As a Canadian who is very upset with the current government policy, I am writing to my MP.
Update: After I posted this letter and sent a copy to my MP, I found that someone had hacked into my website. Please use the following shortlink when sharing this post because there is now a hidden code if you copy the URL. http://vix.ca/blog/?p=1239 I do not know how to remove this hidden text. You can only see it if you copy the URL and paste it.
Hello MP Wai Young,
The Fair Elections Act is the last straw.
Corrupting our electoral process in an attempt to maintain power reveals the dictatorial policies of Steven Harper.
I know that as an MP, you have very little say in policy. However, I see that you are allowed to stand up in Parliament — when it is permitted to be in session and not suspended from operation — and spout the party line with conviction.
How can you part of a government that is destroying the rights and freedoms of Canadians?
My mail contains many letters from your office, the latest one glorifying income splitting for wealthy pensioners while the government is delaying retirement pensions for two full years to the age of 67, for those who rely on them — but this fact is not mentioned. Tax savings initiatives are enumerated while poverty among our seniors is rising.
The Conservative government has consistently revealed their strategy of slashing taxes for the wealthy, especially corporations, while depriving Canadians of needed services that we depend on our Government to provide.
“Building a stronger future for Canada” has so far included a “fair trade deal” with China that gives Chinese companies the right to ignore our laws and to sue the government in a secret court if environmental regulations or other Canadian cultural values prevent them from profiting. Canadian taxpayers could be liable for millions of dollars in damages, but of course we will never know because the proceedings will be secret.
Now Harper is so eager to sign away more of Canada’s future in a deal with S. Korea that opens our market to their cars, but does not include clauses that the US found essential to prevent non-tariff barriers. No provision for Canadian jobs, just more benefits for others.
Craig says the South Korean government has continued to protect its home market and subsidized its exports through non-tariff barriers and active intervention in its currency.
“No Canadian manufacturer can compete with a market controlled by non-tariff barriers and currency manipulation,” she writes, adding the new agreement does not address these key issues.
Oil companies are in control of our environmental policy and the Northern Gateway ads on CBC radio are a national scandal!
Look at Norway’s oil management policy.
Because the government [of Norway] is highly invested, (oil profits are taxed at 78 per cent, and in 2011 tax revenues were $36-billion), it is as interested as oil companies, which want to maximize their profits, in extracting the maximum amount of hydrocarbons from the reservoirs. This has inspired technological advances such as parallel drilling, Mr. Lindseth says.
Look at the revenue Norway gets from oil and tell me why Canadians are in debt.
Norway produces 40 per cent less petroleum than Canada and has one-seventh our population, but has saved more than $600 billion in oil revenue and counting. This is equivalent to about 140 per cent of Norwegian GDP, or about $120,000 for every man, woman and child in the country. In contrast, every Canadian is in the red about $16,000 due to our $566-billion national debt.
There will only be the very rich and the very poor if these policies continue!
However, Harper will not say what his staff are earning!
Andrews and Simms weren’t the only MPs left with fundamentally unanswered written questions after the government tabled more than a dozen responses on Thursday afternoon.
In fact, the latest batch of answers reveals what would appear to be an ongoing effort to shut down one of the few remaining avenues of inquiry for parliamentarians hoping to pry loose the occasional morsel of information on the operation of government.
Secrecy and lack of accountability are firm policy in the Harper government.
Many Canadians are becoming more informed on these matters and I will do my part to try to let everyone know how the Conservative government is destroying our identity as Canadians.
Canadians who care for the less fortunate and expect health care and pensions to be paid for by our taxes and contributions.
Canadians who expect corporations to pay their fair share and governments to protect our land for future generations.
Canadians who support fair and democratic electoral process.
You are my representative in Parliament — tell them they have gone too far and the constituents are getting angry.
We will not stand aside and let Harper destroy our land and the future of our children.
How can you look at the faces of your children while allowing Canadian children to be poisoned by fracking and oil development?
These citations are taken from Canadian media outlets, like the cbc and the globe and mail. These stories are not fantasy, these stories are Canadian reality.
Enjoy your trips to China and the many perks you receive — just think about how other Canadians are struggling as this government gives to the rich and dismantles the middle class.
Please think about these issues and look at your conscience — I know Harper has none — however, I hope that all Conservatives are not only out to get as much as they can for themselves and their supporters.
If you send me another letter — I will send you one in return.
If the video above doesn’t work try this link http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13939494
I am really excited by the work of the Loco Moto Art Collective!
I first met them through Jamie Griffith, an artist who attended the same workshop at STEIM
In July, I volunteered to help out at their show at Queen Elizabeth Park, “Youth, Technology and Nature”.
I was impressed by all the work shown, particularly by Merlyn Chipman’s work using video feedback.
I will post some of my own photos of the event soon.
Merlyn will be doing a workshop, “Weaving with Light” at Aberthau where he will show you how to print these patterns on cloth.
- 6:00pm until 9:00pm
Sounds like a lot of FUN!
I will miss each brick of the city.
This is the west entrance to the Vondelpark.
I will develop my photos, and share more, but most are not unusual.
For me the ordinary streets and the ever present water will make up the dearest memories of the actual city.
The best images are of my friends that I have made in here.
Below — the sunset on a canal last evening.
Now I am off to Rotterdam to the North Sea Jazz Festival.
It will be exciting to see one of the world’s largest jazz festivals.
Any tips on the festival?
Then I go to visit Sonia in Mons, Belgium.
I hope to see her show!
After my work at STEIM, I was fortunate to play with two improvising musicians, Frank Mauceri and Ángel Faraldo as part of the Oorsprong Curators Series.
This is an interesting improvised music series in North Amsterdam organized by bassist Raoul van der Weide.
The major constraint imposed by the series is that none of the players have ever played together before.
The second rule is that each player can only be in the series once a season.
Even though I worked with Frank at STEIM, we did not play together until this show.
I was captivated by the other two sets featuring Dana Reason, piano; Lori Goldston, cello; Ricardo Tejero, sax+clarinet; Jaap Blonk, voice; bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Onno Govaert.
Ricardo Tejero, (sax+clarinet) and bassist Dominic Lash did not play together because they are involved in a tour supporting their CD. I had the opportunity to hear this duo twice, once at Raoul’s Atelier and once as part of Tabula Rasa: Improvised Music @ Maarten Luther Kerk – basement.
Dana Reason (piano) and cellist Lori Goldston are also playing together, so they played in separate sets for the Oorsprong. I arrived late and missed their showcase at Raoul’s atelier, but I hope to see them play in future as they are both based on the West Coast of the USA.
My thanks to the organizers of the event and the volunteers who support the series.
This was my first opportunity to play in Europe and I was happy to be in such great musical company.
Laurie Anderson’s new show is a network performance with Ai Wei Wei. Video from the premiere at the Luminato Festival in Toronto.
They are using Skype to connect the live Toronto performers with Ai Wei Wei in Beijing.
Network performance is a growing area and Play the Moment is on the leading edge!
I was inspired to start working with network performance by Pauline Oliveros and Chris Chafe. Chris Chafe calls these Telematic performances and has developed a software at CCRMA Lab, Stanford, that works really well. For the techies who read this blog — using Red Hat Linux OS — a communications port can be opened.
In 2010, I visited San Francisco to learn this software, and I was able to open ports on two computers and communicate using the software. This system works really well, but both sides of the performance must have the ability to operate sophisticated technology. That is why my efforts to successfully produce a network performance were not realized until I started using Waterwheel in 2012. My first solo show, Flow Time, led to the development of work for the group, Play the Moment.
It was my vision to have a combined live and networked performance that was realized with the recent Mini Maker Faire show. This was the first time one of the group members was live, playing with the networked stage on a projected screen. Now, I am seeking more of these performance opportunities so internet viewers can join concert goers to enjoy live, improvised media performances.
Now network performance is going mainstream with this show by Laurie Anderson — as mainstream as experimental performance art ever gets — but soon, I believe this will become a widely recognized genre of performance.
Stay tuned to this site to learn about the next Play the Moment performance or follow us on Facebook.
It is very exciting for me to be counting down the days until I leave for Amsterdam. I have to get ready for the wireless sensor workshop by purchasing some Arduino parts!
This is my first trip to Europe, so I am very excited and a bit nervous.
June — Amsterdam
Early July — Germany
July 11th — Mons, Belgium for my friend and collaborator Sonia’s show!
No return date set as I have applied for a few events and residencies in Europe that still might come through to extend my stay.
Any helpful tips, please contact me!
Buy a ticket to see fun maker events and Victoria play live with her internet creative crew!
Show at NOON in the Dark Area of the PNE Forum.
If you are not in Vancouver you can still experience the show on the internet.
Go to this URL to see the internet show.
I am preparing for another Indiegogo campaign to help fund my trip to Europe in June, 2013.
My new Flikr account holds some photos from my 2010 trip to NYC. The series reflects my continuing interest in contrasting the remnants of a previous use for a space that contrasts with the present.
Yes, I am a bit behind in developing and posting . . .
This old sugar factory on the edge of the river in Brooklyn is one of my favourites.
Prints of these images will be one of my Indiegogo prizes.
You can donate directly to help me with my first trip to Europe here.
It always causes a pang of sadness and anger that women are still fighting the same battles that I thought we had won already.
Why are women still being forced to fight for control of our own bodies, reproductive rights, equal pay for equivalent work and other gender related issues.
In my opinion, these rights are so obvious, there should be no room for argument.
Now I am writing for a feminist blog based in NYC, you can read my first post here.
I wrote about the Femen protests as the political protest actions of young women, including Pussy Riot, have started to gain media attention.
I plan to write regularly in support of gender related issues.
International Womens’ Day inspired me to write a song.
Play the Moment will be performing as part of the Vancouver Maker Faire June 1-2 at the PNE.
This is a rare opportunity to experience a network music performance with a live band member in attendance.
I will be playing computer and singing on-site and I will be available to answer questions about our show and my other projects.
In addition to the confirmed Play the Moment performance, I am working on also presenting Angels Among Us, an interactive installation featuring my collaboration with visual artist Joanna Gabler as Zest Continuum.
More information on exact dates and times will be announced soon.