Monthly Archives: June 2014

Provincial Election Aftermath And Democracy

After it was official and the results of the provincial election were announced, I decided to check on social media to see what people were saying about it. I expected mixed reactions from utter joy to apocalyptic predictions. There was plenty of rhetoric, “I’m leaving this dump for Alberta”, “this province is going to be bankrupt” etc. However, I was curious at the number of people calling their fellow Ontarians “stupid a$$holes” etc., just for exercising their right to vote for whomever they want to. I was shocked however, when two members of my family took to social media for a rant and to call everyone who voted Liberal “idiots”, which would include members of their family, their friends and their neighbours. When some unknown person goes on social media and spouts venom at others, it doesn’t hit as close to home as when it’s someone you Continue reading

RCMP Officer Shootings, Guns and Clara Hughes

I try to follow social media to keep up to date on current events around the world, Canada and locally. The most recent tragedy involving guns has resulted in three dead and two wounded RCMP officers in Moncton, New Brunswick. The manhunt for the shooter responsible for this tragedy lasted more than a day, kept residents of Moncton terrified and in their homes with their doors locked, but finally ended tonight. This incident could easily have happened anywhere else in Canada.

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking because of my opening paragraph. You may think I’m going to go on an anti-gun rant. I’m not a gun owner and have no interest in owning a gun or ever firing one for any purpose. The following is a true personal story about one reason why that is. Continue reading