Today, I acknowledge the darkness in the origins and recent history of Canada. Generations-long genocide of Indigenous people and systemic racism to maintain power and privilege of white people. And I celebrate Canada Day as a day to continue to work together to let more of the light in.
The injustice of the events over the past few months (and the shift I’ve seen in the world these past several years) is a constant source of frustration. As a straight, white man with privilege I’ll never fully understand, my responsibility is to spend that privilege to bring about changes that overcome injustice and inequity.
Many of us have taken on the second job as activities director for our kids. For the foreseeable future this is the new normal and everyone needs to shift in our expectations around work and home. As we navigate challenges, stay connected and be there for each other.
For this tasting we went away from whiskies bottled by distillers and ventured into expressions crafted by independent bottlers. What surprised a lot of folks was how much flavour can be found in a young(ish) spirit and how smooth whisky can be at a higher alcohol percentage.
I started lifting late in university and there’s so much I love about it. It focuses me, lights up my feelings of wellness, and connects me with a community of incredible people.
I’m not ok with an ineffective program that harms the perception of men of colour, endorses a private company putting bounties on Canadians, and moves us towards American-style policing.
This isn’t Edmonton. It isn’t Canada. And I’m speaking up against it.
As I look ahead, I believe more than ever in us and our strength together, for our similarities make inconsequential our differences. Here’s to all of us in 2020!