I won’t be celebrating Canada Day this year

Canada is going through some things lately and its very troubling to watch as some folks deny and dismiss what we are; how we became us. Ours is a story of European exploration and proxy battles that led to a nation being settled on land where nobody bothered to ask those who lived here if … Continue reading I won’t be celebrating Canada Day this year

Justice and Dignity

Did you get sick at the headline that the bodies of 215 indigenous children were discovered buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School? Good. Its awful, and its yet another genocidal act that Canada has inflicted on our first peoples as they tried to assimilate them into Canada. Canada didn't include first … Continue reading Justice and Dignity

This isn’t sitting well with me. At all.

Before I get into the gears of my post, I want to be clear that I am no expert on first nation reconciliation and UNDRIP; certainly as it pertains to natural resources on land controlled by a first nation. I also want to stress that I am not first nation. My family lineage extends into … Continue reading This isn’t sitting well with me. At all.

Criticizing covid19 countermeasures should have a test applied

In order for you to have a valid argument to make on covid19 countermeasures, you first have to accept that covid19 is real and deadly; that it's a dangerous pandemic that must be met with all available measures to mitigate loss of life as best we know how. Because for you do deny the science … Continue reading Criticizing covid19 countermeasures should have a test applied

Paid sick leave isn’t urgent because its a contest to see who can deliver it first, its urgent because its necessary and right.

There seems to be a rush to claim credit for a program nobody can figure out how its paid for or who's jurisdiction it is. If you came to me for that answer, sorry, I don't have it. But what I do have is an idea that might work - if politicians are ready to … Continue reading Paid sick leave isn’t urgent because its a contest to see who can deliver it first, its urgent because its necessary and right.

The last mile is the hardest.

We have gone from zero to deploying millions of vaccines in a global pandemic in less than two years. Nobody assumed that everything would perfectly go to plan, nor that the plans were perfect. This has been quite a difficult journey and a lot of good people lost their lives as a result. But if … Continue reading The last mile is the hardest.

Endorsement of Lisa Marie Barron

My name is Peter Kelly (he/him) and I have been a resident of Nanaimo since 1997. I’m a past president of the Nanaimo area ferry workers union, a single parent, concerned citizen and I offer my full support and endorsement of Lisa Marie Barron for the Federal NDP nomination for the seat of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. I … Continue reading Endorsement of Lisa Marie Barron

Every party should root out bigots in their ranks

Least of all, one that markets itself as left-of-centre. Today we're learning of the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the UK Labour Party caucus pending an investigation of his conduct regarding internal processes of handling incidents of antisemitism. I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on the internal mechanisms of the Labour Party … Continue reading Every party should root out bigots in their ranks