Archive for December, 2009

Keep your eyes ahead…

21/12/2009 3 comments

I was reading Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama’s autobiography, and was struck by a passage from it. Obama had graduated from high school, and was talking to one of his grandfather’s friends, whose name is Frank. Frank has just asked Obama what he wants to get out of university, and Obama replied that he doesn’t know.

“Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it? You don’t know. You’re like the rest of the young cats out here. All you know is that college is the next thing you’re supposed to do.

“Understand something, boy. You’re not going to college to get educated. You’re going there to get trained. They’ll train you to want what you don’t need. They’ll train you to manipulate words so they don’t mean anything anymore. They’ll train you to forget what you already know.”

From what I’ve seen this far, I absolutely agree with what Frank said. We (the students) condense the forest of life into two trees: school and partying. You go to class on a Monday thinking about what a great weekend you had. By Wednesday, you’re looking forward to the next weekend. You study for exams, all the while thinking about how drunk you’ll be getting when you’re finished for the semester.

Sure, you can have discussions about politics and philosophy with nearly anybody you meet. That is one of the greatest things about university: the opportunity to have intelligent conversation any time you like, with people who know what they’re talking about. But when it comes to activism, to turning talk into action, we’re lazy. We’re apathetic. “I have readings to do”; “I have papers”. Or is it that activism is neither school nor partying?

Most of my friends are in rez, so I can’t really speak to the mindset of upper-year students, but I have to say – getting people motivated to do anything is almost impossible. They’ll have a great conversation with you, but when it comes time to commit to doing something, the same involvement is notably, and regrettably, absent – and this does not sit well with me.

There are clouds in the sky ahead – who will lead the way if not us? Clouds bring the rains; who will farm the land they leave fertile?

We all have things to do, people to see, places to go. We all have commitments and obligations. But what of the obligation we have to ourselves? To the freedoms we hold so carelessly; to the beautiful lands we don’t notice until we leave; to the brothers and sisters that we will never meet?

I know I can change the world. But I also know that I can’t unless you stand beside me.

You wouldn’t leave me hanging if I were asking for help with my homework. You wouldn’t leave me hanging if I were asking for a high five. Why would you leave me hanging now?




Café Veritas

21/12/2009 1 comment

A while back I took a trip out to Café Veritas, a shop on St. Laurent close to Vieux-Port. I had heard (among other things) that it a) has a Synesso, and b) has the best espresso in Montréal. Needless to say, being a coffee geek and having been brought up on a Synesso, I had to go. Read more…


21/12/2009 Leave a comment

And even my computer knows it:
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Montréal is great, but it just isn’t Vancouver. I’m glad to be back 🙂



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Canada at Copenhagen: Help or Hindrance?

12/12/2009 Leave a comment

According to George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian, we are not only a hindrance:

The tar barons have held the nation to ransom. This thuggish petro-state is today the greatest obstacle to a deal in Copenhagen.

Personally, I agree with him. One only needs to look at the shameful performance of the past governments (both Liberals and Conservatives) to see that.

But you know what really angers me? The fact that the tar sands are even viable operations.

It’s not the high price of oil. No, it is much, much worse than that.

Last year, Stephen Harper’s government gave over TWO BILLION DOLLARS of federal subsidies to the tar sands operations. That, and not the price of oil, is why this atrocity is continuing.

Personally, I think that is really sad.

A) The landscape and the environment are being destroyed. But, even more importantly:

B) People are getting CANCER from the oil sands – heavy metals and toxins are leeching into rivers and the groundwater from the tailings ponds.

And once the groundwater is contaminated, it takes a long time to purify. A really, really long time.

Come on, Canada. Wake up.



—-The full article can be found here.


07/12/2009 Leave a comment

Hey guys! I know I’ve been a little long posting this, but I had papers and imminent exams.

So anyways…on the 24th of November, Gardner Hall had an awesome, sick, rad-tastic coffeehouse!
Basically, a coffeehouse is essentially a talent show with coffee. But, being Gardner, we had to go further than *just* coffee Read more…