May 23, 2006


Powerless

To nobody's surprise, the native blockade in Caledonia has sprung out of control. I personally thought it would take a few weeks of the dog days of summer to bring about this unrest, but I don't live there. The cover of several papers shows a native leader hurling a large block of cheese back at the crowd, and all I could hear in my head was my mother's voice - 'you're wasting a $7.50 package of cheese!'.

My web guy, Jeff, lives in Caledonia, and is without power. I'll be posting my own Motherlode column today in this space (it's the only part of the website he lets me actually do stuff with - no telling what chaos would ensue if I could actually get in the other parts and muck with code).

That's my only immediate personal involvement with this whole thing, and it's a feeble one. I hear in Saskatchewan there is similar unrest burgeoning, and no doubt other areas of the country will soon feel it.

Where are the leaders? Why do we bother electing and paying people to dodge the tough questions?

Uneasy alliances are just sleeping volcanos. Why are any of us surprised when they eventually erupt?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lorraine
Having friends on both sides of the "conflict" I wonder if the whole unfortunate thing would have been more peaceful if the "import" warriors had stayed home?

May 23, 2006 6:55 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

That's what I hate about the whole thing - this is like some kind of Civil War. I think many people have friends on both sides. Radicals of any stripe are best left on their couches...

May 23, 2006 7:04 PM  
Blogger Rainypete said...

I've got family out there and it's a sad state of affairs. Having notihng personally to do with the onflict they now will lose the contents of their fridge and a few days of income as work is closed up. It's funny how the local pressure was eased by the action of the locals and not all those "high powered governemnt types" who are supposedly hacking away at a solution.

May 24, 2006 12:04 PM  

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