Tactics: Having “The Talk”

Originally posted on followingstormslight:

Well, brace up, everyone. We are going to talk about that three letter word . . . sex. Or what sex should mean, as opposed to what it is perceived to mean. The funny thing is, when Lewis had his demonic mouthpiece, Screwtape, pen letter eighteen, it was seventy or so years ago. While conditions have changed somewhat in our culture today, the underlying attitude about sex, what it seems to mean, and what the Bible says about what it means, have not changed. What was true about our culture’s attitude seventy years ago is still true today. The only real differences are how widely and openly the attitude is displayed, and the areas into which it has been applied. On the other hand, the Biblical attitude has never changed.

Screwtape’s opening salvo is all about expectations. He cites, correctly, that God’s expectation for sex is an all or nothing…

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Omushkegowuk Walkers Reach Ottawa

Originally posted on Green Living Ottawa:

Written by Denise Deby.

Last week, a group of people arrived in Ottawa after a long journey. Omushkegowuk Walkers Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimaw and Paul Mettina left Attawapiskat on January 4, and walked 1700 km—around 50 days—to reach Parliament Hill.

Their message: that Canada needs to honour its treaties with First Nations, and build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and with the earth that are based on respect.

The three men and about 20 other walkers who joined them along the way reached the Human Rights Monument and Parliament Hill on Monday, February 24, where elders and supporters greeted them. Lynda Kitchikeesic Juden gives an account of the walkers’ arrival on the “Reclaiming our Steps” Facebook page.

At their arrival, and on social media, people have been expressing their awe of and…

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A Matter of Faith

Originally posted on The Things I See Up Here:


I don’t believe in a lot of things.

I don’t believe that the electric car isn’t a viable option but the big oil companies keep it suppressed.

I don’t believe that most people know how to properly use the word “awesome” because most of the things they use it to describe hardly inspire awe. “Awesome” describes seeing your first child born not the new sandwich at Wendy’s.

I don’t believe being older makes you any smarter. I know far too many older people who are still just as dumb as they were when they were younger but are now just more ignorant about it.

I don’t believe that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are training our kids for anything other than data entry jobs.

I don’t believe your friends should always tell you the truth because if you have to ask their opinion of what you are wearing you already know…

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Breaking Ground, Taking Action


No Tar Sands Pipeline!

Originally posted on Green Living Ottawa:

Written by Denise Deby.

Nobel Women's Initiative Breaking Ground report/Cole Burston https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151976001951737&set=pb.95360261736.-2207520000.1387319978.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ash3%2F578069_10151976001951737_85012202_n.jpg&size=960%2C640

Nobel Women’s Initiative Breaking Ground report/Cole Burston

A few weeks ago, Ottawa had a visit from a Nobel Peace laureate. Jody Williams, who with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban antipersonnel landmines, was here to talk about climate change, tar sands oil and the proposed Energy East pipeline through Ottawa.

Her message: The environmental, social and health effects of tar sands development and associated pipelines are unacceptable, and it’s up to us to do something about it.

Jody Williams was in Ottawa to launch the report of a delegation of women she led to the Alberta oil sands and the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route through B.C. Organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, which she chairs, the delegation met with women and communities as well as government and industry representatives.

The report, Breaking Ground:…

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Energy East Pipeline and Defend Our Climate in Ottawa


Join the fight! No Dirty Oil in Our Backyard!

Originally posted on Green Living Ottawa:

Written by Denise Deby.

Pipelines—and opposition to them—often make the news, but this time the news hits very close to home.

Energy company TransCanada is proposing to build a pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to ports and refineries in New Brunswick. The Energy East pipeline would link newly constructed pipeline with sections of converted natural gas pipeline, including a section running through Ottawa.

What does this mean for people living in and around Ottawa?

According to several local groups and many residents, the proposed pipeline offers few benefits and far too many risks. One group, Ecology Ottawa, is using its Tar Free 613campaign to raise awareness about the pipeline and its implications for our health and environment.

First, there’s the risk of spills. In October, CBC News reported that National Energy Board data reveal over…

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