The Liberated Greet You

On 19 October 2015, Canadians staged a last-ditch people’s uprising at the polls, and now we have a new Liberal majority government that is reversing the direction of the country. If you want to know why I look  happy, that’s why.

The Cabinet sworn in, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on 4 November looks like Canada: fifteen men and fifteen women of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds. Never done before in a parliamentary democracy, and especially gratifying in a democracy which a month earlier had been a cat’s whisker away from a one-man tyranny. And these are ministers who are qualified, even over-qualified, for their posts (you’d think that being qualified for one’s job would go without saying, but not so under He Who Shall Not Be Named).

One example: the Minister of Justice and Canada’s new Attorney General is a former regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations who gave up her career as a crown prosecutor to run for office. She won her seat in Parliament, and now Jody Wilson-Raybould is in charge of shaping law as it applies to all Canadians. This is not only justice at work, it is my lifetime-favourite instance of poetic justice.

And so it goes … nearly every day for the past month has ushered in some new righting of wrongs in a country that is no longer gloom&doom Harperland, but a much sunnier place. And even though we’re heading into another Canadian winter and much of the world is at each other’s throats, I remain in my uncharacteristically cheerful state.

I don’t recall ever feeling quite this way before. I may never even have thought it was possible to feel this way.

Thank you, Canada.




Nesting Eagles

nesting eagles, 5 September 2015, photo by Bear and company
nesting eagles, 5 September 2015, photo by Bear and company

5 September 2015: On our way to the Maliseet Trail, Mr. Bear saw an eagle catch a fish in the Wolastoq (Saint John) River and carry it about a hundred feet up into a pine tree between the river and a nearby lake. “Nesting eagles,” he said.

On the right-hand side of the photo, the male eagle, his back to the camera, stands guard. The female eagle is almost entirely hidden in the nest on the left side of the photo. You may be able to see her tail feathers. The two have  created the perfect home in the perfect fishing spot.