With my haste to get things started on this project I neglected to tell a bit about myself.
This project idea has already gone to many people whom I do not know and when I think about it, if a request came in for money from someone I did not know I would probably reply, "Go fund yourself."
With that in mind I will give you the bare bones.
I live in Halifax Nova Scotia was born here and resided here most of my life.
I must interrupt the resume here to point out that many of you who have received my info are U.S. citizens and because this originates in Canada you may be thinking that this is a Canadian thing. That is not the case. The issue this project proposes to highlight has no borders.
I Graduated from Sidney Stephen high school Bedford Nova Scotia with honors.Went to St Mary's University Halifax. Pursued an English Lit degree with a minor in history. After 3 years did not graduate but took the first year first day advice form a respected professor he said, "You will learn many things here but the most important thing is that you are embarking on a life time of learning". That is what I have done.
I have had several small businesses and several jobs over the years. The most recent job was as a dealer at Casino Nova Scotia. I mention that job because you absolutely do not get a casino job if you fail the security checks or if you or family have a hint of criminal past.
For the last decade I have been a tour guide operating my own tour business then partnering in Van Tours of Nova Scotia and associating with Shore Excursions. A quick Google of my name will verify that I have a good reputation in that business.
This concept of "a life time of learning" has served me well both in my tour business from my interest in history books and for this project from an inexplicably fortuitous chain of books,lectures and videos that have come my way.
A more thorough resume will follow. I hope this is enough for now to put to rest any suspicion that this project might be a scam or the work of a shady character.
I am sincere about this project and will do whatever it takes to prove that so.
I found this image shared with me not that long ago and I ask.... Why is this the case?
There are many complex reasons why the planet is in the state it is but there is a thread that connects them. Political leadership is the thread. In this case, there are tidal forces at work that explain why a situation like this persists. A part of that force that influences leadership is from those who are committed financially to the status quo. A status quo that exploits the planet beyond reason and it could be argued exploits people to an equal extent.
The other force that political leadership is subject to is the electorate and the electorate consistently votes for the leadership that takes us in the same direction decade after decade, sort of like the dog that chases his tail. Here is a question I hope you will answer. Is it not common sense to do everything humanly possible to preserve the place we live, this planet? People have not much hesitation answering this question in the affirmative. Yet when the solutions are rolled out in detail they magically transform from common sense to the articles of socialism. And of course, socialism can't be tolerated so the baby gets chucked out with the bathwater.
It may come too late but I believe it is going to fall to artificial intelligence to put this on the right track. Why? Because human intelligence does not seem to be up to the task.
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You May have noticed we've kicked off our newsletter section and hope to provide a monthly syndication for our regular readers and members.
You can read our first entry titled " This is dedicated to your family" and the kick off for hopefully many more newsletter publicaitons.
We are at a remarkable moment: a moment that is unique in human history, a moment both ominous in portent and bright with hopes for a better future. The Progressive International has a crucial role to play in determining which course history will follow. The crises we face in this unique moment of human history are of course international. Environmental catastrophe, nuclear war, and the pandemic have no borders. Two internationals are forming to confront the crises of this historical moment. One is the Progressive International. The other is a Reactionary International comprising the world’s most reactionary states. The two internationals comprise a good part of the world, one at the level of states, the other popular movements. Each is a prominent representative of much broader social forces, which have sharply contending images of the world that should emerge from the current pandemic. One force is working relentlessly to construct a harsher version of the neoliberal global system from which they have greatly benefited, with more intensive surveillance and control. The other looks forward to a world of justice and peace, with energies and resources directed to serving human needs rather than the demands of a tiny minority. It is a kind of class struggle on a global scale, with many complex facets and interactions. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of the human experiment depends on the outcome of this struggle. Noam Chomsky PI Council"
From The Globe and Mail:
“To retain and grow biopharmaceutical manufacturing and R&D activities in Canada, the tax regime must provide certainty and predictability in order to be effective as incentive for investments. […] Unfortunately, over the last decade, Canada has been viewed as a jurisdiction in which transfer pricing is systematically and aggressively challenged by the Canada Revenue Agency.”
This isn’t quite extortion, as it’s not a direct threat about the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the letter does go on to say that if OECD proposals to close off this tax loophole were implemented in Canada, they’d “introduce additional uncertainty for [multinational enterprises] and discourage them from maintaining or growing their activities in a country like Canada.”
This week Jocelyn Jollymore posted on our Facebook Group page a very interesting piece of digital art, So interesting in fact we thought it was important to blog.With a digging unrelated to the message of the piece we found its creator is Alyse Ruiani whom to quote " I create illustrations and designs about topics like mental health, body positivity, self care, and social justice, informed by my lived experience, art background, and clinical training. And then I make items that reflect these things to serve as little reminders and affirmations for you to enjoy every day" . We found her message on the piece and wanted to share it with you :
"It’s mental health awareness month. And I know a lot of advocates feel weary, because this month can be filled with surface level “awareness” rather than actual conversation and taking action. And I agree. If we want to address mental health, we need to dig deeper.
We cannot just rely on what we have been doing, because so many people are being failed. We need to go beyond the medical model and pathologization to see what is really there. So many people have completely reasonable responses to the things that have or are happening to them, to the harm that is being or has been done, to the ways the system has and continues to fail them.
People are not just a set of symptoms or a list of diagnoses. They are full human beings with an array of experiences in which they react to. Are we pathologizing grief? Are we considering the intersecting identities each person holds? Are we recognizing the mental affects of experiencing racism, homophobia, colonialism, ageism, ableism—all of the ways that people are othered?
We can’t just slap a diagnosis on someone, give them some meds, and throw them into treatment. We need to look at the big picture. We need to advocate for the resources and the laws and the change that would make life worth living for more folks. We need to dig deeper if we want to truly help, truly see and hear the people we work with, and truly make a difference. "
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We Appreciate Your Support!
If you are receiving this it is because you have helped to build this organization. A huge thank you for that. I hope you know, that I know, I could not have done this without all of you and your help. Some of you helped with donations, others with computer and editing skills and of course the outreach people spreading the word.
I hope all of you are doing well and had as good a holiday as possible under the circumstances. I know times are tough and some of you are even dealing with health issues I know how hard that is.
It has been a while since I sent out one of these communications but today, January 10th, being an important milestone, I thought I would share it with you. That milestone is we have passed the 500-member mark. There is an interesting statistic that goes with this. It took two years to get to 300 members and only one year to go from 300 to 501.
There is another interesting statistic. You can see the graph attached that shows the demographics of our group. The age group from18 to 24 and the group from 25 to 34 are barely showing.
The question is where are they?
I imagine that the problem is worse than it shows because like me you would have brought young relatives into the group and that is why we have no show at all. So, what can we do to bring them in? If you have an idea let me know.
As new people come in and as I talk to other members I tell them this. If each new member-only brought us one other member we would be on our way to success. The arithmetic is exciting but people are still reluctant to act. When we get to 1000 it will be easier to motivate people to add to our numbers.
I think when we get to 2000 we can start to do some effective work to change things if you want details on the plan our first target action let me know.
I hope you all will go back to work and continue adding people to our numbers. I work faithfully to find others to add to this outreach team I added one today even getting people to help is getting a little easier. And from boosted posts and consistent copy and pasting of our website link all over Facebook threads people are starting to come to the group as a result. People asking to join used to happen once every few months. Lately, we are getting a couple each week.
Last year we had a budget of $620.00 I spent approx. 100.00 on Facebook boosted posts (advertising) another $170.00 was spent on a special camera and mic for doing podcasts and YouTube videos. When I can get free from outreach work, Max and I will start making videos. Another $90.00 was spent on the website yearly fees and domain fees and $75.00 on printer needs. We have $185.00 left but like last year some people offer without being asked and we always have a few dollars to work with.
In closing I want you to know that we have a number of excellent tools to work with when you want to acquaint people with our organization. We have an electronic version of our organization handout. On it is the information to get to our website as well as our Facebook group. There is our toll-free number listed and a short explanation of our mission.
The best tool is the website itself. When I am in on a thread of conversation and some are complaining about the way things are I invite them to join us and paste the website for all to see. Free advertising.
There is much more. For those who run out of friends, I have been collecting leads. I have about 100 and can get more when there is a demand for them. I would like to have a zoom meeting with an agenda based on this letter, a brainstorming session. If enough of you are interested in a session of 1 hour as described please let me know.
Garry Jollymore , The Preparedness Project 2018 Founder
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"Food not Lawns"
Author : Heather Jo Flores
Originally published: Oct. 15 2006
Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback : 344 pages
Did you know? Americans spend over $30 billion every year to maintain over 40 million acres of lawn. Yet over 40 million people live below the poverty level. Even if only ⅓ of every lawn was converted to a food-producing garden, we could eliminate hunger in this country.
Lawns use more equipment, labor, fuel, and agricultural chemicals than industrial farming, making lawns the largest (and most toxic) agricultural sector in the United States. Lawnmowers burn more fuel every year than all industrial oils spills of the last twenty years, combined. Growing Food Not Lawns is a beautiful, responsible and empowering step towards finding real solutions to the major problems we face as a global society.
Grow Food, Not Lawns!
When the original chapter of Food Not Lawns was started in 1999, Heather Jo vision was to share seeds and plants with their Eugene , Oregon neighborhood, to promote local awareness about food security, and to learn about permaculture, sustainability and organic gardening. Their project blossomed. They had received a Neighborhood Improvement Grant from the City of Eugene, and conducted a low-cost permaculture design course for the neighborhood. They proceeded to have transformed most of the neighborhood lawns into lush organic gardens and hosted annual seed swaps. Soon, they started to get mail from people around the country who were starting up local Food Not Lawns chapters of their own, and a movement had been born.
A self-described "avant-gardening collective” FNL's basic premise was to garner surplus resources, whether food, seeds, plants, tools, garden space, publications, or volunteer time, and channel them toward building better food security for the community at hand.In 2006, co-founder Heather Flores published Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community. The first half of the book is about gardening in the city, with no budget and on shared land. The second half is about working with people to build community around shared food and resources.
The book has sold over 25,000 copies, and now there are more than 50 affiliated Food Not Lawns groups in the United States, Canada, and the U.K.. The original Food Not Lawns collective just hosted its 16th annual seed swap, and the meme, “Food Not Lawns,” has taken root in the mainstream consciousness.
Heather Jo Flores director of Permaculture Women’s Guild, creator of the #freepermaculture project, Holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, with special focus on the intersection between ecofeminism, permaculture, and creative writing.She’s been self-employed as a writer, educator, and freelance creative for 25 years. She tends a 1/4 acre Mediterranean food forest in the mountains of Andalucia with her partner and two dogs.
We found this read to be a great introduction to grass-roots food activism. This may be a good read for school teachers or parents, but we wouldn't recommend it for more experienced gardeners and activists as there is nothing new here for you.We do not advocate or advise to take the advice in one section of the book on starting a garden on vacant land “with or without” the land owners permission nor the aspects of squatting, we’ll file this under do at your own risk.