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The unspoken
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They were the unheard holding the unspoken the taboo and they told you so what do you do?   The unspoken just because unspoken does not leave the room it remains unsaid so what do you do?   What do you do with what is both known and unknown not wanted and wanted?   Do … Con...
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Colonial blind spot
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2018 begins with a contemplation of the settler / colonizer story in me and my European cultural lineage on the Canadian Prairies. My understanding of this story and its implications has been growing over many years, most recently with a trip to Germany last fall. It was one of those trips wher...
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Care out in the open
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In cities we each pursue our passions in diverse work, and in doing so we end up looking after each other. Laura looks after our teeth. Arundeep moves gravel to construction sites. Rob looks after teaching our kids. Thor looks after our bodies. Vicki helps me pay for my groceries. Nancy looks a...
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Harm happens, intended or not
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Not intending to cause harm does not mean that harm is not caused. For those of us causing harm, we use this ‘lack of intention’ as a defence mechanism, to distance ourselves from the discomfort of knowing that we did cause harm. It’s a defence mechanism that makes learning un...
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A welcoming city has transportation choices
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It doesn’t feel good when people in your city scream at you. Last month I was on my bike, on a downtown street, making my way to the new bike lanes a few blocks away. A truck driver yelled at the top of his lungs: USE THE F$&#ING BIKE LANES!!! Only three days before this … Conti...
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Encourage youth to leave your city (part 2)
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A city that embodies courage, invention, cooperation and openness encourages its youth to leave the city. In heeding the call to adventure they are furthering their own growth and development and, potentially, the growth of their city as well. And if we do two things — encourage their jou...
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Encourage youth to leave your city (part 1)
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A city that is confident in itself encourages youth to go out and experience the world beyond the city they know — not try to keep them at home. A city that is confident in itself trusts that gains received by sending young explorers out into the world exceeds perceived benefits of holdin...
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94 birthday wishes
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I am no longer Canada’s biggest fan, as I used to be. At Canada’a 125th birthday I was a big fan of Canada. I was a crazy fan doing my bit, at 22, to make sure Quebec and Canada stayed together. The context: The failed Meech Lake Accord in 1987, an attempt to have Quebec endorse the...
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Self empowerment threatens
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Self empowerment threatens the stories we have been telling ourselves for as long as we can remember. Whether its myself I’m empowering, or watching another reach into their own empowerment, my life is changing. My choice: be upset, feel threatened, find ways to thwart the coming change b...
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Beware listening through stories
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On February 3, 2017 my former partner and I shared parallel messages to let friends know what was happening in our personal lives: This message let a wider circle of friends know what was happening in our internal worlds, but for most of my interactions with people, for months, when asked ̶...
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