Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Just before winter … come
WRITE IN THE GARDEN:
A one-day writing workshop.
Inspiration, structure and support for those with lots of writing experience and for those with none.
Spend a day learning to trust your voice and tell your stories. Listen to your creative self. Gain confidence and perspective from non-judgmental contact with other writers. Write in the garden and enjoy positive feedback, bushy perennials and lunch.
Who: Writer and teacher Beth Kaplan has taught writing at Ryerson for 16 years and at U of T for 4.
When: Sunday October 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $125, including food for thought and actual food.
Where: Beth’s garden in Cabbagetown.
Laughter, camaraderie and insight guaranteed.
For more information - www.bethkaplan.ca/coaching. To register – email@example.com
“I’d like to express my deep appreciation to you, Beth, for making your garden workshop so memorable. You have a special gift for creating a safe learning environment, with a well of positive things to say without passing judgment. It was a joy to be there with you and the others. Your garden is magical, and you created a magical day for me. Ann C.”
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Anyway, I'll be home later today and able, as I re-enter my own life, to think again. I knew this morning, when my dear mother asked, as she does every morning, if I wanted some toast, and I nearly shouted, "I don't eat toast at breakfast! I haven't for years! You know that! Stop asking me the same thing every single bloody morning!" that it's time to go home.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Prime Minister Harper is trying to push American-style hate media onto our airwaves, and make us all pay for it.
His plan is to create a "Fox News North" to mimic the kind of hate-filled propaganda with which Fox News has poisoned U.S. politics. The channel will be run by Harper’s former top aide and will be funded with money from our cable TV fees!
One man stands in the way of this nightmare -- the Chairman of Canada's Radio and Telecommunications Commission Konrad von Finckenstein. He's rejected the plan as a violation of CRTC policies, so now Harper is trying to get him out of the job. Let's urgently send a massive wave of public support to von Finckenstein, with 100,000 Canadians encouraging him to keep standing up for Canada, and standing firm against Harper's pressure. Sign the petition below and forward this email to everyone -- we'll publish full page ads in Canadian papers when we reach 100,000:
Harper hatched his scheme in a secret lunch last year with media-mogul Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News. Harper's top aide Kory Teneycke also came to the lunch, and then left the government to head up Suncor Newspapers and the new "Fox News North".
Fox News fuels hate. While constantly claiming to be “fair” and “balanced”, it allows hysterical anchors like Glenn Beck to compare Obama to "Lucifer" and "Hitler". Bill O’Reilly, another anchor, has threatened to boycott Canada, and Anne Coulter says Canada is “lucky the US allows it to exist on the same continent.” The network has calculatingly spawned the tea party movement in the US, a mobilisation of the fringe right which threatens violence upon its opponents and wears guns to political rallies.
This is a fight for the soul of Canadian democracy. Our media is not perfect, but a ‘news’ network that slavishly serves a political agenda through mass manipulation and fear threatens the fabric of our democratic society.
The CRTC is part of our democracy -- it was made an independent commission precisely in order to protect against this kind of government manipulation of the media. Harper knows that he must bully his way through this institution in order to create Fox News North. And there are dark rumours in Ottawa that if von Finckenstein will not leave his job, Harper will simply force him to give in. Von Finckenstein is upholding the best tradition of Canadian democracy and civil service in the face of a full scale attack on that tradition. Let's show him, and Harper, that Canada stands with him.
"Fox News North" is Harper's long term strategy to make radical conservatism the political centre in Canada, tearing down the country we love to make us look like the U.S. Thankfully, Konrad von Finckenstein and the CRTC are standing in his way -- let's stand with them.
Ricken, Emma, Iain, Laryn and the rest of the Avaaz team