I remember your heartfelt speech in the House in the days after we lost Jim Flaherty. I watched. I mourned. I really felt for you as a physician who had tried so hard to save your friend. I cried. I miss him too. Please think about him as you head into the end of this race.
Louise Wallace is a mom, designer, publisher, arts advocate and community member in Salmon Arm, B.C., a small and still charming town in in the Shuswap region of British Columbia's Southern Interior.
Dear America, I write as a concerned neighbour but I'm not going to bum you out with more crap. Let's just say I'm worried and you need a pep talk. About a year ago, I wrote a post about the Canadian...
10/17/2016 11:25 EDT
If you think of earth as a giant and complicated neighbourhood of neighbourhoods, it might be said that the Trumpification we are now witnessing in the States doesn't really have anything to do with Trump himself. He is not the cause. He is the opportunistic benefactor. Let's call him dystopia Donald. He's relatively new to this area. But he's still affecting our neighbours to the south, and we have a duty to at least have a chat with them.
07/28/2016 10:05 EDT
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is only one of a generation of young people asking for help... Nothing comes of a disrespectful dismissal of a request for help. Especially when it comes from those who need so little of it.
05/15/2016 11:48 EDT
There is hardly a town you could live in that doesn't have a paycheque coming from Fort Mac. And while we watch them burn down on live TV, we know that their loss is our loss. Their town is our town. Their fire is our fire even if we don't feel the heat and the flames.
05/07/2016 09:04 EDT
By the time the news blackout was lifted on election night in previous years, the decision had been made and our ballots hadn't even been counted yet. It's my least favourite part of living in B.C. Though the tables might turn this election, I still can't overlook the opportunity to make a final plea to Canada from me, here in B.C.
10/07/2015 07:04 EDT
Slowly, a mellow sadness overcame me. Maybe I'm not Je Suis Charlie. Maybe I'm Je Suis Sorry. I'm sorry we live in a world where young men (and a young woman too) were so angry and so radicalized that their actions were a viable option for them. Where not a single world leader had the humility to say sorry.
01/16/2015 11:30 EST
And yes, it might seem boring to you. But they aren't bored. They like that stuff. That's why they ran. A democracy is only democratic if due process -- as tedious as it might seem -- is followed. Better them than you. That's worthy of a vote, is it not?
10/07/2014 02:14 EDT
Income disparity also means that working and living in the same place is a luxury few of us can afford -- not just in third world countries, but in small Canadian rural communities as well. Ironically, our stronger economy is also leading to a weaker society. We can't be there for one another as much as we once were. We're too busy making money.
08/11/2014 01:06 EDT
Dramatic? Yes. granted. But I have two boys who aren't in school, school taxes to pay for teachers who aren't getting paid, and a business to run in a town where the largest employer is the school district. So indulge me in a bit of panic, won't you please?
06/24/2014 04:59 EDT
Why won't a single member of Christy Clark's government stand up for the importance of public education? Were our current MLAs not once students themselves? Are they afraid they'll get kicked out of the cool kid club? Does she tell them what to wear? How to do their hair? Who to sit with at lunch? I know a high school clique when I see one.
06/09/2014 02:59 EDT
We, the citizens and taxpayers of B.C., are both the consumers of and investors in the education system. It's a bit like being the dealer and the player at a high stakes poker game. You'd think the odds were in our favour, but no. This particular high-staked game is rigged and the deck is stacked against us. But if every gambler just walked out, there wouldn't be much of a casino to run, now would there?
06/01/2014 05:48 EDT
So today's word, boys and girls, is dismissed. Dismissed from the process, dismissed from the conversation, dismissed from the opportunity. That's how I feel as a parent and that's how I feel for my kids who tomorrow will return, temporarily at least, to school.
05/28/2014 01:59 EDT
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