Words to honour.

January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., December 11th, 1964


In light of the recent Arizona shootings, and MLK Day approaching us on Monday, January 17th, Martin Luther King Jr.’s words ring as crucial as they did in 1964.

Happy and safe long weekend everyone! 🙂


Human Rights Day: Speak up, Stop discrimination

December 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

United Nations Human Rights Council logo.

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Human Rights Day 2010 on 10 December recognizes the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end discrimination.

Acting alone or in groups within their communities, every day human rights defenders work to end discrimination by campaigning for equitable and effective laws, reporting and investigating human rights violations and supporting victims.

While some human rights defenders are internationally renowned, many remain anonymous and undertake their work often at great personal risk to themselves and their families.”

The United Nations on Human Rights Day


December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Starting up and on the move: check out A Film Series Project! I’ll be updating in the weeks to come as more details are put together, switched around, plotted out, and finalized! Very exciting 🙂

“A day of lost innocence, of sorrow and shame” – Remembering Polytechnique

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today marks the 21st anniversary of one of the worst hate crimes in Canadian history. On December 6th, 1989 Marc Lépine killed 14 women, and wounded 13 women and 4 men at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. The female victims were killed for no other reason than for being women.

“That these women were gunned down for no other reason than their gender is as incomprehensible now as it was in 1989. While we cannot, and probably never will, be able to make sense of the events of that day, we can work to ensure that it never happens again,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

Killed were: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie LeMay, Sonia Pelletier, Michele Richard, Annie St-Arneault and Annie Turcotte.

Remembered today as a day to combat violence acts committed against women, Governor General David Johnston is quoted in thestar.com as stating:

On this day, we will act. We will push back against prejudice, fight against unfairness, and refuse to turn a blind eye on such deplorable deeds. We must learn to co-exist side-by-side, to co-operate with one another, to contribute to the advancement of all who live within our great country of Canada. On this sombre occasion, I challenge all Canadians to come together on this day—and every day—to bring an end to all forms of violence against women.”

December Holidays from Around the Globe!

December 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

Cultures around the globe celebrate the holidays during the month of December. Most people in our beloved continent of North America consider the holidays to that of “Christmas Season,” when we should be reminded that many others are celebrating December holidays of different faiths and cultures.


Where do you stand?

November 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

The World Values Survey is a place to learn more about values and cultural changes in societies all over the world. An interactive graph on the Globe & Mail website allows you to see the tallied 2005-2008 results by country, of the percentage of people who would not like to live next to people of a different religion, an unmarried couple, homosexuals, people of a different race, etc. Highlighted in red is Canada, and highlighted in blue is the United States.

It’s interesting to see the varied answers of the respondents given in this survey, and see whereabouts you stand in comparison to countries around the globe.

“Lest We Forget” – What does it all mean?

November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol...

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Lest We Forget – three words renown across most countries to show our remembrance of those who have fought, and those who have died fighting for freedom. It means that we will never forget. In Canada, we honour the day by wearing poppies, a flower that bloomed throughout the fields of battle grounds in France and Belgium during World War I. The wearing of the symbol of the poppy was made popular due to the poem, Flanders Field, written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae after witnessing his friend and fellow soldier struck down in the midst of battle in WWI.

Flanders Field
by John McCrae

In Flanders Field the poppies blow
between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
the larks, still bravely singing, fly
scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
in Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
to you from failing hands we throw
the torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
we shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders Field.


Just as Americans do on November 11th of each year, Commonwealth countries do the same, but on a day referred to as Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday, and/or Poppy Day, in lieu of the American “Veteran’s Day.” The day is meant as a day of recognition, and for me, the three words Lest We Forget speak what this day is truly meant to symbolize, and that is that we will never forget our history.

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