Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cards For Kenny

Minister Jason Kenney 
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Prime Minister of Canada, Office of P.M.
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

(postage free if mailed in Canada)

Those darn students; they're up to their shenanigans again!  When I was their age I was... hmm, what was I doing... oh yeah, I remember, I joined millions around the world in Peace marches demanding an end to the Vietnam War and guess what?  

We were successful.

Now, back to those rascally students.  

On July 1, 2012 I wrote a blog in support of the student led, 59 Cent Campaign (click here). What is the 59 cent Campaign?

To review, in April of this year The Right Honourable Jason Kenney cut spending to refugee healthcare. The law applies to all refugees arriving on Canadian soil from a country that our government deems unacceptable.  Kenney proudly announced that this will save taxpayers 20 million dollars a year, or roughly, 59 cents per Canadian annually. In response, a group of concerned students urged Canadians to mail Jason Kenney 59 cents with a letter expressing their concern (go here for my letter). 

What do these refugees have in common besides coming from some of the worst environments on the planet?  Well, here's a starters list...

  • They are in dire need of medical care.  
  • They have witnessed  atrocities that have left deep scars.
  • Many have lost their sense of community.  
  • Most have have a limited social network.
  • Many have no family.
  • Most don't understand our culture or our language.
  • Sadly, many are broken spiritually. 
  • They are in our schools, our churches, our temples, our synagogue
  • They have no health care.

So what is that darn Generation Y up to now?  They've embarked on a new campaign... what else would you expect of a group of beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, young Canadians?  Here's what they would like us to do.

In the spirit of joy, love, and peace, send The Right Honourable Jason Kenney a seasonal card asking him to grant one wish: 

To restore full funding to the 
interim federal health program. 

I can't think of a better way to honour the spirit of this season than gathering family and friends around a table to make cards for Jason?  You can change the world and your children can help (teachers, take note).Please, send a card, postage free.

Wait a second!  This is a blog about running!  What the heck does Cards For Jason have to do with running?

That's easy.

Run, don't walk,  to the mailbox with a card for Kenney!

If you're still with me, take 1 minute to watch this student video.

It is a good day to be alive.  It's also a good day to be proud of the young Canadian students for taking non-violent action to change a wrong.  They are the future of our nation and you know what? 

The future looks rosy.