Monthly Archives: December 2011

Exploring the virtual Shuswap

December 23, 2011

Even for those of us who love outdoor winter sports, we cannot help but spend more time indoors during the winter because there are fewer hours of daylight. This means more Shuswap residents end up in front of their monitors, checking their emails, surfing websites, and watching YouTube videos. Consequently, it is a perfect time to do some exploring of Shuswap’s virtual geography.

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Occupy the Shuswap

December 16, 2011

It is likely that only a minority of Shuswap residents empathizes or even fully understands the Occupy Wall Street movement, and this is understandable given that the protests have primarily been focused on the increasing amount of greed, corruption and inequality in the United States. However, Canada like most other countries is not immune to the problems created largely by the one percent who control the biggest corporations and strongly influence government policies. Recently, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released the latest economic data that shows how inequality has increased significantly in Canada in the last few years. The ratio of income by the top 10 percent compared to the bottom 10 percent has increased from 8 to 1 in the 1990s to 10 to 1 now.

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Too pre-occupied to occupy

[Published in the January, 2012 Watershed Sentinel]

As British Columbians we should all be proud that the Occupy Wall Street protests originated from the Vancouver based Adbusters Magazine, edited by Kalle Lasn. However, it is likely that only a minority of Canadians empathizes or even fully understands the Occupy Wall Street movement, and this is understandable given that the protests have primarily been focused on the increasing amount of greed, corruption and inequality in the United States.  In addition, most people are too pre-occupied with work and play to give the movement much attention and yet in order for the movement to grow it must capture the imagination of the majority.

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SHUSWAP SALMON HEROES

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