Our Canadian Journey
Ep. 8: In The Shadow Of The US

Ep. 8: In The Shadow Of The US

June 28, 2022

Events happening in the US provide a fulcrum – or a crutch, if you will – for discussing major issues of Canada. At such times, it feels like we haven’t attained the age of maturity as a country, and therefore must depend on examples and ideas from external sources for informing our views on issues that matter to us as a society. It is therefore natural that the posturing by politicians, media and others in the wake of news of events in the US appears juvenile.

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Ep. 7 - Perennial Outsiders

Ep. 7 - Perennial Outsiders

May 22, 2022

A small segment of Conservative supporters believes that foreign-born Canadians should not be allowed to hold elected office. This isn't possible legally or practically, but the Left exploits this sentiment to turn many voters against Conservatives. But no party is doing enough to ensure that all their candidates are capable people of demonstrable merit. THAT is what we should be focusing on, rather than the place of birth of the office-holder.

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Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging responses from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

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Ep 6: Grassy Narrows - Does It Make Your Blood Boil?

Ep 6: Grassy Narrows - Does It Make Your Blood Boil?

May 2, 2022

The mercury poisoning of land, water & people at Grassy Narrows has the dubious distinction of being the most widely known and the least cared about public concern in Canada. Successive governments (including the current one) in Ontario have failed to remove the mercury. Opposition parties have failed to keep them accountable. It is now up to the voters of Ontario to force action and results. But in this regard, my crucial question for each Ontarian is: Does it make your blood boil?

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Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging response from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

To help me bring more content to you, please consider donating a small amount via this PayPal link on my website: https://darshanmaharaja.ca/donate/

Image Credit: ‘Vintage Car on a Field’. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection, from rawpixel.com; the image is at this link. I have cropped the image to fit the space here. Used without any other modification under Creative Commons Licence.

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  • Intro & Outro: Excerpts from a song in the Indian TV series Mirza Ghalib, composed by Jagjeet Singh. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHl4J8EOS54&ab_channel=AaronAanand
Episode 5: Profiting From a Mess

Episode 5: Profiting From a Mess

April 25, 2022

Canada's policy on international students creates messes all around and causes grave suffering all over, including suicides and human trafficking. But this mess is not on the radar because the people who caused it are the ones benefiting from the mess.

Here's a look from one of the epicenters of this mess - Brampton, ON.

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Our Canadian Journey

Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging response from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

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Image Credit: ‘Vintage Car on a Field’. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection, from rawpixel.com; the image is at this link. I have cropped the image to fit the space here. Used without any other modification under Creative Commons Licence.

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Episode 4: Is Canada Full Of Racism & Hate?

Episode 4: Is Canada Full Of Racism & Hate?

April 23, 2022

If we are to believe the officialdom & much of the media, Canada is teeming with hateful racists waiting to pounce on and victimize non-white people. This is in stark contrast with the messaging OUTSIDE Canada, where our country is presented as the best place on earth to live. Of course, the reality lies in-between, but pretending otherwise serves certain political objectives rather handsomely.

This pretense requires that political gatherings should be judged (and castigated, when necessary) based on the skin colour of the attendees, thereby rendering non-white Canadians as mere tokens to validate & give sanctity to these gatherings.

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Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging responses from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

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Episode 3: Racing Away

Episode 3: Racing Away

April 16, 2022

In today's Canada, a person's race shouldn't  matter. But many Canadians have made it the center of their focus. Things get trickier when a person guesses another's race incorrectly. This becomes a bigger problem when being white is seen as bad thing generally.

Following a Twitter discussion, I tossed out a test with the photo of a white-looking man. Out of a few dozen replies, only two got it exactly right, and another two came close to guessing the correct answer.

Listen to this episode for the exact answer, and see the photo in my my tweet at https://twitter.com/TheophanesRex/status/1515345275057025035

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Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging response from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

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Image Credit: ‘Vintage Car on a Field’. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection, from rawpixel.com; the image is at this link. I have cropped the image to fit the space here. Used without any other modification under Creative Commons Licence.

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Episode 2: Left With Oil

Episode 2: Left With Oil

April 12, 2022

The approach of the Canadian Left towards oil is at diametrical variance with that in most other countries. Their ideological fixation on one aspect at the expense of all the benefits of Fossil Fuels projects harms BOTH our present prosperity & the future one. The biggest victims of this folly will be our children and their children.

Listen to my views on the situation in this episode.

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Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging response from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

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Episode #1: Is PM Trudeau *really* a dictator?

Episode #1: Is PM Trudeau *really* a dictator?

April 4, 2022

Last week, a debate erupted after a Conservative MP called PM Trudeau a 'dictator' in the House of Commons.

I take a deep dive into what makes a government 'dictatorial', and the grey area between an ideal democracy and an outright dictatorship. I also examine the policy precedents that have already moved us to the darker part of the grey area, as well as the role that complacency on the part of the media & the populace play in our slide away from the democratic ideal.

Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging response from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

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Our Canadian Journey - Inaugural Episode

Our Canadian Journey - Inaugural Episode

April 2, 2022

Independent voices are more important than ever in today’s Canada. I am happy to add my voice to the public discussions on current issues & policy, and grateful for all the encouraging response from my listeners & readers. I do not believe in a Paywall model, so will not make access to my content subject to a payment.

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Image Credit: ‘Vintage Car on a Field’. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection, from rawpixel.com; the image is at this link. I have cropped the image to fit the space here. Used without any other modification under Creative Commons Licence.

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Meeting With MPP Sara Singh on Grassy Narrows Mercury Remediation Issue

Meeting With MPP Sara Singh on Grassy Narrows Mercury Remediation Issue

November 12, 2021

I met Brampton Centre MPP & Deputy Leader of Ontario NDP, Ms. Sara Singh on 10 November, 2021 to discuss how to get the Ford Government to begin implementation of the mercury remediation plan at Grassy Narrows, which is currently stalled in the pre-remediation stage for well over three and a half years.

This audio recording was made, and is being posted online, in the interest of full transparency in my dealing with a public official. I believe that Ontarians, especially my friends and supporters in the endeavour, are entitled to know in full detail my dealings with the officialdom on this matter.

Ms. Singh was extremely supportive, and I left the meeting with a feeling of hope that she will indeed help in getting the plan implemented in an expeditious manner.

Hoping for a fruitful outcome!!

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