On Earth Day 2022 Standing with Ukraine today and everyday.
As we remember all those brave Canadian soldiers who fought and died in 1917 on this day, a day that commemorates the battle of Vimy Ridge, this statue entitled Canada Bereft from the Vimy Ridge Memorial in Northern France seems to express how we are all feeling today and could perhaps even be thought of as Ukraine Bereft as our thoughts every day are of all those who are dying in yet another senseless and cruel war in which the victims are not just brave Ukrainian soldiers but innocent, defenseless children, women, and the elderly all dying together from torture, starvation and murder at the hands of the ruthless Russian army, all war crimes and crimes against humanity.
We walked in the Pacific Spirit Park today after listening to President Zelenskyy’s impassioned address to the Canadian Parliament in which we learnt that ninety seven children have been tragically killed in his beloved country together with so many of the country’s brave men and women and now including three brave journalists. Our condolences and thoughts are with all the families, friends and colleagues grieving today.
This drawing is from a larger piece from 2017 drawn in protest at that time to an event that had produced the same sense of heartbreak and outrage that I know we all feel today. Some of you may remember the full piece can be seen here: “From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark”
These sunflowers are a message of love and support as we continue to Stand with Ukraine.
Words and voices from Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday standing with the people of Ukraine and for an end to the agony of this senseless war as we continue with broken hearts to mourn the women, men and children who are being so cruelly killed each day by a heartless and demented war criminal who must one day be held to account.
Walking in the cold peace of the Pacific Spirit Park this morning, freshly adorned in unexpected new snow, my thoughts were of a different cold, a new Cold War far away but feeling so very close, and of the men, women and children huddled and sheltering underground because of the actions of an unhinged, maniacal despot. Those families and children will constantly be in my thoughts in the coming days and weeks as we all hope for peace and stand with Ukraine.
Home today after a loving family visit on Vancouver Island where it was so good to be together again and where we all enjoyed a memorable visit to the Esquimalt Lagoon and these lovely driftwood sculptures on the beach that seemed to capture the spirit of this special Family Day Weekend perfectly.
Happy Family Day 🇨🇦
Lighting a candle for remembrance once again on this Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
“When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe,”
Words of the late Elie Wiesel, author, humanitarian and survivor of Auschwitz, described as a “messenger to mankind” when he received his Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.