The time of the NIMBY

December 2nd, 2016

Once again, it’s the time of the NIMBY.

On the face of it, Justin did the right thing for the country, for Vancouver not so much. If he had just let Enbridge have their way, things would have been fine. The destruction of some pristine forest a million miles away wouldn’t matter.

Now it does matter, it’s in their backyard. Driving their gas powered cars, past people up and down the streets with gas powered leaf blowers; they have every right to be angry.  Who cares if oil companies have to barge gas and oil through a narrow dangerous channel into the Strait of Georgia, a navigational nightmare? Even at that, they wouldn’t have to see it. Make it someone else’s problem, just not here. But it is here.

If you look away, outside to the rest of the world, you just might see how minuscule the contribution is. You would know he’s right. Someone has to lead, and that’s what we elected him to do.

Justin Trudeau is our man. He will do great things and he has equity, let him spend it. In a dysfunctional world with a used car salesman acting as the next president of the United States of America, he is the man to stick handle us through the next four, possibly eight years.

In a year he has traveled the world and made friends everywhere he went. This is our time on the world stage. Don’t fight him. We have real good chance at doing something worthwhile. He’s a teacher, and we don’t have enough of them. He’s a leader and its’ been a long time coming since we had one!

When you’re all driving electric cars, we can talk. Right now, there are tens of thousands of jobs in this country and billions of dollars at stake, maybe a trillion or two. Money we can use to secure our future, like Norway. We’re little country and there’s a storm coming. We need to team up. Let him have his way, because there are no better plans on the horizon.

B.C. will go to the polls soon. Remember the LNG bonanza, never happened and it’s not going too. Christie is hedging her bets. She doesn’t have anything else to offer. The NDP seem unsure. The circumstances are mostly the same across the country, everyone’s pissed.

Justin Trudeau is the single sane voice. He didn’t send some hack to take the heat. He did it on his own. Being the master of the house is a lot more difficult, than being a lackey snapping at the air.

If you’re looking for a problem to solve, turn your attention to pesticides, water and the loss of our natural honey bees, California is dying. We will need to grow our own vegetables.

And most importantly, we need to address the issue of genocide in our own country. Justin will find a greater role for us in the United Nations.  We need to hold our heads high when we’re introduced. As a province, we are guilty, maybe more than others for our lack of treaties.  Our aboriginal bothers and sisters have lives to live. We owe them a quality of life equal to our own.

This young man, Justin Trudeau is the single most important Canadian chosen to lead this country, in my life time of 70 years. Even the hope of greatness is hard to find.

So take a deep breath. Stop stamping your feet, and let him lead.

David Hutchison


Don’t say their name

March 22nd, 2016

Those people did it again, this time in Brussels. I don’t like to mention their name or its initials. Saying it, would add some legitimacy to them. My hating does nothing but rob me of my civility. It doesn’t seem fair.  


The odd truth is that they hate our civility. It doesn’t really have anything to do with God, after all they are mercilessly killing his children. Then again, so are we in retaliation, but that’s what they want, to die in some senseless Jihad.  


They want their own country, if they win, they will rule a pile of rubble. These people are not capable of building roads or schools or hospitals. They are not civilized. Yes, they can use the tool destructively, but can build anything. They can only build death.  


The Qur’an doesn’t come with operating manuals. And what are they on, version 84. Or can it be changed on the run, at their convenience. The point being, in the end civility will save us and defeat them.


We want it to end. Sadly it seems unlikely, in the short term. We must preserver and stay the course, this is the hard part. A rabid dog does not turn, it must be put down. Then so be it. Keep in mind, they want us to cower before them, they want us to bend, don’t.


Don’t bend and don’t say their name.


David Hutchison


Can You Imagine

November 23rd, 2015

David Hutchison, Writer


Can you imagine what it will be like to have a leader who does what he says like our Prime Minister? Isn’t it wonderful, a man of goodwill, and morality? A positive and hopeful voice, does it get any better?


Justin is our face to the world, they have forgotten everyone else. He is bright and handsome and he answers for his promises. Does it get any better than that, what is the matter with us?


The media is feasting on cowardice, afraid like the conservative bastion they serve. If he can turn his back on the rabble through a long and grueling campaign, so can we. Let us bathe in his light.


Imagine a man who stands by his word. It has been said, trust is the currency of humanity. Our young Prime Minister’s pockets are full of that currency and he is spending it freely. He gave his word.


Justin Trudeau is the greatest opportunity the country has seen since his father. The things he said he would do, he is doing. What else can we ask? In response we should honour him with our support now, as we did during the election.   


Those 25,000 people living in the squalid border camps of  Lebanon and Turkey represent much of what drove the economies of Syria and Iraq. They may be the very best of what those countries have to offer, an educated population trying to immigrate through a legal process.


We can lead the world or cower. Forty percent of us voted on mass for him, so let us support him. The other sixty percent are a fractured chorus, let us guide them.


This is Canada, and anything is possible!  


David Hutchison, Writer


In Answer to Turtles

November 17th, 2015

David Hutchison, Writer

I close my eyes to imagine the open skylight over our bed and hear the bells of Notre Dame. When we live in Paris, we are here in Le Marais.

 More than the sound of bells, it is the sound of the people. The rallies for various unions and parties, their calls for he or she, they are French, it is what they do. I miss that, that vibrance and defiance.

Friends are sad for us as they say we can’t go back. They are wrong, our plans are solid; we will go back, again and again. We won’t turtle and lay prostrate chilled with fear. We, like the French will be defiant.  Our tears have been shed, and our resolve stiffened.

Their President has declared war with jets and battle ships. They’re French, they don’t waffle. Everyone else is, but we can’t. They are part of our culture.

French is a language we speak, or should speak. France is a place where our roots still grow. Roots fed by our dead from battles long ago.

The media in Canada is rife with retreat.  Michael Den Tandt’s column in the Vancouver Sun yesterday, Anthony Furey of the Province this morning, a few amongst a myriad of demands that our Prime Minister turtle on his and our commitments.

If we waffle, the nation waffles and our credibility sinks further into the mess left by his predecessor. First day, first call Mr. Trudeau advised the President of the United States of America our jets would be withdrawn.

We as a nation voted in agreement with the commitment to return them before its expiration date. He was very vocal on bringing in 25,000 Syrian refuges by January 1st, 2016. And again we supported the commitment.

Media of every type is full of opposition voices calling out to stop Syrian immigration. America is already bailing on their commitments, while Europe is awash in refuges. At this moment there are more displaced people on the move than at any time since the 2nd World War.   

Canada is not a nation to cower before murders, and Justin is right, this war will be won on the ground. Our troops will be there on the front lines training all those who are left with the will to fight.

In world history great steps forward are taken by people able to stare down the naysayers. Canada is that kind of country, and we are that kind of people.

For this nation at this moment, what is at risk is the courage to honour those commitments. We voted on mass to support our new leader. And where and when we can, every effort should be made to offer our support for and to these new Canadians.

Greatness demands courage. If we want to be great, support the decisions of our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

We will have no truck with turtles!

David Hutchison Writer


My city is burning!

November 14th, 2015


I love Paris, but its 5000 miles away, and I can do nothing, but mourn!


It is most amazing city I have ever known, and again it is

under attack. Twice Linda and I have visited, the last time

for the month of September this year. Each time we rented

an apartment, shopped with the Parisians for our groceries 

and pastries. Sat with them in their cafes and embraced the



Today I’m not there to offer support, to share their pain or their outrage. Paris is under attack and my heart is breaking for them.


At this time no one really knows who is responsible. Given the coordination required to attack multiple areas within the city suggests more than rogue attackers.


Most likely it is ISIS, or Al Qaida, but as ISIS attacked Charlie Hebdo, instinct would suggest it is those mongrels again. The last attack was because they claimed the newspaper besmirched Mohammad. Never once did these savages consider that their own atrocities were the cause.


Despite this horror, Canadians have to focus our efforts on humanitarian support in the communities where Syrians, and Iraqis are living in squalid camps on the borders outside their home lands.


Within the not to distant future the military powers of the world will turn their full force on the enemy with boots on the ground. Canadians cannot be distracted by this. We have to save those running for their lives. They are the ones who will have to go back and rebuild.


And just as importantly we must accept the Syrian immigrates as soon as they land on our shores to live amongst us. As a nation we must show them there is a better way of life. Once here, they will embrace the security, and turn against all who would rupture it.


This ISIS carrion is trying to scare us. They have no true love for life or God, whom they profess to worship. How sad, how pathetic, how vulgar. They offer no culture, and build nothing.


They are trash, yet we have to pave over the damage, and move on never to mention their names again or what they have done. Let us leave a blank spot in history to ignore them, and their murder.   


These people crave adoration. It is our responsibility to deprive them of it. At the same time we must not hate or we will become them, and all that we have built will be lost to the retribution of our vengeance.


And finally we must return to Paris again, and again to demonstrate we will not cower before them, but trample them with our commitment to justice, and our love for this city, and its people.


Je Suis Paris



October 24th, 2015

David Hutchison, Writer


Since our Prime Minister designate revealed that he had advised Mr. Obama, the jets in Middle East would be coming home there has been an up roar that he can’t do that. This is a different time said the clamor.

This is not a different time; it is a worse time, because we have abandoned our responsibilities as Canadians, and as Peace Keepers. The world is digressing because of the previous government’s renunciation of these moral obligations.

We had evolved as country that rejected murder and embraced life. We have been backsliding for some time.

Mr. Trudeau did what he had to do, fulfill a promise made to the people of this country.

Promise fulfilled, thank you Justin.

 Doesn’t integrity just feel better?


Sorely Disappointed

October 16th, 2015

David Hutchison, Writer

Conservative – holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion

As a longtime reader of the Province, this morning’s Our View was a massive disappointment. I have always known of the papers prejudicial support of Conservative causes and that is their right, however today’s column is a slap in the face.

Steven Harper has not been good for the economy. He contributed one hundred and fifty billion to the deficit over his tenure, been delinquent in his responsibility to R&D and had no real vision beyond the support of Oil and Gas development.

The trade deals: one with Europe has still to be finalized and this latest adventure with the Pacific Rim is questionable at best.

As far as policy goes, he got the first two balanced budgets as a gift from the outgoing Paul Martin Liberals. Like Gordon Campbell in his time most the success was provided by World recoveries and the work of the previous governments.

We would foolish to follow the papers suggestion and support a fraud. If the Harper is reinstated, the nation as whole is lost to a bully. He is a man of little fortitude and malice towards most.    

We stand to gain more from change. Steven Harper is an accountant and narrow in scope. We need vision not retrenchment.

Save the nation and vote for anyone, but Harper.

Goodbye Steven!


Foreign Affairs

October 1st, 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD; more commonly known as Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, is the department in the Government of Canada that manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, to …

It seemed like a good idea to begin with the literal definition of Foreign Affairs. It is not all that glamorous or incestuous in the cold light of day. Monday’s debate was about Foreign Affairs which brought about a discussion on our participation in a war, the latest war.

There seems to be a bit of consensus amongst the media that Mr. Harper held his own on the decision to go to war with ISIS. So what, he was wrong, and the young Mister Trudeau was right. Like Chretien before him, no, was the right answer.

Why was “no” the right answer you may ask, because our Prime Minister is bulling us with this war! It is a tool in his reelection campaign. There is no moral attachment. His choice to go to war was not to seek a conclusion, but to scare us into voting for him.

If true be told, we have no real role in this conflict. We have six fighters and support costing hundreds of millions of dollars, for what, the occasional sortie and the accompanying photo op.

He has blown the issue out of proportion in an attempt to intimidate the Canadian population. His strategy is to immortalize a small, pathetic group of demented human beings who screamed out in desperation for attention.

Not particularly good optics for the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Nation it represents.

Canada is a Nation, a haven of security in all the world. He is taking that away from us. Our principle security issue is not ISIS, it is Prohibition, that law that funds crime across the country, and he above all, has done nothing to bring about its end.

Every day Prohibition kills, and murders people in this country, every day, without exception. Personally, I am far more concerned about the war on my streets.

Prohibition has funded crime in Canada since Nixon, and then as now, it is a policy to make war on its own indigenous population rather than find an answer through education. In this election, on this topic, Mr. Trudeau is the only one seeking an answer to the problem.

The Middle East is what it has always been, a war zone. Our job there is humanitarian aid, to provide food, shelter and education for the children within the displaced communities, living in camps, around the borders of their countries. Education again, is more an answer, than bombs, which are old news. They just kill people and bred hatred. The current issue is about hatred, and there is enough hatred to go around the world.

We need to save those people in those camps. We need them to return to their countries when this over. We need them to rebuild their lives and take back what has been taken from them.

We need to give them hope, and opportunity, and the tools to rebuild, and gain trust in us. We need to be the supportive partner with no guns, only caring and commitment to help build a civil society that guarantees the rights and freedoms they carve. This strategy offers significantly better optics for Canada and its department of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Trudeau knows this, Mr. Harper doesn’t.

Is the world in crisis, yes, but we’ve always been in crisis. There is nothing new here, and we can’t afford to lose sight of that. Whoever gets this job of Prime Minister has to repair the damage done to the image of this Nation. It cannot be Harper. He is the purveyor of the problem.

Is Justin our man, it falls upon the nation to determine that, but his roots are sound. Is he his father’s man, we will have to see. However, circumstance demands change. And it is not with any mistrust or distrust of Mr. Mulcair that I voice hope for Mr. Trudeau, as I have always carried a socialist ilk.

But Justin is young, and with each day getting stronger, and smarter. He carries a charm the others cannot match. His name, emotes history, our history generating warmth, and invitation. He will reopen doors closed by ignorance and prejudice. And he has better counsel than the current Prime Minister, and more likely to invest our money wisely. But in the end, I suspect it will be an inner morality that turns the tide of history in his favor.

Hope is the single most powerful tool known to humankind, we all need hope. So when you step into the box to cast your ballot on October 19th, think about hope, and where it will come from.

 Trust is the currency of humanity

 David Hutchison, Writer



Anyone but Harper!

July 6th, 2015

Our prime minister has lost touch with the objective, and the history of Canada. Since the end of the Korean conflict, Canada’s role had been to end conflicts through actions that promoted PEACE. To promote Peace within the confines of the United Nations, where we no longer hold any sway.

Is ISIL, an enemy, yes, but for our country it is just as likely to be Steven Harper? He brings old world ideas, like hate, to countries already riddled with it. He brings old bully ads and distortion to our election process. His every effort is to hide truth, and his actions convolute it.

Humanitarian aid is a far better answer, than war. We need to make friends, not enemies. There is a need to provide our youth with options outside of death and destruction. In this country, Islam is not an enemy, it is policies that disenfranchise those lost and emotionally injured that is the enemy.

If our young people want involvement, give them humanitarian roles they can play in those worlds being destroyed by hate. A role to save lives, not take them. As the Beatles sang, All you need is love.

While the rest of the world is at war, gripped by fear and dissention, Canada needs to provide stability. That is our historic role, Peace Makers.  Peace Makers bring Justice for all!

As our prime minister has no words of justice, we are left with the words from Metallica’s And Justice for all.


Halls of justice painted green
Money talking
Power wolves beset your door
Hear them stalking
Soon you’ll please their appetite
They devour
Hammer of justice crushes you


The ultimate in vanity
Exploiting their supremacy
I can’t believe the things you say
I can’t believe
I can’t believe the price you pay
Nothing can save you

Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone
Pulling your strings
Justice is done
Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true
So real

Apathy their stepping stone
So unfeeling
Hidden deep animosity
So deceiving
Through your eyes their light burns
Hoping to find
Inquisition sinking you
With prying minds

The ultimate in vanity
Exploiting their supremacy
I can’t believe the things you say
I can’t believe
I can’t believe the price you pay
Nothing can save you

Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone
Pulling your strings
Justice is done
Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true
So real

Lady Justice has been raped
Truth assassin
Rolls of red tape seal your lips
Now you’re done in
Their money tips her scales again
Make your deal
Just what is truth? I cannot tell
Cannot feel

The ultimate in vanity
Exploiting their supremacy
I can’t believe the things you say
I can’t believe
I can’t believe the price you pay
Nothing can save you

Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone
Pulling your strings
Justice is done
Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true
So real

Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true
So real

In our country of Canada, you have become the terrorist Steven!

In Canada, our Prime Minister is here to serve humanity, not to encumber it. For me, this coming election has become anyone, but Steven Harper. As Canadian’s we are left with the responsibility of rescuing truth from the clutches of the demon.

 Goodbye, Steven!


Prohibition Funds Crime

April 21st, 2015

David Hutchison, Writer

No matter how many times I make the claim, Prohibition funds Crime, it is ignored. Pooh, poohed by the righteous.

Despite indifference, the statement in itself makes all others redundant in the address of crime. Until prohibition is withdrawn as an article of criminal law, the carnage in Surrey will continue unabated.

Illegal drugs are a global industry worth as much as a trillion dollars annually. It funds war between countries, religions and neighbourhoods. It taints our political system with bribery, and intimidation.

On January 1, 2014 recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado. Four licenses were issued in Brackendale, but deeded that they move to the outskirts, away from the community of 5,000 which continues to enjoy the  operation of 100 liquour licenses.  

We preach child safety, all the while forgetting our childhood. That time when we were wild, stealing booze from our parent’s liquour cabinets, and smoking pot. We also fell out of trees and lived to tell about it, we will live through this as well.

This is a common sense issue, until Prohibition is rescinded, and we integrate drugs into the community as a whole, we won’t see the answer, which lies in amalgamation.

And maybe our children, and grandchildren will survive their adolescence, and not be gunned down in cars.   

This isn’t just a Surrey problem, it is a global problem manifested by arcane American drug policies. We need to be the answer and as a nation legalize marijuana.

When we do this, and only then will we begin the process of bringing drugs out of the closet, and into the light of day where we will realize just how much Prohibition funds Crime.

 David Hutchison, Writer