Happy Women’s Day!

Happy Day to all you strong, intelligent, beautiful women!

To all of you who make a difference in the lives of others, whether through education, care-giving, home-making, professional activities, entrepreneurship, and all others, Thank You!

Every woman has an impact.  Every woman makes an impact – whether it’s holding a door open for someone else in one minute or teaching a class or checking a pulse, or styling someone’s hair or planting trees – every time you act, you make an impact.

So I am saying “Thank You” because the world will often forget how important you are. So lean on women who know.

Happy International Women’s Day beautiful people!

 

 

 

What is going on 2020?

Hi Everyone!

A belated Happy New Year to all of you!

You know, every time I turn around these days, it feels as if things and people are getting weirder and crazier.  And I know it’s not just me…

I’ve said this before, and it bears repeating:  We need to be kinder to each other. Accept each other as we are.  Love and let love, live and let live.  The differences don’t matter- It’s what we have in common that binds us.

We are One race. One human family. One people.

Don’t bother me with your labels. Come to me with your ideas for betterment.

Have a kinder, more loving, more accepting year.

My whole heart goes out to the Iranian and Canadian communities who lost so many loved ones in the devastating crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. May God comfort you and ease your pain.

My heart also goes out to all those struggling on the front lines of devastating fires, floods, blizzards, snowpocalypses, climate change, severe famines, droughts, poverty and dehumanization of religious minorities.  (Let’s do more to stop that!)

 

Hey Vancouverites,

Thank you for one of the most peaceful protests we’ve seen in a very long time.  Thank you to everyone who made signs (on recyclable and reused materials) and thank you to all the parents who stood beside their little ones.  This strike/protest matters.  You matter. Our world matters.   “One love, One heart, Let’s get together” and make this right!

Some of my favourite photos:

All photos ©Safreena Rajan

People of all walks of life attended this rally from very young to young at heart and all people in between.  The human family was well represented today.  Well done Vancouverites!

 

Kudos to the VSB for “Letting” kids skip school to attend.  I get the feeling though, that the majority of the 100,000 people in the downtown core would not have asked permission.

The Earth is in trouble people.  Let’s not leave it in the hands of those who clearly don’t care.

Thank you to everyone in every city, province, state, nation, country who walked or who supported those who walked today.  Shout out to the Policeman who directed traffic using his sandwich and coke bottle as sign posts for traffic to follow!  (Unfortunately I couldn’t get a pic, but I’m thankful I live in a place where the police have our safety first in mind and can make us laugh.)  And thankful I live in a place where signs like this result only in messages being delivered and more cardboard being recycled!

Thank you to the Climate Strike Team, Fridays for the Future, Greta Thunberg and all the lovely people who, like me, have been fighting this fight for years.  There is much to be done. Today was a fantastic start!

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir….

thank you

and congratulations to all Canadian Olympic Athletes!

Happy Canada 150 + a few hundred

Happy “unofficial” 150th Birthday Canada!

I say unofficial because it’s important we acknowledge the hundreds of years, (possibly longer,) of First Nations history that shaped Canada long before the age of colonialism.

This is a beautiful and strong country; one which continually shapes our day-to-day lives. However, lets not all jump on the Canada 150 bandwagon – we are a large nation – “the true north strong and free,” but that strength and freedom have come at very steep prices. Those prices have been paid largely by our First Nations Peoples and by those who were promised citizenship in exchange for their slave labour. The price has been paid through the cultural genocide called the residential school system, the building of the Canadian railways and the movement which kept slavery alive and well in this country.

It’s a price paid by every woman who earns less than men for the same work. By those who are persecuted for their beliefs, skin colour, creed, gender or orientation. Or by those for whom accessibility options are the only options.

If we are going to jump on this bandwagon, let us, at the very least, acknowledge we have much farther to go before we can call ourselves united. When our own citizens are dying of hunger in the north, whilst the south partakes in gluttony, we cannot call ourselves advanced. Nor settled. When people have to live on the streets or in tent cities because those are the only safe options, much needs to be done.

Yes we have issues- the very crux of which need to begin with dialogue and reconciliation. We are not a nation who is turning 150. We are a nation who are acknowledging, rather ironically, that we are celebrating 150 years of a coast to coast railway that made us into the federation we recognise today.

Yes we lead the world in many things. We are great with science and technology, peace keeping and peace building. We are great at poking fun at our Québécois and voting people into and out of office based solely on spite. We are also fantastic at not being American.

Yes we have poutine, bearclaws, healthcare, free air conditioning (arctic downdrafts) hockey and brew. We even have music, other sports and we love to ski and snowboard. We say sorry, please and thank you. We know we are not the only citizens on the planet. We are diverse and welcoming. We live in one of the most amazing places in the world and many of us believe in taking care of our land.

So if we are going to jump on the Canada 150 bandwagon, let’s do it with integrity. Let’s admit that Canada is, was and always has been Kanata. And we “have miles to go before we sleep.” But at least we’re on the same road.

Happy Birthday Canada ♡