Tanya Kappo is from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation and has been actively involved in community building efforts including advancing an Indigenous rights agenda in her professional life and her personal life. A graduate of the University of Manitoba law school, she is the Co-Lead for the National Collective of Walking With Our Sisters. Tanya has been involved in a number of projects including as a member of the editorial collective “Kino-nda-niimi” that published the book ‘The Winter We Danced’. Tanya is the mother of three children and lives in Edmonton where she is a lawyer and advisor.
Hayden King is Pottawatomi and Ojibwe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchimnissing (Christian Island) in Huronia, Ontario. At Ryerson University, he is the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance in the Faculty of Arts; Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration; and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.
Hayden King is a doctoral candidate in International Relations in the Political Science Department at McMaster University. He also holds an MA from Queen’s University (Political Science) and a BA from McMaster University (Political Science). In addition to work in the academy, Hayden has served as the Senior Policy Adviser to the Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Director of Research for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Scholar-in-Residence for the Conference Board of Canada, Governance Consultant to Beausoleil First Nation and an Instructor at the First Nations Technical Institute.
Hayden's teaching focus is on Canadian History, Indigenous Politics, International Relations and Political Economy. Hayden also developed a diverse research program that focuses on land and resource management in the Canadian north, (mis)representation of Indigenous peoples in mainstream media, the political economy of reconciliation in Canada, and an Anishinaabe theory of International Relations.
Peter Smoczynski has worked in the film and television industry for over thirty years as a journalist, writer, producer and director. Montreal born and raised, he has plied his trade across Canada for independents and national broadcasters alike.
In 1980, Peter produced his first broadcast documentary “Being Old” for CBC Montreal’s acclaimed “Critical Path” under executive producer and veteran journalist David Waters. The 22 minute film explored how the elderly were being institutionalized out of the very communities they helped develop and sustain. As a CBC show producer he was instrumental in creating the award winning CBC Vancouver investigative sports journal “The Score”. The series won recognition at the New York Television Festival. Peter was often recruited by CBC as a segment producer for special events such as the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. He would repeat his effort as a show producer for CBC Regina’s Grey Cup series “Grey Cup Odyssey”.
Meanwhile as an independent, Peter wrote and directed music videos, TV pilots and drama shorts. One such film was an unsolicited 35mm drama short concept. Titled “Gambit”, the film targeted the then External Affairs of Canada’s anti-drug smuggling program. Shot in Ottawa and Trinidad & Tobago, the film had an all too common theme. A Canadian couple being targeted to “mule” drugs back to Canada. There are no winners in this story. “Gambit” was sponsored by External Affairs of Canada, posted at the National Film Board, backed by the music of The Cowboy Junkies and screened in theatres nationally. The film garnered numerous awards.
Then Los Angeles called. It started with a feature script titled “Collecting Sunsets”. Peter moved to California to establish a base in the industry and write scripts full-time. Numerous original scripts continue to be optioned, but as yet none have been produced. Peter still writes at least one long-form script a year and maintains a relationship with his literary agents in Los Angeles. The lure of Canada was too strong and he returned home.
After a stint in Toronto as a writer/director on a number of projects including Global TV network documentary “Diabetes 2: Search For The Cure”, Peter moved to Ottawa where he now resides with his wife. Peter freelances for various Ottawa production houses, corporate clients and contributes his skills to raise awareness for non-profit organizations in the Ottawa area. Peter continues to travel extensively to carry out his work, including the US Army garrison in Hohenfels, Germany where he directed a documentary on Canadian and American forces training for deployment to Afghanistan.
His first love continues to be the investigative film documentary. Peter has created “The Script & Film Co.” specially to develop future feature length investigative documentaries. Just like “Election Day in Canada – Rise of Voter Suppression"
Brent Rathgeber was first elected to the 40th Parliament of Canada on October 14, 2008. Brent was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton – St. Albert in the 2011 election
Brent was born in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1964. After graduating from Melville Comprehensive School in 1982, Brent obtained Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. In between degrees, he was a Ministerial Assistant to a Senior Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister.
Brent began his legal career in Calgary, articling with the law firm Milner and Steer (now Dentons LLP). Thereafter, he practiced law in Red Deer as a Litigator with Sisson Warren Sinclair. In 1994, Brent moved to Edmonton where he specialized in litigation.
Brent entered public life in 2001 when he became the Member of the Alberta Legislature for Edmonton-Calder as a Progressive Conservative. During his Legislative career, Brent chaired the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Review on behalf of the Legislature and sat on two Alberta Government Labour Code Review Committees. Brent was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001. He gained a reputation as an advocate for victims’ legal rights during the contentious 2003 debate concerning automobile insurance reform. After the 2004 provincial election, Brent returned to private life and the practice of law.
Shortly after assuming his Parliamentary duties following the 2008 election, Brent was appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committees on “Justice and Human Rights” and “Public Safety and National Security”. On these committees, he worked tirelessly to promote laws to provide safe streets and safe communities and to enhance the rights of victims of crime. Following his re-election in 2011 Brent was re-appointed to both the Justice and Public Safety Committees. In February 2013, Brent was appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
On June 5th, 2013, Brent resigned from the Conservative caucus due to its lack of commitment to transparency and open government. He now sits as an Independent Member of Parliament.
In September 2014, Brent published his first book, “Irresponsible Government- The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy In Canada”. It chronicles the devolution of Parliamentary supremacy and transition to Executive Government, and provides prescriptions for re-calibrating power between the elected Parliament and the unelected Prime Minister’s Office.
In November 2014, Brent was awarded the honour of “Member of Parliament who best represents his constituents” by Maclean’s magazine. This award is voted on by all Members of Parliament and recognizes his ability to represent constituents more effectively when freed from party positions and discipline. Running as an Independent in General Election 42 on October 19, 2015, Brent was defeated in his bid for re-election for the newly redistricted riding of St. Albert-Edmonton.
In his spare time, Brent enjoys sports, fitness, music, reading and writing.
Mark Bourrie is an award-winning Canadian journalist, best-selling author, historian, and lecturer at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. His work has also appeared in many major magazines and newspapers.
He earned his BA in History at the University of Waterloo in 1990. He holds a diploma in public policy and administration from the University of Guelph, a Master's degree in journalism from Carleton University and a Doctorate in Canadian media history at the University of Ottawa. His doctoral thesis was on the press censorship system in Canada in the Second World War and was published by Douglas & McIntyre of Vancouver in July 2011, as The Fog of War. His master's thesis was on the media's role in banning cannabis in Canada and was published in 2004 by Key Porter as Hemp. His public policy and administration research focused on Canada's security intelligence agencies. He is presently studying for a Juris Doctor degree
Mark lectures in History at Carleton University and Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa. From 2007 to 2009, he was a lecturer at Concordia University's journalism school, teaching reporting, criticism and media history. He is also a lecturer at the Department of National Defence (Canada) School of Public Affairs, specializing in the history and practice of propaganda and censorship, and was a consultant to the Canadian War Museum for a show on war propaganda art. He has also written on the media relations strategy of William Lyon Mackenzie King.
He was a summer student reporter at The Hamilton Spectator and The London Free Press and a student reporter at The Globe and Mail before taking a job on The Toronto Sun in 1979 as assistant business editor and news reporter. He worked for two decades as a freelance news and feature writer, primarily for The Globe and Mail from 1981 to 1989 and the Toronto Star from 1989 to 1999 and again in 2009-2010. He was Parliamentary correspondent for the Law Times from 1994 until 2006. He also wrote for the InterPress Service, the United Nations-sponsored news and feature service. By the late 1990s, he had branched out from newspaper freelance work to book and magazine writing.
Bourrie won a National Magazine Award (NMA) in 1999 and honorable mentions in 2000 and 2003, in the Social Affairs category. He is part of an Ottawa magazine team nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2015. In 2004, he was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) award for an article about the Depression-era execution in Ottawa of a man who was probably innocent. The article was researched entirely in the National Archives of Canada. He won a Canadian Archaeological Association public writing award (1989) and several Ontario Newspaper Awards (formerly Western Ontario Newspaper Awards). He also won the Ontario Community Canadian Newspaper Award for columnist of the year in 2008. His 1979 eyewitness account of an F4 tornado in Woodstock, Ontario, helped earn his newspaper, The London Free Press, a National Newspaper Award nomination. Most of his NMA-nominated work focused on issues related to people wrongly accused of criminal offences or terrorism. He has been a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1994.
In the fall of 2012, he and several other Parliament Hill journalists started the online publication Blacklock's Reporter, a paywall-funded daily news report (see www.blacklocks.ca) The publication concentrates on news that is normally missed by media that focuses on partisan politics. Kill The Messengers, the widely acclaimed book of 2015, is the latest of Mark's books that combine an outstanding assembly of facts and research with a thoroughly readable style.
Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is a mother of two boys, Mitchell and Jeremy and comes from a large family of 8 sisters and 3 brothers. Pam’s family originates from the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick, where they have significant ties to their traditional Nation and home community, where her great grandfather, Louis Jerome was one of the first chiefs. Her family also have long-standing ties to various grass roots organizations in the Maritimes who have worked together to advocate for legal and political recognition of our citizens, both Mi’kmaq and Maliseet people.
Pam has stated that her personal and career goal is to continue to work on Indigenous issues and nation-building, until we have achieved healthy, sustainable communities supported by strong, vibrant Indigenous Nations that are inclusive of all their rightful citizens. It is vital that we protect our culture and identity for our heirs and their heirs forever.
She has always been involved in activities related to her nation, the Mi'kmaq Nation. This has included work with on and off-reserve Aboriginal groups. However, on a broader level, Pam has participated at the First Ministers' meetings which led to the Kelowna Accord; internationally at the United Nations for Indigenous issues; and has worked and/or volunteered and/or done research both nationally and provincially, and with various Indigenous organizations and First Nations.
In addition to her formal education and community involvement, Pam has also worked in careers which were focused solely on Indigenous law, policy and governance. She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Indigenous Bar Association. Pam has been a practicing lawyer for 13 years and during this time have worked at Justice Canada in the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio as legal counsel to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
During her employment with the federal government, she also took on assignments with INAC as a senior executive. Pam was Director of Lands and Trusts Services in Amherst and then Director of Government Relations in Halifax. While at INAC, she worked on treaties, land claims, self-government, economic development, program delivery, policy development and intergovernmental relations.
Pam has also had the benefit of working in other jobs which have informed her views and added to her experience. For example, she worked as a lawyer at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission as an investigator of human rights complaints. For a brief period, Pam also acted as a consultant in her own company providing research and advisory services to governments. She taught part-time at St. Mary’s University in the Political Science department in the area of Indigenous law and politics.
Currently an Associate Professor and Chair of Ryerson University's Centre for Indigenous Governance in Toronto, it is her job to teach courses and conduct research on Indigenous legal, political and governance matters, supervise graduate students, publish scholarly works, and contribute to university life at Ryerson University in general. One of Pam’s main tasks is to help create a new Centre of Indigenous Governance that builds partnerships with First Nations on issues which impact their governance roles, responsibilities, capacity, and development.
Amy MacPherson is a freelance investigative journalist based in Ontario, Canada. Her research is devoted to government and its mechanisms, socio-economics, foreign policy and public policy. She has a penchant for going beyond the mainstream to produce original, detailed analysis of controversial subjects. Vote Congress has placed Ms. MacPherson in the Top 20 Infuential Voices behind Ontario politics.
Venues for Amy's work have included CBC, Huffington Post, Open Government projects, Universities, and regional and local publications, more likely than not earning feature placement. She has covered Federal and Provincial elections for CBC in both print and television format. Investigating on a global scale, Amy has been a guest on many US radio programs as well. Current major projects for Amy, which never number a low total, include the intelligence industry, the machinery of elections, Canada's relations within the Five Eyes structure, government control of energy, influence of elite groups on society and governance and the state of personal freedoms.
In her spare time, Amy engages in public education and awareness as a keynote speaker and spokesperson for various organizations.
Colonel Pat Stogran (Ret) has had a long journey. From Quebec where he grew to love the outdoors, developing a fascination with martial arts that inspired him to a third-degree black belt, to Royal Roads Military College after high school. A young man that thought the exchange of service for an engineering degree was a fair deal. The degree was attained, but the military was his true calling.
"I loved everything about the military," he remembers. "Being outdoors, testing yourself physically and mentally, the camaraderie you find in an army company or platoon. There was nothing about being a soldier I didn't love." He steadily rose through the ranks, his martial arts skills and natural leadership abilities turning heads at the DND. Named Commander of 3rd Battalion - Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) for Canada's foray into Afghanistan. He talked the talk and walked the walk. But he also found flaws with the mission in his view.
Back in Canada, promoted to Colonel, he commanded a Joint Operations Group at CFB Kingston. The position was enjoyable, but the newly created position of Veterans Ombudsman intrigued him. On October 15, 2007, Prime Minister Harper announced that the first holder of this position would be Pat Stogran. Blind compliance was not an option for him. The New Veterans Charter was the flashpoint. He realized the Government had no intention of improving the legislation, and became vocal about the deception over it. A three-year appointment was all the Government would stand.
He believes common sense, decency and good governance are under attack in Canada. Power corrupts and it has corrupted Government - and he isn't afraid to say it. The goal is revolutionize the democratic affairs to eliminate the bureaucrats' power base and stop them from victimizing Canadians. Pat is committed to establishing a platform so veterans and everyday Canadians can have their say. This will be established at: www.therebelgorilla.com. In January 2016, Pat released his first book - Rude Awakening: The Government's Secret War Against Canada's Veterans. It can be purchased from Friesen Press at Rude Awakening by Colonel (retired) Pat B. Stogran at the FriesenPress Bookstore
What would you do if you discovered you were blacklisted by your own government for speaking up on climate change and the tarsands? In "Banned On The Hill" artist and author Franke James tells how she first discovered she was being censored by the Canadian government. And how she fought back. Did she ever. It's an inspiring story that shows how creativity, crowd-funding and investigative digging can work together to shine a bright light on a government that is more interested in message control than a citizen's democratic right to free expression. Through eight visual essays, Franke traces her personal journey as an active citizen discovering the power of speaking out. Interviewed in The Guardian, James said that she hoped the book would serve as a how-to guide to other activists hoping to take on their government, just as Franke did against the Harper government, especially with humour. "It's kind of like a judo flip, meaning that you can actually flip someone that is much bigger than you."
The Harper Government gagged artists, scientists and activists. They trampled Canada's long record as a global leader in environmental protection and human rights, to promote the tarsands. Franke has been called "a wicked thorn in Harper's side" by those outside government, and "a troublesome artist" by those who were within it. Why? All for asking tough questions about Canada's dirty oil, pipelines, lack of regulation and failed environmental record. Her campaign "What is Harper afraid of?" motivated nearly 10,000 citizens to write to Ottawa to register their concerns.
Through entertaining, powerful and humourous real-life storytelling, Franke shows us how to speak the hard truths, and get heard. She shows us how actions speak louder than words and how each of us can make a difference in our front yards, our city, our country and our world.
Stephen Lautens is a writer, lawyer and entrepreneur with an extensive background in communications and business. He currently has a private consulting practice in investor relations, communications and governance. His work in graphics and prose taking on the Harper government has been well documented and extremely popular with Canadians far and wide.
He earned a LL.B. degree from Queen's University, Kingston and a B.A.(History) degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Stephen is the son of Jackie and Gary Lautens, who was one of Canada's best loved writers and managing editor of the Toronto Star.
Called to the Bar in 1988, Stephen had his own litigation practice for ten years in Toronto. In 1997 he served a one year term as president of The Lawyers Club. Prior to practising law, he worked in Ottawa for two years as a sspecial assistant to the Hon. Hazun Argue, Minister of State (Canadian Wheat Board). He was vice-president of the Workflow Automation Corporation and more recently vice-president - corporate communications and general counsel for a TSE listed junior gold exploration company with projects in the People's Republic of China before it was sold to a major Chinese gold company in 2012.
Stephen is also a writer, political commentator and dedicated "twitterer". His tweets appear regularly in various media including the CBC and Huffington Post. He served two terms as president of the Toronto Press Club and served for seven years as a governor of the National Newspaper Awards. For sixteen years, Stephen wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun. He has also been a weekly columnist for the National Post, London Free Press and Toronto Sun. His articles have also appeared in numerous other publication around the world. He appeared regularly on Sun News Network as a political commentator, panelist and liberal punching bag. His more lighthearted articles have appeared compiled in "The Chicken Soup For The Soul" book series. A collection of Stephen's earlier columns, published as "A Chip Off The Old Writer's Block" and his world war two thriller "The Last Blitzkrieg" are both now available on iTunes.
In 2012, Stephen received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community and charity work. in 2008, he was granted the Freedom of the City of London (UK). He is a supporting member of the Officer's Mess of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) and served for three years on the board of the Canadian International Military Tattoo. Stephen is a past president of both The Ontario Club and The National Club.
Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of Hupacasath Frist Nation and mother of two. Currently she works as a strategic advisor to First Nations and corporations and is an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. Her educational background includes a business degree, a law degree and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Queen's University, Kingston. Judith has an extensive background of practising law for 18 years in Alberta and British Columbia, working in international forums and lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection of First Nations rights and title.
Judith was the elected Chief of Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, BC for 14 years and the head negotiator for 15 years. In her role as Chief, she focused on capacity building, sustainable development and restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory. Also as Chief, Judith was instrumental in development of the China Creek Run of the River Project which operates in Hupacasath First Nation, which is its majority owner. The project has received environmental awards from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation. In 2008, Dr. Sayers received a silver award from the Canadian Environmental Awards in the climate change category for her role in developing the project.
Judith was on the political executive of the First Nations Summit for a two year term in 2006. She serves on the boards of the New Relationship Trust Foundation, Clean Energy BC, Island Corridor Foundation and chairs the Joint Working Group of the Heritage Foundation. In 2009, the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business inducted Judith into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame. Other notable honours include recipient of the Bora Laskin Fellowship on Human Rights, finalist for the Buffet Award for Indiginous Leadership, twice awarded the Woman of Distinction by the Alberni Chamber of Commerce and homoured by Atira Women's Resource Society as an Inspirational Woman.
Currently, Judith remains involved in energy issues by advising both sides on clean energy projects. She speaks at many conferences, think tanks and strategic sessions concerning issues affecting enrgy including developing, transmitting and selling hydro power, climate change, capacity needs, agreement negotiation, regulatory requirements and exporting hydro power. Judith has a passion and commitment to ensuring that energy is produced in a sustainable way with minimal impact on the environment and believes that alternative energy projects can be developed within First Nations values.
Rachel Ann Snow, an Iyarhe Nakoda from Mini Thni (Morley, AB), is an Indiginous legal scholar, consultant, analyst and researcher specializing in Indiginous law issues. Rachel has over 20 years experience in administration and policy issues at the amangement level, complimented by traditional knowledge, teachings and cultural protocol.
She has presented at many notable conferences and completed a Juris Doctor at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Rachel has tutored in the program of Legal Studies for Native People, Native Law Centre, which is the pre-law program for all Aboriginal law students in Canada. As well, she has tutored at the Indiginous Resouce Management Program, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, where accredation is given for First Nations land managers. Both are located at the University of Saskatchewan.
Rachel has worked as a senior policy analyst for Treaty 7 Chiefs, Assembly of Treaty Chiefs of Alberta (AOTC) and at the national level of Indiginous organizations. Her extensive work history covers education and economic development in the Indiginous community as well. Currently she works on proposals, reviewing resource and research materials, and other documents specific to issues on First Nations or at the governance level.
Inky Mark has led a life to this point that could be called the quintessential Canadian experience. Having immigrated to Canada in 1953 from his native China with his mother, the family was reunited in Manitoba. With Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees under his belt, the rise in the political system began with becoming Councillor, then Mayor of Dauphin, MB. The federal forum beckoned, and in 1997 Inky was elected as an MP for the Reform Party. Re-elected as a Canadian Alliance MP, he broke from the caucus to sit in the Democratic Representative Caucus in alliance with the Progressive Conservative party. With the merger of the CA and the PC parties, forming the Conservative Party of Canada, Inky was in a way back where he started.
But it didn't last long. Known as the foremost critic of Stephen Harper, the party apparatus, and many of his caucus mates, he was branded an "outsider". He frequently complained that Prime Minister Harper was controlling, and he responded by refusing to attend Conservative events. Mark has called Prime Minister Harper a fascist and complained that he runs a "top-down dictatorship". He simply refused to sit as an MP with Harper as leader. With the dissolution of Parliament and the call for General Election 41 in 2011, Inky was a private citizen once more. Returning to Dauphin, social media and the internet became his platform to speak out on a multitude of subjects. His reflections have earned him a solid and loyal following, only enabled by Inky's straightforward and reasonable demeanor.
But, Inky Mark returned. He ran for election in his old riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette as an Independent in General Election 42 in October 2015. Always putting his track record as the way to judge his service, he hoped to return to representing his constituents in Ottawa, instead of MP's representing Ottawa to their constituents. The Harper party put considerable resources into maaking sure that Inky was not returned to Ottawa. They were successful in this battle, but lost the war in spectacular fashion. Today, the internet is fortunate to have his opinions and reflections, free of censor and limitation of party politics.
Brenda Sayers is the Hupacasath First Nation's portfolio holder for the Canada-China FIPA agreement and lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Alerted to this then-pending agreement by the website of Elizabeth May, she was astounded that the Harper government would enter such a dangerous agreement. She noted how the Premiers of every Province, who were empowered to challenge FIPA, were simply not coming forward to do so and protect their citizens. With approval from Hupacasath Council & Chief, Brenda began the long process of assessing the dangers to her nation. This process led to a major public awareness campaign of national scope and a lengthy battle in Federal Court. The challenge was presented that the Federal government failed to consult under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. The Federal Court of Appeal in January 2015 ruled against Hupacasath First Nation. In effect, the case tried to demonstrate the risks to all areas of Canada, regardless of location or jurisdiction. The Federal Court of Appeal chose to disregard this point of view and judged there was no appreciative damage the agreement made on Hupacasath territory alone.
As the Financial Administrator of an independent school teaching Nuu-chah-nulth language, song and dance to First Nations children, she has a deep respect for First Nations education. In 1012, following a sixteen yeat struggle, Brenda and her colleagues finally acheived full funding for the community school she cherishes. Ms. Sayers has also sat on the BC Transit board for six years and currently serving on the Crime Stoppers board in BC. She ran as the candidate for the Green Party of Canada in the 2015 federal election in the riding of North Island-Powell River, BC.
Hi, I'm Graham Chivers — a dreamer and a designer. I like to travel outside the Milky Way and inside molecules. Equality is simple, in a complex world, science says we are all different, but I like to keep it simple and think that we are all just family.
My first passion is learning, sharing and teaching about my dreams. My second passion is to advocate for progress and peace. Learning from my first passion and sharing with my second only makes it better. The evolution of humanity will be marked by peaceful cooperation to enable all to flourish. I think this is important to remember as I try to work towards something better and beneficial.
My design has physically touched your life, I call it #iEarth1s, a verb for the better, I hope. I have worked on hundreds of interesting projects with amazing and curious teams of people. I've worked with incredible women and men on projects from the world's first bomb disposal protection suit to two different advanced manufacturing factories that build cleaner transport truck engines — these two factories alone have lead to the elimination of millions of tons of CO2, toxic pollution, and particulate pollution. Most transport trucks have a little bit of "me" in there. Sometimes I see myself “everywhere”, but you can't. Most of my design specifics are protected by non-disclosure agreements, but that is common in private industry — design secrets keep some companies alive, intellectual property is important, just ask IBM.
I see things differently — Joules catch my eye when it comes to evolutionary opportunities. I want my passions and work to benefit everyone. I won't take sides, there are no teams, and I am here to help and I already have, those factories have been making clean engines for over 13 years. Was I green before green? I've always been — sometimes getting those hands dirty yield clean results. I am strongly optimistic about us solving the many challenges our planet faces — strongly pessimistic about those that block the road many of us can clearly dream of. Is design invisible? Design is sometimes invisible, simplicity can hide complexity very well. Our green culture is growing and evolving.
Look around, you will start to see many designs, think of the many designers — think of the millions of people like me, smile and Enjoy*!
* - responsibly.
Stanley Lewis Cohen is many things to many people. Some from the camp of the status quo brand him a radical, a subversive, a terrorist sympathizer, a communist, an Islamist. Basically any handle that portrays Stanley as against the state. To all of which, the man proudly says that is his duty as a defense attorney. Despite the power of the system and corporate media being on that side of the debate, they have been fighting a losing battle for decades.
From his long term associations with Bill Kunstler, Lynne Stewart and Ramsey Clark (among others) in extremely incendiary defense cases against government, to his outspoken views on the illegal and illegitimate use of the power of the state on the individual, to his street level activism of persons and causes he believes in, Stanley has won far more supporters than enemies in societies around the world.
The list of clients is unique to say the least. Weather Underground, May 19 Organization, Mohawk Warrior Society, War Resisters League, Black Bloc, Irish Republican Army, The Shining Path, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Shabaab, the Portland Seven, Anonymous, Occupy Wall Street and others, to the nobodies represented during his service with Bronx Legal Aid. The important factor is the politics of the cause, the righteousness of the fight.
After a compromise plea agreement with the US Department of Justice, Stanley served time and was released first into a halfway facility, the transitioning to his own place once again. To demonstrate the veracity of the charges against him, the monetary penalty imposed for alleged tax crimes was zero. Not that it was merely a political persecution or anything. The future for Stanley Cohen is busy and full of what drives him forward. Nothing or nobody will keep him from defending the cause, wherever it may be. Up The Rebels!
Greg Fingas is a Regina-based lawyer, blogger and freelance political writer.
Greg was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and lived in Langham and Yorkton before moving to Regina. Greg completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Regina, followed by a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Alberta. Greg clerked with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and was called to the bar in 2005.
Greg also started his progressive NDP blog, Accidental Deliberations, in 2005. He has written regularly about Saskatchewan and Canadian politics since then. Since 2011, he has written a weekly freelance column for the Regina Leader-Post.
Greg joined the Regina law firm of Gerrand Rath Johnson in 2011. He practices primarily in the area of labour law, where he works with a wide variety of clients. His research and advocacy has included extensive work in the areas of workplace privacy, pensions and benefits, contracting out, and human rights.
Greg is also extensively involved in Saskatchewan’s privacy and access-to-information community. Greg chaired the Canadian Bar Association's Privacy and Access Law South Saskatchewan section from 2009 to 2013, and is a member of Saskatchewan’s Right to Know Committee.
Greg lives in Regina with his wife and their daughter and two cats.
Bill Tieleman has been president of West Star Communications, a strategy and communications consulting firm, since 1998. Bill has previously been Communications Director to then-BC Premier Glen Clark in his upset 1996 election victory and at the BC Federation of Labour.
Bill Tieleman writes a politics column Tuesdays in 24 Hours Vancouver newspaper and The Tyee online magazine.
Bill is a very successful campaigner – playing key roles in winning three consecutive BC binding referendums.
As Strategist for Fight HST, the grassroots organization he helped create with ex-BC Social Credit Premier Bill Vander Zalm, the Harmonized Sales Tax was eliminated in a binding referendum.
And as President of NO STV, Bill twice ran campaigns that defeated the proposed Single Transferrable Vote electoral system in 2005 and 2009.
Fair Vote Canada (FVC) is a grassroots multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of government and throughout civil society. All voters are encouraged to learn about the electoral process and become involved in changing it into something that more accurately reflects the will of the Canadian electorate.
Fair Vote Canada advocates for voting systems that are designed to produce a representative body (like a parliament, legislature, or council) where seats are more or less in proportion to votes cast. While 81 countries use proportional representation systems, local circumstances have created unique variations. Canadians deserve to learn from these experiences to create a world-class, uniquely Canadian proportional voting system that minimizes wasted votes and reflects who we are and what we actually vote for.
Canada’s voting system can be changed through a simple majority vote in Parliament, no constitutional amendment required. But it won’t happen without pressure from all of us. As a multi-partisan citizens’ campaign with chapters across the country, we lobby MPs and educate the media and the public to support bringing Canada’s democracy into the 21st century.
Kelly Carmichael is the Executive Director of Fair Vote Canada and appears nationally representing the group. Kelly brings to the job a solid foundation in National Campaign Management, a high profile Marketing and Communications portfolio spanning 17 years, a proven track record as a community leader, and a passionate commitment to proportional representation. She looks forward to working with Fair Vote Canada supporters and all Canadians to achieve equal and effective votes at all levels of government and to achieve the goal of the Make Every Vote Count Campaign – to make 2015 the last unfair election.
Merv Adey is an engaged citizen who grew up in British Columbia and follows BC media and politics and the connection between them closely. After being "more or less" educated at the University of Victoria, he has lived and worked there and watched governments get hammered for wrongdoing, while other governments get a free pass. From the years of the BC SoCreds, through the NDP decade of the '90's, through the BCLiberal Campbell government, he's tired of watching Christy Clark and these BCLiberals get a free pass.
The incestuous relationship between media and government is what drives Merv. According to tradition and statement of mission, one is supposed to hold the other accountable. Not one is supposed to use their power of communication to protect the other at the expense of citizens. For a straight shooting opinion of what is going on in British Columbia politics, visit Merv's blog at www.BCVeritas.com and follow him on twitter at @MervAdey
Norm Farrell is a retired small business accountant who spent many years working in the service sector for the motion picture industry in Vancouver. He is very proud to have contributed to the building of what is now a major segment of the economy of the Lower Mainland and British Columbia. Born in Vancouver, raised in Powell River and a resident of North Vancouver for the last four decades, Norm and his wife have three adult married children and nine grandchildren. With the free time that retirement brings, Norm started to research and write on public affairs in 2009, focusing on issues of relevance to British Columbia. Since that time, through his website (link below) he has made a formidable reputation as someone who goes beyond what the corporate media is willing to cover, bringing much unwelcome attention to the mismanagement and destruction of the public trust by industry compliant elected officials. Norm's hope is that when his grandchildren are grown, they will remember that granddad tried to make a better world possible.
Since 2009, Grant G has been bringing The Straight Goods to readers of his blogspot site The Straight Goods on all things British Columbian as far as energy, resources, politics and the BC Liberal illusion goes. His research and investigative reporting on the LNG "industry" has been ahead of the curve, before even the trade papers were willing to publish information that Grant had surmised and discovered. A resident of the Lower Mainland, Grant's goal is to inform the public at large to protect the environment and prevent the destruction of future generations of BC residents due to neo-liberal governance.