Although I ‘m not a fan of Justin Trudeau, I absolutely endorse his request that the Catholic Church step right to the plate and acknowledge the Residential School horror in Kamloops, B.C. There should be full disclosure, humility, accountability and explicit detailing of records. This should happen now.
If we are absolute in ensuring that this never happens again – then controls need to be put in place along with mechanism(s) of accountability and whistleblower protection.
As I craft my blog posts along with correspondence to political figures and the Canada Revenue Agency, I often think that I’m a rare breed as someone who actually lifts a finger when things are awry. In fact, of my 105 facebook friends, I’ll be surprised to see more than five who shout out in the comments in profound approval of this message.
Within the past week we’ve seen all this reaction to the horror. Facebook profiles get symbols of victim family support but that which we need more is letters and petitions and personal outrage directed directly at political figures. We need you to be operative with injustices today speaking with power and conviction instead of deferring because you may sense that your voice is too small in and of itself. We need you to do more than tweet about it or comment in an editorial. You need to draft arguments and deploy official means to forward feedback ensuring that you follow up and follow through.
The next debacle of society is waiting to happen. I’ll give you a few clues of challenges you can address.
- Monopolistic tech companies not reciprocating fairly in their relationship with you.
- Unsatisfactory service levels and Service Canada and the CRA.
- Illegal money flow from foreign countries (money laundering).
- Indifferent police forces and poor enforcement
- Cyber Crime
- Cronyism in political circles
- The subsidization of the wealthy
- Complicity around homelessness
- Exorbitant government debt and fragile monetary system
- Drug overdoses
There is a list of ten things off the top of my head….one of which you could put your attention on now. You cannot do it all yourself but you can be one voice on one topic so that in twenty years we’re all not scratching out head wondering how did this all come to pass like the Residential School Horror.