Deepening the meaning our Canadian rights and obligations. And having some fun along the way
Grundtvig's Yippies

Grundtvig’s Yippies

  A short piece of my work (with super power house edits by Ashleigh Dalton) was recently published in the Global Citizen Digest and can be viewed here all cleaned up and ready to go. Here is the text with a few extra photos of my own.   Grundtvig’s Yippies:...
Elections Canada Facebook App

Elections Canada Facebook App

INFO1@elections.ca to me show details 12:24 PM (50 minutes ago) We thank you for your telephone call of March 29, 2011, offering to set up a Facebook page for Elections Canada. We thank you for the offer but Elections Canada has no requirement for this type of service at this...
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Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change (and other people socialized in a society based on domination)

Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change (and other people socialized in a society based on domination)

1. Practice noticing who’s in the room at meetings – how many men, how many women, how many white people, how many people of color, is it majority heterosexual, are there out queers, what are people’s class backgrounds. Don’t assume to know people, but also work at being more aware. 2a. Count how many times...
Put Food in the Budget

Put Food in the Budget

In November 2010, I took part in the Do the Math campaign in Toronto – basically eating on a Food Bank diet for one week encouraging folks to Put Food in the (Provincial/Federal)Budget. Friend and life from scratch innovator Elizabeth Frasier sent out the invite and requested participants to write their reflections online – and I thought I...
Replacing the Story

Replacing the Story

o Here is a new TED talk by Naomi Klein from last month in Washington DC. I went to see Naomi Klein speak in Toronto last year following the release of her book Shock Doctrine and enjoyed it. However, as my friend pointed out to me, Naomi is certainly not the first to talk about...
Small world

Small world

a classic saying – it happens often, the world is too small or people are following me across the world and back. July 1 2009, I’m on the Darmouth ferry on my way back from a suave and free Canada day Joel Plaskett concert at Alderny landing. I bump into a friend who tells me...
Napping

Napping

During training for staff of Vision 2020, a few of us sat around the picnic table waiting for the next session, a girl named Orca (our earth names, oh yeah, I have an earth name too, its Springbok) wished there were Nap rooms in airports between flights and it led into a few interesting thoughts:...
Blog n' Go Curve

Blog n’ Go Curve

15 seconds of fame in Halifax…As per last post, I had been trying to recruit friends to go to the Polar Bear Swim at Herring cove 2009. Unfortunately it was a massive white out blizzard the morning of the New Year. I woke up with coffee strapped me like an IV and called up the...
The loosely factual googled history of the Polar Bear Swim in Halifax

The loosely factual googled history of the Polar Bear Swim in Halifax

Polar Bear Dip in Point Pleasant Park circa 1988? I’m getting a bit excited. I got an email back from a guy named Rob. Nico, Please send in your pictures. Yes you can advertise the site on Facebook. We had 2 young pipers last year, they have agreed to do it again. Hope to see...
King Malahoya

King Malahoya

i dance in the farms of ambositra, Madagascar. a memory. two years ago around this time I was settled in ntabethemba area and made my mind up that i would learn a xhosa song before heading off to namibia. During mginti ceremonies, where the boys go to get snip snip circumsized, while they leave their...
The Rollercoaster

The Rollercoaster

Congolese can smile too… My grandmothers last advice to me was that life is like a roller coaster, you have your highs, your lows. And in the end, judging from this experience, the ride ends where I began. There wasn’t any waiting in line to catch the ride, it started as soon as I got...
Maybe it is just a bad hangover

Maybe it is just a bad hangover

(jan and i went surfing in lawrencetown…yeah its freezing) It was surprised to find me a few places this past month, some happy, some miserable, as I come to the end of the ride that started with a very dry mouth. The story goes, that on the eve on the Kuomboka ceremony, as I made...
the casual update

the casual update

Masaai warriors sell me flip flops they make out of old tire. if you know me, you know i dig sandals. i have not forgotten, but i work and live comfortably here in lusaka – life is as exciting as it always is, however there is finally routine which is nice, but which makes me...
back in the SA

back in the SA

ah, its been a while. its been hard to keep up with this blog, a year and half into this, far from the “honeymoon” of livin in africa – its great and wonderful, but its work, so therefore i have been losing interest in posting stories and pics constantly. BUT i’m still here, currently in...