I would like to commend all the candidates who ran in the November 15 civic election. As a participating candidate, I found it to be a learning experience for myself, as I’m certain it was for others as well. I would like to take a moment here to wholeheartedly thank all those who supported me.
I am to understand that the wording of the fluoride question, or lack thereof, caused a lot of confusion, and understandably so. There was an informational meeting held at the Annex Hall, however, this turned out be be very slanted in its information. There were two hours allocated to the experts, and they were only given 10 minutes in which to explain. The cost of bringing in Dr. Wik, hiring a public relations firm and the cost of defending the class action lawsuit is and was unwarranted.
As of January 1, 2014, Israel passed a law making it illegal to fluoridate their drinking water. Not just Israel, but 97 per cent of Europe — including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, 90 per cent of the UK, Spain, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland and many more. It was also voted out of the drinking water in Windsor, Ontario, Calgary, Vancouver, Prince George and the District of Sparwood.
The really scary part is that the City of Cranbrook workers were told not to talk about the corrosive leaks in the PVC pipe and the stainless steel pipe, along with the dripping valve leak that is eating a hole in the cement floor. It was thought that small amounts of natural fluoride in the drinking water would help with tooth formation, but these claims were always referring to the naturally occurring fluoride. The substance added to our drinking water is called hydroflourosilicic acid — this is not natural fluoride but in fact is a substance created from the creation processes of aluminum, fertilizer, steel and nuclear industries, and is referred to as industrial toxic waste. But don’t believe it because you are reading it here — look it up and then decide if you want hydrofluorosilicic acid in our water.
Like all violent crime in Canada, rates of domestic violence have fallen in recent years. This decline is partly due to increased social equality and financial freedom for women, which makes it easier for them to leave abusive relationships at earlier stages. It is also due to years of effort by groups who are working to end domestic violence. Their achievements include improved public awareness, more treatment programs for violent men, improved training for police officers and Crown attorneys, having the police lay charges rather than the victim, more co-ordination of community services, and the creation of domestic violence legislation in some areas of Canada.
Still, despite this good news, some disturbing trends are emerging:
• In 2010, the rate of intimate partner homicide committed against females increased by 19%, the third increase in four years. During that same period, the rate for male victims fell by almost half.
• After falling for a decade, rates of domestic violence have now flat-lined. In 2009, the rate of self-reported spousal violence was the same as in 2004.
• Victims are now less likely to report an incident to police.
• More women are experiencing violence after leaving their abuser.
Submitted by Cathryn Henley, President CFUW Cranbrook Club
Why are we constantly surprised, even shocked, when people behave like human beings? Are we really ignorant of the facts of Life or just in dogged denial?
We spend much of our lives in conflict with Nature but we are definitely not in control. Despite our apparent sophistication, each of us is still the product and the puppet of Nature which has its own agenda where item Number 1 appears to be Survival/Preservation of the Species; all else is ancillary, contributory.
As I see it, basically, the male is a two-legged inseminator whose function is to produce and plant the seed while the female is a walking incubator whose function is to nurture the seed and reproduce.
To ensure the success of the reproduction process, Nature has endowed the male with urgent and undeniable sex drive making him, inevitably, the aggressor — a sexual predator.
This libido may be troublesome but it is vital and no amount of legislation can change it.
Nature, of course, does not seek or need our approval.