"Compassion is the radicalism of our time" Dalai Lama
The Record, a Waterloo Ontario newspaper, reported on Feb.1 2007 that a prominent downtown property had been sold. It would just be another real estate deal except that this property had been destined to become subsidized housing for the cities homeless. The homeless plan fell through for lack of funding.
This is real confusing coming from a city that in a June 9, 2006 media release celebrated its placement, by The Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF), as one of the top 7 "intelligent communities" in the world. Sure this victory exemplifies development of a prosperous economy based on Broadband and Information Technology but the thing is their "prosperous economy"! As Mayor Herb Epp stated, "There is continuous job creation, and a continuous focus by municipal government and by all of the sectors on moving forward and on continually enhancing this intelligent community.”
Waterloo is a Canadian success story but they can`t find funding for the homeless. They join the party of too many Canadian cities that can`t (won`t?) find funding for poverty programs. And despite our $13 billion dollar federal budget surplus and money growing on trees from Vancouver to Alberta to Saskatchewan to Waterloo, we can`t find funding for basic shelter for the very poor? Maybe this rates attention with an election looming??
I search for a sign from media Canadiana and the "gods of political spin" for some "common sense social justice" agendas in party platforms. I`m such a dreamer but, just a minute, there`s blood pumping in this carcass after all.
You mean the NDP and smiling Jack Layton? No, I sense he`s losing ground faster than a speeding bullet and that his nightmares are greener than Elizabeth May`s (Green Party) web page. She seems to be leaving the NDP in her wake on environment but recently she`s talking poverty.
Segal says that 2 million people in rural Canada lack adequate shelter and "They don't have enough money for any kind of quality of life and there is no quality of opportunity''. He has since been rewarded for his many years of devotion to Conservatism by his boss George W. Harper. (that's Prime Minister Steve) as reported by the Canadian Press on Feb, 21, 2007. OTTAWA -- The Conservative government has turfed party luminary Hugh Segal from the helm of a high-profile Senate committee, sparking allegations from the Liberals that he was punished for speaking his mind on policy issues.
So, a dangerous notion, full of "karmotion" (its a bit of a theme here) is crossing the political lines in a timely manner. Elizabeth May leads with her heart but Turner and Segal know their numbers before they write any cheques. This is a long overdue plan that along with an investment in affordable housing could easily be accomplished within a balanced budget. Imagine, balanced budgets, environmental conservation incentives, floor incomes and continued prosperity for them that has. Shite. This must be paradise? No its just Canada and it`s real possibilities where nobody should go hungry for my capital gains tax cut or Quebec`s votes!!