While in modern times astrologers tend to refer to the ruler of the Ascendant as the ruler of the chart, in ancient Greco-Roman astrology […]. Teaching Western Astrology in Modern China. Episode features an interview with astrologer David Railey about his work in teaching modern western astrology in China over the past decade. At the top of the show we discuss a few miscellaneous news topics, such as what it […]. This discussion is partially based on a paper that Kenneth wrote for the second volume of The […]. Astrologers Dating Astrologers: Advantages and Pitfalls.
In episode astrologers Eugenia Krok and Tareck Ghoneim join Leisa Schaim and Chris Brennan to talk about what it is like for an astrologer to be in a romantic relationship with another astrologer. Eugenia is the host of the Accessible Astrology Podcast, and she and Tareck have been dating for two years, while Chris […]. The Astrology Podcast th Episode Retrospective. Astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim celebrate the th episode of The Astrology Podcast by talking about its history, looking back at some past episodes, and answering some meta questions about the podcast that were submitted by listeners.
Part of our goal was to provide a bit of an introduction to the podcast for those […]. The forecast for April features a grand fire trine, three outer planets stationing retrograde, and Mercury finally leaving its retrograde shadow and moving from Pisces into Aries. At the top of the show we spend just […]. Episode features an interview with Benjamin Dykes about his new translation of the works of the 9th century astrologer Sahl ibn Bishr from Arabic. Sahl was part of the second generation of astrologers who wrote in Arabic and worked in Baghdad during the early Islamic Caliphate.
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Talking with Vedic Astrologer James Braha. Episode features an interview with Vedic astrologer James Braha, where we talk about his life and work in astrology. For more information about his work visit: JamesBraha. During the course of the episode we talk about how James got into astrology, what it was like studying with different teachers in India, and different observations he has picked up over the years through doing consultations.
One of the themes of the episode is the idea of lineage, and the difference between book learning versus having certain astrological doctrines transmitted directly from student to teacher. Episode features astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan talking about the astrological forecast for the month of March The astrology of March includes Mercury going retrograde in Pisces and eventually stationing direct conjunct Neptune, as well as Uranus making its final ingress into Taurus where it will stay for several years.
Reincarnation and Astrology, with Steven Forrest. In episode astrologer Steven Forrest joins the show to talk about reincarnation, and its relevance as a philosophical concept to the practice of astrology. Steven is one of the founders of a popular approach to astrology in modern times called Evolutionary Astrology, which holds karma and reincarnation as key principles. In he published the book Yesterday's Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation, in which he talked about using the birth chart to find information about past lives.
During the course of the episode we talk about Steven's background in astrology, his work with the nodes, and debates in the astrological community about reincarnation. You can find out more information about Steven on his website: ForrestAstrology. Episode features an interview with astrologer Freedom Cole on the vimshottari dasha system, which is a timing technique used in Vedic astrology. In episode astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim present a detailed introduction to an ancient timing technique called zodiacal releasing, which divides a person's life into chapters and paragraphs, and helps to identify your life story or narrative.
In ancient Hellenistic astrology there were several different time-lord techniques that were used to determine when the potential of placements in the birth chart would be awakened, although many of them were lost in the transmission of astrology over the past years. Zodiacal releasing is a time-lord technique that has been recovered over the past two decades through translations of the Greek text of the 2nd century astrologer Vettius Valens. In this episode Chris and Leisa present a 4 and a half hour workshop on the technique, in order to provide the audience with a broad overview and introduction to the technique.
February Astrology Forecast. In episode of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan present an overview of the major astrological alignments happening in February of The astrology of February features Venus ingressing into Capricorn and conjoining Saturn and Pluto, Mars conjoining Uranus one last time in Aries before departing for Taurus, and Mercury making the first of three conjunctions with Neptune as it slows down and prepares to station retrograde.
The episode opens with an hour-long pre-forecast chat where we touch on a few different topics such as the importance of astrological organizations in the community, tips for electional astrology, the gender disparity in the astrological community, and the confusion surrounding the animal totem for the zodiacal sign Cancer. This episode is available in both audio and video versions, and links to both are below. News and Announcements Our astrology calendar posters are now available on Amazon, with free 2-day shipping for Prime members.
Chris and Leisa released a full electional astrology report, listing some of the luckiest dates to do things over the next 11 months. Scholarships for the Northwest Astrological Conference are available. The Association for Astrological Networking will be announcing the availability of scholarships for conferences this year soon as well. It is just a free gig, but good practice if you are an up-and-coming astrologer. Austin launched his podcast, Eavesdropping at Midnight, and the first episode with Tony Mack is available now. Auspicious Election for February The auspicious election this month that was chosen by Leisa Schaim is set for: February 27, around am, just after sunrise, 10 Pisces rising There are a few more electional charts that we found for February, which are available in our private subscriber-only podcast on auspicious elections that was released yesterday.
In episode of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim provide an introduction to electional astrology, which is the application of astrology to find auspicious dates and times to begin new ventures and undertakings. On the forecast episodes of the podcast we regularly feature an auspicious electional chart for the month ahead, but […]. In episode astrologer Lisa Ardere joins the show to discuss why there seem to be more women who are interested in astrology than men, and some related questions that have become topics of discussion recently in the astrological community.
It is generally accepted that there seem to be a greater number of women who […]. This is the first of two volumes where Demetra provides a detailed treatment of ancient Hellenistic astrology, which is the type of astrology that was practiced around the time of the Roman Empire.
Unlike other treatments of ancient astrology, Demetra spends most of the book focusing on the actual techniques and practice of the early forms of astrology, rather than spending a bunch of time talking about the history. It is also designed to be a workbook, so that at the end of each chapter you can apply the techniques to your own chart, using guided lessons so that you can confirm that you understand what you read by putting the interpretive principles into practice.
The interview was originally recorded on November 9, , but then I just released it today on January 2, to coincide with the official release of the book today. In episode of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan provide an overview of the astrology of , and the major planetary alignments that will occur during the course of the next twelve months. The astrology of features solar eclipses occurring in Capricorn and Cancer, Uranus moving into Taurus, three Jupiter-Neptune squares, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction getting very close, and more.
We went through each month in order, starting with January, and provided an in-depth discussion of the major planetary transits occurring each month. Astrologers Chris Brennan and Cam White present the monthly horoscope forecast for January of for ever sign of the zodiac. Timestamps for each sign: Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces. Answering Astrology Questions from Twitter. In episode astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan take questions from listeners about various astrological topics, ranging from practicing astrology professionally to conceptual issues involving the houses and the zodiac.
We start out the episode by catching up on what has been going on for the three of us and in the […]. Astrologers on Becoming Parents. Ashley Otero and Patrick Watson join the show to talk about what it is like for an astrologer to become a parent, and some of the unique issues that arise when parenting with astrology. In episode of the podcast astrologers Chris Brennan, Kelly Surtees, and Austin Coppock discuss the astrological forecast for December of , and the end of a year that has been filled with a seemingly endless barrage of retrograde planets.
This episode was recorded earlier in November than usual, and it opens with Austin telling a humorous story about some recent Mercury retrograde snafus he ran into while trying to get a new passport, so that he could fly to Australia for the "So Below" event with Gordon White of the Rune Soup podcast. Early in the episode we also discuss the fine balance between taking astrology seriously but still being able to have some degree of levity about it, or a live and let live attitude with other approaches and people whose views may differ from your own.
Eventually we get to the forecast for December, which features Mercury stationing direct in Scorpio, and lunations in Sagittarius and Cancer. Later in the episode we highlight one auspicious electional chart this month, a Jupiter in Sagittarius election, which can be used for beginning a new venture or undertaking. December Horoscopes for Every Rising Sign. Episode of the podcast features our monthly horoscope forecast for all twelve signs of the zodiac for December of , with astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim. Our monthly horoscopes are designed to be read primarily from the perspective of your Ascendant or rising sign, although you can also look at them from the […].
In episode of the podcast Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk joins the show to talk about the practice of astrology in China in ancient times, and in particular the transmission of horoscopic astrology to China and Japan starting in the 9th century. Jeffrey is an academic historian from Winnipeg, Canada, who specializes in the study of […]. In episode astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan reconvene for the second of our two part series on the symbolism of the signs of the zodiac.
In this episode we discuss the meanings of the second half of the zodiac signs: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Part 1 of this […]. Episode of The Astrology Podcast features astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim discussing the horoscopes for November of for all twelve rising zodiac signs. Chris has been doing these as monthly video horoscopes for each rising sign since July on his astrology YouTube channel, but this month Leisa joined him in our new […]. November Astrology Forecast: Jupiter in Sagittarius. In episode of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to discuss the astrological forecast for November of , which features Jupiter moving into Sagittarius for a year-long transit through that sign.
The month also features Uranus retrograding back into Aries, Mars moving into Pisces, Venus stationing direct in Libra, […]. Episode features a discussion between Chris Brennan and Austin Coppock about a recent issue has arisen in the astrological community over zodiac sign cusps, and what it means when a person is born on a cusp. Becoming a Professional Astrologer in the Modern Age. In episode astrologer Tony Howard joins the show to discuss the process of becoming a professional astrologer, and what it takes to make it in the field in the early 21st century.
Much of the discussion focuses on how astrologers are making a living and promoting their work in recent times, and some of […]. This is the first installment of a two-part series where we plan to give an in-depth overview of the qualities and meanings of all twelve zodiacal […]. Episode of the podcast features an overview of the astrology of October , with Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan.
Most of the forecast focuses on Venus stationing retrograde in Scorpio early in the month, and the symbolism surrounding that transit. At the top of the show we discuss the pricing of astrological […]. Michel and Francoise Gauquelin and the Mars Effect. Episode features an interview with Kenneth Irving about the work of Michel and Francoise Gauquelin, who conducted the largest statistical studies of timed birth charts in the 20th century, and claimed to have found scientific evidence for the validity of astrology. Their most famous and controversial finding was known as the Mars Effect, where […].
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In the book she uses her background in both areas to […]. September Astrology Forecast: Moving Forward. Episode of the podcast features a discussion between Chris Brennan, Kelly Surtees, and Austin Coppock where we provide an overview of the major planetary alignments happening in September of This month a number of planets are finally moving direct again, after a period where several were retrograde at the same time over the […]. Rectification is often regarded as one of the most difficult things to do in […]. Dennis Harness on Astrological Counseling Styles.
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Reflections on United Astrology Conference In episode of the show astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Spencer Michaud join me to talk about our experiences at the recent United Astrology Conference, which took place in Chicago from roughly May , Bea, or Mma Day, was well respected and loved by the people she worked with. Bea and I worked across from each other for a year. Bea always had a thermos of tea at work. Bea helped ease my transition from Toronto life to Serowe life by just being there for me. Shortly before she was due to go back to Canada, Bea was involved in a car accident.
But she insisted on staying and finishing her work. Bea gave us a hand-painted bowl as our wedding gift and we will always treasure that. She suffered a stroke in and left us on January 30, , at age The baboon was very surprised that a human was getting into the car, and Bea was very surprised that a baboon was in the car. He had just finished his Bachelor of Science at Trent. I recall him saying he literally paced out the boundaries, then drew corresponding maps where this information was recorded. He loved the slower pace of life, relaxed atmosphere and experiencing the Botswana way of life, and the many friendships he developed.
As mentioned in my Bio, Neil met me in Botswana and in December we returned briefly to Canada and were married with family and a couple of close friends in attendance. We returned to Botswana for a third year, living in Gaborone. Neil worked for Department of Town and Regional Planning in He returned to Botswana with some anthropology graduate students for three months in the spring of Neil decided to take up running while in Botswana and continued with that sport on our return to Canada.
It started out solely for fitness, but he excelled at it, so started entering races, often coming in first or placing in his age category. We had boxes and boxes of his medals and trophies and of course T-shirts from the races. His favourite distance was 10k, but he also liked to run the half marathon at the Ottawa Marathon. He was also part of a team a couple times that ran the Banff to Jasper Relay and the Cabot Trail relay. He found all the steep inclines challenging and exhilarating.
He was light on his feet and built like a runner. I do however have good memories of biking alongside him on some of his runs. Neil also enjoyed cycling with some of the friends from that group. This meant Neil could no longer run or drive a car, and had to give up his job of teaching Continuing Education at Conestoga College. We made sure he got to see his running and other friends as much as possible when he felt up to it.
My family members and many of his running friends run it each year. He wanted to organize a race where everyone could come across the finish line at the same time, so he had everyone predict their time and had a staggered start. Prizes were given to those who came closest to their predicted time. This was followed by a big breakfast.
He was too weak to participate in the half marathon he had signed up for, but his grandson Joseph wanted to run the 2k, and Neil wanted to run alongside him. Also in the picture is my son-in-law John Gagnon, who took up running once he met Neil, and is now an avid runner. We cherish our memories of Neil. He never got to meet his third grandchild, Henry Neil, but had the pleasure of being a wonderful grandparent to Joseph and Ivy.
We are grateful he had a very peaceful passing and that we all had our chances to say goodbye. He was an only child to a couple who were in their 40s when they had Wain. Wain's dad was a typesetter at the Toronto Daily Star newspaper. Wain was very sheltered. He did not know how to crack an egg before you put it in the pan.
He had notes for everything: how to light a lantern, etc. He begged to stay with me. There were tears in his eyes. I was in no mood to babysit this geek. I'll always remember walking by Wain's new home that had no electricity. He was forlornly eating his supper with a fork in one hand and a flashlight in the other. He became an excellent cook. He made his first batch of cookies which expanded into one giant cookie.
He offered the cookie to a teacher colleague who ate the entire thing. Wain was delighted. Yes, Manseke was Wain's Tswana nickname. The way I heard it, his students called him Manseke because he looked like a big rat that moved fast. There was no negative connotation about looking like a rat.
Our students loved everyone. They were from villages in the bush and they were speaking English full-time for the first time in Form 1 Grade 9. I was honoured to learn to teach in Botswana. Wain volunteered with CUSO for 3 years. He returned to Canada.
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Somehow he ended up in Botton Village in Yorkshire. It was a Christian community with adults with special needs. The staff were volunteers. It became Wain's home. Wain became the librarian. He had an inheritance from his mother that he would use to travel the world visiting Camphill Trust people. I met Wain and his goddaughter at Banff, Alberta, on September 1st, It was snowing. Wain had survived one bout with cancer. Wain was child-like all his life. Astrology was always part of Wain's life. He was always looking for his true love until he died.
CUSO changed my life as it did Wain's. For such a meek looking guy, Wain was a brave heart. I feel so humble to have known him. He was on his own spiritual path and how steadfast his mission was. Wayne is another splendid example of a CUSO volunteer who went on to have an honourable and inspiring career. I'm sure that Wain is still doing astrological charts. Wain told me that I would come into my own in my later years. I've been on a roll since I retired.
Life is good. Love you all. He was sixty-five years old. Wain came to Botton in the s from Canada and has very much been part of Camphill life ever since. After a short interlude at Ringwood where he attended the eurythmy school, Wain returned to Botton in While in Ringwood he became so ill with cancer that he received the last anointing. Wain famously said that he knew he would recover as it was not his time yet. Wain was well known for his great love of anthroposophy and of the stars. His interest in astrology led him to complete many people's horoscopes and it was not uncommon for new mothers to receive a horoscope for their newborn babies when they arrived.
Wain became synonymous with our bookshop in Botton, well-known worldwide for his knowledge of anthroposophical books and his willingness and ability to obtain them for anyone! Wain was able to acknowledge all the love and support that people have sent to him over the last week in hospital and was immensely grateful for this. Wain was a meek and mild gentleman.
From the outset, many of us worried about him and his ability to survive the new challenging experience he had decided to embark upon. Wain came to Botswana with a Masters degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto, together with a very deep knowledge of astrology. It was the latter that profoundly influenced his own unique approach to life. When I asked what prompted him to come to Africa, Wain explained that the stars had told him to move to the southern hemisphere. From later conversations, I gathered that he seemed to make many daily decisions based on astrology. Given that until Botswana, he had never developed any life skills to speak of, it was not a surprise for us to learn that, at least for the first few weeks of his life in the country, Wain survived on a steady dose of bananas and jello.
Nevertheless, Wain beat the odds. Not only did he survive in Botswana, he thrived — learning to cook and becoming a much-respected teacher along the way! The stars were truly shining on him. In early , upon learning that Elvira was expecting, Wain encouraged me to make a point of checking my watch the minute our baby was born, and to then let him know the time so that he could construct an astrological chart for our new born.
Perhaps one of his first such charts? Box in Francistown. I had made good on my promise to provide Wain with the exact time that Shaun was born, and he made good on his promise to construct an astrological chart. The chart itself was fascinating, particularly when read many years later. At the turn of this century, after Shaun had already worked with CUSO for two years in Santiago, Chile, we gave him the original copy of the chart.
He, and our whole family, were so impressed at how accurately it described the person that our son had come to be! Elvira and I sheepishly admit to being regular readers of the daily horoscopes that are published in the Winnipeg Free Press. While I suspect that he would pooh-pooh these popularized connections to astrology, they often prompt me to think of Wain — his strong commitment to that mysterious world, its impact on his way of thinking and how he lived his life. In , she retired again and moved to Portugal until when she returned to Canada, making her home in Toronto. Pansy was the first woman President and later an honorary life member of the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Nova Scotia and an honorary life member of the Nova Scotia Association of Municipal Administrators.
Pansy was a master bridge player and enjoyed games with her many friends in Toronto, in Nova Scotia at her beloved Martinique Beach cottage, and with others around the world. There was then an immediate and desperate need for training of persons already in the Treasury Departments of the 13 Councils. Training courses for accountants, in conjunction with the Botswana Training Centre, were 6 months long. In an ordinary course, there might be as many as two dozen different lecturers or panel members. She was busy. A hard-working person was Pansy at all times.
Pleasant, cheerful, thoughtful, open to the ideas of others, and at the same time she was a no-nonsense, practical person. She had the ability to read where a person was at, and what next steps to follow to enable them to become more capable, competent.
A fine human being. Shirley Dunford, who arrived in Botswana with Pansy Flemming in October , writes: Pansy was a hard worker and friend to many. After her return to Canada, Neil and I visited with her a few times … once out East, where she lived close to Halifax, and several times when she lived in Toronto with her daughter Corinne. April , Kanye. Zoleka Kowa, Lu's maid of honour, Peter and Lu on their wedding day. April At the wedding, left to right : John Saxby, Richard Marquardt? Lu, Peter, and Lu's son Thato on their honeymoon in Kasane. In the mids, they returned to Canada to raise a family, and Peter began work with Inter Pares.
For the next 30 years Peter worked with anti-poverty organizations, human rights groups and pro-democracy movements in Asia and Africa. He was well-known for his work with the ethnic nationalities of Burma Myanmar and was instrumental in promoting Canadian support of refugees and displaced people from that country. He walked into remote jungle regions to meet with displaced people and recounted their stories in his writings and in meetings with officials and parliamentarians. Over the years at Inter Pares, Peter brought his passion, courage, talent, and deep commitment to social justice to many issues and struggles around the world.
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Most notable among these were his years collaborating with civil society organizations in Bangladesh, building movements for food sovereignty, landless rights, and democracy. In recent years, he was very involved in bringing public attention to the consequences of the massive illegal outflow of resources from developing countries into the global financial system. He relentlessly promoted human rights, raising millions of dollars to support refugees and displaced people. His solidarity with sugar workers in the Philippines contributed to transforming a feudal system and gaining rights to their land.
His work in drawing public and government attention to the consequences of massive capital flight and tax evasion from developing countries into the global financial system. Peter died on May 22, Peter loved to garden, play guitar, read and meet with his book club buddies to debate the issues of the day. Most of all, he loved to watch his children grow into smart and accomplished young people. With thanks to Peter himself and his beloved Lu. Andy with baby Jessica, What started as an exploration of the world found in him a passion in his work that defined his life. He was fueled by a deep compassion for those living in poverty in the Third World.
From that time on he devoted his energies to providing people with the tools they needed to help themselves to a better life. Andy's time as a volunteer quickly led to his becoming a field staff officer in Tanzania, followed by continuing on with work in CUSO, Ottawa, upon his return to Canada in Upon his return to Canada, he worked at WUSC for several years, during which time we got married in , before starting up his own consulting business: Hamilton International Services. To this end, he was gone so frequently that friends in Arnprior made jokes about whether I even had a husband, this mythical figure who would be mentioned but was rarely present.
Along with the frequent absences, this galavanting all over the world could only mean one thing — that he was a spy! To those who knew Andy, you'll certainly remember his wicked sense of humour. Until he joined the editorial Board, we had nobody with the professional expertise to write articles linking the people we liked to criticize with the bodily functions of animals.
Andy took the newsletter to levels never before plumbed. Andy died on August 15, According to his wishes, he was cremated. There was no formal burial of his ashes. In death, he wanted to do as he lived and keep traveling the world. Friends and family, who were comfortable with the concept and wanted to participate, were invited to take a little bit of Andrew's ashes and scatter them in their travels in a meaningful way to reflect their relationship with him.
He is literally scattered all over this world in too many countries to mention them all. I received ever so many stories about Andy and where and why ashes were distributed in those particular places. It did my heart good. I also had an oak tree planted at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa in his memory. There is a stone with a plaque in front of the tree. Some of his ashes are planted with the tree.
How lucky we were to meet one another and work together on important things, and trivial things, and funny things, and to keep renewing those old school ties. How lucky to have lived and worked in places like Tanzania and Botswana and Kosovo, and to make so many good friends and so many good memories.
How lucky we have been to know someone like Andy, a man of great strength, great passion, great dedication and great humour. Died March 1, , Oliver, B. Died October 9, age Nap and Lily Himbeault were of particular interest to me as Nap was from Assiniboia, only thirty miles from my home area of Lafleche, Southern Saskatchewan. Nap, then about 58 years old, had been married, raised five children, farmed and done local carpentry and construction projects.
Lily, originally from Newfoundland, was a teacher in Winnipeg, where she and Nap met and subsequently married about Nap and Lily "extended" their volunteer time in Tutume and probably spent four years there. They returned home to Assiniboia for a couple years then went back to Botswana, I believe at the invitation of Dr. Teichler at the hospital in Mochudi. They resided there but travelled to several villages, tending to the maintenance of facilities and equipment at other hospitals. They also worked for about a year in Tanzania, in a rural farming area from where they could see Mt.
Over their retirement years, they occasionally house-sat for a friend in Osoyoos who would "go south" each winter. They eventually bought a trailer home there, where they enjoyed gardening, receiving many visiting friends, and reminiscing about life in Africa.
In those years, Lily was a very active volunteer in a local thrift store. Nap played in a band and they travelled to neighbouring communities such as Oliver and Penticton where they enjoyed many a song and dance. It was a period of transition when the Botswana Government decided to take over the Tutume Project, which had run into some difficulties. What great people the Himbeaults were! Lily commanded supplies and stores, keeping detailed accounts and a sharp pencil when it came to expenditures. Nap, like many a Saskatchewan farm boy, was just plain all around 'handy'.
He was an excellent carpenter and a master mechanic. I was told that, post Tutume, they were stationed at Mochudi when one day someone mentioned to Nap that there was a donated X-ray machine at the hospital, still in boxes gathering dust. Apparently Nap retrieved the manuals, put the machine together and got it working for them. Back in Canada, we used to see them at least once a year as they travelled from B. I remember how every morning before breakfast Nap used to stand on his head in our living room.
He said it was good for the brain. Our 90 lb. Later in life they spent more of their time in Osoyoos, B. Nap skated even into his eighties and Lily had her choirs. They were good people and did good works. We are better for having known them. Without pay or often recognition, he was very active in many activities seeking to help people living in poverty to get the social benefits due them. He was particularly known for being a strong advocate for people who were disadvantaged by the economic and political system. He helped establish the Research, Action and Education RAE Centre, which was a socialist base and ally for political support for workers and farmers.
He realized there were significant battles to fight and he, along with other urban activists, travelled many miles to help sort out what was happening in the farm community and how we could best respond. Here he assisted unemployed workers with their job searches and in getting employment insurance. In seeking tangible and practical ways of both helping people and advancing a socialist agenda, he put his principles into practice.
However, my objectives are 1. He was a founder and active member of the Saskatoon Solidarity Committee in the s. At the time, the Committee was raising awareness and supporting the liberation movements fighting apartheid in South Africa. He and the committee created solidarity relations with other organizations and particularly those in the former Portuguese and British colonies of southern Africa.