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It is not too late for Canada

This week-end in Montreal

This would be a great weekend to be in Montreal. Hopefully those who can, will speak out for those who cannot.

The Speakers are:
Joe Soss
Joe Soss, Career,
Roberto Gargarella, Roberto Gargarella Career,
Guy Standing, Guy Standing Career
Renana Jhabwala, Renana Jhabvala, Career
Alicia Barcena, Alicia Barcena, Bibliography

One more bibliography for equality.

Where is that Fellow when you need him?

The world wants YOU!

Who spoke out in 2012?

What’s on the agenda?

Funding by any other name?

Is there Democracy in America?

Those Irish-Americans again!

The front-runners …It is fourteen years later … Where are they now?

North to Alaska … July 21 is Jay Hammond Day

And those missing links?

What about India?

Women organizing in India

London?

Meanwhile in New Brunswick our people need to go out West to find jobs, small businesses are struggling to survive and our industries are gone.

15 years of Poverty History from 2000 to 2014

The Politics of Poverty

What else is going on?

Across the Globe since 1986.

Read all about it in the News

And for those armchair warriors who … Read the Books

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Bathurst

So? What will happen in Bathurst next May 2015?
Will there be sufficient accomodations for all the Grannies when they arrive for the Great Granny Gathering?
Will they be invisible? Hardly likely. One thing Bathurst is famous for is Hospitality … With a capital H!

So where will they find hospitality and accomodation?

Might Granny suggest the Atlantic Host and Dannys

Both of these locally owned, combination motel/conference centres are highly regarded by the local Bathurst community as well as people “from away” who return to Bathurst year after year for family events and conferences.

Well now …
Bathurst must have
More beds
More restaurants
Those two tried and true

Where else
Might they gather
In their night-caps?
Give the Grannies
A bit more choice
If you please.

The newest Downtown Bathurst Hotel

Opened May 1, 2014. Downtown means closest to many banks and some of Bathurst’s oldest local businesses. Across the street is Captain’s Cabin, a second generation clothing store which began in the 1960’s as Roman White’s finer quality menswear store. Not far away is Tower’s jewelers, the source of diamond engagement rings and wedding china patterns for many generations of Bathurst people. Kitty corner to the lovely little park at Main and King is the venerable Bank of Montreal. The Bank may have changed location several times in the memory of local Grannies, but the friendly, professional service remains ever-constant. Just a short walk away is Levesque’s Barber shop, another multi-generational family business owned and operated by a well-respected local family.
Return to the corner of Main and King and walk up a block, pass the police station and across the street you will find the old Irving garage converted many years ago into what is still now lovingly referred to as ‘Aurele’s’, the Big Deal Market where you can buy everything from bulk spice to fresh vegetables and fruit to barrels of salted and pickled fish. Keep walking up King and on the corner of King and St. Andrew turn left. There you will find the Bathurst Curling Club, home to many famous bonspiels and curling heroes of by-gone years. Directly across from the Curling Club is another local small business over a quarter century in operation.

Music City has been supporting the local music scene since the late 1970s.

Hmmm … Link doesn’t work huh … Sorry about that … Websites come and go but Music City hasn’t moved in over thirty five years. The building … That very very old building is even older … Sure it’s been there for over a hundred years … Used to be some of the local Kennah family lived there … Quite a history … Before that I don’t know but I’d venture to guess that Ship-builders in Bathurst might have been part of that history …

So what if Music City does not have a web-site … It is very much a real honest to goodness downhome store that is very much part of Bathurst …
Check it out
212 St. Andrew Street
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Canada

Back at the Best Western, stroll down towards the bridge and you will pass the Old Post Office, the most historically important federal Heritage building in the City of Bathurst. A brisk walk ‘around the bridges’ is a favourite daily exercise for many local people.
If you cross the causeway and glance up Queen Street the large VIA sign marks the location of the old CN train station which was replaced and renovated several times over the years. If you turn right at the end of the causeway and walk several blocks along Riverside you will eventually reach what used to be called the Old Cove Bridge, hardly recognizable as a bridge theses days. Believe it or not it once was a very real bridge with water flowing in and out between the harbour and Kent Pond, now mostly filled in and covered with a trailer park.

Continue along Riverside to the Veterans Bridge and you will be passing through what is probably the oldest section of Bathurst. There is no indication that you are now walking through the former St. Peter’s Village as it was once called.

Who?

Who?
Glad you asked. People in Bathurst … Some people in Bathurst might be invisible. Take a look.
What are we looking at? Check out 0.0 in apartments. There are definitely apartments in Bathurst Parish. There are people in apartments in Bathurst. So, are these people invisible?

What about the figure given for unemployed? If only 70 unemployed women are accounted for then what about all those other women without employment? They must be invisible.

People working outside of Canada and women working in another province? Both appear to be invisible.

Then there are the invisible job applicants for all those jobs in the food department at Wal-Mart. These potential applicants are those who will never apply because they lack the means of affordable transportation to get them to and from work. Or perhaps they lack affordable and responsible day-care. Perhaps they lack the educational opportunities available in larger centres. Perhaps this is what really makes them invisible. A job at Wal-Mart might be the best opportunity they will ever have.

Another local rumour is about all the invisible good-paying jobs that will never materialize because Costco has been discouraged from coming to Bathurst.

Another group of invisible people are … What can I say about them … They are invisible.

This week the invisible people might be those who are unable to find accomodation to attend the Acadian Games in Bathurst. Rumour has it that thousands of people will be coming into Bathurst for the games and the handfull of hotels and motels here are booked to capacity. As a local rumour this is typical.

So? What will happen in Bathurst next May 2015?
Will there be sufficient accomodations for all the Grannies when they arrive for the Great Granny Gathering?
Will they be invisible? Hardly likely. One thing Bathurst is famous for is Hospitality … With a capital H!

So where will they find hospitality and accomodation? Might Granny suggest the Atlantic Host or Danny’s Both of these locally owned, combination motel/conference centres are highly regarded by the local Bathurst community as well as people “from away” who return to Bathurst year after year for family events and conferences.

Well now …
Bathurst must have
More beds
More restaurants
Those two tried and true

Where else
Might they gather
In their night-caps?
Give the Grannies
A bit more choice
If you please.

The newest Downtown Bathurst Best Western Hotel. Opened May 1, 2014. Downtown means closest to many banks and some of Bathurst’s oldest local businesses. Down a few doors is Nancy’s gift shop. Across the street from the hotel is a wonderful hometown bookstore and cafe which serves sandwiches and a scrumptious daily surprise dessert. Down the street is Captain’s Cabin, a second generation clothing store which began in the 1960’s as Roman White’s finer quality menswear store. Not far away is Tower’s jewelers, the source of diamond engagement rings and wedding china patterns for many generations of Bathurst people. Kitty corner to the lovely little park at Main and King is the venerable Bank of Montreal. The Bank may have changed location several times in the memory of local Grannies, but the friendly, professional service remains ever-constant. Just a short walk away is Levesque’s Barber shop, another multi-generational family business owned and operated by a well-respected local family. Across the street is Christies which sells craft and sewing supplies.
Return to the corner of Main and King and walk up a block, pass the police station and across the street you will find the old Irving garage converted many years ago into what is still now lovingly referred to as ‘Aurele’s’, the Big Deal Market where you can buy everything from bulk spice to fresh vegetables and fruit to barrels of salted and pickled fish. Keep walking up King and on the corner of King and St. Andrew turn left. There you will find the Bathurst Curling Club, home to many famous bonspiels and curling heroes of by-gone years. Directly across from the Curling Club is Music City which has been supporting the local music scene since the late 1970s. Right next door to Music City is Tom’s Karaoke Bar. Bathurst does get a lot of sunny weather and Tom’s backyard patio is a good friendly place to stop for a cool one.

Take a stroll up St Andrew and the museum is always an interesting place to stop. Head down Douglas and you’ll find yourself at the waterfront. Great coffee and tea is served at the Nectar which serves excellent food in two fine dining restaurants under the same roof.
Next door, between Nectar and the tourist bureau is small art gallery where many local artists have their art. You might pick up a gift there or at Chal-Baie where local artisans sell their hand-crafted creations. If a quick meal is what you want, drop in next door and try a burger served with a smile by Pauline and Gerry, two of the friendliest people in Bathurst. Depending upon the season you might also find the ice-cream store and the pretzel place open. Both have yuumy treats. The book store is well stocked with french books, possibly the best collection this side of Quebec.
Take the walking path across the bridge and you will find yourself in the oldest part of Bathurst, still known by locals as the village. Walk up Village Hill and notice that large white house atop the hill, This house with the dark green shamrock, the Doucet-Hennessy House, has been officially documented as one of the oldest and most historically significant buildings in the area. Across the street is Holy Family Church and behind it a very old historic graveyard.
Keep walking west on St Peter Avenue and you will find the local legion, malls, grocery stores and a varied assortment of other shopping and food outlets.
There is the Comfort Inn which is within walking distance all these outlets along St Peter Avenue. By vehicle it is a short drive to cinema, restaurants and more shopping.

What helps make Bathurst visible?
There is the Rotary Club

What about other International Groups inside and out of Bathurst? What other groups do not settle for invisibility?
What about the Raging Grannies? Are they ever content to be invisible?
I bet those Grannies won’t be invisible this week in Montreal

Reciprocity

No need for anyone to be poor? There is always reciprocity.

Maggie, as usual is trying to find her voice.  Perhaps if that silly old Granny would disappear … Maggie cannot think clearly when Granny goes on and on about nothing. 

So what is this about reciprocity? Is it Fair Trade? Is it expecting good value for your tax dollars?

Maybe reciprocity could involve receiving a decent wage for the work you perform. And what exactly is meant by “work” and who gets to decide what is meant by a “decent wage”?

Take artwork for example. Maggie has long been criticized by family and others because she apparently doesn’t want to sell her artwork. It has been suggested by a friend and colleague that she should try selling her work at one dollar per square inch. That sounded reasonable. Then a financial expert came along with some free advice. She should sell her work for a different price. Maggie measured the piece and did the math.
This latest bit of friendly advice meant that she would be charging 10 cents a square inch. That would hardly even pay the cost of material. So where does reciprocity come in?

Perhaps Maggie could seek advice from more than one expert and one friend and colleague.

Getting back to the part where Maggie apparently is not interested in selling her work, does this mean she is not interested in earning a living?

What sort of person is this? Does she expect society to provide for her every need? Does she feel no sense of responsibility for herself?

In searching out answers to these questions Maggie came across the odd terms ‘Homo economicus’ and ‘Homo reciprocans’.

What on earth is next? Homo hetrodoxicus?

And what about Maggie? Should she complain about being seen as worth only 10 cents a square inch? There are people who are so much worse off. Maggie, at least is not homeless.

Myside Bias

Been exploring a few ‘new to Granny’ ideas … Like ‘Confirmation bias’ … sometimes called ‘confirmatory bias’ or ‘myside bias’…
Why new? Many, many years ago Granny tried to get her wee brain around all that statistical stuff but she never could understand any of it so she just left it all up to greater minds than her own. Then, in this new modern … Errr … Sorry … OK … if you insist … Post-modern … Whatever that might mean …

Anyway here and now Granny sits trying to determine who knows what about Guaranteed Annual Income and why we don’t have it because to Granny it is the only sensible solution.

What does all this have to do with something called ‘Confirmation Bias’
Granny has only the very vaguest of ideas. Is she infected with this peculiar little bug, do you suppose? Is that why she is having such difficulty finding good solid proof that GAI is not a great idea?

Granny sighs as she tries her best to understand the finer points of the research.

Maybe the truth is right there, plain as that hairy mole on Granny’s face. Maybe she just needs a new pair of glasses.

Economics! Oh dearie me … Granny knows nothing about such arcane subjects … Ask Juliet … No no not that Juliet … The Juliet who … Oh … She died, did she? In 1978? At age 70? Well, I’m sure she still would have had a few good years ahead of her … Sigh … Guess they just don’t make Grannies like they used to …
Papers? Did she leave papers? Did she!

Health? on Granny knows absolutely nothing about Health either. All she can do is be amazed at all those wonder drugs … So many wonder drugs that a person needs a good plan to manage them, these days. Used to be … there were not so many diseases. Lots of traits that TLC pretty much took care of.

Wonder whether that Myside bias has anything to do with all those interesting but sometimes silly conversations parents have about whether the kid inherits a trait … Or a disease … You know … “She gets it from my side” or maybe “He gets it from your side” … And who really cares except the drug company that funds the … Oh … Did you not know! Research … Clinical trials … That sort of thing … Oh yes in Canada too … The “Made in USA” label? Does anyone really read those labels anymore? … Especially when you can get all those free drugs.

The environment! What could the environment possibly have to do with traits or disease? Your job? What you eat? Don’t be so silly.