Liberals, Coalitions heating up for Winter

Birken Forest statue of Buddha

Birken Forest statue of Buddha

One of the warmest winters ever according to my sister-in-law from Denver. It is 65 degrees and no snow. Here the delphinium thought they would give it another try and almost made a blue triumph when they were frozen in their tracks.

Athens is in flaming dismay with the fighting on the streets. Afghanistan hits the news again with more explosive deaths. O.J. finally is put away in prison. Images of people carelessly cut down in Toronto…the good.

Back in Ottawa we are watching the machinations of the conservative government attempting to secure a foothold on the face of government while citizens are worried and distracted. It is excellent adherence to tactics that Machiavelli laid out. Distract and attack.

When Ed Broadbent, Jean Chretiane, Jack Layton, Bob Rae and a scattering of other political professionals who normally have little to do with one another are all brought together enough to become phone and email buddies, you can bet your bottom dollar that they are motivated. And it is the bottom dollar that is the issue.

Where are the stimulous packages for the economy, where is the husbandry of the environmental issues, where is the concern for protecting and guiding citizenry through a tough time when they need health care, pensions, and programs to bolster them up during a crisis. Oh, I guess the government only just noticed that there is an economic crisis.

At a time when much seems to  be breaking loose from its holding point, individuals need more than ever to be like the elephant swimming a turbulent river, neither being swept away nor trying to stand firmly on the bottom which is impossible in shifting silt. Meditation practice and a refusal to be caught up in the delusional world become not only important on an individual level but begin to act as a steadying influence on those around you, on the economy and most importantly in the ability to rebuild another form of social structure which will grow out of the falling away of those things which are not currently working. Such as our party political system which is not serving us cake and funny hats.

We are in a period of change. Let us think about how this can actually make our lives better and more meaningful.

Drinking water issues in the Okanagan

Kelowna from Knox Mountain, Bridge over troubled waters

Honorable Kevin Falcon
Minister of Highways
Province of British Columbia
Victoria, BC
Dear Minister;
Re: Plan to Sink Bridge in Okanagan Lake
Using Okanagan Lake as a landfill site for the old bridge demonstrates a profound lack of awareness and public stewardship for land and water uses, public policies, drinking water supplies and human health in the Okanagan.
Bid documents prepared by your ministry show bridge contractors knew the plan to sink the bridge may not be acceptable.   Contractors were encouraged to make contingency plans for various on-land disposal options.  They should use on-land disposal – not the lake.
It is your government and your ministry who wants to sink the bridge in order to save money – not the contractor.
Drinking water in the Okanagan is a precious resource.   Water reservoirs require the highest level of protection from waste dumping activities and should not be used for landfill projects of any kind.  Period.
Your support for this plan is unacceptable.   Advocating that the public drink the water from landfill sites is unacceptable.
What’s next?   Asking residents to drink from our toilets in order to save money on sewer infrastructure costs?
Richard Drinnan, M.Sc.
669 Greene Road
Kelowna, BC
V1W 1B7
The issue of water quality here is about the sediments which are stirred up by the disposal of the old bridge. Sediments found in the lake include various toxic and poisonous substances.
Contact Richard, who is an “ecologist and environmental consultant” for more information. Election time is a time to seriously consider what our future world will look like. It makes developers of us all.