Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream Symposium

Mar
22

Click here to download this pdf poster.

 

For further information please contact Lisa Bland at lisa@changingthedream.ca

 

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Detailed look at B.C.'s job trends shows Clark exaggerated claims By John Twigg

Mar
20

The Daily Twigg Vol. 1 No. 29  March 20, 2012

Detailed look at B.C.'s job trends shows Clark exaggerated claims

By John Twigg

Since I sort of "miscued" recently in my critique of Premier Christy Clark's job creation claims (by pulling a wrong stat out of a jumble of numbers) I felt an obligation to dig a bit deeper into the area to see if I could better understand it and then better portray exactly what has been going on in B.C.'s labour force, and what I did find - no surprise - is a situation far less positive than what Clark was claiming.

On one hand that means my quickly-published apology to her was way more abject than it needed to be, and on the other other hand it is all the more concerning because it further confirms that Clark lately has been doing far too much of that sort of exaggerating and dissembling in far too many policy areas, even including the province's financial picture (with the budget's low-balled revenue forecasts) and now with the very important jobs picture too (in which Clark cherry-picked a few sweet statistics rather than revealing the actually-weak overall trends - albeit with a great outlook for years ahead).

To put it all in a bit of context, let's review how Clark on March 13 staged a photo op at Seaspan Marine Shipyards in North Vancouver to release a six-months progress report on her "Canada Starts Here" job creation program "which clearly outlines the steps taken by our government to promote economic investment and job growth in British Columbia" but which nonetheless downplayed the huge role public-sector projects have played in bolstering B.C.'s employment numbers in recent years.

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Quesnel Lions Club seeking local visionaries for proposed community projects

Mar
06
 
Quesnel Lions Media Release       

March 5, 2012
 
Roar!  Lions Want Your Opinion!

  
                           
The Quesnel Lions Club is calling all those who have a vision for Quesnel's future to come forward and offer their thoughts.
The club is looking for a new initiative to support.  It wants people's ideas on what is that special community challenge that needs to be addressed.  Be it a social, recreational, environmental or other need, the Lions club wants to put their efforts toward a large project which will help Quesnel grow.
Lion's President Orville Mulligan explains: "We would like to help Quesnel in a large way.  We have developed a questionnaire and are now circulating it around the town.  From the results, we will figure out where to put our efforts."  While continuing to help in its traditional ways, the club feels it is in a position to take on a major challenge.
During March, Lions members are distributing questionnaires as well as conducting interviews to find out what the people of Quesnel feel deserves concerted action.
Besides the hard copy questionnaire, the community can respond by clipping out a response form in the Observer and dropping it off at KMAX at 246 St. Laurent.
They can also email one of our committee members, Mitch Vik at mitchellsvik@telus.net to receive the full questionnaire.
Finally, for those that want a free cup of coffee, Lions would love to sit down for an extended chat.  Call 250 992 8343 to set up a time.  In April, the club will then decide on a project and start fundraising efforts.
Milligan concludes, "It's an opportunity for people to put forward their own positive ideas and be heard!"
For more information, call Nate Bello at (250) 992-3650 or Mitch Vik at (250) 992-8343.
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Quesnel's Holistic Health Care Clinic Moves to Front Street

Feb
20
 
Quesnel's Holistic Health Care Clinic is happy to announce that they have relocated their services to a new location at 691 Front Street in the former building where Gook Surveying once resided.
 
Erika Lynd of Lynds Health Services Inc. wants the public to know that the new Care Clinic is situated just north of the GR Baker Hospital and the Fraserview Medical building. 
 
Quesnel is fortunate to have these services available and the Sentinel wishes them all the best.
 
 
Quesnel's Holistic Health Care Clinic

691 Front Street

Our fully licensed and certified health care practitioners offer a variety of natural health care services.

 

 

Lynds Health Services Inc.   250-992-3603
Erika M. Lynds RMT CBS
               
Registered Massage Therapist * - Deep tissue massage therapy
                                                     - Preferred practice in sports & orthopedics
Certified Quantum Biofeedback Specialist           - Stress testing & adaptation retraining
                                                                             - Nutritional consulting
                                                                             - Wellness & life-style consulting
 
Whole Body Health Therapeutic Massage     250-991-0047
Lori Loeppky RMT

Registered Massage Therapist * - Deep tissue massage therapy
                                                     - General practice - Physical rehabilitation of injuries - Chronic pain management
                                                                                 
Qi Flow Traditional Chinese Medicine Inc.  1-877-614-6585
Dr. Jody Brandolini  Dr.TCM R.Ac. 
             
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine * - Traditional Chinese Medical Diagnosis
Registered Acupuncturist * - Needle stimulation of specific points on the body to affect the body's energy or Qi.
                                             - Treatment of infectious diseases, medical/surgical  conditions, skin diseases, gynecology, ENT: eyes, ears, nose and throat, neurological conditions, sports injuries
 
Kokopelli Consulting           250-983-2585
Paige Sadler MA CCC

Certified Clinical Counselor * - Solution Focused Counselling; providing creative solutions to life challenges
                                                  - Serving families, individuals, adults and children's needs
 
Tranquility Wellness Ltd.
Krista Dunleavey CBS
               
Certified Quantum Biofeedback Specialist   - Stress testing & adaptation retraining
                                                                      - Wellness & life-style consulting
                                                                      -  Mobile/on site & animal services
 
Ether Ore            250-991-0143
Leigh Cassidy OB, PSYCH-K

Ortho-Bionomy - Bodywork that promotes well-being, comfort and balance
PSYCH-K - Helps to change limiting beliefs to address day-to-day challenges
                                                                                    
* These services may be covered by insurers & extended health plans.  

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SAVE THE PLANET: ORGANIZE, EDUCATE, ACT.

Jan
27
 
SAVE THE PLANET: ORGANIZE, EDUCATE, ACT.
 
Positive Action To Save The Planet: PACT

by Robin Mathews
January 27, 2012


Don’t talk.  Act.  Don’t turn away … to other things.  We all – or most of us – do that.  We won’t look painful truth in the face.  We … can’t. We turn away … almost forced to do so by our fears.
 
But, now, we have no choice.  Global heating is upon us, and will erase human life from the planet – which will go on whirling through space without us. Good science states that as fact. The subject, here, is the imminent destruction of human life on the planet.
 
Paleontologists are looking at dinosaur footprints from 120 million years ago.  Humankind has been significant on the planet for (generously) 20,000 years.  In that 20,000 years humankind has raced forward … towards destruction.  As poetic theorists put it humankind has the moral development of just-beyond-apes and the scientific development of a superpeople.  A murderous combination.
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Rafe Tells Harper and "Raving Maniac" Joe Oliver He's Ready for the Bulldozers

Jan
25
Rafe Tells Harper and Resources Minister Joe Oliver He's Ready for the Bulldozers
 

Written by Rafe Mair
Wednesday
January 25, 2012
 
 
This Joe Oliver, Harper’s Resources minister, is a dangerous man. Indeed so is Harper. They have flung down the gauntlet, essentially saying that violence is the inevitable consequence of BC not taking the Enbridge Pipeline, the consequent tanker traffic, increased capacity and tankers for the Kinder Morgan line - with only a grumble or two from bitching NDP types.
 
What should really get our juices jumping is the statement that environmental hearings should proceed speedily and obstacles removed from these projects. it obviously being unthinkable that they could stop them.
 
That is ill-disguised code for, “Listen you assholes, we don’t give a damn about the public process – just get it over with so we can get on with the construction. It doesn’t matter that this monstrous Tar Sands gunk is to be transported through your pristine forests, mountain and streams – get on with it.”
 
“Pay no attention, peasants, to the fact that Enbridge has had over 800 spills since 1998 and that experience shows that the mess can never be cleaned up.”
 
“Disregard your stupid bloody salmon – if Newfoundland can get by without cod, you can get by without salmon and, come to think of it, if you have adult seals, there must be pups somewhere to bludgeon and we’ll find a subsidy for you.”
 
“There’s lots of money there for First Nations so stop bringing them into the discussion – as soon as we find out what their price is we’ll pay it and get on with it…why we in the federal government have been dealing with these savages, er First Nations, since 1867 and they trust us.”
 
“And who gives a damn that the people in BC are against these projects - we run things here!”
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New poll from Forum Research confirms size of NDP's lead in B.C.

Jan
25

The Daily Twigg  Vol. 1 No. 10  Jan. 25, 2012


New poll from Forum Research confirms size of NDP's lead in B.C.

By John Twigg

A new opinion poll of B.C. voting intentions reinforces a previous finding that the New Democratic Party has a solid lead while the B.C. Liberal Party support is being eroded by the upstart B.C. Conservatives, but my analysis of the numbers says the outcome of the next election still remains to be determined.

The telephone poll of about 1,000 people by Forum Research Inc. on Jan. 23 found NDP support at 39 %, up from 34 % in the previous month's poll and enough to deliver what Forum said would be a majority government of 57 seats to NDP leader Adrian Dix if that level of support held through to the May 2013 election; the New Democrats have and can win at that level when the opposition is divided but it's too far away to say the pattern will hold.

That uncertainty is reflected in findings for the B.C. Liberal Party and Premier Christy Clark that were somewhat improved from the previous poll, other findings for Dix were mixed and the findings for John Cummins and the B.C. Conservative Party were somewhat worse, so the poll does give "the Clark Liberals" a glimmer of hope for the May 14, 2013 voting day.

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The Mainstream Press, Falsehood, and Loyalty to Stephen Harper.

Jan
22
The Mainstream Press, Falsehood, and Loyalty to Stephen Harper.
 
by Robin Mathews

January 22, 2012


People in the world of the Internet and other “Social Media” insist the Mainstream Press and Media make up part of the large, private, corporate, capitalist elite that is destroying democracy.
 
The process the Mainstream Press uses to spread “disinformation”, “smear”, and half truth goes along with the practice of withholding facts, shutting the doors on those with other views, and selecting carefully what will be reported.  All that is in favour of big Corporations as the rightful governors of Canadians.
 
My own experience in the B.C. Supreme Court gave me the opportunity to see those processes in action.  Mainstream Press and Media (hereafter, MSM) would not report that the “journalist accreditation” system is corrupt.  It uses MSM journalists (made in fact court officers) under a judge. Those journalists then are supposed to remove themselves from that role, report on trials and criticize the conduct of judges where necessary.  The system is corrupt because MSM journalists are in a flagrant, obvious conflict of interest.
 
In four years of pre-trial and trial conducted in the BC Rail Scandal (Basi, Virk, and Basi) matter, not one MSM reporter criticized the actions of a judge – ever. Not one. Surprise!
 
Not one MSM journalist would report the wrongful appointment of the Special Prosecutor (which nullified the legitimacy of the Basi, Virk, and Basi process).  Nor would any report that the presiding judge, Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie, refused to act when fully cognizant of the illegitimate situation, and so was delinquent.
 
And, today, the Postmedia paper, the Vancouver Sun, gives another example of MSM conduct.  Harvey Enchin is given three-quarters of a page to assault “anti-oilsands groups”.  [Aren’t they properly called “the anti-tarsands groups”?] Will the Sun provide three quarters of a page to the opposition for a reply?
 
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B.C.’s Christy Clark, Ken Boessenkool and Stephen Harper. A trap for B.C. conservatives.

Jan
20
 
B.C.’s Christy Clark, Ken Boessenkool and Stephen Harper. A trap for B.C. conservatives.
 
by Robin Mathews
January 20, 2012
 
There are, in British Columbia, “conservatives” who care about Canada and B.C. and want to fix some of the broken things in the province.  They are not in the Gordon Campbell/Christy Clark coalition of Right forces in British Columbia.  They are not ‘profile’ federal Conservatives or other declared federal Conservatives in B.C.
 
That becomes clear when the new ‘love-in’ relation between Christy Clark and Stephen Harper is examined.  It becomes clear, too, when the appointment of Gordon Campbell by Stephen Harper as Canadian High Commissioner in London is looked at - and the appointment of Ken Boessenkool as Ms. Clark’s Chief of Staff.
 
Commentators say Christy Clark is trying to tell conservatives in B.C. they don’t have to go with the renewed John Cummins B.C. Conservative Party.  The B.C. Liberals are Right for them, she is saying. But that’s not all … by half.
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20TH ANNIVERSARY GOLD RUSH TRAIL DOG SLED MAIL RUN

Jan
15

2012 marks the 20th annual running of the Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run, a milestone year for this unique event
 
[Editor's Note: The following information has been taken from the information card that is a part of the Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail envelope. The QC Sentinel is indebted to the Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Association for providing this interesting overview of its famous event.]
 
The Northern BC Winter Games were held in Quesnel British Columbia in 1993, and the first Mail Run was organized that year to add something just a little different to the Games and to highlight the unique gold mining history of the Quesnel, Wells, Barkerville corridor. Trail clearing, through  waist-deep snow came right down to the wire, but the dog teams made it through during that first event.
 
Over the years, hundreds of sled dog teams have journeyed over what is now widely known as the Gold Rush Trail. The Mail Run represents the only place left in Canada and possibly in the world, where it is possible for regular mail to be cancelled and packaged by the post office, carried over at least part of its journey in a sled pulled by a dog team and then put into the regular mail system to be delivered to its destination anywhere in the world.
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