A blog to give a voice to our concern about the continued erosion of our democratic processes not only within the House of Commons and within our electoral system but also throughout our society. Here you will find articles about the current problems within our parliamentary democracy, about actions both good and bad by our elected representatives, about possible solutions, opinions and debate about the state of democracy in Canada, and about our roles/responsibilities as democratic citizens. We invite your thoughtful and polite comments upon our posts and ask those who wish to post longer articles or share ideas on this subject to submit them for inclusion as a guest post.
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

The beginning of the end?

As my ever decreasing small cadre of regular readers will know I no longer write here on a regular basis having become so disillusioned with world wide 'democracy' that I have little positive to say. Here in Canada it has not yet reached the depth of disillusionment that appears to be overtaking the home of of our democracy, Great Britain, where after several years of mayhem they have devolved into what appears to be a authoritative governance where half the population simply do not know which way to turn to get non dictatorial governance. Here in Canada we seem to have narrowly escaped a similar outcome the only difference being that the areas of discontent and threats of 'separation' are of different sizes and locations. The ability and / or the desire to seek and embrace middle ground politically here, in GB and elsewhere across the world seems to be dwindling in what to those of us who have been around long enough know that such unyielding intransigent positions rarely lead to any positive outcomes.

The eyes of the world are currently on the similarly troubling situation just to the south of us as one half of the population tries to reign in the excesses of the other, as those led by a leader who thinks he is god supported by a group of individuals who are either too scared or too dumb to see that their very democracy is on the line. I submit that if Trumph is cleared of any wrongdoing, as I suspect he will be supported by his republican supporters who appear to be either blinded by his twitter storms or scared to speak out against him for fear that the right wing supporters may come to see the truth, it will be the beginning of the end. The end of democracy as practiced in that former British colony to the south of us and the gradual transformation of it into a dictatorship or perhaps a more accurate term might be an oligarchy. Whilst the charge against him may be a seemingly minor infraction it is the lengths to which he and his supporters have gone to to withhold any information related to the alleged misconduct that clearly tells us that something is very wrong and must remain hidden from pubic view and from the 'jury' of senators.

At the same time as he ranted about having done nothing wrong and his impeachment was completely unwarranted (and he and only he is 'perfect) he took time out from trashing the duly elected democratic leaders to tell us that climate change is a hoax and attack a young lady and others who speaks of a truth that few of us want to hear.
“In a prepared speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trump took the opportunity to take a swipe at Thunberg—who was in the audience—deriding “perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse” about the environment. “They are the errors of yesterday’s fortune-tellers,” Trump claimed, “and we have them and I have them and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen,” adding that in order to “embrace the possibilities of tomorrow,” we must reject the warnings of such individuals.”

With 'Leaders' like this we are doomed, its just a matter of which comes first ….. Oligarchy, Insurrection, War or Famine. I just hope our young folks can find a way to save us all, for this old fellow cannot.....

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

End the Madness...

Greta Thunberg tells world leaders to end fossil fuel ‘madness’, sadly few of the institutions or world leaders are listening and even fewer acting to change things.

We demand that at this year’s forum, participants from all companies, banks, institutions and governments immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.

We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now – as in right now.

We understand and know very well that the world is complicated and that what we are asking for may not be easy. But the climate crisis is also extremely complicated, and this is an emergency. In an emergency you step out of your comfort zone and make decisions that may not be very comfortable or pleasant. And let’s be clear – there is nothing easy, comfortable or pleasant about the climate and environmental emergency.
Young people are being let down by older generations and those in power. To some it may seem like we are asking for a lot. But this is just the very minimum of effort needed to start the rapid sustainable transition. The fact that this still – in 2020 – hasn’t been done already is, quite frankly, a disgrace.

Yet, since the 2015 Paris agreement, 33 major global banks have collectively poured $1.9tn (£1.5tn) into fossil fuels, according to Rainforest Action’s report. The IMF concluded that in 2017 alone, the world spent $5.2tn subsidising fossil fuels. This has to stop.

The world of finance has a responsibility to the planet, the people and all other species living on it. In fact, it ought to be in every company and stakeholder’s interest to make sure the planet they live on will thrive. But history has not shown the corporate world’s willingness to hold themselves accountable. So it falls on us, the children, to do that. We call upon the world’s leaders to stop investing in the fossil fuel economy that is at the very heart of this planetary crisis. Instead, they should invest their money in existing sustainable technologies, research and in restoring nature. Short-term profit should not

The theme of this year’s gathering in Davos is “stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world”. According to the forum’s website, leaders will meet to discuss ideas and improve our global progress on climate change. Our request to them is perhaps not so far-fetched considering that they say they understand and prioritise this emergency. Anything less than immediately ceasing these investments in the fossil fuel industry would be a betrayal of life itself. Today’s business as usual is turning into a crime against humanity. We demand that leaders play their part in putting an end to this madness. Our future is at stake, let that be their investment.

Greta Thunberg is a 17-year-old environmental campaigner from Stockholm, Sweden. This article was co-written with youth climate activists Jean Hinchliffe, Australia; Danielle Ferreira de Assis, Brazil; Joel Enrique Peña Panichine, Chile; Robin Jullian, France; Luisa Neubauer, Germany; Licipriya Kangujam, India; David Wicker, Italy; Julia Haddad, Lebanon; Oladosu Adenike, Nigeria; Iqbal Badruddin, Pakistan; Arshak Makichyan, Russia; Holly Gillibrand, Scotland; Alejandro Martínez, Spain; Isabelle Axelsson, Sweden; Sophia Axelsson, Sweden; Ell Jarl, Sweden; Mina Pohankova, Sweden; Linus Dolder, Switzerland; Vanessa Nakate, Uganda; Tokata Iron Eyes, USA

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