Vice President Mike Pence visited storm-stricken Texas on Thursday and said he is “confident” Congress will move quickly to approve immediate assistance in the wake of massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Record-setting heat and some strong winds woke up the massive Elephant Hill wildfire on Wednesday. The Cariboo Regional District was forced to issue another evacuation order for communities near Highway 24 due to the blaze flaring up. An urgent tactical evacuation was undertaken after volatile winds whipped up the flames.
WASHINGTON – Dozens of marchers are on their way to the nation’s capital, walking more than 100 miles after they departed from Charlottesville, Virginia, in an effort to speak out against the type of white supremacy that was on display at a violent rally earlier this month.
We Will Be Safe
These are our concerns which we trust our leaders to handle for us. I am not concerned about North Korea anymore. One morning I woke up at 3 AM not being capable of sleeping for the following 24 hours.
I am no longer worried about what my TAROT showed me which was a major devastation around North America. I worried about the nuclear war after seeing news broadcasts which included Biblical terms “fire and fury.”
Man made disasters are a little easier to understand for us rather than the ones we place not quite so far back in our minds. Terror won’t end the planet we live on. I have faith that the end is not near while there is still democratic governments in North American offices.
Some times we are concerned about how our leaders do handle things but forget about that for now. We still have democracy in place as seen in the numerous protests which are not stopped by our law enforcement.
North Korea is ruled by a very dangerous leader who will be opposed by war planes which can act fast enough to shoot down his missiles. That is my reading.
Controversy and withstanding debate may be essentials during a political career. Divides in culture or political parties are out there but for some reason, some religious disputes overshadow many other topics. We take matters of cultural politics and religion close to the heart like they are our children or love interests. We should not let these issues overshadow other media developments such as scientific breakthroughs or personal accomplishments of sports figures arts or musical entertainers.
I feel that publicizing political controversies can lead to civil unrest in Canada or the USA as populist movements continue to grow. Many people have seen the beginning of the Arab Spring with awe and angst as it led to the destruction of many cultural and political boundaries. We see something like that as politics in Canada, and the USA is taken over by controversy over small changes or unpopular decisions.
Unpopular decisions are impossible to avoid for leaders or the followers of those leaders who may participate in protests of opposing parties. The opposing parties may also have their fans attending rallies or speak out online. Free speech should have some measures of responsibility which currently isn’t there online or anywhere. In Canada, it is possible to face criminal law before the courts if going too far because of the monitoring of reported websites blogs and social media accounts.
For much of its modern history, Queensland was known as the “Deep North”, ruled with an iron fist by a colourful, far-right politician, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who enforced a repressive law-and-order regime, used the police to crush dissent and repeatedly gerrymandered his way back into power.
I have seen a greater response sometimes in Canadian media broadcasts which mirror USA media responses to terror events. A change in parliamentary procedure or political move even if unpopular shouldn’t lead to encouragement of civil disobedience. I am all for free speech if it doesn’t result in harassment of others or infringe on our Charter of Rights and Freedoms that has been in place since the 1980’s when our constitution was repatriated from England making us a sovereign country.
When we have the next election that is when we should see the real events of which a person supports a rise in social media. I like to re post articles or pages of those I support in politics that they have placed on social media themselves. Writing aggressive social media posts which harm the integrity of politicians is illegal. Whoever a person helps to be their leader or next leader of their party should speak forcefully on the integrity of the poster of content.
To state my own belief on protests, I don’t support protests caused by any political person or feel I could respect anyone in politics who would support a protest. Protests are somewhat illegal unless registered by all participants unlike the ones in Charlottesville S.C. Both sides were wrong in those protests despite one group expressing their demonstration because it violated the Civil Rights of other Americans.
Populist movements have been rising in the UK USA and Canada with the formation and migration of groups with advocates of such groups such as Tommy Douglas. He does seem to follow the law despite his popularity or unpopularity because of using cultural or religious topics in his agenda. Some of these groups should be considered unwelcome by Canadians with Soldiers of Odin canvassing my nearby LRT station. I believe other hostile groups do the same in Canadian public places without disclosing their identities when they appear.
If the current M 103 motion doesn’t address the concerns of Canadian people, then more legislation should be considered and implemented soon. There are more people affected by the law in North America than ever before with the growing populist movements bringing up concerns to people who wouldn’t usually rise to a podium event.
Loudspeaker events are appearing in Edmonton and other provinces to disturb the silent majority with slogans and chants which mimic the rise of the Party which destroyed Europe and killed many around the world during WWII. Lately, I have been less inclined to post political articles on two of my blogs this one and one on Times of Israel.
Now I prefer to post regarding spiritual topics which won’t isolate others despite my years of being a Tarot card reader. Tarot can be controversial if someone wishes to make it so even if they read cards themselves but don’t approve of my style. I do have my own opinion on any subject I consider without wishing to be controversial simply.
The next time I see an offensive social media post on the topics of political culture or religion I won’t turn to civil disobedience or using a loudspeaker. I will only send a response to the editor or site administrator. I see no point in leading the way for a populist group to spread their message unless it is one of peace, prosperity, or good health.
Canada still has many good programs as do the provinces if you know how to ask the right people for help. The needy can find clothes food and essentials, as well as students, can find funding for tuition country full. I have attended school several times as an adult and know those subjects very well having a Canadian education. Never give into failure or deceit if facing an obstacle for there are ways to success here.
Social Media Response
Crying over how others behave is better handled by reporting those perceived issues to authorities. It is not everyone’s task to doubt how every aspect of Canadian life is unless we lose our voting privileges. We are still a democracy with some social programs, but we are not a socialist country like Venezuela or Communist Cuba. We are more of a middle of the road country than the USA is as well.
Lately, I have been more grateful to be able to refer to myself as Canadian when I look at global unrest or the rise of numbers of refugee claimants in the world. Nobody takes care of others in the way Canada does care for those that suffer. Alberta as an example has a fully integrated Health Care system which includes integrated first responders.
My primary intent with this article isn’t just to catch-up to posting on my blog, but to speak to people as I can reach reminding others what it means to live in a democratic nation. You can vote for someone you support or legally register your campaign if you are valid in opinion. I have an opinion so I vote as closely as I can to that idea unless there is nobody to vote. At this time I see no need to register my campaign because I feel Canada does have many options in representation. Don’t protest opinions or the votes of those who have a different opinion than you.
Many people feel they have just cause to voice anger at others in public forums or events. Some people counter-demonstrate at those events or online as well. I have seen officials media and local personalities attend those events increasing coverage to what looks like unlawful gatherings. I believe in Canadian Political Fairness.
In this climate of anger fear hate can we continue to accept this behavior without interruption? I don’t see anyone stepping in to the fray making a decision on what could become freedom of speech with its USA implications. I feel freedom of speech is good if it doesn’t interfere with the human rights of others.
The conservative party didn’t like the inclusiveness or lack of inclusiveness of the Islamophobia legislation M 103. It passed then the conservative party mostly stopped mentioning it except in questionnaires and surveys to find public opinion on where to place the campaign.
The candidate I support is against it but is not protesting how others feel during this time. I feel it may be repealed after consulting public opinion on how to make others feel included. Public opinion is in the forefront of the Andrew Scheer excitement.
Jason Kenney seemed to soften his public statements after acts of bad behavior and radicalism by those who were not part of his campaign. He seemed to support the Premier against hostile attacks on her personality. The attacks were totally uncalled for as he described them as being an attack on democracy itself. I wouldn’t support him if he didn’t feel that way.
Those are the only two public officials I would support that are looking for leadership positions in Canadian conservative politics. There are other hardworking conservative officials I support who are very media worthy hardworking elected officials though. As a mention Michelle Rempel is my favorite in media while there are many others as Rona steps away from Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Brad Wall has become one of the most outspoken officials in Canada being both popular followed and on the other side of the coin sometimes controversial. Being controversial is most likely essential when opposing legislation which is the responsibility of elected officials. Causing political movements isn’t the mandate after election but discussing legislation in Parliament or the legislature is after consulting the public.
Direction for Canada
I have no doubt that this country is headed in the wrong direction if there isn’t good legislation on Islamophobia racism antisemitism or other cultural rights like religious observance. The Sikh community went through a dark period in recent Canadian history fighting for recognition of their turbans and kirpans. This even caused Sikhs to go against legislation within the RCMP.
Maybe with Andrew Scheer proposing freedom of Speech legislation which found a good way of addressing demonstrations on Canadian University campuses we can begin there. We may need broader response once and for all introducing legislation which would address freedom of speech which could accent and highlight the Canadian Charter of Rights.
On both of my blogs I don’t go against Canadian elected officials because I know that it isn’t the department of every official to perform the work not being done by the officials responsible. You only have the responsibility to represent your constituency if elected to office. I don’t believe we have villains in office as is being portrayed by some on social media who engage in threatening officials and supporters of those officials.
I have made mention on both of my blogs that I wish to be fair to all parties in my blog posts. So I will say this about the PM in as kind a way as I can. We are faced with global concerns which may not have time to address them all without hazarding a guess sometimes on dealing with these concerns. So far employment is said to rise by some media releases of official information which is somewhat challenged on social media.
Alberta isn’t doing well on employment or economy but I don’t feel the PM will phase out the oil sands. Pipeline construction will cause some employment for Alberta which is the responsibility of the Premier and the PM who may be doing this in response to conservative opposition. There aren’t personality attacks on the PM or Premier by real conservative officials.
The PM does seem to support strong action against bad behavior without putting it into public discussion. He is quiet about some things I support which he has taken action on including going against racism anti-Semitism supporting Islamophobia work and mentioning women’s rights a lot.
He is listening to the conservative opposition who do good work in Parliament causing him to be there quite often to vote and sit while most or all conservative MP’s are sitting. It would be tough to face that opposition. He most likely won’t make electoral changes or Phase out the oil sands with the opposition present as they are.
I don’t know about legalization of marijuana as a good practice except I leave that to officials and Health care professionals to consider. I won’t bother posting about too many topics on my blog because I don’t feel we are going to lose our democratic rights because of some feel for political balance in the Parliament.
Legislation is the responsibility of the officials that obtain office with the support of volunteers not kickbacks or bribes which is innuendo when fundraising takes place. It gets debated by political representatives fairly when they find out lapses in expenses as was known to face proper scrutiny during Prime Minister Harper’s time in office. Those officials cleared RCMP investigations on ethics.
All things are looked at and placed into media if it has its time and place for public consumption there isn’t any cover-ups. I like volunteering in politics if at all possible but at this time I am not available except to write on here a bit as well as post elsewhere. I don’t cause insult or injury to any person that believes in fairness and equity in jobs culture religion media and politics.
Ending this article today I feel we need to look at the public influence on leaders by bullying stalking and harassment. This can happen in a coffee shop with someone asking who you support when an article online or newspaper is mentioned. I have had this happen to me often when I would mention that I support the Conservative Party of Canada. The Public should be aware of Canadian Political Fairness.
As a political volunteer at that time I would attempt to say nice things about the opposition’s official being kind in general.I felt discriminated because of political belief often by those who just listened to the loudest argument.
My intention by blogging is to end those types of discussion or which to me is radical attempts to silence voters by those that may not even vote in elections. As I said I would be as kind as possible to the PM who I never felt that coming from his supporters in public places or if faced with canvassing door to door.
I would like legislation before the election of 2019 on how the public can interact on political topics without causing adversarial discussions. Public places should be safe from harassment of political belief religion culture gender etc.
Freedom of speech is necessary like Canadian Political fairness to being human in Canadian culture but we need to know tolerance and understanding may be necessary to include for those who don’t understand.
The spy agencies of Western Security in this Hemisphere are most likely working together on the same issues. They most likely don’t share vital information which protects their own National Security concerns. These could include the information which protects their agents and informants or economic or strategic interests.
Canada has the RCMP for national security. This could include the national security files which come out of provincial or city law enforcement agencies. We also have CSIS which does handle our interests which are more likely for outside the country stuff. We have a few cyber security agencies and DND the Department of National Defense.
The two MP’s in Canada to deal with issues related to these topics are the Attorney General of Canada and Defense Minister. Those are the things I can see with the little research that I would attempt to perform on those subjects.
The USA is a different matter having Homeland Security. I believe HS can be overruled by the FBI or a Supreme Court Judge. The USA has the most security agencies of any country in the world. I enjoy watching movies such as Breach and Safe House. I like other movies which show the USA as having many back-up solutions. These include using human intelligence.
Donald Trump stated that he would rely on human intelligence more. He is keeping Guantanamo Bay open for interrogation and detention. He is going to rely on capturing targets of interest in the War on Terror as well. It comes down to the use of intelligence as a main stay of building USA policy more often.
I wouldn’t know how to find out which of America’s greatest allies in intelligence could be. There is a greater partnership in the USA supporting Israel against anti-Semitism and terror. It would be nice to see other countries such as Canada do the same. If they are it is private information.
Canada seems to take strong interest in ending anti-Semitism. The PM and other MP’s make statements in support of Israel at times. Canada during the Harper years strongly supported Israel in many ways. It is quieter in media how Justin Trudeau voted against resolutions hostile against Israel.
I don’t know why media didn’t give much coverage to his vote. The beating down Ontario and Canada gave to the BDS movement was good.
I believe that the PM uses media very well despite drawing in controversy for public comments. There seems to be a he will go this way or that way on a topic. After looking at media or opposition he does go in a certain way. Tourism returning to Canada is positive so hopefully other countries will see the same. Terror reduces travel safety for other destinations.
The pipeline issue is in large ways affected by USA policy. This out of our hands. The PM is the leader most likely able to speak with Trump to effect. NAFTA is an issue which will most likely begin discussions of change. Trump will start to rewrite policy on energy safety and international trade.
Contribute Safely Online
As a blogger I believe in being fair in articles which would include media or public figure. The current attacks online against incumbent politicians over topics such as Islamophobia or taxes makes it look to the uninformed that the opposition would be encouraging it which I don’t see myself.
There is strong opposition in Parliament and Legislatures. I believe I see the politicians following each other on twitter and Facebook. They are not making offensive comments towards others.
For myself I feel quite comfortable speaking on the web about issues while not facing censorship or intrusive tactics from agencies. For those who make threats against the PM or other public figures the courts is how it is dealt with as I have seen. Online attacks against officials goes to law enforcement or before judges.
In France it seems from what I have heard the French voted on not having a Left or Right Wing leadership. This is because of not wanting strange or underhanded responses to terror. Nobody wants to affect cultural identity of the inclusive country.
I like France considering that my identity comes from France. This was many generations ago without me learning the other official language of Canada. Most MP’s are bilingual which is known especially during the Conservative Leadership race.
Someday I intend on putting more emphasis on learning Canada’s official language with as much effort as I put into writing for the web. I would like to write to English and Canadian citizens of my country so there are reasons there.
Political Middle Ground
I would like to be helpful in influencing moderation in Canadian media social or traditional mediums. I would like to see politicians and other public figures spend time on how to really open up dialogue with Canadians without causing rancor in publications or at events.
Someday maybe others will help in that manner as well sending out their own publications on how public persons should consult or interact with the public. I like the way the politicians I support consult the pubic even though I don’t always respond to Conservative or PC Alberta surveys and questionnaires.
I understand what it takes to be involved in public life as a Canadian that follows the news. Someday the current controversies will be replaced by other controversies which I have no doubt about. Now, I feel it is good to speak well of others online rather than contribute to negative public opinion. I feel negative public opinion when it is spread online can lead to harassment of others or worse.
Alberta Opioid Crisis is possible to be resolved individually
Some topics never go away which don’t always make the news. The Opioid crisis is still ongoing, and the media has some coverage of the deaths though how will it be addressed by government.The Alberta opioid crisis is possible to be resolved individually. I don’t like to feel people are being murdered in my community. With the lethal effects of Opioids then what else do you call it?
How many people want to feel their family members could become victims? I know that I would like it solved before my daughter is school age. Whose job is it to pass legislation the federal government or the provincial governments? Coast to coast we are seeing an epidemic which may continue until there is a response with full measures.
You can address the Legislature or Parliament by writing a letter to your elected official such as MLA or MP. You can search out by postal code or phone book for your elected official. That is the way to address this by obtaining representation in the Legislature or on Parliament Hill.
For families which suffer with an addict or alcoholic in the family there is help to solve the problem. You start by going to speak with a doctor in Alberta. You can ask for your family member to be referred to addictions and mental health.
There are numerous ways of treating addiction without facing incarceration. Accountability is usually a measure for those seeking help. That is at least with family members and community.
Alberta is most likely the best or one of the best provinces in Canada for integrated support services for all Health Care needs. There are many things addicts can do to recover and good places to go after removing themselves from dangerous drugs. Returning to substance abuse is not necessary with faith and proper treatment which are both available for anyone that ask in Alberta.
The recovery process may include speaking to an addictions counsellor from Alberta Health or going straight to a Detox then treatment center if the addiction is advanced. Sometimes addicts are treated like outpatients if possible.
Becoming honest with your own community and becoming an honest citizen are part of recovery which will most likely mean shifting away from the addict community to the recovery community. There is help through Alberta Health directly by phoning for addictions and mental health before speaking to a doctor. Alberta has many resources including AA or NA for those who like that route which may include a treatment center.
Addiction and relationships
Addicts by the time they reach for help could possibly have been abandoned by family members for good reasons. Honesty doesn’t always stay in a person that suffers from addiction despite past history of accomplishing good things. Even people who have been in sports or professional positions etc. can become addicted to substances or gambling as examples.
Family can mean wife child parents and siblings who are the loved one’s most affected by addiction. The addict is selfish until faced with the remorse which comes with recovery. Recovery may not mean free choice or willpower but abstinence and many other new topics to be seized hold of by the patient.
Spirituality is a good route for addicts with treatment centers focused on attaining the help of a Higher Power. There are Christian ministries outside of Alberta Health which offer treatment to recovering addicts as well. These programs are more Christ centered than focusing on the medical treatment method. Both methods may work while I don’t have the statistics on how effective one is in relation to another.
Checking in with AA or other twelve step groups is more common after treatment has taken hold. Belonging to groups where recovery is encouraged leads to long term recovery if the addict hooks in with serious minded recovering addicts.
I use the term addict for all addicted persons in general while there may be specific terms to isolate one’s behavior from other members of the community. I don’t say addict with disdain but trying to use a medical term which is essentially a Health Care issue.
Alcoholism is addiction and very common with smoking being a more common addiction. In Alberta 80% of residents live within the Health Guide for responsible drinking. That means they don’t exceed the limits of responsible drinking.
Nutrition is important in recovery as well as developing good behaviors to overcome the negative attributes developed in addiction. Life skills may need to be developed over time which leads to things such as joining the workforce or attending school upgrading. Professionals have their own recovery groups they can join with total anonymity.
To end this article appropriately there are medical treatments available to those with issues of dependency. Alberta can handle the concerns facing the community if there is enough publicity on how to find treatment for addiction. Attaining media coverage for treatment of addiction may take public involvement such as e-mail or by mail to your elected officials.
I have made mention of South America before in Blog posts. Now I want to feature Brazil a beautiful country which has many delights. It has very populated cities with rich culture. Food is delightful and exciting. I will just post here some articles written by experts that will cover the country properly.
Brazil’s economy is the world’s ninth- largest by nominal GDP and eighth- largest by GDP (PPP) as of 2015. A member of the BRICS group, Brazil until 2010 had one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, with its economic reforms giving the country new international recognition and influence.
The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate.
Brazil really does have it all. Larger cities like São Paulo and Rio boast unique culture, personality and nightlife, while the thousands of miles of coastline, epic countryside and hearty cuisine will have you in raptures. We’ve picked 10 essential Brazilian dishes to try on your visit.
The last 20 years were great for brazilian cinema… years before, movies had poor scripts and production on the “porn-chanchada” times. 2003 had theaters full of public watching national movies, motivated by the late 2002 success of “Cidade de Deus“, the highest IMDB ranked brazilian movie.
Tourism is becoming a major industry in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are two of the most visited destinations in the country, offering visitors (whether in the country on business or pleasure) a fabulous peek into the complex heritage and natural spectacle of Brazil.
“The people of Alberta have worked hard for generations, and the entire nation has benefited from Alberta’s economic strength. As the jobs crisis in Alberta gets worse, families need the federal government to come up with solutions. Yet so far, this Liberal Government has failed to put forward a jobs plan that recognizes the crisis […]
Finding news regarding the Alberta Jobs Task Force requires some digging. I found this information available to me on the web. There isn’t much media coverage regarding this activist inspired program. Alberta is being represented in Parliament by Alberta conservative MP’s.
Premier Rachel Notley has been subjected to more frequent threats of harm than her recent predecessors, show newly released provincial statistics that confirm a disturbing escalation of security concerns over the last two years. The rarely seen numbers from the protection services unit were obtained by Postmedia through an access to information request that took more than 2-1/2 years to resolve.
I felt I couldn’t write an article well enough on what needed to be said about the threats and harassment of the premier. I have witnessed it myself locally and on Facebook. So here goes with an Edmonton Journal article with graphs script and photos.