Truckers Convoy: Voice of the People

Unless you’re living under a rock or social media ban, you have heard about the estimated 150,000 truckers who are embarking on a journey from their home province to Canada’s capital in Ottawa. Along the way, they are greeted and cheered on by hundreds of thousands of Canadians lining roadways and overpasses. Young and old are waving Canadian flags and holding signs of support. Smiling faces and ‘thumbs up’ give them hope they will prevail in their mission.

No, it’s not our young men suiting up and being transported across the Atlantic Ocean to fight the evil forces to ensure our freedom, but when I watch the videos, it strikes a chord in my heart that feels similar. These trucks aren’t carrying guns and grenades. They’re carrying men and women who are the life line to our supply chain. Without them, all goods stop flowing, store shelves empty and people across the country starve.

They are a force government can’t ignore. Without them, the country collapses.

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Trudeau and Hate Speech

If the courts don’t stand up for Canadians, we’re screwed.

On January 4th, Peter R. MacIsaac allegedly filed “a formal criminal code complaint against Justin Trudeau”. I assume these complaints stem from the interview this idiot gave on the Quebec television show La semaine des Julie where he called those who rejected the experimental inoculation “racists” and “misogynists” He also posed the question whether or not his Liberal Regime should tolerate these freedom lovers.

I found no notice of this complaint in corporate-funded media. I’m not shocked. There were a few sites that posted notice, but the best source is the man filing the complaint. Here’s a screen shot of Peter R. MacIsaac’s Twitter feed.

This is what is being posted around social media.

Hello Government that serves me,

I’ve got a problem. You’re too involved in my life. You’re supposed to be seen and not heard. Over the past two years, you have put great effort into taking more control over me and other Canadian citizens. While some have knelt to your demands and look to you as a father figure, there are many who just want to be left alone. We don’t need or want you to be a helicopter mom, hovering overhead and telling us what we can and cannot do. We are adults. We like our freedom. Yes, we fall sometimes and bruise our knees, but that’s okay. We understand there are risks to living on planet Earth. One of those risks is dying.

Which brings me to this medical mandate you are excited to impose upon us. While I know many who flat out reject the COVID inoculation (it ain’t a vaccine), I’ll speak for myself, but there are millions of Canadians who feel this way.

I am a healthy individual. Actually, that doesn’t matter. My age, sex or what I do for a living also doesn’t matter. Nothing in my life matters except that I am a Canadian citizen, and as a Canadian citizen…

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Do We Continue to Tolerate Racist Cigarette Smokers?

Justin Trudeau is done with cigarette smokers. In an interview with the Quebec television show, La semaine des Julie, he described smokers as “extremists”, “misogynistic and racist”.

“There are people who are fiercely against quitting smoking. They are extremists,” he said. “They don’t believe in science and are very often misogynistic and racist. It’s a very small group of people, but that doesn’t shy away from the fact that they take up some space,” he said.

Trudeau asked, “Do we tolerate these people?”

Should we? Or should we ban these citizens from having a voice in Canadian life?

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Words of Wisdom We Need to Hear

Canada is slowly slipping away, but we have the power to save it.

As I watch other countries fall to tyranny (Australia, Austria), I see our government marching in that same direction. “Where will it stop?”, we ask.

“Why doesn’t everyone see the problem?” I ask.

From what I’ve read and heard, anywhere from 70 to 90% of the population are under a spell, hypnotized into complying. They don’t see a problem, only the propaganda.

Wherever you are on the scale, please, watch this video and think about the state of our country. If you’re in a similar situation in your country, perhaps these words will break the spell cast by government, pharmaceutical companies and corporate media.

Why are so many choosing a life in a cage? | Dr. Julie Ponesse

I’ve never heard of Dr. Julie Ponesse before, but she has earned my respect through her words.

I understand the want to be fed instead of free. However, perhaps we could be a little unfed and be more free. Life in a cage is not really a life at all, and it’s certainly not the way I want to live or want my children to live in.

Daily I’m shocked by the continuation of this charade put on by governments around the world. It’s not about our health. It’s about compliance, control and money. Once you see that, you’ll understand why they push the lies so ferociously.

Canadian Parliament Conference on Suppressed Information from Doctors and Scientists

All Canadians need to watch this video from CPAC before it disappears. You won’t find it on the YouTube CPAC channel. I searched for it, but it wasn’t in the results. I scanned through the months of videos, and it wasn’t there. I found it on another YouTube channel, but it’s only there until the censors find it and remove it. Whenever it’s posted to Facebook, the devils within the company remove it.

Before you think these are just another bunch of crack pots, they’re not. It’s a member of parliament, an Ontario doctor and a scientist who specializes in vaccines. They cannot remain silent anymore. They know something is horribly wrong.

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4n1EfDYE-A

One must ask the questions: Why is the Canadian government acting like it is? Why are doctors and scientists being bullied, shamed, threatened and censored? Whatever the answer is, it’s not good for the people of Canada.

Update: When YouTube removes the video, it’s available on BitChute: The Canadian Parliamentary Network by MP Derek Sloan.

Update: The video has been removed from YouTube. The link is now to a blank screen that tells visitors that a press conference given by the Canadian government “violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines.” Unbelievable.

Starting a Self-publishing Career from Scratch

Every other week or so, a writer contacts me and asks how I do something or where to find information in regard to self-publishing. Often, these are writers who have been writing for a long time but have never entered the publishing world either traditionally or non-traditionally.

Sometimes they ask a question I can answer in one sentence. Other times, I can go to my website – this website – find the post or page on which I discussed that topic and send the link. Still other times, they have many questions. I try to answer the best I can, but my time is limited, and I can’t spend an hour crafting an email with links and details.

An hour to write an email? Yes, because I double check information or I find a reference to it on the web to ensure that information hasn’t changed and to provide a place where they can learn more. Then I read it carefully a few times to ensure I’ve said things properly, didn’t leave out a word and included everything I wanted to say.

It’s Already Online

The truth is, most of the information I provide is already on the web. Many times it’s on my website because, believe it or not, on January 3, 2021 (The First Step in Blogland), I mark ten years in blogland, and I’ve written about every step from writing that first draft to getting that published book in hand.

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Women Able to Vote for Almost 100 Years

I wrote the following genealogy column in 2013. Since a federal election is taking place in Canada today, I thought this was fitting. Did you know that many–but not all–women won the right to vote in Canada in 1918. That’s less than 100 years ago.

Could Your Ancestor Vote?

If someone had asked me, “Was your great-grandfather able to vote?” I would have said, “Yes.” As a Canadian citizen in the 1800s, there was no reason he’d be disqualified. He was a white male, and I assumed all white Canadian males—unless they were in prison—could vote. I was wrong.

It turns out my ancestors first had to own land or possess assets of a certain value to vote in municipal and provincial elections. If they didn’t, they could pay a poll tax and vote, but if they were too poor to own land, then they might not have been able to afford this tax.

My ancestors were more likely to have voted if they were Protestant. If they were Catholic or Jacobite, they couldn’t vote until 1829, and then they had to swear an allegiance to the King and his Protestant heirs. If they refused, they gave up their right to vote.

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Update on Canada Tax Information with the United States

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Something amazing happened during my seven-month hiatus away from writing: the tax worries and hassles that plagued writing entrepreneurs in Canada had eased. In fact, it’s so darn easy now that no one—absolutely no one—has an excuse for not completing the tax form to prevent the IRS from claiming 30% of your royalties from your books.

More than a month ago, CreateSpace sent a message to update my tax information. I meant to take care of it, but like many things since March, it got lost in the chaos of life. The deadline came and went, but fortunately CreateSpace—who really wants my business—extended the deadline.

If I didn’t update my tax information, I would no longer be able to sell through CreateSpace. They certainly didn’t want that to happen, so a grace period of thirty days was awarded. This time I took advantage of the notice and stayed up late one night to see what the fuss was all about.

The questions were straight forward and easy to answer: Was I a US citizen? Did I have a business in the US? Etc.

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National Stompin’ Tom Connors Day

Square BannerSeventy-eight years ago today, a Canadian legend was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. For decades he criss-crossed our beautiful country, gathering stories, writing songs, sharing our history, singing and reminding Canadians, “We’ve got something special here.”

Charles Thomas Connors, better known to all as Stompin’ Tom, was our most prolific and well-known country and folk singer-songwriter.

And today, February 9th, is his day: National Stompin’ Tom Connors Day

It’s a day to remember him and the songs he gave to our country. A day to sit back and listen to familiar old tunes like “Bud the Spud”, “Margo’s Got the Cargo” and “Sudbury Saturday Night”.

Tom passed away last year on March 6th, and still nothing has appeared on the horizon to immortalise this Canadian icon, so I have declared this day his.

Long live his music, and let the legend play on.

While browsing YouTube, I discovered several wonder videos I’ve never seen before.

The first is a true story about a horse named Farmer who swam the channel from Grosse Île to Île d’entrée (Entry Island) in the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I have several of Tom’s albums, but I’ve never heard of this song or the story before.

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Death Can Not Silence the Voice of Canada

Stompin Tom 5x5Earlier this week a Canadian like no other died. The news surprised me; I hadn’t considered his final curtain, simply continued to listen to his music and sing along. I always thought Tom Connors, affectionately known at Stompin’ Tom, would be around forever, making Canadian music for all to enjoy.

I was wrong.

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Getting the Numbers: ISBN & CIP

When an author is published in the traditional manner by a publisher separate from themselves, all the business part of a book is taken care of for them. This includes getting an ISBN and CIP.

When you’re a freelance novelist—one who self-publishes—you get to do all this yourself…for good or bad.

ISBN

The acronym stands for International Standard Book Number. This number is exclusive to a book and book format. You’ll find this in the front matter (the pages between the front cover and the first word of the text) of a book, fiction or nonfiction. It’s a 13-digit number which can often appear on the back cover of a book as well.

Here’s what mine looks like for Shadows in the Stone, Book One…The Castle Keepers (bold text added to emphasise point below)

978-0-9868089-7-5     Shadows in the Stone – Electronic Kindle

978-0-9868089-8-2     Shadows in the Stone – Electronic Smashwords

978-0-9868089-6-8     Shadows in the Stone – Book (soft cover)

978-0-9868089-9-9     Shadows in the Stone – Book (hard cover)

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We Grow Great Libraries in Canada

Last year I had read somewhere that in the United Kingdom, public libraries were taking a beating. With access to the Internet and ebooks, apparently the number of people using libraries was down. The government began to rethink the need for libraries and many were slated to close.

When I read this, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to search the webpage to see if this indeed was current news. It was. Not only were libraries being reduced in number, the government defended the closures by saying the public wasn’t interested in the old system any longer and preferred to learn and find information from the Internet. On top of that, fewer libraries meant tax payers would save millions.

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Write Me a Clerihew

I love writing for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is because it’s fun. Now and again I stumble upon something that reminds me of this fun factor. Just over a year ago I heard about clerihew. It’s a poem of sort, a few quick, rhyming lines that are intended to bring a smile to the reader.

 

What is a clerihew?

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