#3 – The Language Issue

Canada is a multicultural society and the two languages – English and French, French and English – are in honour of our European forebearers.

But artificially propping up any language that cannot sustain itself isn’t working and it’s costly in many ways that are hidden from all Canadians – coast to coast – and instead of the nation being bilingual, we are a nation divided – so we have to figure out a common understanding across our linguistic and other arbitrary differences – because in my Canada – Canadians should be able to be served by their government in whatever language they are most comfortable in.

Canada must become as the European Union – with citizens capable of speaking multiple languages if they want to and can learn.

And allow the marketplace of culture determine the languages of the culture.

Because I want to tell you a story – when I worked at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada – I was asked to track down a phone number. Specifically, I was asked to find out if the number was a BC Telus number or an Ontario Bell Canada number.

And what I learned was that a person had called this particular number and the phone was answered in English. The caller was from British Columbia, to the regional Vancouver office of the Department.

The problem was that the number was listed in the phone book as a French Language Line.

So, the person filed a complaint with the Official Languages and these complaints never ever die – this investigation had already been on-going for over a year when I became part of the story.

And the story behind the call was that the Vancouver Office had the French Language line picked up in Quebec – and on the day of the call, was the day of Quebec’s Ice Storm.

And the English Language speaker was the only person who happened to be able to get into the Quebec office and they just forwarded all the lines to their phone.

And the Department of Official Languages was full force investigating and demanding accountability for this transgression of Indian and Northern Affairs Vancouver office – without any regard to the reality of the situation.

I roughly calculated – without knowing anything about that Department’s workings – that at the every least – my whole annual salary had already been wasted in investigating something that any rational or practical person would have taken into account the circumstances and let the matter drop as an unusual situation and not something that could have been anticipated by the department as a high risk or high impact event.

And I think that that same money – rather than investigating such a claim – would have better served Canadians if it had been given to a school district for language education.

Flash Foward and Suzanne Lyons

I first did this workshop in 1998 and it was revolutionary for me – because Flash Forward is about play and possibility.

I filmed Suzanne Lyons doing an introduction to Flash Forward – and I want to share what Suzanne has meant to me.

Because in my darkest days – the strongest voice in the dark of my essential existence is Suzanne Lyons.

So I am inviting people to play with me – and be open to possibility.

If you’re not sure how to do that – I turn it over to Suzanne to explain the basics:

The essence of Flash Foward – the workshop that teaches you project management to achieve your goals and live the fullest, most authentic and committed life you can:

Introduction:

The Essentials

Goals

Wake up Call

Relationship Map

Hitlist

Statistics

Learning to Pitch

So that’s Suzanne Lyons – just telling people about what she’s going to tell them during Flash Foward.

I took Flash Forward in 1996 and I became a coach of Flash Forward in 2001. From 2002 to 2004 – I organized Flash Forward and coached and did it all for Women in Film and Video Vancouver -and in 2009 – I with my partner in possibility, Vancouver Actress and Force of Nature –Yvette Dudley-Neuman – did Flash Forward as an independent workshop because that’s just how valuable that Flash Forward was to us.

Here’s what people said on the last day of the last Flash Forward in Vancouver  and boy, if you could only feel the energy in that room – it would have powered a small town:

So my Flash Forward Goal for 2012 is a Game Called Who Wants to Hire Me?

I can solve any problem put to me, but I do not promise that the problem that I solve is the problem that you think you have.

Try Random Ntrygg’s High Concept Solutions for free – until January 19, 2012.

Post your questions now.

And if your government isn’t working for you….

Further to my answer on the original post, here:

In nations where there is not a secular democratic government – your job as citizens, is to make your government into one and make it work for you.

In nations where it’s supposed to be a secular democratic government, but it’s been hijacked by Special/Private Interest/Secret Agenda “for Sale” or “Cave under Coercion” People – be they politicans or civil service employees operating their private empires within the halls of government – be it an actual conspiracy or just the run of the mill crappulence of Good Ole Boys Network or Mean Girls or Prejudiced People who cannot separate their private beliefs from their public or professional ethical or outright job responsibilities:

Because the government we already have, is the one that, by our actions AND by our inaction, we deserve.

So, if your government isn’t working for you – change it by every means and avenue possible.

Because as a Canadian – I went from having rights just because I was born here to not having rights because I was honest about being a lesbian to having rights again because I and others like me – worked to earn them back – one person, one couple, one court case, one person, one change at a time, until we reached critical mass and in 2003 – marriage equality become the reality in Canada.

The social resistance was over come and the law changed and the world didn’t – so people realized that there was nothing to be afraid of with gay marriage.

But, legal equality is the first step on the path to meaningful equality.

It’s not enough to have the legislation and policies in place that say we’re equal or how we are supposed to treat each other as fellow citizens, families, coworkers or customers or in service to the public or just strangers on a bus.

We have invented a lot of things to tell ourselves about the universe, about ourselves and others and how to be in and of the universe. These are false limitations that I do not share – because I am a sensualist – I live and die by what my senses tell me – I experience with my whole substantial earthy voluptuous body – I am that 6 year old girl who was ready in an instant to be Elvis Presley at family gatherings – if you ask nicely, I might even don my Aloha Beaver Jumpsuit without needing to get drunk first.

I plan to wear this outfit to the Emmy Awards WHICH I WANT TO WALK DOWN THE EMMY RED CARPET ARM IN ARM WITH KATHY GRIFFIN and MY CANADIAN LESBIAN SPOUSE – so am looking for a different jumpsuit design for the Oscars.

Any one have suggestions or drawings? Elvis Jumpsuits with Canadian Content wearable by a 300 pound lesbian – because 2012 is the year of eating healthy and exercising – something I have never before been so committed to – and as an example – on December 31, 2011 – I declared to the universe that nothing bad was allowed to enter my body anymore. On January 1, 2012 – I ate my last potato chip – three chips into a kettle bag of onion and aged cheddar – I thought that I put roadkill jerky in my mouth and I couldn’t swallow it – and I am not swallowing any more badness or bad behavior from the world.

I am not like other people who wen they Tell You How It Is – what they are saying is what is stopping them or worse – how awful their corner of the  world is.

When I tell you how something is – it’s not from a place of smallness – it’s from a big big place – because I am as smart as I appear to be – but it’s not likely that I am showing you how smart I really am.

So if you are willing to be patient and listen to what I know – and if you can’t trust that I am smart – then just consider the possibility that I might be as smart as I say that I am.

Because the only thing it’s going to cost you is your time. What you do with what you allow me to contribute to you – is all down to you.

So – do you have the time to challenge me and find out what I know?

Who wants to play with me?

Free – until January 19, 2012 – my 44th birthday – my gift to the world:

Me, Unplugged

Welcome to the NinaVerse

 

It’s not enough for someone to say – yeah, I know equal under the law, but there’s equal and then there’s equality.

Sure – and as long as each of us holds back, being stingy with treating each other as equals who are equally valid and deserving of our considerations – as long as we talk at and not to each other – then nothing will change because no one is willing to change.

So our shared reality is really the story of resistance and change.

I am an irresistible force and I know how to move those allegedly immoveable objects – because I do it – every day – one person and one conversation at a time.

I cracked the source code

I started blogging when I gave up on writing screenplays – a few years back – when I decided to put my energy into my public service career – instead of the way that I had been living – with my spouse taking care of our lives and relationships – I was free to explore the world – non-profits and not for profits to government, grassroots activism to the arts community. from Straights to Gays, from Alphas to Geeks, from auto to beauro-crats across the spectrum of the communities that I participated in, balancing, comparing, contrasting, understanding from the innermost administrative machinations to the biggest idealist picture.

Originally, my blogs were an online diary about my new exploration of life – a married middle class middle age life in a suburb of Vancouver BC – a lesbian in Surrey, BC.

This blog was both a creative outlet – that I could do entirely as I wanted without needing some one else to give me money or give me permission – and my sanity saver – where I could try to puzzle out everything about the world that doesn’t make sense to me.

And the biggest question of all to my mind has been – with everything that we know about everything to do with people – why can’t we actually get along?

With everything that we know about communication, with the amazing capacity of our brains – why are we allowing the world to be as crappy and violent and miserable as it is? We have the resources, we have the knowledge and everyone says that they care about the poor, the homeless, the hungry?

All we lack is the will – because if there’s anything that human history has taught us – it is that we can do ANYTHING when we think collectively and put our backs and shoulders into it.

In less than 200 years, we went from horse and buggy to a man on the moon.

We can solve world hunger, coping with climate change, and fair distribution of wealth by ensuring everyone’s survival needs and letting everyone’s brain alarm system stand down – because no one can think rationally when they are hungry, in pain and in fear of their continued existence or facing the loss of happiness. Most of the world, cannot or will not, think rationally.

So – on my blog, I could be Queen of my own Universe – my corner of the blogosphere – but I am a kindly Queen – loving and authoritivative – just as my parents raised me to be.

But as Queen, I do not suffer fools gladly – if I am impatient, abrupt, patronizing and arrogant – it’s because – I don’t even want to say it – but trust me, there’s a very good reason why I am an arrogant know it better than you.

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I was always attracted to story telling – because stories are how humans really communicate.

I understand the story of our world. I have cracked the source code through my experience of the worlds within worlds that I have navigated my whole adult life, starting when I was 5 years old and I am 44 on January 19, 2012.

So – I want to prove to the world, just how smart I am – so I am offering for a limited time only until January 19, 2012 – One Free Answer to any problem that’s bothering you – with the stipulation that – the problem I solve is the one that I see, which isn’t necessarily the problem you see – otherwise, You would have already solved it.

I am the Problem Solver of the World – Open for Free Trade Of Experience with Problems for a introductory offer of actually Free – until January 19, 2012 – because after that – I have my own problems to resolve in final.

Post your problems here – and if they are interesting to me – I will solve them in a blog for you.

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