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Colton Boushie

Colton Boushie was a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, who was killed last year by a farmer when he went onto the farmer's land to get help with a flat tire. Some of the kids in the car had been drinking. There had been thefts at nearby farms and these kids may have been trying to steal from the farmer. No matter. Boushie was shot in the head at close range while sitting in the driver's seat of the car. The farmer claims his gun went off accidentally. Tonight the jury acquitted the farmer of all charges. The jury was all white (anyone in the 750 person jury pool who looked like they might be indigenous was objected to by the defence). Of all provinces, Saskatchewan has one of the largest indigenous populations as a percentage of its total population. Race relations were already difficult there, and things have gotten worse throughout the trial. I happened to catch the live updates as the verdict was announced, and the courtroom erupted - not in a good way. It has been several hours now and I don't even want to turn on the news to find out what is happening. I fear that Regina may look like Baltimore post-Freddie Gray.

I am beyond angry, and also deeply ashamed of some of my fellow Canadians.

The Friday Five

1. Where did you go the last time you took an airplane ride?

Kabul, Afghanistan

2. Are you a nervous flyer or a comfortable flyer?

Comfortable. Don't particularly enjoy traveling because it is usually for work, but being a nervous flyer would be a real problem in my job.

3. Window seat or aisle seat?

Window. I hate being bumped by people walking past.

4. What is the worst experience you've had flying?

There have been several unpleasant experiences. Almost all involved going through Miami airport.

5. What is the best experience you've had flying?

Flying business class is almost always great. For sheer fun though, the flight attendants on a trip to Jamaica were the best. It was a tiny plane, and they were incredibly friendly, telling jokes and even singing.

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The Friday Five

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Today's Friday Five is brought to us by eno_on on Livejournal.

1. After your first language, what language would you most like to learn? (Say first language too)
2. Does your country have a second language? What is it?
3. How many languages can you count to 5 in? To 10 in? List them.
4. What is the first overseas country you visited? And from where? (ie/ timbuctoo to mars)
5. What country do you most want to visit? And why?

1. My first language is English. I also speak French, Spanish and Portuguese. I would love to learn either Chinese or Icelandic. I would settle for improving my German significantly (I was never good in it, and even that is really rusty now).

2. Our second official language is French. The NWT had 11 official languages before it was split into NWT and Nunavut (Dene, Inuktitut, Cree, English, French and I'm not sure what else). I'm not sure which territory has which official languages now. Increasingly, there is pressure to have at least some First Nations languages used in Parliament. Then we have all the immigrant languages. Chinese, Hindu, Punjabi, Ukranian, Spanish and Tagalog are among the larger groups. Approximately 200 languages are spoken in the city of Toronto, an incredibly diverse place where about half the population has a mother tongue other than English or French.

3. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German.

4. France, from Canada. Technically it wasn't a visit as we moved there when I was two and stayed for five years.

5. I have wanted to visit Iceland since I was a little gir. Back then, I was fascinated by the geography. Now I want to visit all the historical sites and museums, too.

The Friday Five

1. Where did you grow up and do you miss it?
Military brat, so I lived in many places. The longest was in Germany (two stretches, totaling 7 years if you consider that I was away at university for three and went back for holidays). I also spent four years in France, which was immediately before the first stint in Germany so I count it as almost the same place. I do miss them. Technically, I spent four years in a very rural part of Ontario, but - like all the other places in southwestern Ontario where I lived, I loathed it.

2. Which are your three favorite words in the dictionary and why?
Cogitate, spelunk, gundiguts. I just like the way they sound. Also they are less often used words for fairly common things.

3. What is a vegetarian dish that you really like?
There is and Indian curry and potato pocket (done in puff pastry, not fried like a samosa) that is really good. Also vegetarian pizza with olives and feta.

4. What do you do when you have a misunderstanding with your friend?
No idea. It has been a long time since I had one. I I have had the occasional falling out that was more serious than a misunderstanding. I walk away from those.

5 What do you daydream about?
Sewing, holidays, doing all sorts of things besides what I should be doing at the time of the daydream (usually happens at work or when I'm trying to get to sleep).

The Friday Five

1. What is something amazing that has happened in the last five years?

My standards for "amazing" may be pretty low. I bought a car I picked out for me, for the first time ever. My kids reached adulthood and are doing well. I bought a horse (I don't come from a horsey family, and I live in the city, so this is amazing in the original sense of the word). I did some fun traveling. I made new friends, some of whom are freaking awesome.

2. What is something you would love to happen in the next five years?

I retire and have all the time I want to spend on my hobbies. It won't quite happen, as I don't think I'll be financially ready to retire for six years.

3. Do you make "life plans" or do you live spontaneously?

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "life plans". I have a job, mortgage, and kids, so I have to do some planning to manage those things. But I'm also forgetful and too busy, so there is a LOT of spontaneity in my life.

4. Do you think about what you might do when you retire?

Often.

5. Is your lifestyle similar to your parents, grandparents, or something utterly different?

In some ways it is very similar. We all enjoy simple pleasures, like cooking, gardening, reading, and music. We all have adoptions in our families. However my grandparents never traveled. My parents traveled but largely because my dad was posted in Europe with the military. I love going to all the exotic places I can.

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Little bits of happy

Yesterday I went with several friends to see The Nutcracker, in a very Canadian production. The backdrops are from paintings by The Group of Seven, the characters are lumberjacks, forest animals and birds, and stereotypically Canadian plants, plus Mounties. This year, the production added in a moose. Afterwards, I introduced two of them to Persian food. They shared some mantu (I love them but had mantu for supper on Friday and still felt full), and we shared firnee for dessert. I had enough stew and rice left over to make a lovely breakfast.

Today it was still miserably cold but I walked to church and it wasn't unpleasant. Well, except for the part about forgetting that I was reader and sidesperson, and barely made it on time for the service - far too late to do my duty as greeter. But I was in time to ring the bells, my favourite part.

On the way home, I decided to buy a tree and carry it myself. It was fine for most of the way, but near the end some random stranger came up behind me and offered to help me carry it the rest of the way.

The Friday Five

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

1. What are your feelings about snow?
2. What is the one thing you really dislike that is associated with snow
3 What is the one thing you really like that is associated with snow
4. Do you anticipate or dread bad weather reports?
5. Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?


1. I like it when it's pretty and fluffy and not messing up traffic. Late winter slotch is pretty disgusting too.

2. Cold damp days. I actually prefer the days when the high pressure system means it's too cold to snow, but it's a dry cold.

3. Winter sports. I live in a city with lots of outdoor skating rinks and places to cross-country ski or snowshoe. Downhill skiing is available by driving 15 minutes out of the city, with more hills anywhere from a half hour to two hours away.

4. A bit of both. We have a hilarious local traffic reporter so on snow days he goes right to town on all the accidents, recommended alternate routes, and sometimes suggesting that people just stay home. I look forward to his commentary because I walk or take the bus in winter. I dread the reports when the reality of the local bus service hits. It is now as Occasional Transpo in good weather. In a storm, Occasional would be an improvement.

5. Absolutely. Anything else would be a very bad sign that climate change is getting worse.

The Friday Five

1) If you had to drink one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

The answer should be water, but really, I would rather have a selection of teas.

2) What is the first thing you drink in the morning?

Usually water - I keep a bottle of it by my bed, and usually wake up needing a swig.

3) What do you drink with your lunch? dinner?

Lunch varies - sometimes a diet soft drink, sometimes the rest of the tea I never finished from the morning (thank goodness for insulated mugs), and sometimes the coffee I never got around to making when I first got to work.

4) What is your favorite mixed drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)? Give the recipe.

Some variant a of a Latino drink - margarita, caipirinha or a mojito. All have the local hard alcohol (tequila, cachaca or rum, lime, and ice. Mojitos also have soda water and mint to taste.

5) What drink brings back a special memory for you? Caipirinhas remind me of living in Brazil.

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The Friday Five

These questions were written by jesse_the_k.

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?

Puff the Magic Dragon

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?

Elton John's Greatest Hits, I think.

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?

Probably none, any more. I used to play a lot from memory. I can still sing a few Girl Guide songs, but I don't think they count.

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?

I don't think there is one. Mind you, I rarely listen to pop music stations.

5) And why?

I just don't seem to have time for music these days. I'm looking forward to retirement so I can get back to playing.

The Friday Five

1. How did you choose your LJ/DW username?

It's also my name in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

2. What has been your favorite day this year and why?

I can't choose just one. Overall it has been a pretty good year. I have had great fun with friends, traveled, had some lovely swims, started an interesting new job, and enjoyed time with my family. If I stretch the year slightly, it was about a year ago that my son graduated from university. I spent a week sightseeing in Halifax and had some very proud moments.

3. What is your favorite film you've seen in the past year and why?

Wonder Woman. It was the only movie I went to see in a theatre. I don't bother going unless I really really want to see something. This was worth it.

4. What is your favorite book you've read in the past year and why?

I don't remember because they all blur together. Maybe one of the books on medieval gardens?

5. You get to program a half-hour of music videos on MTV. What videos to you pick?

This question was obviously written by someone much younger than me. I have never appreciated music videos. This one, however, is special. It was a bit of a cult favourite back when I was in university. It still amuses me. https://youtu.be/cn73Wtem0No



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