Sunday, November 30, 2008


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Friday, November 21, 2008

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Cridge park rescue

Good morning all
Just a gentle reminder about tomorrow's civic election. Please visit and read the various candidates views on retaining Cridge Park before voting. Simply click on 'Candidate Survey Responses'.
The fate of the CP Lawn Bowling Club is dependant on a new Council removing this green space from any plans to develop the Crystal Garden block into a cultural precinct. On behalf of the Cridge Park Rescue Group I'd like to thank everyone who's pitched in to help spread the word. We've made terrific progress in a very short time, including.....
• a motion by Councillor Madoff to protect all parks, including Cridge, with appropriate zoning. Supported by Council.
• 4000 information leaflets distributed city wide.
• a candidate survey demonstrating overwhelming support for retaining Cridge Park and the historic bowling green within.
• hosting a very successful all candidates forum which went on to serve as the model for others to follow.
• having all serious mayoralty candidates publicly state that they are opposed to building an art gallery or children's museum on Cridge Park.
We're confident, that with your support we can keep Cridge Park green.
Lorne Carnes, Cridge Park Rescue Group

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Salute to a brave and modest nation

Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, 'The Sunday Telegraph' LONDON :
Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.
And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada 's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.
Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped Glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.
That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts.
For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.
Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy.�Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people �served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.
Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the �popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'
The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. �More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.
Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time.
Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.
So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.
It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to �be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as �unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.
Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say �of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that �1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the �world's peacekeeping forces.
Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on �non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.
Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in � Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ?
Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun. ��It is the �Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more �grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

Lest we forget

Monday, November 10, 2008

Elect Chris Smith for Oak Bay Council

Hello Friends.
Just sending you a quick email regarding the upcoming Oak Bay municipal elections…
Some of us may be suffering from ‘election fatigue’ from the past few months, but the approaching municipal election on Saturday Nov. 15 is the one election that can literally make a difference in our own backyards. So I’d like to encourage you on two fronts – 1) to ensure you get out and exercise your right to vote this coming Saturday, and 2) to consider the below if you are still thinking about your options around candidates.
I’m supporting Chris Smith for councillor. Chris is a 4th generation Oak Bay resident, and he and his wife Cory are raising their young family here.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Chris for many years, and helping him in some of his campaigning. I can say without reservation Oak Bay would be lucky to have Chris on council for us. He’s knowledgeable and cares a lot about the issues in Oak Bay, is focused on finding solutions, the son of a former OB mayor, and full of ideas and energy.
If you’d like to take a look at his election website, it’s . If you or any Oak Bay resident needs a ride to the polls please call 250-598-1985.
Finally, wanted to share this pic which has a neat story behind it – Chris with his dad Brian Smith. Brian is holding one of the original signs he himself used about 25 years ago. An Oak Bay resident had found a bag of them in storage in the house Chris’ grandmother used to live in, and gave Chris a bag full of them when he was door-knocking recently. Chris is happy to be doing the ultimate ‘recycle, re-use’ – with signs with great sentimental value!

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