Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Way Forward

Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior. Until the colour of a man's skin is no more significant than the colour of his eyes. Until there's no more First Class or Second Class citizen of any nation. Until that day... 'The Words of Bob Marley'
War, by Bob Marley with lyrics

As a two-time Liberal candidate who has always been very active in the West End, and a strong advocate for the environment, child care and other issues, I am proposing that we see Maclean's article as an opportunity to look at ourselves on the issue of racism. My experience living in Toronto for 5 yrs, Vancouver one yr, and now in Winnipeg since 1999 is my reason for being very optimistic of us dealing with this issue successfully.

We all know what we need to do within ourselves to be more tolerable to our neighbours, friends and associates. I am sure we have been on the receiving end of the kindness and compassion that is shown by others.

So, what's missing one could ask? Music, events, the city needs to have more entertainment throughout the year. Folklorama and the various summer festivities are clear examples of how different we all are but can come together in harmony and a community togetherness. I guarantee you that if Maclean's author, Nancy Macdonald, was to focus more on how Winnipeggers interact with one another during the summer the story line would have been different.

So I say 'Actions speak louder than words. Talk is cheap. For those of us who are interested in uniting our community and the Greater Winnipeg area - take a look what I am doing in the West End neighbourhood.

Block parties on Lipton Street every Canada Day. This will be our 3rd year doing this. Organizing the complete street from Portage to Notre Dame for 'The Longest Street Yard Sale in Winnipeg'. A perfect way to meet'n greet your neighbours. Dancin' in the street. Kids playing freely with other neighbours' kids some for the first time in 5 years. Barbequing and eating always brings many smiles.

Established the CRIG's list (Community Residential Improvement Guide) - neighbours helping neighbours. The list consists of folks who have a skill, live in the neighbourhood, and want to help folks complete projects around the home. It works!

Travelling to close proximity farms and get fresh produce to distribute it to local senior homes in the West End. Every Christmas I provide a very special treat, to use the one thing that God has blessed me with, my voice and sharing with the Seniors in a Christmas Sing-a-long in the West End.

So here's the question that needs to be asked, 'From my actions, do you think that I am discriminated against in any way, shape or form?

Here's something to ponder - after 8 months of lobbying City Hall on numerous occasions, bugging or making a nuisance of myself to all media houses for the official name change from 'Garbage Day' to 'Recycle Day', producing a recycling documentary, it was not until Matt Cundill of Power97 agreed with the idea before others began to embrace the name change. Today, everyone is into recycling. Thanks Matt!

My sincere wish is that one day when ideas are presented, that the idea is examined first on its merit and not one's political persuasion or colour of skin, eyes or hair.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yes We Can - Barack Obama

Ask Not what Winnipeg can do for You on the issue of Racism, but what You can do for Winnipeg. - Quote taken from President John F. Kennedy
Capital city for Racism news article in Maclean's

Sunday, 18 January 2015



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