploitation of ordinary people. In this phase, more and more intellectuals and warriors find the face of the greed and grubbing of the acquisitors.
  Communism was and is the phase of the intellectuals; capitalism is the phase of the acquisitors. Communism in China is fast moving to the next phase, becoming as degenerate as the worst of westem capitalist society in a short time. Virtually all of the former Soviet Union is reeling from the abrupt and rapacious exploitation coming hand-in-hand with “free” markets.
  The next phase is that of a revolution, with people rising up against the extreme exploitation of the acquisitors and changing the rules of human interaction. It is knowing that this revolution is inevitable and coming that has the practice of Tantra Yoga and work on holistic social change forming what must be an inalienable concomitance [like a piece of paper having 2 sides].
  We are in a state of war. This time the weapons are unemployment, poverty, drugs, economic exploitation, trade deals ("free" trade, NAFT A, GATT) and the acquisitors are passing laws, gutting social programs (like medicare, pensions, unemployment insurance, education and social assistance) equipping police and armies and getting tax laws passed in their constant attempts to make their time at the top permanent.
  Sorry, but natural law is on our side. Our duty is to act in all ways opposing the greed and power of such acqusitors. The alternative to totalitarian capitalism is what's usually called 'common sense.'
                                               By PAULR  TAYLOR

* P.R.Sarkar

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December 1, 2014