Good morning readers. It is a very windy day here on the Malahat. Gusts come up sporadically, making the trees wave and bend–and the lights flicker. We have two large mature cedars springing out of one trunk that are perched perilously on the hillside on the backside of our property overlooking our cabin. I have been very concerned that these trees could come down during a serious windstorm and complained about it to the management right after we moved in. The arborist they sent to look at them contended, however, that they’re healthy and do not need to come down.
Well, I consider authorities about trees about as reliable as politicians. It all depends on who they’re really working for. In this case, taking down the trees would require a real effort. Their removal might set a precedent for the necessity to take down many more similarly sketchy trees in the park.
Coincidentally, I was watching a TV show about forestry not too long ago and an expert said the most dangerous trees in the forest are those with two trees coming out of a single trunk. He said that those kinds of trees definitely need to come down. Well, guess what kind of a tree we have hovering over our cabin. Yep. Two mature, separate, cedars coming out of a single trunk! I’m thinking my only recourse is to hire my own arborist and get a second opinion on the trees. So, in the meantime, every windstorm is a high risk adventure.
Today’s post is about another human on a high risk adventure. Former Canadian army veteran James Topp is marching/walking from one coast of Canada [BC] all the way to Ottawa. He has been marching for several months now…through one of the bitterest winters and springs in recent history. Topp is now in northern Ontario and plans to be at the national war memorial in Ottawa in late June, 2022. Here is his website and his reasons for doing this grueling trip. Please read and I will have concluding comments to follow:
From James Topp’s website:
“This march exists for 3 reasons:
1. James is protesting federal government mandates that require, as a condition for employment or continued employment, vaccination, testing, quarantine, and/or isolation;
2. James has stepped forward to speak on behalf of those personnel employed by the federal government or otherwise who have been denied access to employment and services, who have lost income and have suffered from damaged relationships due to the imposition of a medical procedure;
3. James has also stepped forward to speak on behalf of those who have, through the introduction of false constructs surrounding choices and consequences, been pressured into taking part in medical procedures that they would not otherwise have accepted;
Greencrow concludes: Canada is very fortunate to have courageous citizens like James Topp who will sacrifice their time and their health for their country. These special sacrifices have become a tradition in Canada, beginning with Terry Fox who attempted to run across Canada for Cancer back in the ’80’s. Normally, such brave individuals are greeted by citizens and leaders/politicians alike as they make their way across this vast land. In the case of James Topp, while citizens have come out to greet him, the response from public/elected officials has been virtually non-existent.
Trudeau brought in strange legislation a couple of weeks ago that would allow the Liberals to shut down parliament at a moments notice. I commented at the time that this was likely so the Turvertian government could vacate Ottawa just as James Topp was crossing the city boundary line.
The Turvert definitely does not have the gonads to meet with someone like Topp…someone who elevates his beliefs and views into awe-inspiring actions. Actions which are geared to unify, not divide, society. The Turvert made it crystal clear during the 3 week Trucker’s Convoy to Ottawa last February that he absolutely WILL NOT meet or talk with anyone with whom he disagrees. The concept of respectful dialogue and/or negotiation with those holding other opinions is anathema to him.
It would be like taking off his mask and admitting that being the only masked one in a group was stupid and insulting to the others. Yes, it’s all about admitting he was wrong and accepting responsibility for his errors. He cannot do it.
So the Turvert will create some sort of pre-text to deny James Topp a respectful hearing. Thus proving once more to sentient Canadians he’s unworthy and unfit to hold his position–and must be removed from office ASAP [as if we didn’t already know that]. Stay tuned.