Destruction of a Country – Ten Years of Democratic Decline

Jean Chrétien was Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003. It was he who, as Attorney General, entrenched the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the 1982 Constitution Act. He was succeeded by Paul Martin, who led a minority government from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Martin served as Minister of Finance in Mr. Chrétien’s cabinet, produced five consecutive surplus budgets, and served from 1999 to 2001 as the inaugural chair of the G20. Stephen Harper was sworn in as Prime Minister the day after my 58th birthday, in the same month that I began a seven years’ career in public administration in New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Alberta, which profoundly confirmed that the changes in our democracy since 2006 have been calamitous.

The entrance to Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada

The entrance to Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada

Below is an excerpt from my journals of 1997. I was in Ottawa, where I grew up, to attend a conference of the Canadian Museums Association. If I attempted today what I did then in the House of Commons, I would now either be shot or incarcerated without delay.

On Thursday, the 12th of June, 1997, I attended the 8:30 a.m. meeting of the management special interest group of the Canadian Museums Association, and, as a result of this, may become the co-editor of its newsletter. Afterwards, a dull promotional session by Canada Post.

I met Frits Pannekoek [former executive director of the Vancouver Museum, and later president of Athabasca University] at the plenary, which was dead dull. And Sid Katz [executive director of Vancouver’s ScienceWorld] at the end of it, he inviting me to his farewell at ScienceWorld the subsequent week. Then to a session on Internet applications, which was quite interesting; and another session on First Peoples’ issues, which was not. In the late afternoon, to a reception in the Parliament buildings. It was hosted by Sheila Copps [federal Minister of Heritage, at the time], who, I thought, gave a nicely provocative speech to the assembled, well-watered, well-fed, throng, in which she made the observation that political action rather than whining complacency might be a better order of the day. I liked it.

After the reception I wandered to the House of Commons. And, quite suddenly, I found myself completely alone in the chamber. I found myself moved; for, I thought not only that here still is a country in which an ordinary citizen can walk unattended into the essential democratic chamber of the land, but also that that land represents the opportunity that my parents took when they left a Netherlands ravaged by war. I was approached by a security guard, not to throw me out, but to offer me information on the architecture and finishings. He talked of the Russians’ gift of the ceiling, of the flowers in the stained-glass panels; identified the seats where Chrétien, Manning, Charest, McDonough, Duceppe (and Nunziata!) would sit. The prime minister’s is the eleventh, in the front row,  from and to the right of the Speaker’s chair.

The Canadian House of Commons, Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario (Courtesy: theglobeandmailcom)

The Canadian House of Commons, Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario (Courtesy: theglobeandmailcom)

The guard and I shook hands and parted amiably.

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Lawrence Raab & Scenarios Against the System

Lawrence Raab (Courtesy: williams.edu)

Lawrence Raab (Courtesy: williams.edu)

The poet Lawrence Raab lives in Williamstown, the northwesternmost municipality in Massachusetts, and since 1976 has taught at Williams College, a private liberal arts college, founded in 1793, and consistently ranked as one of the best colleges of its kind in the United States. The student to faculty ratio is an astounding 7:1. The college is also noted for its music programmes, which support symphonic, ensemble, choral, and African spheres of endeavour.

Raab’s work came to my attention through The Missouri Review. Five of his poems appear in Issue 37:3. These particular poems employ elliptical narrative that makes use of sudden paradox, sardonic antithesis, and moments of dialogue. “Believe us, [the rich] whisper. / What you can’t have you don’t need. / What you were never given you will never lose.”

In the video below, Raab, who reads very well, and with wit, propounds (a) that being a cannibal is preferable to being a crab, (2) that the rearrangement of molecules is a process of almost incredulous wonder, and (3) why the Odyssean Sirens abandoned song for a new gig.

Raab’s poem “Last Day on Earth” inspired cinematographer Sophia Youssef to create a visual exploration of it on film. Youssef, now associated with Reelzchannel in Los Angeles, shot the video on a Sony FS100, using only natural light, in January, 2013, when she worked in the greater Boston area. I find it a highly successful reinterpretation in another, but complementary, medium, an intermixture I find not only of aesthetic value but also exploratory in the best creative sense. The poem itself was published in 2012 in River Styx 88.

If it’s the title of a movie, you expect
everything to become important—a kiss,
a shrug, a glass of wine, a walk with the dog.

But if the day is real, life is only
as significant as yesterday—the kiss
hurried, the shrug forgotten, and now,

on the path by the river, you don’t notice
the sky darkening beyond the pines because
you’re imagining what you’ll say at dinner,

swirling the silky wine in your glass.
You don’t notice the birds growing silent
or the cold towers of clouds moving in

because you’re explaining how lovely
and cool it was in the woods. And the dog
had stopped limping!—she seemed

her old self again, sniffing the air and alert,
the way dogs are to whatever we can’t see.
And I was happy, you hear yourself saying,

because it felt as if I’d been allowed
to choose my last day on earth,
and this was the one I chose.

 

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Roméo Dallaire – Terrorism and Political Failure in Canada

Roméo Dallaire: Shake Hands with the Devil

Roméo Dallaire: Shake Hands with the Devil

The Rwandan genocide lasted for 100 days in the spring of 1994. One million individuals, one out of five Rwandans, were indiscriminately slaughtered, at the rate of some 10,000 per day. Canada’s Roméo Dallaire was the force commander of the United Nations mission during the slaughter. He recounts the history of the slaughter and the mission is his 2003 Shake Hands with the Devil¸ which I read in the spring of 2004, and which I have retained in my library. I followed with interest his work as a Senator, appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005, through to Dallaire’s resignation from the Senate in 2014 to concentrate on his humanitarian initiatives. A few months ago, I acquired his second book, the 2010 They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children. 

Yesterday evening I and my wife were able to hear him live, at Edmonton’s Chateau Lacombe, along with nearly 1,000 others who listened with uninterrupted attention to his 90 minutes’ speech. This speech was part of the Edmonton Public Library’s Forward Thinking Speakers Series, and formed part of Freedom to Read Week. Edmonton’s Firma Foreign Exchange was the corporate sponsor, and Chateau Lacombe donated the venue. The Edmonton Public Library, North America’s 2014 Best Library of the Year, is to be congratulated on its devotion and dedication to freedom of speech and expression.

Edmonton Public Library: Forward Thinking Speakers Series (Courtesy: epl.ca)

Edmonton Public Library: Forward Thinking Speakers Series (Courtesy: epl.ca)

Dallaire’s main postulates were:

  • Indecision is an action of inaction
  • A foundation of civil liberties is essential to personal freedom and stable nationhood
    • Constraint and limitation degrade centuries of civil progress
    • The sovereignty of the individual has replaced the sovereignty of the nation state
    • Further, information and communication are now without borders
    • Each individual has a duty to protect and respect
      • other human beings
      • the natural environment
    • Leadership is essential
      • But it is sorely lacking politically in Canada
      • And power must have oversight; in Canada, the ultimate oversight must be Parliament’s, not the executive’s
    • True security and diminishment of threat requires attenuation of the latter’s causative ills at source
      • No poverty
      • Empowerment of women
      • Education

I had not expected him to speak of some of these matters, but had hoped he might. It appeared that almost everyone in the room agreed with his discourse. I did.

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Dacia Maraini – Travelling Away from the Centre of the Universe

Dacia Maraini (Courtesy: oubliettemagazine.com)

Dacia Maraini (Courtesy: oubliettemagazine.com)

A finalist for the Man Booker Prize and a Nobel nominee, Italian writer Dacia Maraini gives this most interesting interview with Tehelka TV, in which she discusses the following:

  • Travel causes one to recognize that neither oneself, nor the culture one is from, is the centre of the universe.
  • Women continue to be disregarded within society; and women writers are insufficiently regarded by critics and, in particular, by literary institutions.
  • Market culture is destructive of what one is, as it concentrates on what one should have; and, in doing so, causes even ideas and schools to be commodities. Berlusconi was a commercial advocate of this.
  • Despite their need to be alone creatively, artists increasingly participate in the solidarity of all artists.
  • In fiction, the character knows better than the author.

An excerpt from Maraini’s The Ship for Kobe, in Genni Gunn’s translation, has been published in The Malahat Review 188. In it she describes “the spiritual mythology [she claims] in order to believe in reality,” and within a family, despite its compactness, the need for space between its individuals.

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Hendrik Slegtenhorst – Literary CV

Hendrik Slegtenhorst. Edmonton, 25 August 2013. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Hendrik Slegtenhorst. Edmonton, 25 August 2013. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Hendrik Slegtenhorst is a Canadian author and the managing principal of Falstaff Enterprises. He lives in Edmonton, and has worked throughout Canada, and in the United States, Europe, and Africa.

As a writer, he has published Caravaggio’s Dagger (Iguana, 2013) and over 100 works in established literary publications and as a newspaper columnist on local government. His cultural website is at www.culturalrites.com. He has extensive experience in the development and writing of policy for public presentation; in media relations, including digital, print, radio, and television; in public speaking and training, conducting as many as 250+ seminars and workshops annually in Canada and the United States; and, in organizational promotion through external liaison.

He is the co-founder of the partnership, Falstaff Enterprises, which, since 1991, has promoted his writing, editing, delivery of workshops and seminars, his teaching of international trade, and his consultative work in local government and heritage preservation. He has held the professional CITP (Certified International Trade Professional) designation since 2003.

1.  Books

Caravaggio's Dagger

Caravaggio’s Dagger

Caravaggio’s Dagger (A Pursuit of Right Action), poetry, Iguana Books (Toronto, ON), 120 pp., 2013. Print, Kindle, and e-Pub editions. ISBN 978-1-77180-015-0.

Reviews

Dr. James Delgado, Director of Maritime Heritage, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Washington, DC, USA & Author of 32 Books, 22 December 2013

Henk Guittart, Founder, Artistic Director, and Violist of the Schoenberg Quartet and Schoenberg Ensemble, Molenhoek, the Netherlands, 29 January 2014

Kadrush Radogoshi, Distinguished Kosovar Poet, Novelist, and Essayist – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1 February 2014

John Ferguson, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipal County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada, 4 February 2014

Derek Brooks, Executive Director, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 22 October 2013

2.  Literary Publications

“In the Lobby,” poem, Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), in press.

“Identity Amortized,” poem, Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, MB), in press.

“The Sixth Dream,” poem, Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, MB), in press.

“Shostakovich in Peace River,” poem, Descant (Toronto, ON), in press.

The Antioch Review

The Antioch Review

“A Little Strain without Violins,” poem, The Antioch Review (Yellow Springs, OH), 72/4 (2014).

“Literary Presence, or Some Fundamentals of Being Seen,” article, WestWord (Edmonton, AB),   34/4, 23 (2014).

“Evangelist,” poem, Stroll of Poets Anthology 2014 (Edmonton, AB), 86 (2014).

“Bodies of the Soul,” poem, Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, NB), 30/31, 45 (2013).

“The Start of My Own Political Campaign,” poem, Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, NB), 30/31, 46 (2013).

Nashwaak Review Vol. 30/31

Nashwaak Review Vol. 30/31

“This Side of the Infinite,” poem, Grain (Saskatoon, SK), 41/4, 101 (2013).

“Self-portrait at 58,” poem, Grain (Saskatoon, SK), 41/4, 100 (2013).

“On the Deck of the Zuiderkruis, with my Father,” poem, Grain (Saskatoon, SK), 41/4, 99 (2013).

Grain Vol. 41/1

Grain Vol. 41/1

“Declension,” Grain (Saskatoon, SK), poem, 41/4, 98 (2013).

Canadian Literature 216

Canadian Literature 216

“Even Nazis Can Sing,” poem, Grain (Saskatoon, SK), 41/4, 97 (2013).

“Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden,” poem, Grain (Saskatoon, SK), 41/4, 95 (2013).

“Chrysoglott,” poem, Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), 216, 100 (2013).

Qwerty 29

Qwerty 29

“At the Silver Sands Motel,” poem, Qwerty (Fredericton, NB), 29, 16 (2013).

“Worldliness,” poem, Stroll of Poets Anthology 2013 (Edmonton, AB), 72 (2013).

Nashwaak Review 28/29

Nashwaak Review 28/29

The Clocks,” poem, Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, NB), 28/29, 197 (2012).

Réseau,” poem, Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, NB), 28/29, 196 (2012).

Descant 159

Descant 159

Colonists of Colour,” poem, Descant (Toronto, ON), 159, 43/4, 139 (2012).

here everything silently screams,” poem, Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, NB), 26/27, 411 (2011).

Spirits,” poem, Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, NB), 26/27, 411 (2011).

Nearing the Apex of Midnight,” poem, Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, NB), 26/27, 411 (2011).

Wanderings,” poem, the new quarterly (Waterloo, ON), 120, 126 (2011).

“At the Morning of Time,” poem, Grain (Saskatoon, SK), 38/3, 66 (2011).

“Zeus at the Asclepieion,” poem, Grain (Saskatoon, SK), 38/3, 67 (2011).

Spem reduxit,” poem, Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), 207, 10 (2010).

Rivière-des-Prairies vue de l’Oasis de Laval,” poem, Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, MB), 31/2, 98 (2010).

Road to Recovery,” poem, Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, MB), 31/2, 97 (2010).

“Common Obligation,” poem, Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, MB), 31/2, 96 (2010).

Libretto from Leiden,” poem, WordWorks (Vancouver, BC), 18 (Summer 2010).

“The Answer is in Africa,” poem, WordWorks (Vancouver, BC), 18 (Summer 2010).

Chamber Musician,” poem, WordWorks (Vancouver, BC), 18 (Summer 2010).

The Construction of Things,” poem, The Fiddlehead (Fredericton, NB), 243, 45 (2010).

Too Often Not A Dream,” poem, Contemporary Verse 2 (Winnipeg, MB), 31/1, 40 (2008).

“Touring with Charles,” poem, Contemporary Verse 2 (Winnipeg, MB), 31/1, 41 (2008).

“Gondolier,” poem, Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), 194, 93 (2007).

“In the Laurentians,” poem, Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), 188, 103 (2006).

“Self-portraits in Youth,” poem, Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), 183, 87 (2004).

“Sinfonia Concertante,” poem, The Fiddlehead (Fredericton, NB), 222, 29 (2004).

“Near Grays Harbor in Washington State,” poem, Descant (Toronto, ON), 127, 35/4, 225 (2004).

“Running Away: Vancouver, British Columbia,” article, Running Times (Imperial, NE), 323, 14 (January/February, 2005).

“Self-portraits in Youth,” poem, Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), 181, 60 (2004).

“Ordinary Radiance,” poem, Windsor Review (Windsor, ON), 36/1, 38 (2003).

“Lives Lived: Henry Slegtenhorst,” memoir, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), p. A16 (August 8, 2001).

In Port Alberni, BC. 10 August 2007. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

In Port Alberni, BC. 10 August 2007. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

“wien (döbling, landstrasse),” poem, Waves (Thornhill, ON), 9/1, 37 (1980).

“alone/together 1,” poem, Colorado Quarterly (Boulder, CO), 28/3, 46 (1979).

“north sea at sundown,” poem, Quarry (Kingston, ON), 23/3, 16 (1974).

“to zeeland,” poem, Quarry (Kingston, ON), 23/3, 15 (1974).

“the seven singels of leiden,” poem, Quarry (Kingston, ON), 23/3, 15 (1974).

“hejira,” poem, The Far Point (Winnipeg, MB), 7&8, 75 (1972/73).

“Europa-Weg E10,” poem, West Coast Review (Vancouver, BC), 6/2, 63 (1971).

“Pagan Catechism,” poem, Intercourse (Montréal, QC), 15&16, 35 (1971).

“after night: for sharon,” poem, Alive (Guelph, ON), 2/8, 53 (1971).

“Era,” poem, Ala (Buenos Aires), 55, 2 (1971).

“monody,” poem, Alive (Guelph, ON), 2/5, 28 (1971).

“tuesday,” poem, Ala (Buenos Aires), 54, 2 (1971).

“Lapse,” poem, Alive (Guelph, ON), 2/6, 26 (1971).

“the drummer in the countryside,” poem, The Fiddlehead (Fredericton, NB), 89, 58 (1971).

“Lapse,” poem, Alive (Guelph, ON), 2/1, 26 (1970).

“Cadence,” poem, The Malahat Review (Victoria, BC), 16, 90 (1970).

“Envoi Sentimental,” poem, Quarry (Kingston, ON), 19/3, 44 (1970).

“Through a Window” poem, Quarry (Kingston, ON), 19/3, 44 (1970).

3.  Local Government Publications

Municipal World, February 2014

Municipal World, February 2014

“Culture and the Provincial Budget,” Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, newsletter (Edmonton, AB), Spring 2014.

“Role of the Advocacy Committee,” Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, newsletter (Edmonton, AB), Spring 2014.

The Economic Benefit of Urban Heritage Preservation,” Municipal World (St. Thomas, ON), 124/2, 11, February 2014.

Municipal World, October 2012

Municipal World, October 2012

On Being a CAO in Canada,” Municipal World (St. Thomas, ON), 122/10, 13, October 2012.

Engineering and operations,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/12, 6, 9 July 2010.

Leaders,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/11, 4, 25 June 2010.

Policy, politics and affordable housing,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/10, 4, 11 June 2010.

Local government autonomy,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/9, 7, 28 May 2010.

Criteria for strategic direction,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/8, A7, 14 May 2010.

The border,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/7, 10, 30 April 2010.

Alteration of the role of local government,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/6, 8, 16 April 2010.

Traditional and new public management conflicts,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/5, 7, 2 April 2010.

Traditional and new public management values,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), 2/4, 4, 19 March 2010.

Civic Journalism,” Civil Thoughts Series, Bowen Island Times (Bowen Island, BC), (Bowen Island, BC), 2/3, 9, 5 March 2010.

Property tax relief for the asset-rich, but income-poor,” Civil Thoughts Series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 32/11, A-5, 1 May 2009.

“10 Questions with Hendrik Slegtenhorst,” The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/29, B-3, 21 April 2009.

Income properties pose assessment problems,” Civil Thoughts Series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/28, A-5, 14 April 2009.

People and the place they work in,” Civil Thoughts Series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/27, A-5, 7 April 2009.

Property tax bills are out,” Civil Thoughts Series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/23, A-5, 10 March 2009.

Should municipalities tax income and sales?” Civil Thoughts series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 31/52, A-5, 13 February 2009.

Use and abuse of political power,” Civil Thoughts Series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/18, A-5, 3 February 2009.

Citizens demand inclusion in local government,” Civil Thoughts Series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/15, A-5, 13 January 2009.

Three local trends – aging, departures and doing more with less,” Civil Thoughts Series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/14, A-4, 6 January 2009.

Banff, Alberta. 26 December 2010. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Banff, Alberta. 26 December 2010. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Tax dollars and sense,” Civil Thoughts series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 31/41, A-5, 28 November 2008.

A better public service,” Civil Thoughts series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 31/37, A-5, 31 October 2008.

Amalgamation and Community Identity,” Municipal World (St. Thomas, ON), 118/11, 43 (November 2008).

How to get in the zone,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 144/2, A-5, 14 October 2008.

The RCMP and St. Stephen,” Civil Thoughts series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 31/32, A-5, 26 September 2008.

The media – friend or foe?” Civil Thoughts series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 31/30, A-5, 12 September 2008.

Citizen Engagement and Local Government,” Civil Thoughts series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 31/28, A-5, 29 August 2008.

Cost recovery of municipal services,” Civil Thoughts series, Courier Weekend (St. Stephen, NB), 31/26, A-5, 15 August 2008.

St. Stephen and federal policy,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/43, A-11, 29 July 2008.

Expropriation exercised only when essential,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/39, A-5, 1 July 2008.

Privacy and Access to Information,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/36, C-2, 10 June 2008.

Motivation and money,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/33, A-10, 20 May 2008.

Museums are the soul of a community,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/29, B-16, 22 April 2008.

Government Isn’t Strictly Business,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/27, B-3, 8 April 2008.

Economic opportunity in the world around us,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/25, A-8, 25 March 2008.

“Who’s Running This Show? St. Stephen’s Municipal Administration Explained,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/23, C-8, 11 March 2008.

Municipal Budgets: Meanings and Components,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/21, C-8, 26 February 2008.

Population Growth and Municipal Demographics,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/20, B-11, 19 February 2008.

Government: Who Does What?,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/19, C-5, 12 February 2008.

Powers of Local Government and their Limitations,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/14, B-8, 8 January 2008.

Taxes and their Close Relations,” Civil Thoughts series, The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB), 143/07, A-8, 20 November 2007.

4.  As Editor

Hans Selye

Hans Selye

My editorial work originated in my engagement as editorial assistant to Dr. Hans Selye, discoverer of the biologic stress response and founder of stress research, at his Institut de médecine et de chirurgie expérimentales, at l’Université de Montréal. My editorial activity includes that of managing editor of five annual editions (1983-87) of the calendar of Alberta’s Athabasca University; my private business in Vancouver, in the improvement of graduate theses and papers, largely in the field of information technology; and, as an international trade specialist, the development of teaching materials for cultural groups and artisans.

Athabasca University Calendar 1987-88, managing editor (Athabasca, AB, 1987).

Athabasca University Calendar 1986-87, managing editor (Athabasca, AB, 1986).

Athabasca University Calendar 1985-86, managing editor (Athabasca, AB, 1985).

Athabasca University Calendar 1984-85, managing editor (Athabasca, AB, 1984).

Athabasca University Calendar 1983-84, managing editor (Edmonton, AB, 1983).

5. Blogwww.culturalrites.com

Over 340 original posts, on Canada, culture, government, daily life, and its poetry; including a selection of the published writing listed below. Articles on the Bach cantatas have been selected by the J.S. Bach-Stiftung (St Gallen, Switzerland) in January, 2012, and August, 2013; on urban heritage preservation in San Antonio by San Antonio’s @PresDaily, in April, 2014; and, articles on arts and culture regularly by The #yegarts Daily (Edmonton, AB).

6.  Recognition, Participations, Readings

Certified International Trade Professional (C.I.T.P.), with distinction. Forum for International Trade Training, Ottawa, ON, 2003-present. Diploma of International Trade, top graduate with distinction. HSBC Bank Canada 2003 FITTskills Award of Excellence; presented by Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. British Columbia Institute for Studies in International Trade, Vancouver, BC, 2003.

With Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, MInister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Vancouver, BC, 2003.

With Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, MInister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Vancouver, BC, 2003.

“CanLit Poets,” teaching series, Canadian Literature (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC) http://canlit.ca/canlitpoets/about, 2003-present.

Descant 167 (Courtesy: descant.ca)

Descant 167 (Courtesy: descant.ca)

“Shostakovich in Peace River,” featured reading by Trevor Abes at Descant final launch, Toronto, ON, 29 January 2015.

Restoration of parliamentary architect Thomas Fuller heritage town hall, St. Stephen, NB, consultative guidance in political governance and community liaison, and assistance to CBC Radio Saint John, June 2014-2015.

Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton

Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton

Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, director, Executive Planning Council, and chair, advocacy committee, Edmonton, AB, 2014-15.

Mile Zero Dance Company, director, Edmonton, AB, 2014-15.

Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, member, communications (2012-13) and advocacy (2012-15) committees, Edmonton, AB, 2012-15.

Edmonton Heritage Council (Courtesy: EHC)

Edmonton Heritage Council (Courtesy: EHC)

Edmonton Heritage Council, juror, Edmonton, AB, 2014.

Songs and Letters of World War I, 1914-2014. A concert conceived by Emily Grieve. Invitational contributor. Alberta College, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, August 2014.

Stroll of Poets’ Society, vice-president and workshop coordinator, Edmonton, AB, 2014.

Stephan G. Stephansson House Provincial Historical Site, featured reading, Alberta Culture annual poetry event, Markerville, AB, 13 July 2014.

Stroll of Poets’ Society, “Fresh Voices,” a showcase of six young poets, board presence, Upper Crust Café, Edmonton, AB, 23 June 2014.

Canadian Authors’ Association, professional member, Orillia, ON, 2011-14.

Edmonton Poetry Festival, Cafe Readings, Audreys Bookstore, Edmonton, AB, 27 April 2014 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Edmonton Poetry Festival, Cafe Readings, Audreys Bookstore, Edmonton, AB, 27 April 2014 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Edmonton Poetry Festival, Café Readings, host and featured reading, Audreys Bookstore, Edmonton, AB, 27 April 2014.

Edmonton Poetry Festival, ‘New Books,’ CBC Centre Stage, featured reading, Edmonton, AB, 25 April 2014.

Mill Woods Artists' Collective, 27 March 2014 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Mill Woods Artists’ Collective, 27 March 2014 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Glass Door, Mill Woods Artists’ Collective, featured reading, Edmonton, AB, 27 March 2014.

“Adventitious Salvation,” short list for Prism Magazine’s 2014 poetry contest, Vancouver, BC, March 2014.

Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, juror, Edmonton, AB, March 2014.

Poets’ Haven, Stroll of Poets’ Society, featured reading, Audreys Books, Edmonton, AB, 23 February 2014.

Glass Door, Mill Woods Artists’ Collective, reading, Edmonton, AB, 30 January 2014.

“Even Nazis Can Sing,” “This Side of the Infinite,” and “Declension,” nominated by Grain (Saskatoon, SK) for the National Magazine Awards, Toronto, ON, January 2014.

Caravaggio’s Dagger, book launch, Audreys Books, Edmonton, AB, 28 November 2013.

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Author, Speaking: Book Launch of Caravaggio’s Dagger, Audreys Bookstore Edmonton, AB, 28 November 2013 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Poets’ Haven, Stroll of Poets’ Society, reading, Audreys Books, Edmonton, AB, 17 November 2013.

Writers' Guild of Alberta (Courtesy: WGA)

Writers’ Guild of Alberta (Courtesy: WGA)

Sharon Drummond Chapbook Prize, finalist, and reading and panel discussion on “Why Poetry Matters,” Alberta Culture Days, Shelf Life Books, Calgary, AB, 28 September 2013.

Canadian Authors’ Association Alberta, board member-at-large and interim programme chair, Edmonton, AB, 2013.

Edmonton Poetry Festival, venue host, Three Bananas Café Reading, Edmonton, AB, 28 April 2013.

Edmonton Poetry Festival (Courtesy: EPF)

Edmonton Poetry Festival (Courtesy: EPF)

Edmonton Poetry Festival Society, reading, Three Bananas Café, Edmonton, AB, 28 April 2013.

Edmonton Poetry Festival Society, reading, Audreys Books, Edmonton, AB, 30 March 2013.

Canadian Authors’ Association, board programme co-chair, host for writer Don Gillmor presentation and workshop, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Old Strathcona, Edmonton, AB, 29-30 March 2013.

Stroll of Poets’ Society, reading, AGM and Anthology Launch, Milner Public Library, Edmonton, AB, 24 March 2013.

Canadian Authors’ Association Alberta, Let it snow, let it grow. Co-winner, best reading. The Carrot, Edmonton, AB, 3 March 2013.

Canadian Authors’ Association Alberta, board representative, Cultural Human Resources Council and Edmonton Arts Council joint presentation on cultural collaboration, Prince of Wales Armouries, Edmonton, AB, 22 March 2013.

Canadian Authors’ Association Alberta, Let it snow, let it grow. Co-winner, best reading. The Carrot, Edmonton, AB, 3 March 2013.

Stroll of Poets’ Society, visioning session, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, AB, 26 January 2013.

Poets’ Haven, Stroll of Poets’ Society, reading, Upper Crust Café, Edmonton, AB, 14 January 2013.

Poets’ Haven, Stroll of Poets’ Society, reading, Audreys Books, Edmonton, AB, 13 January 2013.

Poets’ Haven, Stroll of Poets’ Society, reading, Upper Crust Café, Edmonton, AB, 5 November 2012.

Edmonton Poetry Festival, reading, Three Bananas Café, Edmonton, AB, 29 April 2012.

Edmonton Poetry Festival, reading, Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB, 29 April 2012.

Edmonton Poetry Festival, volunteer (John Steffler and Dionne Brand events), Edmonton, AB, 25-26 April 2012.

Proponent, Peace River Art Harbour regional cultural complex, Peace River, AB, 2011-12.

Peace River Museum, oversight as Chief Administrative Officer of Peace River, AB, 2011.

At Princes Island, Calgary, Alberta. 27 September 2011. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

At Princes Island, Calgary, Alberta. 27 September 2011. (Photo: Gloria Steel)

CBC Literary Prize, long list for poetry, 2011.

Registrar, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB, 2010-11.

Invitational Faculty, Capilano University, Municipal Administration Training Institute, North Vancouver, BC, 2010.

Federation of BC Writers (Courtesy: FBCW)

Federation of BC Writers (Courtesy: FBCW)

Federation of British Columbia Writers, president, vice-president, and treasurer, Vancouver, BC, 2009-10.

Inaugural chair, community centre action committee, Bowen Island, BC, 2009-10.

Bowen Island Arts Council, reading, AGM, The Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC, 18 October 2009.

Director, Charlotte County Civic Centre Project, Inc., St. Stephen, NB, 2008-09.

Director, St. Stephen Development Board, Inc., St. Stephen, NB, 2008-09.

Chocolate Museum and Charlotte County Museum, oversight as Chief Administrative Officer of St. Stephen, NB, 2006-09.

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council grant for professional writers, 2004.

Training and curriculum development in marketing of cultural goods and services. Clients included Cultural Human Resources Coun­cil, Trade Team Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Vancouver Dance Centre, and Canadian Arts Presenting Association, 2003-08.

Editors’ Association of Canada British Columbia, director and membership chair, Vancouver, BC, 1997-99.

Executive Director, Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, BC, 1996-97.

Canadian Literary Awards, finalist, short story, 1995.

Editorial Assistant to the Director, Dr. Hans Selye, CC, Institut de médecine et de chirurgie expérimentales, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, 1968-69.

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