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Ain’t No Rest for The Wicked



“There ain’t no rest for the wicked,
money doesn’t grow on trees.
I got to pay my bills, I got mouths to feed.
There ain’t nothing in this world that’s free”.(Cage the Elephant).

Evil is not contrived, rooted in social circumstance, not even controlled by God, but by a separate force from others then. Whatever way you wish to explain it, conceive or understand it, Evil is what Evil does. Evil finds its roots in deprivation, loss, oppression, or lack of grace. Evil is above all a human state.

We watch horror movies with relish, looking forward to the “evil” that the supernatural inflicts on humanity and our offspring with. Religions throughout the ages have indoctrinated humanity with descriptions of demonic and evil forces among us, manipulating humanity into actions and thoughts not socially approved of at that time. In the past homosexuality, inter-racial and inter-religious marriage, the way one dressed and how one acted were viewed from socially approved norms as evil,(morally questionable), and those who practiced these acts were agents of evil. The Devil exists so that God can have a rival. What does the great revolutionary do(Satan), but try to persuade the dis-satisfied individual into his camp? The battle between supernatural good and evil plays like a spy novel. I wish to leave the existence of supernatural evil and good aside for now and look upon it another day.

Evil is very human. Its expression can be seen in so many natural daily experiences. Anger, envy, distrust, greed, jealousy, and all the other “sins” that lead to hate and violence. I’d like to place fear among these also, as fear often leads to hate of oneself, others and ideas. Why am I writing about the evil you may ask? Well, I often see my neighbors and those whom I work with, or those on the newscasts taking evil actions by others as acceptable events, unchangeable, things to be seen but not really thought of, or discussed with others. The horrible bombing in Ukraine, the killing of someone, and the destruction of the Amazon are all human evil in action. The Amazon Jungle is being burnt to the ground because of greed and ignorance. Money is more important than the earth’s atmosphere and environment. War is a historical necessity to many Industries throughout the world, an event of economic progression. To make money, someone needs to suffer. That is what capitalism is all about, money, money and more money for some. Evil acts are taken for granted by many of us. The death of someone we do not know is played out like it were a novel, to be examined and then forgotten.

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Our civilization looks upon life not as a gift, but as a struggle to achieve and amass things. He or she who dies with the most toys win’s the game of life. Is that not an evil thought? Instead of seeing our lives as a gift, something that is to be given to another, we add selfishness to our lives. If we are to live as gather, let us gather that which is most precious, and not evil things. Yes, I am saying Evil comes from within us. Evil is the waste of a person’s life who has been gathering things onto themselves while ignoring those around them. To love and be loved should be our purpose and goal. A great meal fills us, but a hug, smile, and love of another enable us to live and achieve.

Human Evil shows itself everywhere. Those who enact Evil actions do not have an angel and demon on their opposing shoulders. Humanity does not need the Devil to do Evil things. Perhaps the unspoken one is an excuse for our actions, or in actions. Years ago, a ship full of Jews set sail looking for a welcoming harbor so that they could escape Nazism. Many of these ships were turned away at unwelcoming harbors. Was that an Evil act? Bringing about war through the use of falsehoods such as The Bush Administration did, claiming tools of mass destruction were in the hands of Iraq. Evil or good foreign policy? Selling illicit drugs to children, the weak, and the unprotected. Evil right? Cheating on your tax returns? Hiding your wealth in secrecy, while not paying your taxes. Evil or just good accounting practices?

We face challenges every day, whether to do or not to do something. Actions speak louder than words or thoughts. How can we deal with human Evil when we face it? Well, the thoughts of Winston Churchill come to mind. !st off,” if You’re going through Hell, keep going” and ” the most valuable thing in the world is Truth, so valuable it is that it is often surrounded by a bodyguard of lies”. Evil wants you to waiver, stagnate, remain silent, and look away when you face it. Evil hides in the most common of modern things, like routine. “It has been like this seemingly forever, and we cannot change it”. Evil fears change. Evil lies are hidden within mistruths, gossip, misinformation, and slander. Your journey towards the truth requires you to accept challenges with an openness of mind and heart. Facing horrid events, or Evil people requires an understanding of what are your convictions and the courage to do what is right.

“Oh no I cannot slow down, I can’t hold back,
though you know I wish I could.
Oh no there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good”.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario


Canada commits $800 million to support Indigenous-led conservation projects



Ottawa will spend up to $800 million to support four major Indigenous-led conservation projects across the country covering nearly one million square kilometres of land and water, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

Trudeau made the announcement at the Biosphere environment museum in Montreal accompanied by Indigenous leaders and federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault as a UN meeting on global biodiversity, known as COP15, takes place in the city.

Trudeau said the four projects — which will be located in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, northern Ontario and Nunavut — will be developed in partnership with the communities in question.

“Each of these projects is different because each of these projects is being designed by communities, for communities,” he said.

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Chief Jackson Lafferty, of the Tlicho government in the Northwest Territories, said Indigenous groups have long been working to protect their lands and water but have lacked the resources and tools to fully do so.

Lafferty, who attended the announcement, called the funding “a significant step forward on a path to reconciliation across Canada.”

Among the projects to be funded is a marine conservation and sustainability initiative in the Great Bear Sea along British Columbia’s north coast, championed by 17 First Nations in the area.

Another project includes protection for boreal forests, rivers and lands across the Northwest Territories, spearheaded by 30 Indigenous governments.

Funds will also go to an Inuit-led project involving waters and land in Nunavut’s Qikiqtani region and to a project in western James Bay to protect the world’s third largest wetland, led by the Omushkego Cree in Ontario.

Trudeau told reporters that the exact details of the agreements have yet to be worked out — including which portions of the lands will be shielded from resource extraction.

The Indigenous partners, he said, will be able to decide which lands need to be completely protected and where there can be “responsible, targeted development.”

“We know we need jobs, we know we need protected areas, we know we need economic development,” he said. “And nobody knows that, and the importance of that balance, better than Indigenous communities themselves that have been left out of this equation, not just in Canada but around the world, for too long.”

Dallas Smith, president of Nanwakolas Council, said the B.C. funding to help protect the Great Bear Sea would allow Indigenous groups to build on previous agreements to protect the terrestrial lands of Great Bear Rainforest, which were announced about 15 years ago.

“I did media all over the world, and I got home and my elder said, ‘Don’t sprain your arm patting yourself on the back, because until you do the marine component, it doesn’t mean anything,'” he said.

Grand Chief Alison Linklater of the Mushkegowuk Council, which represents seven Cree communities in northern Ontario, said their traditional territory includes ancient peatlands that store “billions of tons” of carbon, as well as wetlands that are home to many migratory birds and fish, and 1,200 kilometres of coastline.

She said caring for the lands is one of her sacred duties as grand chief and one of the main concerns of the people she represents.

“Without our lands and waters we do not exist,” she told the news conference.

In a statement, the federal government said the program would employ a “unique funding model” bringing together government, Indigenous Peoples, philanthropic partners and other investors to secure long-term financing for community-led conservation projects.

The government did not specify how much of the funding would be allocated for each project.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022.

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B.C. Premier David Eby unveils his new cabinet



B.C. Premier David Eby to reveal new cabinet with health, safety, housing priorities

Here is a list of British Columbia Premier David Eby‘s ministers following his first major cabinet shuffle since taking over as leader:

Agriculture and Food — Pam Alexis (new to cabinet)

Attorney General — Niki Sharma (new to cabinet)

Children and Family Development — Mitzi Dean (unchanged)

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Citizens’ Services — Lisa Beare

Education and Child Care — Rachna Singh (new to cabinet)

Minister of state for child care — Grace Lore (new to cabinet)

Emergency Management and Climate Readiness — Bowinn Ma

Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation — Josie Osborne

Environment and Climate Change Strategy — George Heyman (unchanged)

Finance (includes Columbia River Treaty) — Katrine Conroy

Forests and minister responsible for consular corps. — Bruce Ralston

Health and minister responsible for Francophone affairs — Adrian Dix (unchanged)

Housing and government house leader — Ravi Kahlon

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation — Murray Rankin

Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation — Brenda Bailey (new to cabinet)

Minister of state for trade — Jagrup Brar (new to cabinet)

Labour — Harry Bains (unchanged)

Mental Health and Addictions — Jennifer Whiteside

Municipal Affairs — Anne Kang

Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills (includes immigration/foreign credentials) — Selina Robinson

Minister of state for workforce development — Andrew Mercier (new to cabinet)

Public Safety and Solicitor General (ICBC) — Mike Farnworth (unchanged)

Social Development and Poverty Reduction — Sheila Malcolmson

Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport — Lana Popham

Transportation and Infrastructure (BC Transit and Translink) — Rob Fleming (unchanged)

Minister of state for infrastructure and transit — Dan Coulter (new to cabinet)

Water, Land and Resource Stewardship — Nathan Cullen

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022

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Tick-borne germs increasingly widespread in Canada: study



Researchers from Quebec and Ontario are calling for better testing to track the spread of tick-borne germs as disease-causing bacteria gain new ground in Canada.

Ticks are blood-sucking arachnids that can carry pathogens – bacteria, viruses and parasites – like those that cause Lyme disease. Now, McGill University PhD candidate Kirsten Crandall says pathogens that are local to other regions are beginning to show up across central Canada.

“While the bacteria that causes Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne pathogen in Canada, other tick-borne pathogens are moving in,” she said in a media release published on Nov. 17.

In a study published in the medical journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases on Nov. 9, Crandall and her co-authors from McGill and the University of Ottawa warned that two pathogens, Babesia odocoilei and Rickettsia rickettsii, had been detected in Canada outside of their historic geographic range.

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Babesia odocoilei causes a malaria-like parasitic disease called babesiosis. Babesiosis can be asymptomatic or it can cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, sweats, headache, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea or fatigue.

Rickettsia rickettsii causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis, and is normally found in the United States, Western Canada, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia.

Both bacteria can infect animals and humans, and both were found in ticks and small mammals in Quebec. According to the study, climate change, habitat fragmentation and changes in the abundance of tick populations and their hosts are all driving the spread of emerging tick-borne pathogens like these across Canada.

“The presence of these pathogens changes the risk of disease for Canadians and animals in some densely populated areas of Canada,” Crandall said.

Crandall and her team made the detections using methods that went beyond those normally used in tick monitoring studies. By testing ticks at all life cycle stages, they discovered that female ticks can actually pass pathogens to their larval young. They also tested for pathogens not already listed as nationally notifiable diseases in Canada.

She said the findings demonstrate the need for better testing and tracking to detect the spread and potential risk of tick-borne pathogens to humans and animals throughout the country.

“Only two tick-borne pathogens are listed as nationally notifiable diseases in Canada: Lyme disease and tularemia,” she said. “However, we are seeing increased cases of diseases like anaplasmosis and babesiosis in humans in Canada.”

Jeremy Kerr, a professor and research chair at the University of Ottawa’s department of biology, said the study highlights the importance of funding more research into tick-borne diseases that haven’t historically been common in Canada.

“If we don’t know that pathogens are present, we can’t equip Canadians with the information they need to protect themselves,” he said in a statement released on Nov. 17. “COVID has diverted public health resources away from challenges like this one, and we need to remember that these tick-borne diseases are on the move too.”

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