So sorry for not posting since January. There has been a technical problem, which I have passed on to my service provider, Vistaprint.ca. It seems to be a problem accessing the blog on my site through certain browsers. At last I am able to post once again. I'll catch up!
Since late January, I have been involved in a peace effort to prevent a war with or military intervention into Venezuela owing to US and right-wing schemes to demean, misrepresent, wreck and overtake the current Bolivarian government of President Maduro.
Published by Fair.org
January 25, 2019
‘Resistance’ Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela
We like to think we have an adversarial media—one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us that they would perform their crucial democratic role in holding this dangerous new president and commander-in-chief accountable at every turn. This struck a chord with the public; in the wake of Trump’s victory in 2016, theNew York Times
added over aquarter-million digital subscribers
Recopied here is an article from the new "Just Peace Newsbulletin" of January 2019.
RESPECT THE VENEZUELAN ELECTIONS AND
In Venezuela on May 22, 2018, Nicolas Maduro was re-elected with almost 68%
of the votes. On January 15, 2019, the inauguration of the
second term of his presidency was held. His party represents the Bolivarian
movement to raise living standards for workers and the poor, provide more
public services, and regionalize and nationalize economic activities.
The development of pipelines for transporting petroleum and natural gas have been stirring up relations with indigenous communities for decades. There are struggles over two pipelines in my region, British Columbia/ unceded lands of Coast Salish Territories. One is the expansion of the Transmountain pipeline and marine terminal to send bitumen from the Alberta tarsands to the Port of Vancouver and the other is the addition of a gas pipeline from the Peace River region of Northeast B.C. to the Port of Kitimat.
Time to sum up the year, I guess. I did review my short- and
long-term goals in the fall, finding myself mostly on track and arriving at the
decisions I had wanted to make by then. I have made some adjustments to the
goals regarding financial planning.
I am feeling good—refreshed after a break and very positive
from assessing my present situation.
First, let me talk about my holiday. I took the plunge,
splurged and did a Mayan Riviera resort stay. My first time in Mexico and on an
all-inclusive holiday package at a big resort.
A People's Remembrance
[Words and action prepared for the Remembrance Day weekend--Oppose empire and sacrifice for empire. Build the mass movement for just peace and oppose the imperialist system.]
Remember all the victims, civilian and military, and
affirm opposition to wars of aggression, militarization, militarism and
repression. Honour those who have given their lives for justice, too. Pledge to
unite to build a movement for just and lasting peace by exposing and standing
up together to the global system that is the primary root cause of much
violence and death.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12, 2018
2 Events in Solidarity with Venezuela in Vancouver, Canada
organized by Hugo Chavez Solidarity Front/ Frente Hugo Chavez in Southwest British Columbia, Canada
1>> PROTEST ACTION: U.S./Canada Hands Off Venezuela!
1075 W. Pender St. at Thurlow St.
2>> PETITION DRIVE & INFO DISPLAY:
No More U.S./Canada Sanctions & Threats!
Respect the Self-Determination of Venezuelan People!
Vancouver Art Gallery
Appalling assessment by Canadian tax authority trying to take a chunk of my retirement savings. I was not aware they could do this; in fact, a bank's personnel told me I could save money in Canada this way without taxation while I was an officially categorized resident abroad. I am a Canadian citizen and I went abroad to work specifically to save for retirement.
Copy of a letter of appeal for tax relief
I am again writing to seek tax relief from amounts owing
on a series of TFSA Notice of Assessments received since August, 2018, but
covering TFSA accounts contributions from mid-July 2011 to 2016.
My brother and his wife were dinner guests at my place last night. We had a nice time. My sister-in-law can get quite negative and be difficult to please but the dinner went well. Actually, her attitude and disposition has changed for the better lately.
They are a little older than I. They have both been officially labeled as mentally disabled for most of their lives, and therefore unemployed and on low income.. It's a shame because they are very sociable and have generally good character. My brother was ambitious and into many things, working hard to save money and accomplish a lot.
Speech I made on behalf of the Just Peace Committee on the occasion of a rally to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was held at Seaforth Peace Park in Vancouver on August 6, 2018.
Welcome. Thank you for taking the time out to mark this
important anniversary and help build a united anti-war movement in Vancouver.
In BC, this is a holiday weekend full of celebrations, but it is a sad day in
Japan, a country still reeling from the shock of the atomic bombing of
Hiroshima 73 years ago—a day to mourn and continue to oppose the misuses of
nuclear technology and imperialist war.