At heart, I subscribe to quotes like this one:
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
– Audre Lorde
Over the past 10 – 20 years, I have really come to see Canada from numerous perspectives. Not only is the Canada I once knew and loved rapidly disappearing, but we are constantly fire-fighting a growing multitude of problems (especially obvious in the Greater Toronto Area, which I live north of).
To online friends and others who may have been ‘co-opted’, no doubt the highly skilled operatives at the FBI (U.S.) and CSIS (Canada) may persuade you that I and my blog, CanadaTruth, are subversively trying to undermine the ‘status quo’ in North America.
Here’s where I stand:
Many people have hopes for a world where they are treated with Respect and Dignity, and where Peace, Freedom, Privacy, Autonomy, Democracy and Integrity are the norm. And being Spiritual doesn’t mean we leave all social-environmental-political governance to others.
The ideas and living examples I’ve seen for socio-environmental change and upliftment do not ‘reverse’ social orders or pit one group against another. On the contrary, social harmony and personal empowerment are possible – without upending ‘power relationships’, except to take CORRUPTION, BULLIES, ABUSERS out of the equation, and hopefully, transform them.
In fact, my persecutors (CSIS and the FBI) and their growing co-operators would have people believe that because some of my key examples for social-environmental transformation are found in India, somehow I want to revolutionize social power here in Canada.
Frankly, while I may stress the importance of women’s equality and participatory democracy, I think acculturating to Canada and its norms, and speaking one or both of its official languages, is even more imperative for the successful governance of this country.
And while I personally face prejudice and racism frequently – as well as a complete denial of my personal truth and historical consciousness (by being misperceived as an immigrant and denigrated on a near-daily basis, by all sorts of people – including folks who have barely arrived here) – I am nevertheless deeply concerned about the decline of both Anglo- and Franco-Canada.
1 the flag of the United Kingdom
2 the royal flag of France (fleur-de-lis)
3 symbols of England (golden lions, roses)
4 symbols of Scotland (red lion, thistles, unicorn)
5 symbols of Ireland (harp, shamrocks)
6 Canadian symbols (maple leaves)
7 symbols of monarchy (crowns, royal helmet)
8 the words (in Latin) desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means they desire a better country
9 the words (in Latin) a mari usque ad mare, which means from sea to sea
People have literally forgotten the founders of Canada. (Which is not to say that indigenous peoples did/do not suffer. I can speak to my own experiences of ongoing racist harm and 3 sinister attempts on my health recently, at the hands of my surveillers’ co-operators – who, by the way, can literally sabotage or even eliminate people who may support or represent a too-progressive agenda.)
[EDIT, Jan. 13/20: Unfortunately, the long arm of Big Brother has really grown by leaps and bounds since November 2019; with my ongoing, all-encompassing problems – technlogical and otherwise – both online and in my ‘real-world’ life, plus the total co-opting of everyone in my social sphere, I can say this: Technological Totalitarianism is complete. Bye-bye FREEDOM, AUTONOMY, and PRIVACY. Officially, everyone is just a vulnerable pawn. The recent Ukraine plane crash killing 176 people, and 63 Canadians, supposedly in retaliation of General Qasem Soleimani’s recent killing, is just part of geopolitical manipulations that indicate far more complicated agendas than meets the eye. So sad what the thirst for power and ultimate control can do to people and groups. Amen. Shalom. Namaste. Salaam-ali-kum. Allah O’ Abha. Tashi Dalek. Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa. Jai Jainendra. To-hi-du-lit. Meg’wich.]
Admitting to downing Ukraine jetliner will cost Iran regime dearly
I have not yet had a chance to explore these important topics, but kindly bear with me until I do so.
I will say this to my surveillers:
In the case of Kiran Bedi and Tihar Jail (the largest jail in a democratic country), the prison inmates are still inmates. The difference is, they are not being physically and psychologically tormented by corrupt jail guards, or female inmates being raped and pimped out to men on the street, and so on. Through eco-friendly pursuits, the prisoners even help raise money for their (usually struggling) families. This literal “hellhole” was transformed into a virtual, co-operative paradise – tree-planting and all.
Bear in mind that many prisoners, whether here in North America or elsewhere, are often poor and uneducated people who are merely trying to survive. They have not been afforded the opportunities or positive role models that others have. In contrast, environmental polluters, ponzi-schemers, President Trump and others are destroying both lives and nature, ripping off people’s money, and controlling the direction of our planet’s future. Who are the bigger culprits?
[DEC. 8/19, EDIT: Been raving about Kiran Bedi, after having the incredible privilege of meeting her in 1999; emailed about her 23 times plus 1 blogpost since 2017, and sent 8 email blasts in the past 5 weeks. In the U.S., the “Fair Chance Act” is resurfacing in the headlines: https://tinyurl.com/MSNBCfairchanceact . However, here’s why the Fair Chance Act a.k.a. “Ban the Box” could screw people over. Worth a read.]
In the case of Anna Hazare and his agricultural campaign, Farmers are still Farmers. (We need good Farmers!!) And now, instead of migrating en masse to urban centres (which creates a whole host of problems, all the way around) or committing suicide due to low crop yields and the resulting poverty, the Farmers are producing healthy crops with improved Water Conservation, and reduced use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and so on. They stayed on their farms, living conditions and family stability improved, women are included in the decision-making process, and life all around is GOOD.
Neither is this about limiting anyone’s POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH and SELF-ACTUALIZATION. Oprah Winfrey and others are true heroes. I also mentioned U.S. Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her fearlessness and integrity; however, once again, I’m seeing the long-hand of Big Brother’s co-opting interference and manipulative abilities – often coercive or designed to ensure full co-operation – at all costs. Sigh. (Jan. 13/20)
Anyway, besides co-ops I may have frequented while I living in downtown Toronto East, I was blessed to visit a variety of co-operatives in India (eg, SEWA, the world’s largest women’s trade union) and also meet co-operators from around the world (eg, Israel, Kenya, Japan, Russia, and so on).
Cultivating peace, freedom, democracy, solid infrastructure, economic opportunities, quality of life, environmental stewardship, and so on, in countries around the world, benefits all of us.
And the simple truth is: Both Canada and the U.S. are becoming overburdened, polarized, and fragmented. We cannot become a repository for all of the world’s people, who wish to leave or escape their own countries – nor be a “piggy bank” for foreign investors, who may have little or no interest in Canada’s overall well-being. And we cannot just politely smile at one another, while secretly resenting or sabotaging different people, as the problems continue to pile up – we need ideas and action for change.
Hopefully, we may explore some SOLUTIONS to Canada’s problems on here. Kindly keep an open mind, in spite of my inflammatory comments or tone.
(NOTE: Recently, since launching my blog, I have been unable to access or properly use numerous large corporate websites in the past 2 weeks – from my employer’s scheduling site to my WordPress blog, to my email accounts (Gmail, Tutanota) and Faststone.org and others. I am also literally having to ‘capture’ the contents of mainstream news sites – before they miraculously disappear from the Internet. So much for freedom of thought, free press, and so on. Welcome to the New World Order.)
See my ‘Weird‘ page, with more examples to come…
Since writing the page above, I’ve experienced more bold and direct threats (pics to come) and potential long-term damage to my health. Please see “Addendum to Women’s Equality”, for more discussion.
Understanding Canada: Cultural Struggles
Part 1: Canadian History
- Early History of Canada – https://thecanadaguide.com/history/early-history/
- Discover Canada: Canada’s History – https://tinyurl.com/discovercanadahistory
- Canada Under British Rule – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_under_British_rule
- Canadian Colonies and Enslavement – https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/browse/things/history/colonies
–> (There was slavery in Canada, which most people do not realize, and I’ve known African-Canadian descendants of slaves.)
Part 2: Modern Canada & the decline of western civilization
The links below may seem inflammatory (although 2 are current news articles from 2019), yet these are very real issues facing Canada – all the way around.
I would not have focused my attentions here – and yet, for the first time since 2000, I FINALLY understand where my surveillers are coming from. (Perhaps I would not be writing these lengthy diatribes, if they’d left me alone to live in peace.)