Saturday, October 25, 2014

Do Something!

Do Something!!

The video above was Uploaded to Youtube on Jan 9, 2012 It is the first I have seen but is so representative of issues faced here in Canada and especially in light of the Missing Women in Canada.

As the film states 

So I share this, as I pray and hope that this helps in some way. Money is spent on security, terrorism, war but instead of feeding people in poverty, helping with drug addiction, helping with affordable housing and providing support the government turns it's back on woman, especially indigenous women.
"Raise Awareness and Help End the Epidemic of Violence against Native Women in the U.S.—Please Share this Video from the Indian Law Resource Center, Native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate; 1 out 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and 3 out of 5 physically assaulted. Even worse, 88% of the perpetrators are non-Indian and cannot be prosecuted by tribal governments. Stand and take action now to restore safety and justice for Native women. Do Something! Visit"

For Canada please reference these links.
 "The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry closed its office on August 1, 2013."

"The budget for the RCMP investigation into 18 murdered and missing women and girls along the so-called Highway of Tears has been slashed by 84 per cent in the last two years."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don't Feed The Fear!

Today something truly horrible happened in Canada.

 Soldier and assailant dead after chaotic Parliament Hill attack

My deepest condolences to the soldier's family.

Many things are changing in this country and there are so many things I want to complain about or get angry about. Yet I must control my fear! As this is where all stems from. We must not feed the fear.

Let's Save Canada. 
We must be Peacekeepers. 
Lighthouses of Peace. 
Please Choose Love today, Not Fear!

I invite you all to meditate today and everyday, visualize peace and love. Please love one another. Choose Love Not Fear! Have empathy and love for each other. It's time to wake up people. It is time of change. 

(This is a reminder to myself as well, we need to work at this! Together we can Change the World!)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Can you eat for $3 a day? Bif's doing it!

The thing about poverty is you don't believe it could happen to you? and sadly it can. My daughter and I had to be on assistance while I was pregnant and until she was 3. That's when they kick you off.

We also we on it when my mom passed and I was grieving very deeply. Those were very difficult times and then can you imagine add to that I had usually about $100 for groceries. I remember scrounging coins and pennies to pay for little things. The food bank food was often outdated and food was bad, so I would go hungry.

Thankfully it's behind us but for many it's is still there reality.

Did you know that the current living wage for Vancouver is $20.10/hr?
But the minumum wage is $10.50 and then check out the welfare rates?

 "Living wage calculations are based on a two-parent family with two children – the most common family unit in BC – and each parent working full-time. The current living wage rate for Metro Vancouver is $20.10/hour."

We currently earn well below the living wage but things are improving. But for the man who lives under the bridge and so many other homeless and single parents with kids forced to go on the system do legit circumstances such as unaffordable housing, it is cruel and inhumane to treat people like this. It does not foster good health, attitude or relations. When people are hungry, they get tired, angry, depressed and sick.

This is Canada. Things need to Change!
Raise the Rates!!

This is now, when I was pregnant 12 years ago it was only $525 I believe and my rent was $400

(I sublet a friends apt. Imagine trying to feed yourself well...eating for 2 on $100 a month. It was very difficult! )

Why $21 for a Week’s food
Total welfare
Rent (realistic rent for an SRO)*$450
Room damage deposit$20
Book of 10 bus tickets (to look for work)$21
Cell phone (to look for work)$25
Personal hygiene/laundry$10
Total of all non-food expenditures$526
What’s left for food $84

Hey Want to Do Some Angry Yoga with Me!!

This is hilarious and sadly so true!!