Thursday, September 28, 2006
Reassert values of social justice
Sep. 28, 2006. 01:00 AM
Tories cut $1B despite surplus
The announcements of budget cuts made by Jim Flaherty and John Baird clearly demonstrate they are still operating from the agenda of Mike Harris's Common Sense Revolution. The common sense being that the poorest and most in need do not matter. Program cuts to the unemployed, immigrants, those struggling with literacy and cuts to the advocacy of human rights for women, gays and minority groups. These are all programs aimed at improving access and opportunity for the marginalized. Failure to reinvest the vast surplus into education, housing, health and employment is grossly negligent.
It is time to give these bullies the boot and reassert the values of social justice and equality.
Chris Dowling, Toronto
Friday, September 22, 2006
OK, Venezuela is not perfect, but I love this man. He alone (with the exception of the leader of Iran) makes very pointed remarks about the US policy and Bush, without denigrating the US people themselves. It doesn't hurt that he is an excellent, and amusing speaker!
About 6 years ago I made a conscious decision to give away my tv. It was the best decision that I have ever made. I have since noted the following 2 important benefits:
- More time to do "real" tasks, ie: spend time with loved ones, read, etc.
- Less influence of the media leading to more independent thinking. Believe me, you do not realize how much of an impact the television media has on you (especially for young women with particular emphasis on issues such as body image). Without tv to tell you what your priorities are, you are free to define them for yourself.
As someone who watched an alarming amount of tv growing up, I will admit that it was a hard habit to break. However, it was infinitely worth it. When I tell people that I don't have a tv, their usual first reaction is "What do you do?". My answer to that, is that you have no idea how time sapping tv is, until you manage to break free from its hypnotic spell. You will then discover how much time you can spend doing things that are much more intellectually, spiritually and physically gratifying.
I'm not trying to be holier than thou, there are some good things on tv: my partner and I own DVD sets of The Simpsons, Family Guy, Kids in the Hall and Keeping Up Appearances. What I'm saying is that most people find it difficult to engage in selective viewing. You know the scenario: you mean to watch a particular halfhour program, and before you know, you'ven been sitting there for 2 hours, wondering where the time has gone.
I challenge you to try life without, or with reduced, tv watching for a week and see what happends. The result may surprise you.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Isis was amazing, that girl has a voice and minor-key backing melodies and dope beats that made it sweet!
Great hip-hop show coming up this Thursday at the El Mocambo. As is appropriate for this time of year, its called Skool Me Daddy, and will include some fantastic Canadian performers such as Isis and Brassmunk.
Isis alone should be worth seeing...she's only 20, but has an amazing voice and uses great old jazz samples in her music. Should be sweet!
As a side note, now that I'm now back to school I may not be able to post as many of my Toronto outings as I have over the summer, but I always strive to keep up to date on interesting events/issues going on in the T-dot. Stay tuned!
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
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Read my post from a few months back on why you have to read this book here.