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A Correction of Sorts to a Previous Post

A correction of sorts from our frequent contributor, Mr William Perry. Read on…

On Sunday, September 5th, Catholics will gather for Mass at  to remember Mother Teresa (born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) who died that day in 1997. She was renowned for her great compassion and works of charity. For over 45 years, she served the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying.

I was reminded of my neighbour Germaine who passed away recently. Germaine was a devout Catholic with a kind gentle manner wrapped up in a very small package. I remember Germaine taking me by the arm and literally dragging me outside (given that I am twice her size) to climb into a dumpster to retrieve good clothing which had been discarded. Together we washed the clothing and then took it down to a local woman’s shelter.

We are called to provide comfort with compassion to our fellow human-beings. Few of us actual hear the calls. I was called twice – once as a police officer and as a Catholic Priest, where I learnt the true meaning of giving. Recently I wrote a letter to the editor criticizing Canadians for generally lacking in compassion. The passing of both these women remind me that compassion is alive and well. I stand corrected and humbled.

William Perry

Victoria, BC”…

Our compassion is failing

Another very worthy submission from our frequent contributor, Mr William Perry;

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The events today, I believe, emphasize the need for key concepts in the new consciousness: subject, felt relations, internal relations, sympathy richness of experience, creative solitude, hope, faith affection new being, ultimate concern, and compassion in the world as internally related to all individual entities from protons to people.

Fear, cynicism and ignorance, is replacing the once coveted social attribute – compassion – as a growing number of people express their disdain and a lack of empathy for the homeless, addicted, refugees, First Nations, putting their own needs first.

Conservatism maintains that compassion prevents one from being completely merciless and fully committed to the task, whether it be protecting Canadians against the queue jumping of the would-be refugees, or killing human-beings in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the daily contradictions that promote that the idea of compassion prevents swiftness of action and encourages fragile mindsets. Compassion is only required for those that are weak, because they need others to support them.

All too true, the gap between the wealthy and not so wealthy has widened. Now, not to mix words, the ‘lust for money’ has made many into greedy, exploitive, murderous, self-righteous tossers, refusing to look at the ‘humanity’ in what we do.

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I don’t see that our society is robust and resilient, that any setbacks are not temporary, and that we are not looking forward, and our ever-decreasing standard of humanity moves us quicker to that ancient self-fulfilling prophecy of Armageddon.

The hidden and never-discussed prerequisite, however, is limitless, cheap and expendable. Sadly, this turns out to be the assumption behind contemporary projections of ever-increasing prosperity.

Our failure to wean ourselves off our fossilized mentality and the ‘Image of the Self’, is a major setback. If we have learnt anything through history, it is the best path for any society would be to reduce its footprint (not just environmental). It will require self-reflection, and that, in my opinion, is where we are defeated every time.

This vision of the world stands in strong contrast to supernaturalistic dualism and materialistic atheism. It is not provable in the way in which a mathematical proposition might be proved. It stands or falls by its adequacy to account for and illumine all experience. But it requires imagination to see it. The world is not as tame as our sluggish, convention-ridden imaginations tend to suppose. There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, and those who do not see.

William Perry

Victoria, BC”…

Cross-country Motorcycle Ride for Dad wraps up at CFB Esquimalt

These last few days of summer have seen us so busy with other projects (like getting out and having fun in the sun) that we have not been writing much of anything. Thankfully, our frequent contributor William Perry has supplied us with a couple of submissions. From Mr William Perry;

The fact is bikers are some of the biggest hearted people you will ever meet. They give, give, and keep on giving.

Most bikers frequently ride together for charitable causes 100% of the riders empty their pockets for the cause.

As I’ve written many rimes before, bikers not only give at charity rides they also help to put these events together. They work in the evenings after work and on the weekends. They take time away from their families in order to support others.

This year, this ride, has made a tremendous difference to me personally. As a life long biker, person battling Prostate Cancer, who spent time on the Canadian Forces – Thank you.

You have reminded me of the dignity, compassion, and loyalty etched in our hearts, and  have given me something to hold on to – hope. Now I’m motivated to get better and join you next year for the ride.

The next time you pass by or are sitting at the same traffic light next to a biker; don’t be afraid, try giving them a smile or a wave. Remember, they also have families they love. Without bikers, in my opinion, there would be a lot less Love in the World!

William Perry

Victoria, BC”…

Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster for the BC Coast?

When you think about lifting the moratorium on off-shore oil exploration and drilling along the BC coast, have a quick peak at what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico.

And consider that British Petroleum was one of the organizations that was arguing against using the underwater auto-shut-off system that is currently required. The same system that was in place on the oil rig that burned, collapsed, and sank in the Gulf of Mexico just a few days ago. The same system that has failed and is now allowing several thousand barrels a day to pump from the underwater reservoir up into the Gulf of Mexico creating an oil slick some 1550 square kilometres in size that is moving towards the Louisiana shoreline.

Think about that when environmental disaster when you think about lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling along the BC coastline.

Premier Campbell’s Statement on the Death of Georgian Athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili

Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today on the death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili today in Whistler: 

“On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the people of Georgia and to the family and teammates of Nodar Kumaritashvili in the wake of this terrible accident.

“The loss of a gifted, talented young athlete training for the opening of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is heartbreaking for people around the globe.

“We all want to see athletes compete hard and succeed in their chosen sports, but at the same time our paramount concern is always for their safety and health.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nodar’s loved ones during this tragic time.”

Pat Robertson on the earthquake in Haiti

In order to give a warm fuzzy Christian reach-out to the long-suffering people of Haiti, Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of The 700 Club, said on his show that a “pact to the devil” dating back to the 18th century when Haitian slaves sought freedom from the French — is to blame for Haiti’s misfortune. 

“They said we will serve you if you get us free from the French. True story,” Robertson said. “Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

In Robertson’s defence, the Christian Broadcasting Network stated that Pat Robertson did not say that the earthquake was God’s wrath. They say that Robertson has compassion for the people of Haiti and he has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year.

Ch-ch-changes to The Left Coast

Please bear with me while we make some changes to The Left Coast weblog. We are experimenting with some new themes and stuff and will not be posting much while these changes are brewing. Trust us when we say that we have our best techies on the job and they will have us back in operation in no time at all.

A Fresh Approach? Huge Opportunity for Community Media

For your information…
The CRTC is currently reconsidering the role of community television in Canada, providing an historic opportunity to create a rejuvenated, FRESH and innovative independent media system.

Many people are unaware that two per cent of what cable companies collect from their customers monthly is supposed to be spent on community channels. BUT, rather than provide community access to these resources as they should, cable operators have used these channels and funds to give themselves a competitive edge, and at times even pocketing the money while shutting down studios. Tell the CRTC what you think of this: supports a proposal by CACTUS (Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations) calling for the millions of dollars already being collected by cable companies for community TV, be liberated to independent media centres for use by all Canadians. The CRTC can make this a reality – please send them a letter now! HERE:

The best part of CACTUS’ plan is that Canadians won’t have to pay another dime! The money we are already paying to cable companies will be directed to independent media!

This is our chance to make media FRESH, diverse and independent! It takes just a CLICK OR TWO OF YOUR MOUSE.

1.To support this vision send a comment to the CRTC NOW.

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Full Body Scans Coming to an Airport Near You

Great news is coming later today from Federal Transportation Minister John Baird and Minister of State Rob Merrifield. The dynamic duo is scheduled to make an announcement at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday on security at Canada’s airports. It is widely expected that the announcement will involve the news that 45 full body scanners will be installed at eleven Canadian airports.

The fact is, these scanners are really an attempt to reassure passengers that they are safe. Security experts have already stated that even if the scanners had been in place before Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab had boarded the Detroit-bound plane, the explosives he had sewn into his gaunch would very likely not have been detected.

So we are paying some security corporation to install and probably operate these full body scanning machines to do what? I really do not care if the security people have an image of my muscle-rippled body. However, if the scanning is really a placebo to make people feel more secure, I would suggest that they save mega-bucks and install a metal door-frame for all passengers to walk through. Make the door-frame beep loudly and release a flash of light and everybody will feel safer.

Real security would come from having security people on the job, doing their job. For example, if a guy’s father phones your embassy and says that his son is probably a massive security risk and the son then buys an airline ticket with cash, checks in no luggage, and wears freaky looking underwear…just maybe you want to act on that information and check the dude out before allowing him on a plane. Then I might feel more secure while flying. Having a picture of my muscle-ripped body taken, doesn’t make me feel a bit more secure.

Individuals Can Control Climate Change, Not Government

It is amusing to hear the hue and cry for “the government” to do something about climate change. Do people realize “the government” is actually the people? Do we need a head of state to decree that…whatever they are supposed to decreee so that climate change is suddenly stopped? Individuals can do far more than any government could possibly dream of doing. So let’s briefly consider what individuals have been doing.

On a recent trip to San Diego, on a fuel consuming-greenhouse gas emitting airplane, I had the opportunity to drive on the American Interstate Freeway system. Amazing. The posted limit is 65 mph. If I slowed down to 65 mph I felt as if I was going to be shot or pushed off the road. To keep up with the majority of traffic I found myself travelling at 75-80 mph. The amount of fuel consumed to travel at that speed is exponentially greater than the amount of fuel needed to travel at 55 or even 65 mph. Individuals choose to travel at 75-85 mph. Why? Because they do not want to make any changes to their own lifestyle. It is more convenient to travel at 75-85 mph and people are in a hurry to get somewhere to scream about how important it is to do something about climate change.

Another simple choice people make is to eat a heavy meat based diet. The simple change to a more vegetable-based diet can make a world of difference. The meat industry is a massive emitter of greenhouse gases. That is the gas from the backend of the cow as well as the machinery involved in the raising, slaughtering, transporting and so on of meat. So why do people not make a change in their lifestyle and choose to eat more vegetarian meals? Because people really do not care enough about climate change to have to make a change. They are waiting for the government to make a change.

There are endless examples of how people could make simple changes to their lifestyle to do something about climate change. By and large, people in North America do not care about climate change because so far it has not impacted them. Once the sea levels start rising and massive droughts hit the continent we might see some real change take place. Until then, we can expect people to continue changing their lightbulbs when they really should be thinking about changing their lifestyles.