Video of the Woodwynn Peace Garden

June 17, 2015

Video of the Woodwynn Peace Garden – by Shaw TV South Vancouver Island.

I love how this video conveys the message of hope that *is* Woodwynn Farms. As Terrance tells us – stay on the path and don’t get lost!


Woodwynn Peace Garden is now open to the public

May 3, 2015

Anytime the Woodwynn Farm market is open, folks can also visit the Peace Garden and walk the labyrinth.

We were sooooo happy about the official opening yesterday. The turnout was wonderful, the weather was perfect and it was a truly emotional day.

Here are some photos (not all are from yesterday, but most are).

Sam Houston Sculpture

Note that Samuel’s sculpture “Borrowed Light” was installed in time for the opening day. I hadn’t posted about that yet. It’s been a busy time for us!

Woodwynn Peace Garden follow the path sign

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Music, science, space, Canada, social media…. what more can I say

May 8, 2013

For his last downlink before returning to Earth, CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with hundreds of students at the Ontario Science Centre and nearly a million people, mostly students from coast-to-coast Canada and around the world, performing the song in unison from their location.

I.S.S. is a song co-written by Hadfield and the Barenaked Ladies’ front man Ed Robertson.

Chris Hadfield just seems to represent everything that *can* be right about humanity. The only thing to say is “thank you!”

Here are the lyrics:
http://www.leafpress.ca/Mondays_Poems_2013/Chris_Hadfield/Is-Somebody-Singing.htm

And a link to more info:
http://music.cbc.ca/#/Space/blogs/2013/2/Ed-Robertson-takes-us-behind-the-writing-of-ISS-Is-Somebody-Singing


Scientific Freedom

January 22, 2012

Kathryn O’Hara, then president of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association, wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper last year to urge the Canadian government to allow scientists to speak freely with the media. Here’s a quote from today’s Globe and Mail:

Ms. O’Hara wrote “Take off the muzzles and eliminate the script writers and allow scientists – they do have PhDs after all – to speak for themselves.”

The government did not change its policy. The standard operating procedure still requires that all media requests for interviews be vetted through public affairs officials in Ottawa. Sometimes, scientists are cleared to speak – often they are not.

Contrast that with the “scientific integrity policy” adopted last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States.

NOAA’s new guidelines – which make it clear scientists can speak about their work any time, to anyone – flowed from a memo President Barack Obama sent to the heads of executive departments in 2009. In that missive, he affirmed his support for transparency in government and urged directors to foster a culture of scientific integrity.

AND

In Canada, government scientists who want to talk to the media still have to get permission from public-relations officials, who can silence anyone they want.

Here’s the link to the full article:


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/mark-hume/writers-want-ottawa-to-let-scientists-speak-for-themselves/article2310975

If they can’t talk to formal media, I wondered if Canadian scientists are using social media to share their findings and a quick search found this site, where they indeed are doing just that!

Here’s their site:
http://www.publicscience.ca/portal/page/portal/science


Open letter to all Canadian Political Parties

March 27, 2011

(I sent this to all of them today)

Dear Hopefuls,

A few days ago my husband and I sat in a coffee shop in, of all places, Hope (BC) and discussed the state of the world. In spite of being in a town with an optimistic name we were not hopeful but rather incredibly concerned and upset about the Canadian role with respect to Libya.

Of course we want to see democracy prevail but there is no guarantee that supporting rebels (whose motives may be misunderstood) is going to help the situation. As well, the lack of consistency doesn’t help us trust the process. Why intervene in Libya but not Syria, Yemen, etc.? Looking at statements from the current political parties provides nothing encouraging or enlightening. The strategies proposed are unclear and they are not sustainable. Inaction seems wrong, but muddled, misguided action can be even worse.

The world needs a fair and democratic world institution that can decide how best to deal with world leaders who break international law. The United Nations has not been able to achieve what’s required.  Canada could take action by taking the lead on determining if it’s even possible to make the UN more functional or Canada could work to create a new organization if necessary (and it probably is). With previous leaders such as Lester B. Pearson, we have a history of being innovative peacekeepers and it would be wonderful to bring back that image of what Canada could and SHOULD stand for.

Imagine if Canadian resources were being put towards solving this problem. We could bypass the invitation to be part of bombing raids on Libya because we would be too busy working to ensure that international law and human rights EVERYWHERE could be consistently upheld as soon as possible.

ANY candidate in the next election who proposes this will be resurrecting a fine Canadian tradition. Explain yourself clearly, show that you have a plan and ensure your constituents that the work would be the most valuable form of action possible. You will get a lot of votes and you’ll certainly get mine.