Remembering The Non-Emergency That Caused An Act of Malevolence

Remembering The Non-Emergency That Caused An Act of Malevolence

As Chrystia Freeland bemoans Justice Mosley’s ruling that determined her government’s use of the Emergency Act against the Freedom Convoy as unconstitutional, many Canadians are hailing the decision to be the only lawful, and logical conclusion that could by delivered to the Canadian public.  Upon hearing the verdict, Freeland made the following statement:

“I would just like to take a moment to remind Canadians of how serious the situation was in our country when we took that decision. The public safety of Canadians was under threat. Our national security, which includes our national economic security, was under threat.”

How fitting that Justice Mosley addresses this directly: “economic harm is not a part of the threshold to invoke the act.”  And what a strange twist of concern that Freeland and the liberal government would feign interest in the Canadian economy when they locked down the healthy, and able bodied in our country and prevented many from gainful employment causing, by their policy, great harm to the Canadian economy.  Justice Mosley’s verdict is an in-your-face declaration of just how wrong the liberal government got it, and trust me, Ms. Freeland, we will never forget.

Canadians certainly were under threat:  the threat of a colluding government who used the media to create hysteria and then polled its citizens who fed off the fear, to determine the climate of opinion to push policy acceptance rather than evidence- based science to support their decisions.  Indeed, our economic security was under threat: threat of lock downs, censorship and refusing qualified Canadian citizens to do their jobs because they refused a vaccine that primarily had efficacy on those who were elderly and those living with co-morbidities. Mounting evidence that the vaccine was and is more harmful than the “safe and effective” story that was pushed has not led to a reversal of unconstitutional decisions against unvaccinated health care workers in BC.  Chrystia Freeland, your government threatens Canadians, and we will never forget!

Can you imagine living in a Canada where the government formed a story to illicit a response that they then used as a means to further the story as though it was what the public wanted all along? This story cycle spun until it spiralled out of control and ended in Ottawa where the meanest force was used to crush the citizens that resisted the mania, the media and the masses.  Our Trudeau, Liberal government used a power that did not belong to them to squash those who think differently and engaged in non-violent protest. That most lofty and noble power has come full circle; telling the liberal government to stand down.

Chrystia Freeland we remember!  We remember that your government froze the bank accounts of Canadian citizens, your government deployed armed forces using violence against veterans and everyday citizens who peacefully protested; these citizens were kicked, clubbed, sprayed, and trampled by horse. Oh! We will never forget what your government did!  Your government refused its own citizen the right to mobility!  Thousands of documents revealed that the mandate you set in place to prohibit the unvaccinated from flying was based, not on science, but on your scornful opinion that those who viewed the situation differently were racists, misogynists and science deniers and your mandate was to punish the unvaccinated. Thank you for reminding us that we “were under threat.”  That threat, in part, has been disarmed by a just court.  It is high time the Liberal Administration offer up an appropriate apology.

Peace Sunday At Metro

Peace Sunday At Metro

I was asked to speak at Metro Community Church on Sunday, November 26. We had been studying through a series about life in the Spirit. This particular Sunday was the wrap up with peace as the theme. I had just participated in the workshop: How To Have Difficult Conversations When the Stakes are High. The therapist explained that in a heightened state of anxiety, the thinking/rationale part of the brain is highjacked by the “lizard brain” which operates our fight, flight, or freeze response. During this state it is impossible to make rational decisions. My mind wandered to Christ’s words while being interrogated: He informed Pilate that he had the power to destroy him and anyone else if he so chose. He chose peace, and life through self sacrifice. We witness His flood of emotions in the garden as he bled through his skin in distress. He didn’t deny his agony, He hurled it up to God, His only place of trust and refuge. Before the thorns, the nails, the whip, the jeers and the cross, Christ overcame the base human response by working it through with His Father. This is our path as Christians. The following is my presentation at Metro. Please have a listen and add your thoughts to the discussion.

Disingenuous Declaration

Disingenuous Declaration

Demolition of Palestinian home by Israeli Forces 2013

“A land with no people for a people with no land.”  This is one of the slogans I heard many times as I prepared for my trip to Israel in 2013.  The attack by Hamas on Israel on 7 October, 2023 would not have happened had there been no people occupying the land of Palestine. Yet Israel formed their nation in taking over the majority of that land in 1948.  There were 1.3 million Palestinians living in their homeland at that time.  Menachem Begin gave orders to wipe out the entire human element in the village of Dar Yasin: 243 men, women and children sending a clear message to any one else who thought to defend their homes and communities: “stay and you will be slaughtered.” Just one example of Israel taking the moral high ground.  Some of the 700,000 Palestinian families driven out of their homes in 1948 still hold the deeds to their homes now 75 years later.

I was in Lebanon in 2016. In the largest refugee camp, I met 3rd generation Palestinian refugees longing for home.  According to Amira Hass she, a Jewish journalist who lived among the Palestinians “needed to know the people whose lives had been forever altered by my society and my history, whose parents and grandparents, refugees, were forced from their villages in 1948.”  Her parents were among the few Jewish families who refused to move into a home, from which a Palestinian family had fled for their lives.

Nothing justifies Hamas’ attack on Israel today: full stop.  Nothing justifies Israel’s daily aggression, occupation, humiliation, torture of prisoners, imprisoning children, bulldozing homes, increasing development of settlements and enclaves on Palestinian territory etc.:  full stop.

To deny the truth of one side is an act of war. To collaborate with those creating falsehoods is an act of war.  Israel has been waging war on Palestine for a very long time. To declare it today by President Benjamin Netanyahu is quite disingenuous; it’s only a matter of scale.

As Israel is positioning to annihilate Hamas solving nothing for peace, I have a few thoughts. What would it do for these two legitimate people groups to come together in the midst of grief and horror to say “enough.”  Where are the brave men and women to exercise self-control knowing the long game requires a view for the well being of both nations?  This is an opportunity to acknowledge that the security of Israel is an extension of Palestinian security and the many sub-issues that have grown out of the clash of these two brother nations. It is right to condemn todays attack.  It is also right to spotlight the ongoing acts of terror on Palestinians by the Israeli’s.

The Buck Stops Over There

Anthony Rota, speaker of the House in Parliament made a big mistake. He invited a nazi into the revered space of Canadian power, claiming him (Yaroslav Hunka) to be both a Canadian and Ukrainian hero. Although he took responsibility for his actions, he cannot claim ultimate responsibility. Ultimate accountability is at least shared by the leader of the party in power as well as the party itself. An ethical leader would acknowledge, while having no part in the invitation, or planning of the blunder, he/she will by virtue of their authority rectify the situation. If someone has the power to do this, they are effectively saying the buck stops here. There is no shame in a leader correcting the mistakes of his MP, only in pretending that he is without culpability. Stepping up and into the mess, demonstrates a willingness to own every aspect of leadership including maintaining and repairing the relationships with those that are trusted. Embarrassment is a given, repair and reconciliation are rare.