Welcome to my blog

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 This blog may seem a little unfocused, but then so am I - I'm a writer, photographer, trombonist, online gamer, grandfather, and was a promoter of graffiti as both an art form and a community change agent. And was a Quality Manager.

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RP - So many choices, so little time.

 

Repost from Dec 4/22 on ravensview.substack.com

So many choices, so little time.

- Trying to manage all the ways to plug into the world.

Photo-1511268559489-34b624fbfcf5 My apologies for seeming to have abandoned this SubStack. I had good intentions at the start, hoping that this would be a good way to share my ideas with people and encourage feedback and discussion. And connect with people - I’m missing that. I used to be 1/2 block away from lots of cafes and pubs and shops, less than a 5 minute walk. Now I’m a 15 minute walk - still quite doable but the COVID lockdown mindset is hard to shake. And to be honest, it was difficult to strike up any serious conversations in my local haunts - friendly but shallow. Possibly a symptom of the increasing simplification of society, but that’s another topic.

So - virtual connections can be a start, but not a lot of inter-connections so far in here other than the occasional rightist rant. And I don’t do both-side-ism. But maybe patience is needed, so let’s go.

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RP - Sharing the Land

Repost from Oct 3, on ravensview.substack.com

Sharing the Land

When is a Treaty Not a Treaty? 

Conference-with-First-Nations-Chiefs-during-Manitoba-Indian-Treaty-1871-Glenbow-Archives-UMTodayYes, it’s been a while, but I’m back.

Last Friday (Oct 30) we observed the National Day for Peace and Reconciliation. We also observed Putin signing treaties with several provinces of Eastern Ukraine.
 
A treaty is a legally binding agreement, usually done between sovereign nations, governing such things as trade, land use, or security. In Canada, several treaties were drawn up between the monarchs of Europe, and the First Nations leaders of Canada. When Canada was first ‘discovered’ by Europeans, they found a rich country, ready to be explored and exploited. There already were people living here, but thanks to the Doctrine of Discovery from the Church, they weren’t a concern. They were not Christians, so the land was terra nullius, territory without a master, and thus up for grabs. At some point, the various European rulers must have decided that rather than using brute force, treaties to share the land would lead to better trade and a safer place for settlers. And I suppose the various native rulers, seeing a market for their goods (mainly furs) and a new supply of beads and blankets and knives and axes - maybe firearms, maybe whiskey - and the chance for a peaceful co-existence, signed up. Agreeing to share their land with their new guests/invaders. I wonder if they assumed these treaties were the same as the ones they had signed amongst themselves, with people who tended to act in good faith, people who valued and respected the land? As opposed to a growing capitalist nation, fuelled by corporate greed, willing to bend morals as needed, all justified by religion? A religion hell-bent on converting a number of the inhabitants to Christianity, stemming from the belief that they were all basically without any religion. A conversion that would help to assimilate the converts into European culture and consumerism.

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RP - Royalty in Canada

Repost from Sept 21, on ravensview.substack.com

Royalty in Canada

To Be or Not to Be

Photo-1611831221903-d5cc46c19396I started thinking about this a few days ago, browsing news stories and blogs, but I decided to wait until after the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.

We need to talk about Canada and the monarchy. Some may think this is not an appropriate time, that we need to be focusing on respecting the memory of the late Queen. I think we can do both at once. If we wait several months, then the whole idea will fade back into our collective consciousness as something most don’t even worry about. Until something brings it to the forefront and reignites the same old debate.

So why not deal with it? I’ll look at some ideas/opinions on why we do or don’t need it, and then how we might change it. 

In Canada, while the monarchy has little more than a ceremonial function, it still helps us define our identity, and adds a sense of continuity. Queen Elizabeth II saw 12 Prime Ministers in Canada during her reign, from Louise St. Laurent to Justin Trudeau. Her presence was a unifying thread over the years, the challenge will be for King Charles to define what his relationship with the world will be.

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