Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Every time a Western power walks into a culture and a state that has a different tradition or political system, groups like ISIS will arise. They know that foreign powers will not stay and that battles only need to be fought to make Western powers leave. Calling them guerrillas or insurgents is not enough. We need to recognize our own role in fostering the growth of such organizations. Western involvement becomes the lightning rod for hatred and fear and allows such organizations to gain support from locals. Instead of responding because of fears of possible ideological contagion, it is time for Western powers to leave and allow local cultures to deal with these organizations, themselves. It is too easy to become involved in battles that are imperial in nature while cloaking ourselves in the ideology of paternalism and democracy. Instead we need to allow withdraw and allow cultures not our own to find their own path, no matter what that is.
After we walked along Queen Street to Parliament where we caught the Carlton streetcar to head over to Little India for the Festival of South Asia. Because of the fair the streetcars were being diverted and at Broadview we had to transfer to a bus, and as usual everything was in disarray with lots of disgruntled TTC passengers. After much waiting we finally boarded a bus and made our way to the edge of another street festival where we had a really yummy lunch at MotiMahal an Indian fast food place with really delicious dhosas. We then explored the rest of the fair walking east on Gerard then north on Coxwell to Danforth. We the walked west on Danforth finally catching the subway at Broadview making our way home. Although it was a grey day it never rained making it a nice day for a long walk.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Funny enough a couple of weeks ago when Mr.T and I were out for a walk we spotted someone similar. An older woman in a Wonder Woman bikini heading through the streets down to the harbour to have some fun on the beach. She looked just as incongruous.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
On Saturday night Mr.T and I celebrated Ms.E's birthday with her and her extended family at Mr.D and Mr.Z's. It was a simple celebration of all of Ms.E's favourite Canadian foods, including hot dogs, hamburgers, salmon burgers (for those who didn't eat meat) and lots of picnicky type salads. While we were forced indoors because of the rain it was a great celebration for her birthday.
On Sunday Mr.D, Mr.Z and Ms.E came over and then we all made our way down to the Ex. After arriving we hit the food building, then wandered the grounds enjoying the fair like atmosphere of the C.N.E. Heading home Ms.E left us to enjoy more birthday celebrations with her peeps, and Mr.D, Mr.Z, Mr.T and I made our way to Harvest Kitchen for a quiet dinner on their treehouse like balcony. The place was really busy and although the service a little slow, the food as always was delicious, including a really good vegan cheesecake. It was the perfect way to end a really nice weekend with friends.