Archives for June 30, 2019
Floaty engineers with rock crews assemble ” Inuksuk ” south of Rd 9 Bridge.
River is low and moving slow – ideal conditions for a Sunday work project……
Last week, I wrote about nudging. Party names and party mission statements are nudges.
I searched for the mission statements of each of eight Canadian national political parties. I was able to find a mission-like statement for each party – with two exceptions. I was unable to find a constitution for one of the parties and another party couldn’t summarize their vision in a single statement.
After finding them, I tried to determine which one resonated for me. You can too.
Below are eight statements from seven of the Canadian national political parties.
Choose the one mission-like statement that resonates for you.
Then go find out which party you have chosen. To be fair, choose before googling.
- We stand for a Canada that is strong, united, independent, and free.
- We hold high the banner of peace – Canadian independence, democracy and socialism.
- The dignity of each individual person is the cardinal principle of democratic society and the primary purpose of all political organization and activity.
- To commit ourselves, and encourage everyone, to promote enhanced and socially engaged caring and compassionate values through research, dialogue, and example.
- We believe the purpose of civil government is to ensure freedom and justice for a nation’s citizens by upholding law and order in accordance with Biblical principles.
- Canada is a great country. We believe we can be a better one.
- We acknowledge the wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the world.
- Our vision is for a freer and more prosperous Canada by getting government out of the way.
Surprised? I was surprised.
Three of the statements were enough to keep me from reading any more about them. The statement of one of the major parties came across as insipid – I can’t find a better word though mawkish is close. Another statement caught my attention and I took a longer read on their website where I found their implementation strategy weak and doomed to failure. Another took me into a surprising party history of which I was not previously aware.
In any case, I continue to search for a candidate or a party for whom to vote and I’m glad I started early.
Happy Birthday Canada. Tomorrow we celebrate one hundred fifty-two years of accomplishment and contradictions. We will celebrate in towns and villages with the swearing in of any number of new Canadians.
In our past and present we are surrounded by Canadian Inventions, we commonly use on a daily basis at least by most of us. When you look at your watch be reminded Standard Time is a Canadian invention. While in your vehicle the odometer is a Canadian idea. Take the garbage out? The garbage bag is Canadian. So what else.
Insulin, peanut butter, the first wheelchair accessible vehicle, the first electric wheelchair, the walkie talkie, the snowplow, the snowmobile, the baggage tag for travel, and more.
In sports, lacrosse, basketball and hockey. The instant replay. In entertainment the IMAX Movie experience, in science the Canadarm, If you are into super hero’s even Superman has a Canadian connection.
The truth is Canadians have come up with hundreds of inventions from the zipper to czar cocktails, and things we don’t even know are Canadian ideas.
We are a nation who’s children came from everywhere and built a collective society with room for all. Each group that has come here has contributed to the society we have. We all have to work hard to live up to the standard to qualify to be called a Canadian. This has been your history lesson, now go out and enjoy the Birthday celebration.
Happy Canada Day
LUNCH ON CANADA DAY?
TRY OUR BBQ OUTSIDE OLIVER BUY-LOW
BURGERS, HOT DOGS
WITH FRIED ONIONS AND ALL THE FIXINGS
POP AND WATER
ALL BY DONATION
MONDAY, 1ST JULY, 10.30am -2.00pm
PROCEEDS TO THE CANCER CAR
Have you or your family ever needed a ride in the Cancer Car, If not, you are very lucky. Rides in the car are only for those people suffering from cancer and need to make the daily trip to Kelowna for treatment. Usually treatments run from 21 to 42 days. The car is provided and maintained by the local Freemasons and is a free service to all who need the service.
The object is to relieve some of the worries and frustration of making the daily round trip up the valley, usually 2 to 6 patients are transported per day. All drivers are volunteers and do all they can to make your ride comfortable.
There is no charge for the rides but the Order of the Eastern Star put on a Barbeque each summer to raise funds to assist the project.
Anyone needing the service will be have their rides arranged on their initial visit to the Cancer Clinic. It is a ride that none of us want to take but we can all help by buying lunch from the Eastern Star Members who will be smiling over the grill from 10.30 till 2.00pm on Canada Day. Many thanks to Buy Low Foods who will providing the supplies for this event.
Cost is by donation.
submitted by Pat Whalley