Things Are Good: The Berlin Wall: Now Down Longer Than it was Up

The Berlin Wall marked a negative time in recent history in which two sides couldn’t communicate well and severed a country, and families, in two. During the Cold War people risked their lives tring to escape to West Germany from the oppressive East. The tearing down of the wall was a true turning point in ...

We Pivot: The “N” Word Debate Is Over, Oluo 10/18

Chapter 9 of Ijeoma Oluo’s awesome So You Want to Talk About Race focuses on the debate about whether various people can/should say the “N” word. When I watched Dear White People on Netflix, I saw a sublime example of … [Read more]

We Pivot: Canada’s Secret School-to-Prison Pipeline, Oluo 9/18

Chapter 9 of Ijeoma Oluo’s awesome So You Want to Talk About Race focuses on how systemic racism in institutions like school create a recipe for failure for non-whites. This is one of the largest comprehension divides for Canadians trying … [Read more]

Things Are Good: Replace GDP with Inclusive Development Index

Economic influencers and generally super-rich have occupied Davos, Switzerland this week to discuss how to get wealthier. They also discuss global issues that impact more than just their own wealth. Unsurprisingly interest in climate change and inequality during the Davos meeting increases every year. This year the host of the event, the World Economic Forum ...

We Pivot: Not Being Defensive About Racist Police Brutality, Oluo 7/18

Despite the statistics that police treat people of colour and indigenous people more unfairly and brutally, a reflexive defensiveness exists to discount that experience. When people who aren’t white complain about driving while black, etc., is our initial impulse to … [Read more]

We Pivot: White Men Need Intersectionality Expertise, Oluo 6/18

Intersectionality needs to become the most understood word as we wind down this decade. I’ve been thinking that for a few years now, but chapter 5 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race deeply reinforces that. My … [Read more]

We Pivot: Entitlement Mapping 101, Oluo 5/18

Fresh off of chapter 3 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race, we now enter the check your privilege chapter. This is a critical chapter to ensure that as we delve into the rest of the book, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Inevitable Race Conversation Mistakes, Oluo Day 4/18

I love chapter 3 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race. It reminds us that our human/race arrogance is a deep impediment to making a difference in the world. Francesca Ramsey, whose voice is spreading more widely … [Read more]

We Pivot: The Racism-Power Intersection, Day 3/18

Let’s get into chapter 2 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race! It’s been hard in recent year to talk about reverse racism, which I don’t believe exists. Racism is prejudice based on race, but there’s always … [Read more]

We Pivot: Oluo, Race, Class and Priorities: Day 2/18

Chapter 1 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race is called “Is It Really About Race?” In the debrief of the 2016 election, many folks have concluded that if we paid more attention to poor white people … [Read more]

Things Are Good: Don’t Believe the Myths of Minimum Wage

2018 marked a minimum wage increase in Ontario which follows a trend throughout North America of raising the level minimum companies can pay workers. Large, heartless, corporations like Tim Hortons have released statements that they think paying people more is bad – they are wrong. It’s clearer than ever before: minimum wage increase have historically ...

We Pivot: So You Want to Talk About Race, Day 1/18

Ijeoma Oluo’s new book is out: So You Want to Talk About Race. I first encountered her writing in Medium and was quite gripped by her wisdom. So I pre-ordered her book and started it today. Every day for the … [Read more]

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Wanda Wyporska highlights the UK’s corporate executive fat cats, and argues that it’s long past time for the public to stop rewarding them: So let’s put fat cat pay in context. Yes it has come down slightly, as Sir Martin Sorrell has seen his pay cut from ...

Things Are Good: Boomers Destroyed the Planet & Economy, Millennials Trying to Save Both

For the first time in a very long time an entire generation will be worse of than their parents. The wheels are in motion for that truth to be a set reality that requires drastic change that society likely can’t handle. Still, millennials are going to try to make the world better than they found ...

We Pivot: Horgan Insults Delgamuukw with the Site C Debacle

20 years ago yesterday came the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw ruling, ensuring that this “Canada” recognizes pre-existing aboriginal sovereignty, especially in BC where virtually none of the land was ever ceded to the British Crown. This is a pathetic day for … [Read more]

We Pivot: Louis C.K.’s “Victims” Didn’t Put Vancouver Animators Out of Work

We need more from the CBC. And the Canadian Press. “Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Louis C.K. put Vancouver Animators Out of Work” was the initial headline of a Canadian Press wire piece that the CBC ran, which has since been … [Read more]

We Pivot: Men Steal Women’s Due Process

I didn’t think this up, but it’s been gnawing at me for years and many times in recent months with all the sexual predators being outed…with still millions more to go, I’m sure. Should there be consequences to these alleged … [Read more]

Things Are Good: WikiTribune to World: “Hello”

In 2001 when Jimmy Wales launched Wikipedia he never thought that the website would become what it is today. This year he has launched (with many others) WikiTribune and hopes that it becomes as influential as Wikipedia is online. WikiTribune exists because of the disappointing state of news media right now (it’s worth noting the ...

We Pivot: Vancouver Will Now Segregate the Children of the Rich from the Poor

Vancouver is increasingly moving towards a financial caste system. It’s not like it hasn’t been going on for generations, but now it’s becoming entrenched in civic development policy. Instead of an intentional, well-led civic discussion about housing, justice, poverty, inclusion … [Read more]

Things Are Good: Take a Moment and Really Think about Unions

2017 has been anything but a successful year for unions. For a multitude of reasons unions have a bad reputation, although it’s thanks to unions that we have labour rights and weekends. Unions are really good at helping individuals deal with institutions that want to exploit their work; and history has proven this time and ...

Things Are Good: Fighting Myths of the 1%

Income inequality has been growing since the 2008 self-inflicted bank chaos, indeed that banking stupidity from 2008 accelerated the growing gap. The inequity was so obvious that the Occupy Wall Street protests took the streets and the public consciousness of “the 1%” grew out of it. Sadly, politicians failed to address the root causes of ...

Dead Wild Roses: I’m Not a Feminist I Just Support Equality…

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Equality, Feminism

centre of the universe: Alouette

Way back in the nineteen somethings, Canada was going through the sort of identity crisis we all go through when we’re about fifteen. Québec was all stomping around the place, slamming doors and cupboards and shouting “JE PARS” everytime someone looked at it. “Hey, Québec,” we’d say, “I like your cheese. You have lovely cheese.”…

Things Are Good: Using Math to Solve for Inequality

Inequality has been increasing globally for years, and developed nations have seen inequality rise in rates comparable to the start of the great depression. This situation is understandably problematic and worrisome. Accordingly, a lot of thinkers have looked into the problem, most solutions come down to some level of redistribution of wealth. The New England ...

Things Are Good: Positively Trolling Racists on the Web

Racists aren’t smart, and recently their stupidity has been taken advantage of to make the internet a little better. The popular online community Reddit has some parts of the site occupied by racists and the larger contingent of the community got sick of it. Some members started to infiltrate those hateful parts of the community ...