• 2013-12-17–js and i discussed mary daly. later, sue and i watched watched a park for all seasons (bruce/fathom five–pictured) and great canadian rivers (the st croix).
Today [2013-12-19], the Joint Review Panel (JRP) recommended approving the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. Ecojustice writes, ‘Although a long-standing moratorium on new tanker traffic has kept Canada’s west coast relatively safe from spills like the Exxon Valdez disaster, the Northern Gateway pipeline will clear the way for up to 255 new tankers to carry bitumen through the narrow passages of B.C.’s north coast to Asian markets each year. The 1,177-km pipeline will cross hundreds of fish-bearing streams, rivers and lakes and fragment untouched tracts of wilderness and endangered animal habitat. It will also cut through the traditional territories of more than 40 First Nations.’
Almost unanimous is the opposition in BC. Says Nikki Skuce of ForestEthics Advocacy, ‘This project will never gain social licence.’ Furthermore, ‘the science Enbridge presented during the review hearings was deficient and inadequate and did little to alleviate our concerns’, says Paul Paquet, senior scientist at Raincoast Conservations Foundation. ‘Clearly, decisions supposed to be based on science get murkier when financial benefit is to be had.’
David Suzuki writes, ‘At community hearings across BC, the panel heard from 1,159 people who spoke against the pipeline. Only two spoke for it.’ Gwen Barlee, of the Wilderness Committee, says that ‘the risk to our Pacific coast from an oil tanker spill is far too great to accept, as are the risks to our salmon-bearing streams, our communities and our climate.’
Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt emphasizes that there is no extant technology that can clean up a coastal oil spill. ‘One spill in the Great Bear Rainforest wipes out our food supply, our economy, our culture and everything that we stand for.’ Sterritt says the JCP has been stripped of its power and merely makes a recommendations to the Prime Minister. Nevertheless, Sterritt stresses that the federal government will have to negotiate with BC First Nations, who do have power. Suzuki urges, ‘This is far from over. You can take action now to support First Nations [and] protect our coast.’
Locally, just down the road, ‘Springwater Provincial Park–renamed Camp Nibi by a group of First Nations women who have occupied it for nine months [when it closed]–is to be a partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Beausoleil First Nation.’ (thanks to ebe and her fellow campers and to sh)
• 2013-12-18–tonight we watched two charlie brown christmas cartoons, and then the final episode of sex & sensibility: the allure of art nouveau.
Jean Vanier writes, ‘There are two ways of growing old. There are old people who are anxious and bitter, living in the past and illusion, who criticize everything that goes on around them. But there are old people with a child’s heart, who have used their freedom from function and responsibility to find a new youth. They have the wonder of a child but the wisdom of maturity as well.’
Tapestry relates that Coltrane’s music ‘led one reviewer to say “I’m agnostic–and yet, John Coltrane’s masterpiece, A Love Supreme, has almost made me see God.” ‘
• 2013-12-21–cady’s 23rd; dinner in penetang.
Nicole at Grounded Coffee posted this picture of eggs:
• 2013-12-22 we watched joanna lumley: catwoman–small cats, big cats, house cats, wild cats.
Dennis Meadows–Perspectives on the Limits of Growth: It is too late for sustainable development?
Surprising stories behind some Christmas carols, such as O Holy Night (written by an atheist), Do You Hear What I Hear? (do you hear bombs?), and Christmas Time Is Here (Linus and God) in Tapestry’s Do You Hear What We Hear?
Art of Time Ensemble performed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies), John Mann (Spirit of the West), Andy Maize (Skydiggers), and Craig Northey (the Odds) singing newly commissioned arrangements. The song Within You Without You asks, ‘We were talking about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,/Who gain the world and lose their soul/They don’t know–they can’t see–are you one of them?’ In what ways are you?
Choirs singing in malls is one thing. But what happens when shoppers conduct? Hilarity ensues!
(thanks to sh)
One of my all-time favourites. I know the famous version, but never heard the composer sing it, until now.
New Music Express called Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix ‘an embarrassment of riches’. I sometimes feel that way about the David Suzuki Foundation, for there is such a wealth of information and tips.
The Río Tinto ‘river has gained recent scientific interest due to the presence of extremophile aerobic bacteria that dwell in the water…. The extreme conditions in the river may be analogous to other locations in the solar system thought to contain liquid water, such as subterranean Mars…. Likewise Jupiter’s moon Europa is theorized to contain an acidic ocean of water underneath its ice surface. Thus the river is of interest to astrobiologists.’ (thanks to sh)
Writer and theologian Sallie McFague ‘remarks, “theology is mostly fiction”, but a multiplicity of images, or metaphors, can and should enhance and enrich our models of God. Most importantly, new metaphors can help give substance to new ways of conceiving God appropriately “for our time”, and more adequate models for the ethically urgent tasks humankind faces, principally the task of caring for an ecologically fragile planet.’ (Pictured is Yale Divinity School, where she studied.)