Letter To The Editor: Overseas Markets Drive Horse-Slaughter in B.C.

Originally posted on heatherclemenceau:


This commanding letter on horse slaughter in Canada was written by D. Fisher of Kelowna,  British Columbia. 

It’s simply magisterial in its eloquence! 

Please share…..

“Industry without ethics, capitalism without conscience – is tortured flesh the flavour of our times?

The Canadian horse slaughter industry is an abomination. Within its harrowing abyss exist the theft of liberty, unpardonable anguish and the dismemberment of a noble icon.

Advocates in favour of this industry present the following arguments for its existence:

  1. Horses are meat – tasty meat for man. I want some.
  2. Slaughterhouses humanely euthanize old, crippled and unwanted horses.
  3. Slaughter controls over-population.
  4. The industry provides employment.

Different perceptions and the high ground we call morality oppose these arguments:

  1. Horses are not meat to do with as we please. Throughout history, beside the footprints of man are the hoof prints of the horse. A pony is a child’s dream, a horse an…

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Exact Cost: Phase 6, Year 5, 2015

Originally posted on Tiny House Ontario:

It is that time of year again!

It cost quite a bit more this year than in the previous one, but this said, four of my eight goals were met and a few more things too.  The costs all tallied up for my tiny house and land are now over 100K, but this said, it is now nearing completion and the livability is really great now.

The accomplishments that I ticked off of my to do list are:  Install the Mini 12 stove chimney set up, fix the bathroom so that the mice cannot get in, insulate and install flooring on the main level, and build seating.  I also put in a new support post in the cloth porch because it was sagging a little bit from the snow load.  Too, I took a load of stuff to the dump.  The things that went were the mouse urine soaked bathroom items, the…

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Things To Be Thankful For

Originally posted on Green Living Ottawa:

Written by Denise Deby.

Rideau River - Strathcona Park - D. Deby photo

Here are a few things I’m thankful for these days:

Advocacy: I’m grateful to all the wonderful people around who are speaking up about what needs to be changed, finding creative solutionsorganizing opportunities for others to make a difference, and inspiring the rest of us to think, live and act more mindfully.

Art: Ottawa has many impressive people who through their art, music, films, stories and other creative pursuits are not just spreading the work about environmental and social issues, but helping us see that different ways of thinking and acting are possible. (Don’t miss the Walking With Our Sisters memorial, a powerful tribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women, at Carleton University’s Art Gallery until Oct. 16, 2015.)

Being a part of nature: Getting outdoors is calming, rejuvenating and a reminder of our connection with other things. Right…

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Chaudière Falls and The Islands

Originally posted on Green Living Ottawa:

Written by Denise Deby.

Photo by Shanta Rohse on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic https://www.flickr.com/photos/23817022@N00/2220015238 Photo by Shanta Rohse on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic https://www.flickr.com/photos/23817022@N00/2220015238

In the Ottawa River, between Ottawa and Gatineau, the Chaudière Falls and three islands—Albert, Victoria and Chaudière—are a hidden but significant area with a lot of potential.

They’re home to a closed Domtar factory and largely cut off from public view, but a debate is raging about future plans for the site.

The area is sacred to Anishinaabeg. Local Algonquin Elder William Commanda had a dream to restore it as an internationally renowned gathering and interpretive centre and park for all people. Celebrated architect Douglas Cardinal worked with him on this, and continues to promote the vision.

You can find out more about the area and the vision at http://www.asinabka.com/geninfo.htm and http://freethefalls.ca/.

At the same time, Windmill Development Group is planning to build a mix of condominium towers and townhomes, commercial space and…

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for sure

Originally posted on living not existing:

historically, the consequences of my drug use included but should not be limited to:

harm to others including family, loved ones, friends, acquaintances and people i’ve only met a couple of times.

conflict with the law.

being institutionalized against my will.

phyical, emotional, spiritual and psychological harm to myself.

i didn’t just use drugs to get by and cope with certain moments. i used drugs to get by and cope with life in its entirety. i used to be able to wake up, to go to sleep, when i was anxious, when i was sad, when i was angry, when life was amazing, when life was alright, when i was hungry, when i hated everything, when i wanted to destroy myself. i used drugs every moment i could.

lots, like lots of other people do not use drugs to cope these ways. and lots, like lots of other people do…

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Unlost and Found: Animal Activist’s Stolen Camera Returned After Meandering Journey


There are good people in the world!

Originally posted on heatherclemenceau:

Twyla Francois - Animal ProtectorWritten by:  Heather Clemenceau

Art by: Twyla Francois Art

An animal advocate’s camera is a priceless tool that often endures many indignities while capturing the inhumanity of a food animal’s arduous trip to the slaughterhouse. Anita Krajnc’s pro-level Canon cameras, used for Toronto Pig Save vigils and other events, have been inadvertently drowned in fair-trade vegan hot chocolate, and brusquely dropped into mud. But the last Canon camera owned by Anita was surely thought to be irretrievably lost when it was stolen along with her purse in broad daylight in December 2014 in Toronto.

At this point, several kind people came forward to purchase a replacement camera for Anita, who moved on from the experience and perhaps did not realize that a trail of breadcrumbs had been left that enabled the camera to find its way back to her more than six months later….

When the camera had previously fallen…

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Idle No More: Dear Cindy

Originally posted on Elyse Bruce:


Republished in West Coast Native News HERE.


Two weeks ago, this message was sent to my blog by Cindy. Her comments were riddled with a number of incorrect comments and negative stereotypes that I felt needed to be addressed in a calm and rational way. Here’s an unedited screenshot of what Cindy wrote:

Idle No More_Cindy's Comments

Rather than put it through on the messages, I thought I’d address the inaccurate claims made by Cindy in a blog article.

Why don’t natives get jobs just like everyone else in Canada?

One of the most widespread myths is that First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples are lazy bums who don’t work for a living. The fact of the matter is that I’ve addressed this issue in previous blog articles. Not only do First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples have jobs like everyone else in Canada, many of them run their own successful businesses.


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