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Friday, February 27, 2009

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Midnight musings

Some recent pics. Last w/e's trip to Cape Breton plus life in Hali. And again, the blessing of friends and Dyl-dog.

Indeed, while it took a bit of rebounding, it seems we're back in the swing of a swinging door of friends chez nous. I love it and how our small family finds its rhythm again in the company of good people. Tremendous. It feels like such a blessing to have my life so intertwined with so many others.
I've also been doing a bit of work for work, including a presentation on social sustainability at a conference as well as being part of a roundtable on social housing issues w Jack Layton, our MP Megan Leslie and the social housing community of Hali (i.e. other non-profits working to shelter and house the marginalized and poor).
The backdrop was that the Federal Conservatives have announced $7.8B for the housing sector as part of their "economic stimulus" package. It is disheartening to note that of this, more than half ($3.715B) is for home owners while a much smaller amount is earmarked for renovating existing social housing and creating housing for low-income seniors, people with disabilities, those on First Nations' reserves and in Canada's North.
Three billion dollars is to be returned to home owners who do renovations on their houses of up to $10,000. So, basically, if you have enough money to put $10k into your new home, like building a new deck, the government will give you a break of $1,350 on your taxes.
The hard part is that this totally misses low income households, those living in poor housing that isn't social housing, urban Aboriginals and, of course, the youth I work with. Although investment in housing is to be lauded, what a sad set of priorities when we have such a serious shortage of affordable housing and where the existing stock is out of date and badly in need of repair.
Check out Michael Shapcott's blog (he's a housing guy) where he talks about this issue.
A high level Nova Scotian policy bureaucrat used the word "heartbreaking." I prefer "infuriating" for it is not by accident but by design.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Click the picture for my latest column. Let the hatemail begin.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Link to My Short Story

Hi folks,

You can listen to my story, It's Muhammad, as read on VoicePrint Canada on February 14, by clicking here, then clicking LISTEN.


Friday, February 13, 2009

It's Muhammad

Hi folks,

My short story, It's Muhammad, will be television broadcast by VoicePrint Canada, this Saturday morning (February 14), at 9.30 Eastern Time. If you live in Canada, own a relatively new television, and would like to hear it, tune in to the CBC NewsWorld television channel and activate your SAP (MTS) button (that's Second Audio Program, Multichannel Television Sound) on your remote control.

Alternatively, you can listen to it at the VoicePrint Canada website, but the broadcast time is less certain - some time after noon.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Drive-thru Madness

Latest column; as always click picture for story.