Freedom Means Water

The right to water is a basic human right, it is unarguably a necessity to our lives. Canada contains a full one fifth of the world’s freshwater which is fantastic. It does mean though that there is no reason for people to be deprived of freshwater in our country, and yet there are.

Shoal Lake No. 40 First Nation is a community of 553 people spanning across the Manitoba and Ontario borders.

Shoal Lake No. 40 in relation to the city of Winnipeg

Shoal Lake No. 40 (pinned) in relation to the city of Winnipeg

Over a hundred years ago construction on an aqueduct to send clean water to Winnipeg began and resulted in the reserve being cut of from the mainland. There is no permanent road to the community, requiring residents to use a ferry in the summer (here described as a aging barge) or ice roads in the winter. These winter roads are unreliable, every year resulting in people falling through the ice, sometimes dying.

This aqueduct continues to provide the city of Winnipeg with reliably clean drinking water, however the residents of Shoal Lake are left with dirty, undrinkable water. The community has been on a boil-water advisory for over seventeen years.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 a walk was held in Winnipeg to raise awareness for this issue and to support the proposed “Freedom Road”. Freedom Road is a proposed permanent all-weather road to be built from the Shoal Lake community allowing residents not only to be able to travel back and forth from home safely, but also for garbage to be removed to the mainland and making the hoped for water treatment plant a more affordable project. Freedom Road is a $30 million project and the city of Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba have both pledged to support the project in a three way split but the federal government has not yet agreed to support the project.

This project, this road, is a life and death situation for many people. Water is unarguably a human right and there are people in our country who do not have access to that right. This should not be a question, this should not be put on the back-burner, this should be dealt with. It’s time to bridge the murky water we have left Shoal Lake No. 40 in. It’s time for a Freedom Road.

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The End of the World as We Know it

Today, something *cough* it’s, it’s like really hard to talk about – I’m sorry, I’m just getting a little emotional right now, but don’t worry, this too will pass…

Today, something terrible happened. I’ll start at the beginning:

The day is December 25, Christmas, of 2014. I have received an organized person’s dream gift, a box of jelly bellies sorted into flavours. You can NEVER choose the wrong flavour! You always get the one you wanted! Nothing can ever go wrong again, right?

WRONG!

Fast-forward to February 3, 2015 (yes, that’s today). I reach for the box of jelly bellies which still actually contains jelly bellies (yes, it is appropriate to gasp here). I open it, I take off the clear cover, and I look to my computer screen as I place the box down on my desk.

There is a crash and the sound of marbles rolling along the floor.

Only, it’s not marbles.

It’s… sorry, the pain is still fresh… it’s, it’s –
it’s my jelly bellies

The world as we know it has ended. #ripjellybellies

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My mum calls down the stairs, “What was that?”. I simply respond with a heart-broken groan.
“Jelly beans?” She asks with a laugh. The cruel being doesn’t even know the difference between jelly bellies and jelly beans…
(Yes I suppose, all jelly bellies are jelly beans, however not all jelly beans are jelly bellies… not even close…)

I snapped a picture and sent it to my friends, expressing my intense grief.

They responded that they couldn’t breathe they were laughing so hard – the heartless wretches…

I did the only thing one can do in that kind of a situation… I turned on my desk lamp, got on my knees, grabbed the lid (which shows which flavour goes in which pocket) and began to decipher flavours…

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The world has been righted to a certain extent. I think I shall soon recover from the shock and panic of this evening. I may continue finding jelly bellies for days to come, however I will endevor to keep my jelly bellies fully placed on every flat surface they encounter lest they fall again. Every time I eat one, I shall remember – I fought for this jelly belly, I FOUGHT TO KNOW ITS FLAVOUR!

-B

Mornings

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
– Lemony Snicket, The Miserable Mill

Maybe I should spend more attention to my mornings…

-B

Peter Paning for Days

Well as I’m sure you can tell, I’m fantastic at doing things regularly…! I’m not going to give up though, I think I can I think I can I think I can…

Anyway, today is halloween and I don’t celebrate halloween, our family never has (no I’ve never been trick or treating etc) but I like excuses to dress up in costumes sooooooo…

… today I dressed up as Peter Pan and went to school like that.

I had been thinking of doing this outfit but didn’t plan ahead very well so yesterday evening I quickly texted my mum as she was finishing a meeting and asked if she had a dagger and a red feather. The joy of being the daughter of someone who works with kids is that her answer was yes. So I borrowed a dagger and feather from her and a green toque/beanie/hat from my sister and I sewed a feather in my cap!

You seeing where this costume's going…? #secondstartotheright

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I had the clothes for the outfit already (in fact I’ve worn this outfit before and someone pointed out that with my hair I looked like Peter Pan which gave me the idea) so this morning I did my hair in a bun, covered it with my cap, put my dagger in my belt and was ready for school!


Just for fun I decided to put a little bit of “pixie dust” on my nails… They did not fly. Tink must have given me the knock-off stuff… (I wouldn’t put it past her, honestly…)

I even got pixie dust for my nails ;D #whyaretheynotflying

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Anyway, I had fun and people at school seemed mildly amused by me so alls well that ends well right! ;D

If you’re out tonight I hope you have fun and stay safe!
Talk to you tomorrow,
-B

Days off: PLURAL?

It feels kinda weird this weekend. I have the whole weekend off! I mean Friday is my usual day off but during the summer my boss tries to get us each a couple weekends off in case we what go to the beach or something I guess so I got Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off this weekend!! I don’t know what to do with myself! Today I cleaned the bathroom, got mum to buy some magic erasers and scrubbed the bathtub! I’m so used to cleaning at work now, I guess I need a cleaning “fix” (Don’t get any ideas Mum!!)

Anywho, spent the rest of the day painting my nails, watching Dr Who and eating ice cream so not exactly a thrilling day off, but suits me down to a T!

Talk to you tomorrow!
-B