The Week, 2014 May 13-18
Bob Rae has ‘been an MP, an MPP, a federal party leader, and an Ontario premier. His current role sees him representing nine different indigenous bands, as chief negotiator for the Matawa First Nations‘.
James Anaya, the United Nations special envoy on the rights of indigenous people, published his findings on the conditions in Canada’s aboriginal communities; last fall, he urged the federal government to:
- not “rush” the education bill (C-33) and “re-initiate discussions” with aboriginal leaders; nevertheless, this spring several chiefs said the government never consulted them, which led to Shawn Atleo’s (chief of the AFN–he supported C-33) sudden resignation
- launch a “comprehensive and nationwide” inquiry into the case of missing and murdered aboriginal women, but the government has refused to launch a inquiry, though the RCMP has over a thousand open or unsolved cases
- extend the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which it did to June, 2015
Leadnow reports that ‘Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities was beautiful, creative, funny, and, at times, profoundly moving. We’re writing to send you an inspiring wrap-up video.’ That’s part of Sue and her sign on the far right.
David Suzuki and Jode Roberts explore urban small-is-beautiful in this wonderful article: ‘Residents can play an active, hands-on role in transforming the places they live, work, play and share.’
• 2014-05-16–we saw the neil young’uns at the mcc
• 2014-05-17–watched ‘last call at the oasis’, online at http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/episodes/last-call-at-the-oasis (until 2014-06-10): ‘from the producers of ‘an inconvenient truth’, ‘food, inc.’ and ‘waiting for superman’…an inspiring wake-up call for why you should be worried, and why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century.’ features erin brokovich.
• 2014-05-19–victoria day–sue in the garden, i reading amen by gretta vosper, which leads to comparing the arguments of the moral landscape: how science can determine human values by sam harris and mining the moral landscape: why science does not (and cannot) determine human values by steve isaacson, like kenan malik‘s review, which leads to reading plato’s euthyphro. we are both in our happy place, as are the kids, jumping on the trampoline, and the dog, rooting for grubs in the freshly turned earth. each to her or his own. and the moral of the story is….
What a treat! Pete and Peggy Seeger, shortly before he died.
Laura Smith, who’s at the MCC next month, sings My Bonny. (tx, d)
For those who saw The Neil Young’uns, here’s the real thing.
That’s old stuff. Here’s new stuff. Sort of.