All posts in "Politics"

#85 – Standing up for a new country

By Cathryn Wellner / July 1, 2011

For 96 people from 24 countries, a two-hour Canada Day celebration in Kelowna changed their lives. Today they became citizens, with all the privileges and responsibilities that entails. They swore their oath in a packed auditorium, with friends and families and ordinary folk like me bearing witness. The citizenship judge was Anne-Marie Kains from Vancouver. […]


#58 Brigitte DePape stands up to power

By Cathryn Wellner / June 6, 2011

The young page who stood up in the Canadian Senate quietly holding a “STOP Harper” sign has become an instant icon of resistance. Good for Brigitte DePape! Quietly playing the respectfully subservient servant of political appointees is, of course, the more acceptable role. She was hired to be a go-fer, to pass messages, make copies, […]


#41 Seriously funny social satire

By Cathryn Wellner / May 26, 2011

When Friday rolls around, I start watching for the week’s episode of The Lester and Charlie Show. No matter what craziness the world may have tossed our way during the previous seven days, Jeff Bond and Richard Wooley will have discovered a spot where our funny bones can be tickled. Their observations on political shenanigans […]


#15 The U.S. elected a black president

By Cathryn Wellner / May 17, 2011

Growing up in post-World War II America, I drank prejudice and stereotyping with my morning milk. Not because of my mother, who was open-minded and accepting. But because our ears were deaf to the racism that rolled so easily off our tongues. We called Brazil nuts “nigger toes” and accused each other of being “Indian […]

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