Blog 9.2: FLASHBACK 24 YEARS!

This is part 2 of my first written rant about Canada and politics from 1991 addressed to The Spicer Commission: Citizens Forum on Canada’s Future.

 “Talk about job creation; Batman!”

Re-cycling:

Currently, we can recycle aluminum, some plastics, glass, news-print and corrugated cardboard.

________ Draw a light-bulb in the space provided.

We can create and manage STORAGE SITES for Styrofoam, rubber, used petroleum products, paper products and plastics that cannot be broken down with our existing facilities. These products are still in abundance in our land-fills and most unfortunately; in our lakes, streams and oceans.

YOU HAVE TO SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY!

Spend $25,000,000.00 (I wonder where that number came from?) {Ed. note: The cost of the Spicer Commission.} on the plan below and no Canadian with a conscience will object to spending that amount or even more, every year from now on.

1) There will be A NEED FOR neighborhood containers for all the above mentioned recyclables with sections to allow the public to do the sorting- enabling more efficient collection.

2) True or false? Municipalities will more readily welcome a RECYCLABLES STORAGE FACILITY far more quickly than a land-fill.

3) DEVELOP the recycling TECHNOLOGIES right here in Canada for those materials that are not easily broken down with our existing technology.

4) When new processing methods have proven themselves, BUILD the FACILITIES in various municipalities, districts etc. as large as necessary based on the recyclables produced in that area now and in the years to come.

5) TRAIN people to operate these waste management plants. Many people, who are on UIC because of plant closures, may be well suited to these new jobs.

6) Once the system has proven that it is efficient, we could OFFER to take sorted recyclables from other countries that are DESPERATE enough to rid themselves of waste any way they can. Ocean dumping is popular among these countries.

7) SELL the recycled RAW MATERIALS to the highest bidder.

8) SELL the system to other countries as we would sell high technology or nuclear power. Unlike nuclear power stations, recycling plants cannot melt down.

Word Scramble:

Take all the upper-case words above and write them down.

Reads like business doesn’t it?

How the jobs are created:

1) Local plastics, fibre-glass and metal fabrication companies can BID for the work of making the collection and sorting containers.

2) Universities and laboratories looking for FUNDING could develop the processes needed to break down what we currently consider non-recyclables.

3) Building trades from architects to painters would be needed in the CREATION of these new plants.

4) Manufacturing people: laid off as a result of companies closing or moving; can be RETRAINED to collect, process and manage these recyclables in the new facilities.

5) Trucking would be needed to bring recyclables from the USA if a DEAL can be struck.

6) Canada can hire out consultants to countries that are PURCHASING our new waste management systems.

Now was that so difficult?

{The governments set themselves up as “watch-dogs” for ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION rather than getting their hands dirty. Everything to do with waste management has been PRIVATIZED where it cannot be easily REGULATED.  The government sells LICENSES to a handful of firms. The biggest of which is an American company worth 30 billion dollars. They missed a huge OPPORTUNITY and continue to spend money down south of the border. When did we decide that governments must be a COSTLY enterprise rather than a PROFIT generator? I must have missed that referendum.}

Education and Who is Alvin Tofler?

With few exceptions, the majority of our current educational system in Canada was designed in a post world war era to supply people for manufacturing jobs in a budding “industrial revolution”. Like the “agricultural revolution” before it, the “industrial revolution” has run its course. Due to our lack of DECISION MAKING, (more on this later) or outright laziness, we have allowed the Japanese and Germans to take over high-technology markets that could be dominated by Canadians. If you do not believe me, check their money against ours on world markets.

It is not too late. We are now in the early stages of a TECHNOLOGY BASED society and must NOW strive to NOT take a classroom filled with potential and prime our youth for industrial jobs. The fact that many plants are leaving Canada for “greener pastures” in the USA and Mexico soon eh, could prove to be only a minor setback if we start exploring the INDIVIDUAL TALENTS of all young Canadians NOW! It is time we tapped Canada’s greatest resource- our youth and STOP THE EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTION LINE that is our present school system.

Example:

Imagine if Wayne Gretski was raised in India, his talents would most certainly have gone un-noticed.

Those people in charge of developing a better educational system for Canada, (Are there such people?) should read Alvin Tofler the author of Future Shock and The Third Wave- available at enlightened book stores everywhere! No we are not related. However, I stole most of my ideas for this section from him. Thanks Alvin.

{Well, change is slow. Today Canada’s high school kids rank in the top ten in the world. Not bad but never above sixth in any one subject. We can do better. Also, there is NO SIGN WHAT SO EVER that we are working towards a system that IDENTIFIES APTITUDES at a young age. Most of our young people head into their post-secondary education without a clue as to what they truly want to be doing in the near future nor do they know where their passions lie. Canada has embraced the high-technology sector which has helped the economy a little as we continue to wave goodbye to manufacturers.}

The Little Country that Could!

Part A: Foreign Policy-

There is no time like the present to strengthen the U.N. so “super-powers” are not calling ALL the shots. The majority of nations COLLECTIVELY should be able to “police” conflicts anywhere in the world.

Problem 1:

The quote-unquote “super-powers” are some of the worst AGGRESSORS in the world, yet they are the countries with the power of VETO in the United Nations.

Problem 2:

Canada must stand on its own two feet and NOT blindly follow US policy and initiatives. If memory serves correctly, we used to do fine without the US holding our hand. However, since the Free Trade deal, they seem to be able to “pull strings”. WHY IS THIS?

Problem 3:

If Canada is going to survive- literally; we MUST NOT follow the US policy in the Middle East because we have ALREADY SEEN that their foreign policy is governed ONLY by a multi-billion dollar “defense” (“offense” more correctly) industry that will sell arms to the highest bidder with little regard for how they will be used.

It is my feeling that Canada acted correctly in the FIRST PHASE of the Mid-East war, but it is “not over ‘til it’s over.” DON’T KID YOURSELF WE WILL HAVE TO GO BACK AGAIN.

That region of our world is so volatile and the policy to deal with it so wishy-washy; we haven’t heard the last from the Middle East.

I recall Israel telling the world that “they reserved the right to strike back at Iraq” after the first SCUD attacks.

Is the war over for the Palestinians? I think not.

Why didn’t “The New World Order” do anything about:

Syria invading Lebannon?

Turkey invading Cyprus?

Tienamin Square in China?

Russia invading Afghanistan?

The US invading Panama or Guiana?

Perhaps the “peace-nicks” were not that wrong when they said: THE WAR WAS ABOUT OIL.

The Persian Gulf wars’ propaganda machine made a big deal of the oil slicks in the Gulf but I don’t see anyone stopping the US from dumping garbage into “their part” of the World’s oceans for countless decades.

“What is good for the goose- is good for the gander” should be the new policy of the UN and perhaps Canada can play a constructive part in bringing this about.

Part B: On the Home Front-

Problem 1:

“Tell you a secret.” PUT A STOP to “closed door” bargaining sessions on ANY topic that could dramatically affect Canada’s future. The Canadian public HAS THE RIGHT to be consulted on matters that are of VITAL importance to the country.

Problem 2:

“I’ll scratch your back if you will scratch mine.” Environmental Regulation CANNOT come from a GOVERNMENT APPOINTED OR RUN AGENCY. “Interference” is almost certain. The same is true of government audits and just about ANYTHING that can be BENT to appear “rosy” at election time.

Yes, I could fill a book about the problems we and the world have; but who would read it?

{24 years later, I look prescient. The simple fact is that everyone in my age group felt the same way at the time. A girl I had dated took a copy of this to a writer friend at The Globe and Mail but was told “The paper would never run a piece like this.” She insisted that this was exactly how young people felt, but it made no difference.

  • We wanted the UN to be a global government.
  • We were tired of our spineless leaders doing the bidding of the US.
  • We hated US foreign policy- in the Middle East especially.
  • We knew the war was about oil.
  • We knew that Saddam was calling us cowards for stopping at the Iraqi border and that it was not over.
  • We saw secret deals being put into law when the opposition party was not paying attention.
  • We saw that Environmental Regulation was corrupt.
  • We saw that politicians will say anything to get elected.

I wrote that book about the worlds’ problems.}

Government Leaders: A Definition.

WIMPS too worried about losing their positions and the associated POWER that comes with those positions TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE.

Opinion:

History favors people who make positive change over dictators and yes; even Prime Ministers that used to talk to the dearly departed.

New Governmental Theme:

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few {Ed. note: or the one.”}  – Milton

I don’t know if there is a Milton but the Star Trek episode where I first heard the name, was quite good. Two thumbs up and yes, I will steal from anybody.

{I blew it on this one. The quote was incomplete and the author cited was wrong.  I was thinking that this quote, made famous by Star Trek, was attributed to Milton when in fact it was Dickens. The upside is that it is doubtful that the readers at the Spicer Commission would know better. This is laughable in retrospect. At the time I wrote as though the P.M. might actually read it.}

Closing Snide Remarks and Apologies:

The intent of all this nonsense was and is to draw attention to several areas of concern for Canadians. My attempts at humour through sarcasm are there in the hope that more people will read my letter- thus making them aware of their own feelings towards Canada and what lay ahead in our future. My feeling is that IF Canadians look at themselves lightly and FAR LESS conservatively, without losing site of our goals and aspirations; then there IS hope for this country yet.

We should face the fact that the only times in history that a government has turned to its people for advice or opinion, have been in times of great difficulty.

{I am pretty sure that this is the line used in a Mulroney televised address.}

The Citizen’s Forum on Canada’s Future should not be taken lightly as it sounds like a CRY FOR HELP.

Our present government should be EXTREMELY CAREFUL to heed the words of Canadians and should recall the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

I love our country however there are plenty of reasons for concern.

Formula:

Concern squared = Worry.

Worry squared = The need for a good gastrointestinal specialist.

To anyone that found this work offensive, insulting or belittling… my apologies.

To the government leaders that I slapped in the last section I can only say:

PROVE ME WRONG- I’D LOVE IT!

 

 D. T.

Of course I used an alias. Where does it say stupid on my forehead? I have no wish for sudden audits from Revenue Canada or to be “black-listed” by the R.C.M.P. as a “commie pinko” sympathizer or WORSE YET: that they ask me to work for them.

{I believe it is this line above in bold type that later came out of Mulroney’s mouth on TV to my shock, horror and amazement. That guy had never had an original thought in his life and hearing my words come out of his mouth made me feel like I had been shot in the stomach. My naivety and innocence were lost in that moment. It would open my eyes as to how bereft of intelligence our world leaders really are. In point of fact, I believe that I was careful not to give them a set of finger-prints as well. I was a silly naive youngster.}

My book:

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!

Life with Women: the long awaited instruction manual.

… talks of relationships, health, life, biology, philosophy, sociology, theology, genetics- even physics as well as how 24 YEARS LATER, I AM STILL CHALLENGING HUMANS TO DO BETTER.

Science Fiction writers give us a multitude of possible outcomes when we are finally confronted by superior beings from another planet, galaxy, dimension or universe. If the last 2000 years are how humanity is to be judged, then it does bode well for us as a species. WE ARE NOT IMPROVING.

We are a terminally petty and manipulative species lacking forethought and conscience.

Despite our leaps in technology and minor improvements in civilization, we are little more that a plague on this planet and it is time for a more worthy species to take our place.

I am rooting for dolphins.

The reason that I no longer follow politics and current events is that I have always been Utopian in my hopes for humanity. I am still trying to reach humans with a message of hope and change 24 years later in a world that has lost hope and is resistant to change. You get tired of swimming against the current for that long.

I hope you enjoyed this “blast from the past”.

Go out and make a difference this week.

Take a case of canned goods to the food bank and then go get to know a dolphin.

E. A.

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About the Author E. A. Barker is an under-achieving, occasionally brilliant, man-child now in mid-life who can get into High IQ sperm-banks the world over. He is a keen observational analyst, satirist, humorist, and researcher. He lacks doctorates in psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, medicine, genetics, theology, political science, sociology and physics and is completely okay with this; yet he is willing to challenge these experts to wake up and do better. E. A. believes he is an average guy in mid-life who has led a mostly average life. His readers may not agree with his assessment. The single biggest difference between him and most other people is his relentless pursuit of knowledge. Throughout his life he never stopped asking the simplest question: Why? E. A. thinks of himself as a collector of ideas and a purveyor of dot connections. He attempts to present his findings in an entertaining fashion in an effort to encourage people to read—especially men who are reading far too little these days. E. A. Barker is an advocate of education for its ability to affect societal reform and actively promotes the idea that a global conscience is possible.

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