I am cross posting this from my Fortissime website ( because dammit we ALL need to speak out...

I noticed recently I have been creating a lot in blacks, whites and
greys. Perhaps it is my ‘heart sadness’ at what I am seeing all around
me in the most beautiful country God (or whatever you may call her / him
/ them in your faith) ever put on this tiny blue planet.

As I was creating this image I got to thinking about one word –
respect – and all the connotations and descriptions fit within that one
word. Have we retrogressed to the point where that word is vanishing
from our vocabulary? Have we become a country of Yellow Pelts?

I watch my son watching TV and wonder is this the country I want to
leave him? A country that (falsely) prides itself on a standard of
openness the rest of the world would love to have? A country where a few
seats in the house of Commons are worth more than the future of our
planet and people? A country where the pride of our leaders gets in the
way of solutions to benefit us all?

It is damned cold in
northwestern BC right now, I know I have lived there, and if the elders,
some older and quite frail, can live in tents in those conditions
wouldn’t respect at least dictate that our government talk to the elders
without looking over a police blockade?

We only have one planet
to live on, and we are ALL one people, born to deserve the respect of
others, and under the skin our hearts are all one colour.

Listen – speak – discuss – respect…