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CANADA DAY AT CANADA PLACE - VANCOUVER, B. C. CANADA.

LEE'S `2nd PAGE of ARTICLES'



(Photos a bear and Lee.)
BEAR / LEE

's Page

(Photo of me.)
CONTROL YOUR

Politician

(Protest signs.)
FTAA SUMMIT

Resistance

(Gambling games.)
GAMBLING

Creates Employment

(photo of Stauton chess set. )
GIANT CHESS
(Crushed butt.)
I WANT TO QUIT

Smoking
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(Part of a chandelier.)
LEASH YOUR POOCH

When in Public,
Control Your dog
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(Picture of a poppy.)
POPPY

Why Wear One?

(Protesters with signs.)
PROTESTING

The Protest

(Protesters with signs.)
RECYCLING

(rent sign)
RENTING

The headaches of

(CPC logo)
VOLUNTEERING

The Benefits Of

(Pic. bear statue.)
CARPENTER BEAR
(Pic. Lee at Canada Place.)
VOLUNTEER BEAR

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BEAR - LEE 'S PAGE

Story
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LEE A. WOOD

Originally, my website was called `Leeís Pageí.

Why did I start a web site, to display my wares; scripts, novel, photos, etc. that I was trying to sell.

Scroll down on my home page for more detail.

Iíve heard, unconfirmed, rumours that the term `bearí is used to denote people of alternate life styles. Iím also told that there are many website that use the name `bearí to denote websites that are for non heterosexual persons. I have no proof of either statement.

A few years ago, when, the wife and, I went to visit China, I bought a parka that had an emblem of a bear on the shoulder. Consequently, since I stand 6í4Ē and my nephews were only 14 yrs. old, they called me `da shoní - `big bearí.

So I changed my website to `Bearís Pageí

I was busy at other things so I dropped the whole thing for awhile but due to popular request I started it back up again.

When I started it back up I renamed it Leeís Page.

Then I opened Bearís Page back up, but keeping two sites, even though a mirror of each other, was too much work and Leeís Page was getting more hits than Bearís Page so I am slowly making all the Bearís Page pages forwards to their sister pages on Leesí page.

Neither site has ever resulted in a sale of any of my works, however the art store, `SMART Framesí, in Metrotown, actually sold one of my prints a couple of weeks ago - http://www.picable.com/Nature/Sunsets/Sailing-Into-the-Sunset.45057 . After all these years, and the thousands of photos I have taken, I have finally sold one.

Now if I could make a living at it I could retire from trucking.

In May & June of 2014 I redesigned, or modified, Lee's Page to contain all my stories and photos which I renamed for easier web searching.

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CONTROL YOUR POLITICIAN


by
LEE A. WOOD

In Canada the federal Government of Canada allows, to a refugee, a monthly pension of, $1,890.00 plus $580.00, in social aid. A total of : $2,470.00 per month.

By comparison a senior citizen who has contributed to the development of Our Beautiful Big Country during 40 or 50 years, CANNOT receive more than $1,012.00 in Old Age Pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement per month.

Is there something wrong with this picture?

They say that Canada, and the USA, are democracies. They arenít.

In a democracy politicians listen to the advise of their employers.

You can make your country a democracy by demanding that Politianís listen to you.

Tell them that at the next election you will vote for someone else and they will be out of work, in plain language, you will fire them.

You pay their wages, tell them how you want your taxes spent.

Phone them, write them, send them an E. Demand they earn their wages.

Donít know, who, or where to write? Look up your electoral district on the web.

Go to www.webcrawler.com, type in the name of the town you live in and put in `city councilí, `Legislative ridingí. or `Federal ridingí

You will get a name, phone number, address, and `Eí address of YOUR employee.

Or, scroll down from here to `RELATED WEBSITESí and you will find links to general pages that will list phone numbers etc.

In B. C., Canada there is a Premier, and I use the term lightly, that no one wants.

How did he become premier?

No one went to the polls to vote.

So, how did he get elected?

Because no one went to the polls to vote for the other party.

The people of B. C. donít want Campbell as their leader so they didnít go to the polls but they didnít go to the polls and vote for the opposition, so he got re-elected.

Sometimes I think he pays the opposition parties to keep running the same leader because he knows no one will voter for that person.

Why the opposition parties donít realize that they will never win if they keep on flogging the same leader is beyond me.

Be that as it may, if you want to control the government which is what you should do, in a democratic country, you need to impress upon the politicians what it is you want them to do and that if they donít do it you will fire them at the next election.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

So, start squeaking.

Whether it is by phone, letter, or E mail, make yourself heard.

Weather it is higher rates for old age pension, lower rates for refugees, a new bridge, or lower taxes.

Whatever you beef, or desire, let them know that you are not satisfied with they way they are spending your tax dollar.

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FTAA SUMMIT - Resistance

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LEE A. WOOD

Picture, if you will, the FTAA Summit in Quebec City as a huge fire. What is the first thing that a fireman learns about fighting fire? If you attack a fire head on you will get burned. If you want to put out a fire you attack its fuel supply.

The fuel supply for the FTAA is corporate America. We can't attack the individual companies that are paying for NAFTA, and the FTAA, because we don't know who or where they are.

If you hold a lighter in your hand you simply let go of the button and the flame goes out. In other words, like a fireman, you have disrupted the fuel supply for the fire.

If we don't know where the fuel supply for NAFTA originates we certainly know where the fuel line is.

The decisions originate in the board rooms of America and become payola which moves through various hands to the elected officials who go to Ottawa and pass laws which create things such as NAFTA.

The one step of that chain that we have access to is the elected official. If we want to change any law we need only enlighten the elected official that if he doesn't change his ways he will lose the next election. If we bring home this idea to enough elected officials they will take the idea to Ottawa and the laws will be changed. That is the whole basis of a democratic government.

Now I can hear everyone out there telling me I'm nuts, that it won't work.

Mass demonstrations don't work. As students we go to school to learn. What did they learn from APEC. Like firemen, through years of experience, they learned that attacking the flame results in burns.

When there are large conferences, police set up lines to protect the people within. That is their job. That is what tax payers pay them to do. If demonstrators cross those lines they are breaking the law and the police have every right to enforce the law and arrest the law breakers.

Like flames in a fire, if you get too close, you get hot. If you get closer you get burned. If you get too close you get killed.

At APEC demonstrators got close and they got pepper sprayed. In Seattle they got closer and they got bludgeoned. In Tiananmen Square they got too close and they got shot.

And what was accomplished. Nothing. The government didn't get the message the demonstrators were trying to convey. They simply wrote the demonstrators off as an unruly crowd not worth listening to.

The same thing is going to happen in Quebec. Thousands of protestors will break the law, thousands of police are already gearing up to stop the law breakers and afterwards the politicians will remain unaffected and the FTAA will continue on.

If protesting at the conference is going to be a waste of time, how can you stop NAFTA and the FTAA?

Remember the lighter? Cut off the supply of fuel. Where is the fuel line? Not at the Summit.

Start now by gathering signatures on petitions, then march on the elected officials, with petitions in hand.

Where will the elected officials be? In their office in Ottawa, in their office in their home ridding, in their home, in a resort. A little detective work can find out where they will be on the day of the Summit.

Imagine several hundred protests, all across our great nation, serving petitions to the people who can actually go to Parliament and state that there electorate demand the end to NAFTA.

Imagine how much more effective that would be. Hundreds of demonstrations all coordinated for the same day, all across the nation, while the police are all bunched up in Quebec. No laws broken, no one in jail, no demonstrators injured, no one in hospital, no one killed, except NAFTA. And news reports that will rock the world, showing that democracy really works.

Do not waste your time going to Quebec. Break the chain from Corporate America and the House of Commons, find out where your Member of Parliament will be on the day of the Summit and demonstrate in front him.

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GAMBLING IS ADDICTIVE

Copyrite `99.

GAMBLING CREATES EMPLOYMENT


Photo and Story
by
LEE A. WOOD

When was the last time you parked your car over a pile of glass? Every wonder why the glass was there? Did you realize why the glass was there and take precautions to ensure that the glass from your car didn't join what was already on the street?

You look at the glass on the street and you think, "Some poor schmuck has had his car broken into. Well that won't happen to me. I don't have anything of value in my car."

Only a short five minutes later you return to your car. The first thing you notice is a glove lying beside your car. You think, "That glove looks very familiar. Looks much like the one I keep under the seat." Your eyes travel towards the seat, you notice your door isn't closed tight. You're sure you closed your door tight. Then you notice the glass, or the absence thereof, in the window of the door. Now you notice the fresh glass on the ground around the glove.

But you didn't leave any valuables in your car. Why would they break in?

You search your car, while sweeping out the little shards of broken glass, being careful not to stab yourself, looking to see what could be missing. You reach for a cigarette, "Now where did I leave my cigarettes?" On the console, between the seats, "But surely they wouldn't break a window just for a package of cigarettes? There were only two cigarettes left."

Two or twenty, a thief can't tell from outside and there is only a small sheet of glass between inside and outside. A small amount of noise that won't be heard above the city traffic.

"Cheap prick only left me two smokes. Oh well, now that we're in here, let's see what's in the glove box. Pack of batteries, probably a flashlight somewhere, let's check under the seat. Bonus, a flashlight and roadside warning light. That'll get me five bucks."

Two cigarettes and five dollars worth of your property and you have to drive around with rain coming through your window for two days and then come up with fifty dollars deductible for the insurance to replace the window, not to mention the fact that you are going to be picking glass out of your upholstery for the next month.

Theft, the theft of a few easily replaceable items, not a big expense to you but a matter of survival to a junkie. Five dollars from you, five dollars from the next car. You suffer a slight loss and feel violated, he stays alive for another day.

Theft. Nothing new. It has been happening since time began. The poor steal from the wealthy. OK, you're not wealthy, you're just your average Joe, driving an average car, trying to make it through life. But you have more than he does and you have the means to his survival. The agony, the heartbreak, the inconvenience, the cost of your disruption of day to day living has no meaning to him.

The police are outnumbered, the security companies are understaffed, the door lock companies are selling all sorts of preventative devices, the customs department has a new system of checking for drugs. It's a war. The enemy has moved from breaking into cars at night to breaking into houses in broad daylight.

Drug addiction is exactly that, an addiction. Most of us are addicted to something, television, smoking, drinking, overeating. But these are tame addictions to drugs and gambling.

Yes, I said gambling. Gambling is an addiction that is as powerful as drugs. When a person is on a hot streak they will do anything to stay in the game. And it's cheaper to get back in a game then to buy drugs. You might need ten dollars to get a fix but you only need a loonie to drop in a slot machine.

Constantly I hear advocates of casinos crying the blues, "Why won't our Gov't. allow us to have casinos?"

For a very good reason, it's against the law. And why is gambling against the law? For the same reason that drugs are against the law, to protect the citizens of this country.

"But it will create employment." Yes it will. In the same way that drugs create employment. More police officers. More security companies. More training facilities to train police and security officers. Clothing manufacturers to make uniforms for the aforementioned. Schools to train locksmiths and alarm installers. Lock and alarm companies to install steel bars on your home and alarms in your cars. Insurance agents to sell insurance. Insurance companies to replace the bars that are ripped off your windows and replace the cassette tape that you left on the dash.

One simple cassette that can be sold for one dollar. One dollar that can be dropped into a slot machine. One more pile of glass on the street where you parked only five minutes ago.

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GIANT CHESS

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LEE A. WOOD

(Stanley Park Amphitheatre)

Lost in the woods there, is a small amphitheatre with three checkerboards that seem destined to return to nature. Unable to repel nature's attack, without the help of man, it is slowly returning to the primeval forest which surrounds it.

Almost impossible to see, by visitors to Stanley Park, the little amphitheatre lies to the North of Pipeline Road, the road that runs through the Rose Garden. The checkerboard is located West of the turn off to the parking area for the Children's Petting Zoo.

The Park Board staff member that I first talked to didn't know it existed. Rumour has it that a couple of the pieces were broken and the set was put in storage, wherever that is. Further investigation found that the pieces were not chessmen but checkers and rather unique pieces at that.

At one time in Vancouver there was a factory that made wooden pipe. As a gesture of goodwill, the pipe company cut cross sections of the clear cedar pipe, bound them with galvanized wire, fitted them with loops for lifting, and donated them to the park as checkers.

It is believed that a couple of the checkers were broken and as they were irreplaceable they were put in storage and forgotten. According to the Parks Board it has been over twenty-seven years since anyone has asked to use them.

(Denman St. Mall Chess Corner, man moving a piece)
GARTH R. MAKES HIS MOVE.

Not too many blocks distant from the amphitheatre, located on the main level of the Denman Street Mall, its close cousin fares a little better.

It is used occasionally, though when I was, first, there, which, grant you, was in the evening, the surrounding benches were occupied by two persons catching a few winks.

The chessmen are in the cupboard under the stairs to the West side and the key is available from the friendly staff at the Minifoto shop on the North side of the center court.

The overhead banner declares that center court is called `Community Chess Square'.

The chessboard is actually tiles in the floor of the foyer.

According to a 1994 article in the West End Times the idea was borrowed from the Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver in an attempt to bring European culture to the West End. The chessmen were hand carved under the guidance of Haida artist Clarence Mills.

The amphitheatre's more distant cousin resides across the water, on the opposite shore of the First Narrows. If one continues West on Pipeline road from the amphitheatre, gets back onto the Georgia Street Viaduct, and crosses the Lion's Gate Bridge, elder brother to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and bears West again, he will reach a split mall in the city of West Vancouver.


(Park Royal Mall Chess Floor)

In the Southern half of the Park Royal Shopping Center is a constantly busy, man sized, chessboard. If it isn't in use, though it usually is, the chessmen are available from any member of security.

As well as the playing area in the center court, there are tables on the upper level that are usually in use and, as well, towards the administration office, there is a meeting room with eight tables with chessboards. These separate areas were originally designed as smoking and non smoking, however there are no set rules amongst the players or spectators.

Actually there is one rule, no talking of stocks and bonds. Other business conversations are acceptable and in fact have led to fortunes won and lost. More than one high-rise edifice within the city is a result of architects and engineers meeting to play chess.

Originally conceived by the Ambassador from Iran some fifteen years ago, millionaires, welfare recipients, children, seniors, beginners, world class professionals, male, female, players and spectators from around the world gather about the inlaid tiles now nicknamed the TV board.

The chessmen are a hand made Stauton Set. That is to say they are built to Chess Federation dimensions. No one seems to know who made them but awhile ago when a piece was stolen it was replaced by a carpenter in Squamish.


Unloved and unwanted, too shady and damp to be used but on the sunniest of days, our little amphitheatre relaxes in the knowledge that its cousins are known and loved.

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article was written in 2000, in 2006 the floor tile was replaced in the Park Royal Mall. The new tiling does not include a chess board. The area is now occupied by a Rogers Wireless outlet.

In 2007 I was told of another outdoor chess set, in Oppenheimer Park.

The pieces are made from lengths of 4 X 4 lumber and are available from the caretaker at the park office.

(Oppenheimer Park)
A HANDY LITTLE CART HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO TRANSPORT THE PIECES

Mark K. of Prince George came across this `man sized' chess set at the Royal Decameron Hotel, near Bucerias (Puerto Vallarta) Mexico
(Mark stands on a giant chessboard)
MARK K. SAYS, "YOUR CHOICE, WHITE OR BLACK?"
PHOTO - `08/03 Courtesy of Helena K.
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LEASH YOUR MUTT

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LEE A. WOOD

Saturday, while walking through Stanley Park, to the South of Lost Lagoon, I let a holler out of me, "Control your f..... dog".

As the bicycle approached, I yelled, angrily, "Dogs are supposed to be on a leash when you are in the park, not chasing swans."

The cyclist kept his head down and his feet pumping. He never looked at me, keeping his face down and his eyes to the path. However, he didn't look contrite nor did he attempt to call his mutt.

Eventually, after it got tired of harassing the waterfowl along the shore of the lagoon, none of which, luckily, were injured, the large golden retriever cross, finally left.

LOST LAGOON in
STANLEY PARK
(Pic. of Swan.)
Like two tugboats escorting a Love Boat,
two colourful male mallards share the tranquility
of a spring day with a majestic swan.

In the spring of `99 three eggs were again successfully hatched in the same nest. The three cygnets were alive and well until Christmas time, now only two exist. It is unknown what happened to the third.

Of the three offspring only one was female. It is believed that it is the female that is missing.

There are very few swans on our lagoon and there is definitely room for more. They are beautiful animals and loved by all who see them.

To allow dogs to molest them and harm them is wanton disregard for the law and total disrespect for the animals who live in, and visit, the park.

Whether it is a swan, a squirrel, or a human, dogs must be able to walk past without interfering with the other animal's activities. Even if your dog is trained obey the law and keep it on a leash.

A word of warning: If a goose or swan is nervous of an approach it will waddle, swim, or fly away. However, in the Spring, when an animal has young to protect, things will be different.

Though you may be able to let animals eat from your hand, they are wild animals. If the mother thinks you are endangering its young, they will attack. The wings of a goose or swan are very hard and their beaks, or bills, are very hard. They can severely injure a small dog or child.

Do not let dogs or children molest animals.

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This article appeared in `Letters to the Editor' in the `01 Nov. 8 issue of the Vancouver Sun

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WEAR A POPPY TO HONOUR FREEDOM AND VALOUR

Lee A. wood

Vancouver Sun

Thursday, November 08, 2001

- - - - - - -

Yesterday, I asked my stepson, "Where is your poppy?"

He replied, "I'm not Canadian. Why should I wear a poppy?"

Many Americans believe that the Second World War began with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In actuality, the war started in the early 1930s when Japan invaded northern China. By the time Hitler's armies began to move out of Germany, thousands of Canadian soldiers were being worked to death in Japanese prison camps.

In 1915, in the battlefields of France, a Canadian soldier, part of the world's largest volunteer army, penned a poem, "In Flanders Fields," which has made the bright red poppy a common symbol of hope.

After nearly a year of planning, the Canadians took Vimy Ridge in one day, tolling the end to the Great War.

In Korea, Canadian soldiers, were exemplary in their actions and achievements.

Throughout the world every country owes allegiance to the soldiers and the factory workers of Canada.

Throughout the world, every person who enjoys freedom should wear a poppy on Nov. 11 and the rest of the year carry the poppy in their minds. If Canadians hadn't sacrificed their time, and lives, during the past century of bloodshed, few people today would have the freedom to ask, "Why should I wear a poppy?"

Lee A. Wood

Vancouver

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IN FLANDER'S FIELDS


by
John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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A PITTANCE OF TIME


by
Terry Kelly

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It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,

Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,

Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet,

Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,

Who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,

Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,

Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN, Who salutes the Flag,

It is the veteran, Who serves under the Flag,

ETERNAL REST, GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

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Sent to me by Raymond I.

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The original version of `TAPS' was called `LAST POST', and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801

Il Silencio

(The Silence)

played by

(13 year old) Melissa Venema with Andrť Rieu and his orchestra at the 'Vrijthof' in Maastricht.

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QUITTING

Story
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LEE A. WOOD

So, you want to quit smoking, or at least you tell your friends that you do. But, have you told yourself?

They say that smoking is a physical addiction and that makes it impossible to quit. Often what happens, physically, in the human body is controllable with the mind.

They say you can't sneeze without closing your eyes because it is a human reflex. But you can train your eyes to stay open during a sneeze and you can train your mind to tell your body that it doesn't want that high derived from that puff of cigarette smoke.

Quitting is not an overnight thing, it is a goal that you must work towards over a long period of time. After all you aren't thinking about quitting for a week but for the rest of your life.

Remember the ads that made smoking look so glamorous. Start by reconditioning your mind to think the opposite. Tell yourself your friends, and you, don't look good with that white tube sticking out of your mouth or standing between your fingers.

Now carry it a little further, Tell yourself how silly people look with that stupid white tube sticking out of what would otherwise be a nice face.

Now think up your own reasons why you want to quit: so that you will quit spilling ashtrays on the carpet; so you will quit burning your fingers when the forgotten cigarette burns down to your pinkies; so you don't turn, with a cigarette in your mouth and burn a hole in the curtains when you look out the window.

Do you see where I am going with this? You condition yourself to want to quit.

Many people use crutches such as `The Patch' and `Gum'. And for some they work, but only because they wanted them to work. They had their own reasons for quitting. If they didn't have they wouldn't have tried to quit in the first place. But if their reasons weren't sufficient they only tried.

To succeed, you must have the desire to succeed. And you can develop this desire.

Secondly you must realize that it is not an overnight thing and if you go for two days without smoking and then light up it is not the end of the line. We are all human and all trials have their tribulations. If you don't get 100% on the exam you rewrite.

You may smoke one today and a pack next week but each time between cigarettes will become longer and longer until you can't remember when you had the last one. You just vaguely remember that at one point you tried to quit and finally made it.

Something that worked for me was telling myself that I had quit. I never said I was going to quit, I said I had quit. When I would reach for a cigarette, I would ask myself, "Why do you want that?" And I would answer myself, "I don't want that, I quit".

And I did, over twenty years ago. Still sometimes I find myself reaching for a cigarette and thinking how pleasant it would be but then I remind myself of what an ugly, filthy, habit it is.

After you have quit for awhile you begin to watch others and you see what a filthy habit it is: butts left everywhere; ashtrays dumped out of car windows; cigarette burns in carpets. And how dangerous it is: still burning cigarettes tossed underneath cars that they might roll under a gas tank; burning butts tossed out of car windows that they might roll into the grass and start a fire. How many times have I seen smoke issuing from a trash container because some careless smoker tossed a match or butt without thinking.

If you stop and notice them now they are all added incentives to quit smoking.

Notice them, but don't mention them. The best way to lose friends is to try to convert smokers. You can extol the virtues of having quit but never try to explain to a smoker the vices of his habit. This is a bad habit of reformed persons, trying to reform others. Restrain yourself.

Another habit to avoid is picking up a new habit. Many people that quit smoking replace the cigarettes with something else: gum; toothpicks; food; or sunflower seeds. These are not necessarily bad habits, except the extra food can put on a lot of extra weight, but the new habit can eventually switch back to the original habit. This makes quitting even harder.

And never count the days since you had your last cigarette. You are only counting the days until you start again. You can tell your friends, "I quit for seventy-two days last year".

Wouldn't it be better to say, "I quit some twenty years ago". And you can, with just a little determination and a bit of will power, if you really want to.

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PROTESTING THE PROTEST


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LEE A. WOOD

Protestors are gearing up to go to the FTAA Summit in Quebec City.

They say that history repeats itself. It's true it does. That is because students hate history. Students study history, because they have to, but they don't really learn it. They don't learn how to learn from it.

Look at very recent history: protestors in Seattle; protestors at APEC; and not too many years ago, protestors in China.

From a quick study of these events we learn three things: protestors are not perceived kindly by the general public; protestors are perceived as lawbreakers by the authorities; and protestors do not achieve their goals.

Oh, sure protestors get their names in the news and their pictures on TV, but they don't accomplish their main goal of; influencing the decisions of the law makers.

Let's take a look at the future and see if we can apply the lessons of the past.

In Quebec we are going to have thousands of protestors from all over the world. First off there will be no accommodation for them. All the hotels will be full with visiting dignitaries and most of the protestors will be there on a shoe string budget. There will be no facilities for them and not enough food. Many of the protestors will be from foreign countries. They will be used to hot climates. The summit is in late April when Canada is still cold.

In Quebec we will have thousands of extra police, with swat, and military backup.

So we have the three things we have had in the past. One, an unruly crowd of protestors who are going to burden the transportation systems disrupting the general populace overtaxing the hospitals with case of dehydration, hypothermia, etc. And in general alienating the populace that they are trying to win over.

Two. No matter how well intentioned they may be, someone, sooner or later, will try to cross police picket lines, thusly becoming lawbreakers and forcing the police to protect the law, and themselves, which will result in injury and possibly death.

Three. NAFTA and the FTAA will still exist after the summit is over.

Now don't get me wrong. I am not in favour of the FTAA. I have spoken out against it since Mulroney first mentioned NAFTA. The American corporate takeovers of companies in Canada and the privatization of Federal and Provincial agencies, in the name of appeasing NAFTA, have only proven that my predictions were true.

What I am opposed to is protestors breaking the law in the name of free speech. There are legal avenues to follow in a democratic society if you want to change laws. Getting injured, injuring police officers, injuring innocent bystanders, damaging private property will not gain the sympathy of the general public.

Protestors seem to think it is OK to molest the authorities and damage government property. Let me remind them that it is my tax dollar that pays for those policemen to walk the street and protect me. If thousands have to be called out to stop protestors from damaging buildings the increased budget for police overtime results in a raise in my tax rate.

Every police car that is damaged, every window that is broken, is paid for by my tax dollars. I can not afford higher taxes.

Do not go to Quebec. I can't afford to supply you with drinking water or hospitals because you don't have warm enough clothing. I can not afford the extra wages for the extra police officers. I can not afford to buy myself a new car, I certainly can not afford to replace police cars that are destroyed by rioters.

And don't tell me it won't turn into a riot, because some idiot in that crowd will say that he has the right to break the law by crossing a tape that clearly says, `Police Line, Do Not Cross'.

If you want to protest NAFTA, and I fully support its demise, do it peacefully. As well as the old saying, `History repeats itself', there is another old saying, `The pen is mightier than the sword'.

Don't go to Quebec. Gather petitions and go to the office of the Member of Parliament for your riding. Sit in his office, peacefully, until he reads your petitions. Impress upon him the fact that if he doesn't go to Ottawa and demand that Canada withdraw from NAFTA he will lose his cushy job as an MP. Show him that you have enough votes to impeach him and you will impress him more than the payments he receives from corporate America to support NAFTA.

Laws can be changed, peacefully, safely, using the existing system. Its how corporate America got Ottawa to agree to NAFTA. Just reverse the process.

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CONTAINERS ARE CLEARLY MARKED.
NEITHER OF THEM SHOULD CONTAIN PLASTIC BAGS

RECYCLING

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LEE A. WOOD

So, you dutifully sorted through all the old papers, tin cans, bottles, and jars, put everything into separate grocery bags, and threw them into the blue bins out back for recycling. Instead of adding to the garbage you have done your bit for the environment.

Probably not. More than likely all you did was arrange to have your garbage put into a garbage bin at the recycling center.

Did you carefully read the labels on the blue bins that you put your recyclables into?

Let's start with the one that says `Newspaper Only". We open the lid and see the bag of newspapers that you threw in. So you got that right. Wrong.

The label says `only'. Only means, news type paper. Not the plastic bag. And not the advertisements. Oh, sure, the flyers were in the newspaper when you got it but some of them are on shiny paper, they are not printed on pulp paper. The flyers should be sorted, the shiny ones go in the mixed paper container, the pulpy ones go in the newspaper container, and the plastic bag should go in the garbage.

Now lets look in the mixed paper container. Yup, there's the plastic bag you hauled them out in. And, look, some flyers printed on news paper.

Are we going to see the same thing in the containers container? Yup, there's the grocery bag you carried the bottles in. And what's even worse the lids are still on the containers. And there is a milk carton and a pop bottle with cigarette butts in it. Someone was using it for an ashtray.

So, don't be so picky, you say. Hey, you're the one that wanted to cut down on garbage and help the environment. By not sorting the recyclables according to the labels on the recycle containers you have not helped the environment at all. When your recyclables get to the recycling station they won't get recycled, they will just go in the garbage.

The recycling station will not pay someone by the hour to empty your newspapers out of the plastic bag or to sort the shiny flyers and throw them into the mixed paper crusher. It is quicker and cheaper to toss them, unsorted, into the garbage bin.

I know you picture the bottles and jars going to a plant that washes them and reuses them but that is not the case. Most recycled glass is sorted by colour, put into a crusher, and melted. The melting process can only handle 10 % of its batch as crushed glass and the rest has to be new ingredients. If you want your glass to be part of that batch it has to be clean.

It sounds strange but cigarette butts, labels, and bottle tops will survive the 2,400 degree F. furnaces that melt the sand. New bottles will come out of the moulds with garbage imbedded in the glass which means the jar has to be rejected and sent to the garbage.

To eliminate this, the glass company sorts for garbage before sorting for colour. If the lid is on, if the label is on, if there is garbage inside, the container will never see the crusher. It is simply sent to the garbage where you would have sent it in the first place.

If you really want to help the environment, if you really want your waste to be recycled, read the labels on the recycle containers and separate accordingly. Clean the inside of containers, lids and plastic labels go in the garbage, paper labels go in the mixed paper container.

Newspaper only. News type paper. No: shiny flyers; plastic bags.

Mixed paper. Virtually any paper or thin cardboard. No: news paper; corrugated cardboard; tissue; coated paper such as milk cartons; plastic bags.

Cardboard only. Corrugated cardboard. No: paper; thin cardboard; plastic bags.

Containers, only. Clean: tin cans; glass; bottles; and jars. No: labels; contents inside; plastic bags.

Also, whenever possible, flatten: small and large boxes; tin cans; plastic jugs. Flattened, they take up less room and you can get more recyclables into one container.

We all want to help the environment but if we don't do it correctly we only waste our time as well as that of others and don't achieve our goals.

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Oh, by the way, those plastic bags I said should go in the garbage, you can take them to Safeway, they have a bin for them. The bags actually are recycled. They are melted and the plastic is molded into poly boards.

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Copyrite `99.

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RENTING

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We are constantly bombarded by warnings not to give out our personal information over the internet. Have you tried to rent an apartment lately? I can't believe the application forms you are required to fill out. It's as bad as applying for an account at a bank.

There was a time when a person wanted to open a bank account the only requirements were that you had to have a dollar to deposit and were able to sign your name. If you wanted to rent an apartment you only needed to have enough money for the rent and a damage deposit.

Now, in both cases, they want to run a credit check on you through the credit bureau. Why, you're not asking for credit? In fact, as you are putting money up front, you should be running a credit check on them. They are the ones that are working on credit, with your money.

Yet, if you don't give them all the information they ask for they won't process the application and you will not get the bank account or the apartment. Which is probably just as well because the apartments are not worth getting anyway.

I cannot believe the temerity of the landlords in this city. Why anyone would want to go through the hassles of a credit check, to rent the abodes, at the prices they are asking, is beyond me.

My feet are aching from walking up and down sidewalks gathering phone numbers from `For Rent' signs, my head is pounding from listening to the sales pitches from apartment managers, my eyes are sore from scouring the rental section in the newspapers, and my pocketbook is deflated from buying fuel to run from appointment to appointment to view overpriced domiciles.

As I want to write articles for a particular publication I thought it would be prudent to live in its coverage area, where I would be close to the bases for my stories. I thought I could save fuel, energy, time, and reduce my contribution to air pollution by living in the Downtown, West end area of Vancouver.

I have an aversion to giving all my paycheck to a landlord. At the end of the month I want to have some money left over for myself. I would like to be able to buy some groceries, fuel for my air polluter, maybe pay my hydro bill, and hopefully have enough left over that I can save up enough to go scuba diving in Fiji once a year.

Not needing a whole lot of room for me and my computer I began by looking for a bachelor suite. After browsing through several cubby holes that shouldn't even be on the market I soon came to the conclusion that for a few extra dollars per month I could have a one bedroom unit. However at that price range I couldn't stay in the downtown area. Looking further afield, Mt. Pleasant, Kitsalano, East End, Capitol Hill, Edmonds, I still couldn't find anything that justified the prices being asked and was still looking at paying for fuel and wasting my time commuting.

I came to the conclusion that I might as well pay a few dollars more and look for a nice one bedroom in the downtown area. After looking at a few, and wading through the paperwork that is involved in applying, I came to the realization that I was back where I didn't want to be with a vehicle, that it is safer to park on the street, yet they still want an extra twenty dollars a month for the parking.

I have looked at apartments that have storage lockers available but I am told that it isn't safe to leave anything of value in them. No, the rent isn't lowered if you don't use the locker.

I have looked at apartments that have wooden floors that creak when you walk on them yet the rent is the same as an apartment with a concrete floor. I have looked at apartments that have the main windows only feet from a heavy flow of traffic but the rent is the same as an apartment at the far end of the building, which doesn't have the steady hum of traffic.

Apartments that are a long way from stores and transportation rent for the same as those close to shopping and transit. Place with holes in the carpets rent for the same as those with new carpeting.

I looked at one apartment that was large, clean, and uniquely designed, however, it brought to mind the inside of a well, with its tall curving walls and lack of windows. It was the same monthly price as another that I had looked at that had large windows that would capture the sun and roast you out in the afternoon.

They talk about Bill Gates creating a monopoly in the computer world but looking for an apartment is like buying gas, all services stations, give or take a penny or two per liter charge the same price for unleaded and the same price for supreme. It seems that all landlords, give or take ten dollars per month, charge the same price for a studio and the same price for a one bedroom.

After three frustrating weeks of searching, during which time I was unable to get any work done to help pay the outrageous rents being asked I have come to the conclusion that I will buy a sleeping bag and join the street kids.

Not only is sleeping on the streets the only properly priced accommodation in this city it doesn't require submitting to giving out your personal information that you are told not to give over the web.

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Copyrite July `00.

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Walter (L) and I, handing out information brochures in Canada Place on Canada Day 2000.

VOLUNTEERING


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LEE A. WOOD

Perusing the paper, this spring, I came across an article calling for volunteers as hosts. I hadn't volunteered for anything since I taught ESL at the Carnegie Center nearly ten years ago but during that time I have worked for two different tour bus companies so I know Vancouver fairly well. I thought that it was so close to the event that the positions would all be filled but the ad was still in the paper and it was only a phone call so I picked up the phone.

At the orientation, the organizers, because of my size and back ground in security, decided that a good position for me would be patrolling the bandstand. On the day of the event, however, I was taken to the concourse to help control the crowds.

However, by the time I was taken to the concourse and shown my duties the viewers of the air display had moved on to the next attraction, I spent the next couple of hours walking the concourse, handing out programs and answering questions.

My next duty was in the main hall where the line up for the Pepsi Challenge was mingling with the line up for the free sample of Cappuccino at Starbuck's which in turn was mingling with the viewers around the Ju Jitsu demonstration. This melee was making it difficult for people to enter and leave through the auditorium

Later, as I had things under control, I was told to take a break. I partook of the fine wares at the food court and at the Mediterranean BBQ on the promenade deck.

When I returned from my repast the coffee display had run out of coffee so I returned to distributing programs and directions along the concourse. This also gave me time to visit the many displays and I met some friends I hadn't seen for several years.

As the evening moved on towards the main event I was taken to the ballroom where I acted as usher for the several thousand people attending the performance of the band `Leahy'.

At the end of the concert I joined the crowds to view the spectacular fireworks in `Coal Harbour'.

During Canada Day at Canada Place I met many of my fellow volunteers, some of whom spoke very little English, as they came from many ethnic backgrounds,

Though I had offered my services very close to the day of the event I was surprised that they were still short handed. In fact during the orientation they asked us if we had any friends who would like to volunteer for the day.

During my strolls along the concourse I saw a display for the old trolley (Downtown Historic Railway) that now runs between Granville Island and Science World. I was told that they too were looking for volunteers.

When I checked out, after the fireworks, there were applications for volunteers for the `Symphony of Fire' which is held in September.

Whatever your skills, whatever your ethnic background, if you have time, if you have the desire to meet others or to work with others, volunteer. In Vancouver there are hundreds of events happening all year round and most of the organizations need help. Give them a call, it's only a phone call. The experience can be educational and rewarding.

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