Saturday, Feb 10 2018
Who Made Them Jury
No place for guns in the community
By Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author,
often wonder if it is just and safe to have a jury at all in our
judiciary system. Would judges not be more fair? A group of people
often give in to one person among them.
I remember when I was responsible for a group of seven Japanese
students to improve their English and orientate them to local
Canadian life style and history. I found families to host them but
unfortunately could find only two young families and only one of
them with young children. The rest were all grandparents.
I was given a curriculum with textbooks to teach English and
guidelines for picnics, tours of historic sites and museums.
One girl was angry and infected most
of the others with her discontent about almost everything. I guess
what I am saying is one bad apple can spoil a jury also.
I think a jury should give advice but not have the role of judging.
I was brought up to be pacifist. We did have a 22 to kill gophers. I
disagree with that now.
That SK farmer who shot a gun to scare off unwelcome visitors was at
fault. He could have befriended the young men, even if they were
drinking. All youth get noisy at times and need our love and
He should have been a friend and neighbor of their parents too.
The Republican approval of firearms is a very bad example for
Canadians to follow.
Another reason Indigenous people are
angry is regarding boarding schools. The English nobility and
parents who worked overseas such as in India, sent their children to
boarding schools and thought that was quality education. It was
overly strict, and corporal punishment was the norm. Not only
Canadian indigenous children were treated that way. Even Charles,
Prince of Wales was, and his character was institutionalized and
damaged thereby. He was a poor husband but his sons have helped him
I am glad that the Trudeau Liberal government has split the Ministry
of Indigenous Affairs into two. The former Minister of Health is
responsible for one part. There are too many complex issues for one
ministry. I hope now that housing, water supply, sanitation and
transportation will get funding. Generous funding in the past got
used up with planning meetings and by costly travel to distant
Building of a network of light railways would not be costly and
would help get passengers, supplies and services back and forth.
Two way service could sell their produce and handicrafts. Now their
sons and daughters who want to see urban life, or go to trade
schools/university cannot afford to return home for birthdays and
holidays, and therefore they suffer greatly from alienation, often
worse than what their parents suffered in boarding schools. Trains
could put an end to women going missing.
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