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I’m stepping down

I’m so sorry, but for personal reasons, I won’t be able to represent Toronto-Danforth for the Green Party in the upcoming federal election. I’d like to thank everyone who is working so hard on this campaign, and want to urge you to continue. I continue to support the party and expect to offer what help I can in the upcoming campaign. I wish my replacement candidate the very best of luck in winning this riding for the Greens.

What I read today (coming home on the TTC from YorkU)

Reason to support the Green Party, and confirmation of why we joined:

Business can provide meaning for workers and customers but not until it understands that the trust it undertakes and the growth it assumes are part of a larger covenant. As long as nature, children, women, and workers are abused by institutions espousing free-market theories, the real deficit will continue to grow — the difference between what business has taken and what it has returned, the difference between value added and value subtracted. For most people meaning is derived from just the opposite relationship, one in which one gives more than one takes, where one’s life is intrinsically bound to the promotion of the common good.

Wish I’d written the above. But I’m just the messenger.

Why I know the Green Party is a Force

Hello citizens of our world,

this morning while walking from the bus through some buildings to my lecture hall, I stopped to buy a coffee in the Fine Arts building and over-heard a heated discussion amongst a group of students. One fellow about 20 y/o said:

when I want I destroy; when I wish I create

I nearly dropped the coffee. 

CB

The emperor has no clothes — why I am a candidate #1

Charles Battershill and Elizabeth MayPoliticians are afraid of telling the truth. They are afraid of the power of the people, of real democracy.

Elizabeth May is, no pun intended, a divining rod of that motherlode of what people really need and want.

Only for our children and their children, and inspired by the only Canadian politician who displays LEADERSHIP, Elizabeth May, would I enter politics.

Picked up my “campaign shoes” from shoemaker. I’m ready!

Yesterday I also had two interviews with local papers.

Taxing carbon is the key to a liveable world for our children and the way to bring about the next, better phase of the Industrial Revolution.

We could be supporting local and regional business as they design, manufacture and sell green technologies and all the other needs of Ontarians.

But what do we do? We subsidize giant, foreign corporations who care for nothing but profit who drive our local entrepreneurs out of work. They people who used to work for them then can’t pay rent in the apartments in this riding.

The dividends these corporations “pay” are social insecurity and toxin-caused cancer and respiratory diseases.

Is it me or is something fundamentally wrong with how the three stooges in the other parties organized society?

Buy locally or apply to Wal-Mart for welfare…

Last night, at the Ralph Thorton Centre, a depressing but quite possibly real future was presented for our community:

  • empty (more) storefronts on Danforth, Gerrard, Queen St.E.
  • the vibrancy of our community hitting all new lows.
  • the average wage in the retail sector falling. Local entrepreneurs of all ethnic groups forced out of business. More pressure on government for social assistance.
  • growing numbers of working-poor people who can only afford to shop at Wal-Mart.
  • we can’t see them but exploited children and adults, in far corners of the world, work for pennies fabricating the items for sale at “everyday low prices”. We can’t see it, but tonnes of carbon are emitted to bring these items here.
  • thousands of cars, bringing their carbon and noxious emissions, to our lovely waterfront in the Portlands.

see www.waltown.com

If you dispute the above, then please explain how ‘is our community different from many hundreds of others in North America and thousands around the world?’

One answer is that together we will force politicians at all levels of government to hear our voices, to see the big picture, say “no thank you”

The Greek ladies who cut my hair…

When I told them I may be the Green Party candidate for the next federal election, they explained what Greeks say about politics: “the pig stinks from the nose”. This artfully expresses the near universal distrust of politicians by regular people.

We have the power to make politics serve us.

Consulting with our community!

I see this web-blog as a “Green Town Square”. So I propose to use it to consult with people as to what they wish my platform to be!

So many problems of our time are related to misuse of resources and one-dimensional thinking about human potential, the meaning of “success”, of community and society, and the foolish imagining that we are separate from nature. In particular, vested interests have created doubt about global warming this last decade to extend their way of life, their jobs, their non-sustainable mode of producing goods and of making their profits. We should have been taking decisive action. The Green Party knows that we can have good jobs, clean energy AND treat other people and other species ethically.

We have so much more to lose by asking “what’s in it for me?” or “how will what I take for granted be changed?” We in the rich countries assume just because we can pay for x, y and z, that we are entitled to it. We assume that our lives are worth more than those of people on the other side of the city and the planet, those who also indirectly bear the costs of our entitlement-based behaviours. It’s human nature to be threatened by change. But if we don’t see the bigger picture — yesterday — the changes we’ve unleashed will accelerate and could overwhelm us.

Many issues come up in talking with people in Toronto-Danforth. In this space I’ll begin to share a few ideas so we can think together about what is so important that we, the people, will force the political and economic elites into taking sensible action now!