According to their Facebook page FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS by Roger Beebe is “an evening of carefully crafted and meticulously timed multi-projector experiments that pull from his practice of appropriating educational, industrial and mass-cultural imagery…with topics ranging from Las Vegas suicides to phone book politics. Made and projected in a variety of formats (Video, 16mm, and super-8mm)…” even with that description I am not quite sure what to expect. Koyaanisqatsi on speed? At least, Koyaanisqatsi and all the other Sqatsis had a wordless narrative. I hoping this will to, that despite the constant bombardment of imagery it will make sense and I will walk away profoundly changed from the experience.

This film event will be hosted by RPL film theatre as a programming partnership between The Saskatchewan Filmpool and the U of R film department as part of a monthly series called Independent Visions. The film-maker will be in attendance. Admission by donation. 7 pm.

Keep On Rocking in the Art World

It’s another action-packed weekend in the art world. The clad-in-black crowd should bring along their lint brushes as they stagger from event to event. (If you forget yours, I actually do carry one around with me.) Hey print this out and use it as your weekend program guide. We are good with that.

Thursday, March 26

Starting off at 5 p.m. at The Slate Fine Art Gallery, Joe Fafard unveils a new exhibition, Mes Amis. This must-see show celebrates fellow artists, past & present, which have inspired Fafard throughout his career as one of Canada’s most well-known artists. I shook his hand once. Maybe he sculpted that moment for posterity. I’m certain he remembers that fondly.

7 p.m. Mackenzie Art Gallery: Vertigo Series Thursday Night Live Enjoy a lively evening of music and poetry, featuring performances by Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Moe Clark. Open Stage. Admission $5.

Friday, March 27

Noon-4 p.m.  Mackenzie Art Gallery: A “Sewing Action” by Leah Decter and Jaimie Isaac.  An ongoing interactive project initiated by artist Leah Decter, curated by Jaimie Isaac, and activated in collaboration, ‘(official denial) trade value in progress’ enacts exchange and elicits dialogue about contemporary conditions of settler colonialism and processes of decolonization and reconciliation in Canada. The project is carried out in recognition of the imperative for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to be involved in these processes.

Noon-1 p.m.  U of R, Visual Arts Department, Riddell Centre 050: Cheryl L’Hirondelle, artist talk

4:15-5:15 Mackenzie Art Gallery: Peter Morin, performance, “de-colonizes my heart (part two)”.

4 pm Friday – 4 pm Saturday, Creative City Centre: Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, 24 hour playwriting competition.  Writers of all levels are encouraged to sign up and bring their laptops, thinking caps and muses. I have done this before at different venues in Canada and I can tell you it is much more fun than it sounds. There is nothing like a 24 hour adrenalin rush to get you addicted. $45 entry fee.

Saturday, March 28

The day begins early so load up on espresso-infused coffee washed down by a vodka-infused redbull. (That’s how I start my Saturdays.)

9 a.m. to noon. Mackenzie Art Gallery – Moving Forward Never Forgetting Forum. As a gathering for all people interested in forging ideas and creative partnerships, this forum will explore possible futures for Indigenous creative production and curation. This engaging morning will feature a presentation by Megan Tamati-Quennell (New Zealand), a tour of Moving Forward, Never Forgetting, and a performance by artist Julianne Beaudin Herney.

7 p.m. Dunlop Art Gallery:  Publication Launch & Bad Art Night. Read the aforementioned article by Gregory Beatty for full details.

(Edit) 8 p.m. New Dance Horizons: House of Dance. Gregory Beatty will provide the full details in a separate blog on Friday.

Sunday, March 29

Nothing will top off your Sunday brunch than a visit to the art gallery for fine culture before you fill your zombie brains with the season finale of The Walking Dead tonight.

Noon-4. Mackenzie Art Gallery: A Sewing Action. In case you missed Fridays gig because you work for a living you can catch it again today.

1:30 p.m. New Dance Horizons: House of Dance matinee

7 p.m. Creative City Centre: Awards Ceremony for the 24 hour playwriting competition participants. Readings, prizes, booze and dainties. I might win so I should get my speech ready right now as it is going to be one crazy weekend.

All events are free to the public except where noted.

Tuesday, March 31

Yeah, the weekend is over but if you long for the good ol’ days you can check out Chicken & Wine at The Creative City Centre at 8 p.m. C&W is an informal lecture series co-hosted by Wanda Schmockel and Mark Wihak. I’ve been to these gigs before and not once did I see a single drum stick.

Life In 2167

Don’t feel like calling in sick tomorrow because you are green to the gills? Here is an alternative way to spend your evening without all that fun St. Paddy’s unhealthiness:

Canada 300 is an ambitious travelling theatre project that questions what Canada will be like 150 years from now through nine short plays and audience dialogue. Regina is the halfway point of twenty locations, as it travels from the West including Yukon and NWT, and goes east to Charlottetown where it was conceived. The audience chooses six of the nine plays and one of the official languages. Last night’s performance was by invite only but tonight’s is open to the public. It really was a multicultural event.

The plays were written by acclaimed playwrights and performed by accomplished actors. If you are familiar with Canadian theatre you will recognize some of the names. The concept is to open up dialogue among Canadians as to where we were in the last 150 years and where we are going in the next 150 years. The twenty national performances will culminate in a final dialogue in Charlottetown with 150 participants invited from across the country.

My doom and gloom prophesies that we won’t have an earth to live on in 150 years was largely ignored by a bright beautiful future where water is still drinkable and everyone holds hands and sings Kumbaya. (I don’t think I will be invited to Charlottetown.) I exaggerate so go check it out for yourself. Canada 300 plays at The Artesian tonight at 6:30 pm. The cost is free.

The Last Legal Rally?

Terrorists are the Babadook of Canadian politics that lies underneath our collective beds, hides in closets, (get it? The closet reference?), and watches us from the bushes through the windows. We need fear. We need to know that we matter.

We are wetting the bed to cock-block the terrorists that will otherwise penetrate us. The Harper Stain will be hard to get rid of. There is no turning of the mattress or letting it air this time.

I think this bill will pass. I think this is the last rally of freedom fighters before they are deemed terrorists. Free speech and public rallies are now no longer an option. And journalism is at stake too. Here are some pics of people who care from the Bill-C51 rally today.

Emmalyn rocking the fist.
Emmalyn rocking the fist.
Bill Clary
Bill Clary

Not terrorists.

Oh! Canada.

The Force Awakens And Hopes It Doesn’t Suck

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens official trailer is finally in theatres and online. I’ve only watched it three times looking for hints on degrees of suckiness.

Hints that it might suck: 1) The Title. The Force Awakens? I didn’t know it went to sleep. I thought Luke, Leia and Hans saved the galaxy at the end of episode VI? Maybe the force needed some R and R and this movie is a Beach Blanket Bingo romp fest with Disney castaways. 2) Comic Relief. Jar Jar Binks completely ruined the first episode. Now they have a little Weebles Wobbles rolling robot. That’s not the droid we’re looking for. 3) JJ Abrams did Star Trek. What happened to the great nerd divide? Worlds are colliding. 4) Disney. ‘Nuff said but then again a Star Wars theme park might not be a bad thing. Hoth, Tatooine, okay maybe not. 5) Black Friday. Dark Side. Get it?

Stay tuned for the other trailers in The Star Wars Franchise.

Episode VIII: The Force Orders A Double Double

Episode IX: The Force Tries Parsec Speed Dating For The First Time

Little Orange Man

How Do You Do – Ingrid Hansen from Michael Millard on Vimeo.

If you’re like me you might believe a puppet show consists of articulated wooden dolls manipulated by strings and sticks controlled by an evil puppet master. Actually my first introduction to the world of puppetry was when I turned five. McDonald’s had issued plastic hand puppets of their McDonaldland characters, (a blatant ripoff of H.R. Pufnstuf). My buddy garth gave Ronald a finger boner and sodomized Mayor McCheese until I snorted rootbeer through my nose.

Little Orange Man is nothing like that nor is it anything you would expect from a puppet show. Why yes she does magically endow inanimate objects with a believable life force for after all isn’t that what puppetry is all about? What separates Ingrid Hansen from other puppeteers and performances is what she uses and how she uses them. Vegetables, shoes, shadow, light, an old raincoat, dreams, performance art, social critique, and audience participation all makes it into the act.

This show was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Their wasn’t a dry seat in the house. Wear your astronaut diapers just in case. You can catch the last shows this weekend, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinée at 2 p.m. /Charles Atlas Sheppard

This Weekend’s Whirlwind Arts Scene

I’m all giddy with excitement over this weekends fantabulously frantic art scene happenings. I might have to invest in some astronaut diapers I’m so excited…(and please don’t pat my ass to see if I’m wearing any).

If you include Thursday night as the warm-up to your weekend check out the Rob Bos Art Projects Gallery at 1401 11th Avenue. Allan Dotson’s Game Show is a night of analog games that he has created with his own bare hands. Game chat can be done in person and the only avatar you need is your sexy smile. It’s rated E for everybody. Tonight and Friday from 7-9 pm.

The Friday arts scene begins at the ungodly hour of 11 a.m. Sheesh, who gets up that early? The 2012 Arts Congress: Matters of Engagement at The Artesian will be the crème de la crème of the Canadian arts scene. Participants include Margie Gillis, Neal McLeod, Adrian Stimson, Robert Enright and many more.

There’s a fine wine, yummy appetizers and live music to follow but who has time when there is another art reception at The Mackenzie Art Gallery?

John Noestheden: Sky & Shuvinai Ashoona: Earth “Come for an astronomy talk by author Mark Bratton at 7 pm, a tour with John Noestheden at 8 pm, and reception to follow. Presented in collaboration with The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Regina Centre.”

[Edit] There’s an art reception at The Assiniboia Gallery featuring Eltje Degenhart, Gordon Lewis, Lindsey Love, Erin Ross and Carl Schlademan. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and the gallery is located at 2266 Smith Street.

[Edit]  Neal McLeod will be doing a reading at The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild office  at from 7-9 p.m. The office is located at 1150 8th Avenue.

The Saturday art scene begins all over again at The Artesian for the continuation of 2012 Arts Congress at 8:30 a.m. (and I thought 11 a.m. was early!) and wraps up at 3:45 There is also an artist talk by John Noestheden at the Makenzie at 2 p.m.

You’ll have to pace yourself because one of the highlights of the weekend will be David Sprigg’s Holocene at Neutral Ground. It promises to be a “monolithic portrait of human geological existence… First presented at the Prague Biennial V in 2011, Holocene is an analysis of space, perspective, and perception.” Reception at 8 p.m.

There’s also a SUPERMOON to marvel at outside your window. Just look up.

You can ease yourself out of your art hangover at The Artesian on Sunday starting at 1:30 for CVAF Film Premiere: Hats Off! Cathedral Village Arts Festival Legacy Celebration.

I’m worn out just writing about it all. My next blog report will be investigative journalism at it’s finest: Who has the best art reception food and wine?

May Day Spring Prelude

I love thunder and lightning and have been enjoying every second of this afternoon’s thunder storm. I also love Tornadoes, gourmet food, dancing, live music and Margie Gillis. And long walks along the beach.

If you are looking for something to do tonight, I’ll meet you at the New Dance Horizon fundraising event in support of the Tornado Project: Spiralling Forces Festival.

The event features Canadian Icon and Dance Legend Margie Gillis. Also Robin Poitras, Ramses Calderon, Robyn Morin, Theodore Bison, Daniella Beltrami, Sonia Kalburgi, Cameron Lowe, Descalso and much much more!

Can I start a rumour that Tina Turner is going to show up as a Private Dancer? How about William Shatner as an interpretive dancer, hm, would you buy that?

The event is at The Artesian (2627 13th Avenue) at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $50. C’mon you cheapskates, it’s a fundraiser and seeing Margie Gillis is worth it alone.

I also need a date so I’m accepting applications until 7 pm.

Good vs. Bad

According to the Federal Government…

Good Guys: Energy companies, the National Energy Board, Environment Canada, business and industry associations.

Bad Guys: The media, the biodiesel industry, environmental and aboriginal groups.

As a First Nations Freelance Writer and environmentalist that means…I scored an Enemies List Hat Trick! What do I win? A fully loaded SUV?

The Lobby Busting Entourage must be on the dreaded Enemies List too.

They are Council of Canadians, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Climate Action Network Canada (CAN Canada) whose sole purpose is to meet with EU Embassies and challenge the arguments being brought forward by Canadian lobbying against the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD).

Why is Canada lobbying against the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD)?

I’m glad you asked.

“This is because the policy includes a default value for bitumen (what is produced in the tar sands) that recognizes it is a high-carbon fuel, thereby discouraging its use.”

Rather than reduce emissions, Canada would rather change the entire playing field to allow for more emissions globally.

“The Harper Government has failed Canadians and the world by refusing to take the climate crises seriously,” says Hannah McKinnon of Climate Action Network Canada. “Instead of fighting a pollution battle at home, the government has chosen to fight a Public Relations battle abroad –it is pathetic that our government is putting more energy into trying to kill climate change policies in other countries than doing its fair share to fight climate change in Canada.”

Peter Kent announced today that the oil and gas industry, Ottawa and Alberta will spend another $150 million on monitoring the oil sands environment over the next three years.

Would it be too much to ask for an independent commission?

Never Cry Wolf

“You never know when the devil might come calling.”
-Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf.

Who is to protect the environment from Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent?

The National Wildlife Federation released a paper today stating that “tar sands and oil and gas development in Canada is contributing to the decline in caribou herds. Rather than improve environmental practices to protect and restore caribou habitat, Canadian wildlife officials are poisoning wolves with strychnine-laced bait.”

Environment Minister Peter Kent said. “Culling is an accepted if regrettable scientific practice and means of controlling populations and attempting to balance what civilization has developed. I’ve got to admit, it troubles me that that’s what is necessary to protect this species…”

In fact, over 500 wolves have been killed in the last five years. The Government of Alberta has spent over a million dollars on the project which includes not only strychnine poisoning but also shooting them from the air.

Peter Kent’s logic is that a wolf cull is necessary in order to protect the remaining caribou. WTF?

And that is not even to mention the long-term harmful impact strychnine has on the rest of the environment. Studies have long proven that the poison eventually affects other ecosystems.

On January 25, CBC reported that Peter Kent declined an emergency caribou protection order. Why? There are plenty of them elsewhere in Canada.

Peter Kent is doing more to prevent the environment from impacting on tar sand development than the other way around. Where is the ethics? Who is the true radical here? Who are the real predators?

Octopi Regina – Day 33? – Arrest Update

The Regina Police Service issued a press release with the following:
“Seven adults, five males and two females, have been issued summons under the Regina Parks and Open Space Bylaw 2004-27, for remaining in a park between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The individuals who received tickets were in Victoria Park at the site of the Occupy Regina protest. One of the seven was arrested on a breach unrelated to the bylaw offence.”

Of the one who was arrested, “Officers observed that one of the persons, a 46 year-old male, was intoxicated. Further investigation revealed that this person was on a recognizance which included the condition of abstaining from alcohol. The male was taken into custody without incident and charged with the breach of a court-ordered condition.”

This video is courtesy of Saskboy:

Octopi Regina – Day 32 The End?

Shortly before midnight, Regina’s finest rolled into the park to evict Occupy Regina. I wasn’t there as I was home snuggled up in a warm blanket catching up on Dexter and The Walking Dead. I culled the news from Facebook because, afterall, The Revolution Will Not Be Broadcast, it will be status updated. There were six tickets issued and one arrest. No mention was made of who the martyr was or why he was arrested. Saskatoon got evicted today too.

For some odd reason this song popped up in me poor little brain. I dedicate it to you Octopi Regina:

Octopi Regina – Day 29 Day Of…

THE CITY OF REGINA HEREBY DEMANDS AND ORDERS that you comply with The Parks and Open Space Bylaw, 2004 b:

1. Ceasing to enter or remain in a City park between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;

2. Removing any tents, shelters, pallets, tarps, canopies, encroachments or amenities or any such other device from any City park and not re-establishing same; and

3. Ceasing to leave or store personal property in any City park.
COMPLIANCE MUST BE ACHIEVED BY: Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THIS DEMAND AND ORDER the city may pursue any and all remedies to it at law including civil or criminal action for trespass to property and non-compliance with City law.
Sincerely, Glen B. Davies, City Manager, City of Regina

I was twenty minutes late and as I was rounding the corner onto Scarth I was half-expecting chaos, a swarm of police, tents thrown into woodchippers, angry shouts of people dragged away into paddy wagons, marines, helicopters, tanks rolling through the plaza.

But no. It was all so anti-climactic. The media left disappointed. I waited in the coffee shop across the street and waited for some kind of action. If it was eviction day, someone forgot to tell the police.

Just wait. When you least expect it.

Octopi Regina – Day 27 The Morning Edition Late

Back in the 80’s a joke circulated amongst the First Nations people and I’ll try to remember how it goes:

Indigenous people from all over the world travelled to The Vatican to protest conditions in their country: racism, poverty, genocide, etc. They setup their camps, tents, teepees, wooden huts and burned camp fires and exchanged stories. One day the Pope came out, stood out and made the sign of the cross. The Indigenous people rejoiced “The Pope has blessed us!” This happened the next day and the next day after that.

Finally, the Pope came out and stated in a very loud voice: “I wasn’t making the sign of the cross. I was trying to tell you. Take the tents down and get the fuck out!”

I was still sipping my coffee, eating a fresh home-made bun, unwrapping the sleep from my eyes when I received word that a press conference was to be held at City Hall at 10:45 a.m. (Who the hell gets up at that ungodly hour? Oh yeah, non-writers and non-artists)

Glen B. Davies, City Manager for the City of Regina, gave Occupy Regina their marching orders. Lines have been drawn, deadlines to be met, tents to be taken down by voluntary initiative Saturday Morning 8 a.m.

It’s showdown time! If the short history of the Occupy Movement across Canada is any kind of social barometer then it’s not going to be an easy fluid tear down. Most evictions have met with physical resistance, some with down right violence. There are no easy answers and I don’t think anyone is looking for any. It’s time to take the tents down and get the fuck out now.

It was only a matter of time. Occupy Regina vowed to stand strong. Some of packed their bags. Some have adopted a wait and see attitude. Some have vowed to stand strong.

Octopi Regina: Day 27 Teach-In

I didn’t see you, yeah you, at the Occupy Regina Teach-In at the Ad-Hum building at the U of R today. Here’s the video they hoped everyone would see:

Bridging the Gap – Regina Landlords and Renters on Social Assistance from Riley Moynes – Living Sky Media on Vimeo.

“Bridging the Gap” is a brief documentary video, researched by local non-profit Carmichael Outreach and produced by Living Sky Media that discusses the housing crisis in Regina and explores the relationship between Regina landlords and renters on social assistance. This video is the outcome of a community-based research project supported by the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this community/campus event.

And yet another video that left not a dry seat in the house:

Octopi Regina – Day 26 Occupy City Hall

What would McGyver do if he lacked a megaphone and needed to get the word out? Why he would hire Garrett Morris, President of the New York City School for the Hard of Hearing to help him. That’s exactly what Occupy Regina did in the City Hall plaza to reach out to the cold huddled masses. They formed a chain of Garrett Morris’s by shouting out the speech as it was spoken.

Jim Elliot spoke first and most of what he said was echoed by the other speakers. Suffice to say they asked not to be evicted, asked for the safe return of their portable toilet, and the need for electrical power.

Jim began by quoting the Mayor of Calgary who had stated yesterday, “My hands are tied. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms which backstops political expression, supersedes the bylaw infraction that prohibits camping and erecting tents in public parks.”

This sentiment was also echoed throughout  the afternoon and is being used as a precedent and example of why Occupy Regina should still be allowed to stay their eviction. Who woulda thunk words of wisdom would migrate east from Calgary?

“You cannot evict an idea. The Occupy Regina movement and this movement goes beyond the city park. It is in the hearts and minds of people who are suffering everywhere and around the world. We will not stop and nor will we bend. We will continue this movement for as long as people suffer…” promised activist Ras Munyaga.

After a few more emotional speakers they all marched indoors to present their permit to Mayor Pat Fiacco directly. Scrawled on the top border of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom were, “We are not Camping” and on the bottom border, “This is our permit” emblazoned in scarlet.

The Human Megaphone was stymied at the door by security guards. Canadians are so polite. “We’re willing to wait for him”. “How do we get to see him?” “Is he coming down?”

They all signed their names to their “permit” and hunkered down for the long haul for an audience with The Mayor.

I left as they were ordering pizza. Save me a slice.

Octopi Regina – Day 25 Don’t Look Now But…

Now that City Hall has taken away Occupy Regina’s potty privileges by confiscating their port-potty for lack of permit what are the turtling and the clenched to do? Where to shake the dew off the lilly?

When the potty was hauled away, – it was a shot across the bow in a game of you sank my battleship – they immediately mobilized forces with the speed and exactitude of The People’s Front of Judea. A quick camp meeting on Tuesday was organized to discuss the problem. A petition was created, a press release hastily written and discussed, and a rally scheduled for a high-stakes crap shoot at high noon on Wednesday.

Occupy Regina even showed up for the Tuesday night City Hall public meeting hoping against hope to speak their case but, alas, not to happen. They were too late to get on the agenda, (by 5 days! What timing), and none of the councilors broached the subject which would have allowed the protestors to plead their case.

In a seemingly coordinated effort across Canada, many other Occupy Tent Cities have been given the eviction notice: Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, London Ontario, including Regina.

The impetus seems to have been the overdose death of a young woman in Vancouver.  That Vancouver has taken a stand to force the protestors out has given the other mayors courage to draw up their own eviction notices. They are using the age-old excuse that it is for their own good, for their safety and well-being.

No good will come of this.

The irony is that people die of drug overdoses every day. As long as it occurs in a dank dark back alley they can be swept under the pavement. Never mind that poverty undermines the safety and well-being of the poor every day. Where is the concern then?

There is none, they just want them out of their eyesight. Minimum Visual Impact after all.

Octopi Regina – Day 24 What The Deuce?

Events were unfolding rather fast today at Occupy Regina.

First, Bylaw Enforcement threw a wild deuce in the pot by taking away the porta-potty graciously donated last week to allow for the eliminative body functions that we, the housed, take for granted. On the one hand, city officials don’t want them installing grunt sculptures in the bushes, and on the other hand, they are no longer allowed to bust nug nugs in a safe clean porta-potty.

Of course, The City knows they can’t have it both ways. This is just the first kerplunk, a passive-aggressive attempt to flush them out of the park.

And then by the time I got home and sat down at the computer I found out via Occupy Regina FB page that “Bylaw officers from the City of Regina have unofficially requested that the Occupy Regina camp be shut down under threat of enforcement of unconstitutional bylaws.”

Pant, pant, I can’t keep up to the Occupy Digerati. They have already created an online petition and are organizing meetings, 2 p.m. and 5:30 Tuesday, and a City Hall Rally on Wednesday at high noon.

Is this the week it all comes to a head?

Octopi Regina – Day 23 Snow Day

This morning I celebrated the new snow by making hot fluffy buttermilk pancakes from scratch then I shoveled the sidewalk.

I’m wearing a thick warm sweater, there’s a chicken roasting in the oven with potatoes and carrots. I haven’t made the rich tasty gravy yet but I will shortly. I’m watching Star Wars, yet again, so the gravy can wait. Han Solo is saving Luke’s life by slicing open a Tauntaun, “…and I thought he smelled bad on the outside”.

I immediately think of Occupy Regina. Last week they vowed to endure the winter for the cause. One girl even claimed they would make igloos. I doubt they know how so I have included a Youtube tutorial on the subject. Just in case.

Consider it my metaphorical slicing of a Tauntaun for them.

Or perhaps I’m too late? Have they packed it in for the season? How many of them retreated to their homes last night? How many stuck it out? Really, stuck it out? I reckon only the homeless had no choice. I’m not about to go downtown and ask them. It’s too cold to go anywhere.

Remember: Use hard packed snow. Wet snow only works for snowmen.

Bank Transfer Day

November 5th has been designated Bank Transfer Day in which concerned citizens are supposed to switch from a big corporate bank to a local credit union.  It is considered to be a backlash against bad business practices, i.e. debit card fees. The initiative was organized by Arianna Huffington and other grass roots organizations that have since taken up the cause.

American media outlets are reporting that money in the billions have already been transferred. Credit Unions are reporting lineups.  CBC has crunched the numbers to 4.5 billion dollars in the last month, let alone today.

That’s one heckuva statement.

Canadians and the British are getting in on the action too. Except for me.

I have no money to move. Heck, I had to borrow money just to go out last night. If I had money to move I’d move it to the wine store for a fine bottle of Cote Du Rhone or perhaps some meat pies from The Beer Bros. I’d move it over to see The Rum Diaries. That would show those big city banks.