the race is on

who you gonna call? following last post‘s announcement by the david suzuki foundation that 88% of canadians would rather protect the environment than promote the economy, leadnow.ca reports that in the ‘federal by-election on Monday to replace a Conservative MP in Calgary Centre, … the race is amazingly close. Recent polls show a huge drop in support for the Conservative Party in Calgary Centre: down from nearly 60% in last year’s election, to 32-35% now, with just days left before the vote. If Calgary defies the national media’s expectations and elects a progressive candidate for the first time since 1968, it will send a shockwave through Ottawa, and give the Conservative Party a powerful wake up call that their most controversial actions…. The whole country is watching Calgary’s by-election, and even a close outcome in this riding could wake this government up, and make it realize that it has to listen more closely to Canadians or lose crucial support. Widespread public opposition to the Canada-China FIPA has united Canadians across the political spectrum and shaken the Harper Conservatives, delayed their plans, and put them on the defensive. Now, we need your help for a major people-powered outreach campaign to spread the word about the secretive and extreme Canada-China FIPA in Calgary Centre before the amazingly close by-election race ends on Monday. Can you help? Who do you know in Calgary?(image from leadnow)

david suzuki and ian hanington write that ‘there are many ways to protect the health of the planet and the future of humanity without destroying economies. Conserving energy and thus saving money, reducing consumption of unnecessary products and packaging and shifting to a clean-energy economy would likely hurt the bottom line of polluting industries, but would undoubtedly have positive effects for most of us.’ (image of suzuki by holger motzkau)

in canada, it’s not black friday, it’s blackfly day. this nfb short is a classic…

meanwhile, old man luedecke (who’s not that old) knows a river, knows a planet…

there wasn’t a blizzard when we in, but when we came out…. red chamber, though, was definitely worth all the bad weather. just listen:

or do you prefer chinese bluegrass (redgrass?):

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