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Oct. 14, 2021, 7:31 p.m.
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Re: Cypress Silver Pass

Anyone know what a seniors lift costs? They want 155 for a sky card.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:39 a.m.
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Re: Trudeau

OCTOBER 14, 2021

Canada Then and Now

BY HOWARD LISNOFF

When I read the account (“Canada invited Chelsea Manning to country just so she could be thrown out”, Guardian, October 7, 2021) of the planned removal of Chelsea Manning from Canada, should she show up at a hearing in Montreal, I thought of how welcoming Canada had been to war resisters during the Vietnam War.

Manning is the whistleblower who leaked documents to WikiLeaks about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her admirable actions and released in 2017 by then-President Barack Obama. If a person attempts to enter Canada for an offense that may have been punishable by a sentence of 10 years or more, that person can be barred from entry into Canada and thrown out of the country.

Canada has been the stepchild of US policy, both foreign, domestic, and especially economic. While a somewhat more liberal Western Europe social order is present in Canada, its proximity to the US has often cast Canada in the subservient role to the dictates of US policy.

In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War (the US war had begun in 1964 and would end in 1975), Canada was the refuge of countless numbers of men and women who resisted that war through either draft or military resistance and were often accompanied by significant others or friends. A Trudeau, Pierre, was the prime minister of Canada, as is a Trudeau now, Justin. But times have changed and so dramatically in some ways that the differences between the US and Canada seem less than they have ever been. Canada often supports US hegemony over the globe. Canada’s dependence on fossil fuel production and its treatment of its indigenous citizens is nearly a mirror-like reflection of the US.

In April 1969, a relative and I headed north to Canada from New England on a school vacation. I had just returned from basic and advanced training in the army and wanted to visit some people who had emigrated to Canada in resistance to the Vietnam War.

Canada was such a welcoming place then that I have great difficulty imagining a political climate in which they could lure a heroic whistleblower to the same city we visited decades ago intending to eject that person from the country.

That the world was objectively different in some ways in 1969 was evident in Montreal. We left the campus of McGill University, where I had been accepted as a graduate student in 1969, but did not go, and walked a few blocks to a housing clearinghouse. Through that facility, we received a number of referrals that allowed us to stay with hosts in private residences during our stay in the city. Not to discount the ease with which people interacted, we found the same sense of camaraderie when we returned to the US several days later and were housed at a private residence in Portland, Maine. The world was not perfect during that era, but it was certainly a more welcoming place. Try to imagine the same simple acceptance that we found in those days to today and it would be like awakening to a nightmare where everything is commodified and suspicion is rampant.

Critics may say that it’s unfounded nostalgia to glorify the past, but that is not the intent here. Those who bucked the government were treated harshly in both eras, then and now, but there was something that the poet Kenneth Rexroth, writing of yet another era, said in “Fish Peddler and Cobbler”: “Something invisible was gone”.

Howard Lisnoff is a freelance writer. He is the author of Against the Wall: Memoir of a Vietnam-Era War Resister (2017).

Oct. 14, 2021, 9:46 a.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Posted by: RAHrider

And the cbc, without voicing a single comment about global warming, broadcasted the countdown like a bunch of fools.

They are become craven.

Oct. 14, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
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High prices?

You are being gouged.....

https://groundworkcollaborative.org/news/new-research-from-groundwork-collaborative-shows-link-between-price-hikes-monopoly-and-corporate-greed/

Oct. 13, 2021, 1:06 p.m.
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Re: Traffic on the North Shore ...... WTF ?

Posted by: KenN

Merge from Dollarton onto the bridge southbound is so dangerous, I'm surprised there aren't more accidents. That super short merge zone and poor angle fails all current highway design codes.

Ha. Try doing it with a fully loaded transit bus.

Oct. 12, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
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Re: paging chupacabra

Hint: Gathafi

Oct. 11, 2021, 7:58 p.m.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

you turkeys....

Oct. 11, 2021, 11:27 a.m.
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Re: Canada Syndrome?

Posted by: Fast-Orange

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

Posted by: ReductiMat

This is probably a stretch, but hear me out.

Maybe we should have a federal beneficial ownership registry to see who is really buying our housing stock... and not a bullshit one, like an actual, "We will take it away from you if you lie" type one.

If we allow anyone from anywhere to buy our housing stock we need to accept that those living there will never be able to buy in.

That type of policy is very expensive when it comes to civil unrest.

That'd be a good second step after we limit foreign investment in RE.

They banned foreign ownership in New Zealand. It did fuck all to help

The owning classes know no boundries.

Oct. 8, 2021, 11:35 p.m.
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Re: just 4 or 5 pounds

Recommend me a weight loss pill. Not meth, just your garden variety fat burner. Metabolic enhancer, whatever.

Oct. 8, 2021, 10 p.m.
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Canadian Christians And Secularists Contest Including God’s Name in the Un Charter of 1948 and the Canadian Charter of 1982

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/10/08/canadian-christians-and-secularists-contest-including-gods-name-in-the-un-charter-of-1948-and-the-canadian-charter-of-1982/

Dr. Michael Welton is a professor at the University of Athabasca. He is the author of Designing the Just Learning Society: a Critical Inquiry.

Oct. 8, 2021, 9:32 p.m.
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Re: COVID-19

+ Merck is selling its high-touted new Covid pill Molnupiravir, whose development was federally financed by NIH and the Department of Defense, back to the U.S. government for 40 times what it costs to make.

https://theintercept.com/2021/10/05/covid-pill-drug-pricing-merck-ridgeback/

+ Anti-vaxism is itself a kind of brain-eating virus…A Cumberland, Maryland man murdered his brother and sister-in-law in their Ellicott City home last week because his brother, a local pharmacist, had administered COVID-19 vaccines.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-cr-burnham-follow-20211006-srubyenoujenvkd5igalidruwm-story.html

Oct. 8, 2021, 8:15 p.m.
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Re: Why is porn free?

Why is porn free?

So you don't spend all your time here?

Oct. 8, 2021, 9:27 a.m.
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Re: Canada Syndrome?

You're not a cunt. It's the owning classes who rigged the system who're the cunts.

There is a class war raging, one that’s being fought by the ruling class of billionaires and millionaires against the rest of us. And the rich are winning! They’re winning because they know where their interest lies: in getting richer and hanging onto their ill-gotten gains. And they’re winning too because our side is sleep-walking, lulled by the diversions of smoking pot and mountain biking, the fundamentalist religion of the free market, and non-economic dog-whistle issues like trudeau, immigration, crime, Covid vaccines and terrorism.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/10/08/the-rich-are-different-theyre-richer-than-us-and-far-greedier/

Oct. 6, 2021, 11:08 p.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/10/06/what-if-eating-animals-was-main-cause-climate-and-biodiversity-crises

https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/three-indigenous-peruvians-killed-protesting-canadian-oil-firm

Oct. 5, 2021, 8:31 p.m.
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Re: The Shank Thread

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