Sooky Rottweiler by Cynthia

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  1. pierreandnicole

    pierreandnicole said, almost 2 years ago

    Sooky…glad you are back. I was wondering where you’ve gotten to.

  2. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I didn’t make it to round three of the cartoonist contest, but I got good news on (maybe) publishing this locally…and in french.

    In a way, it’s a relief, ‘cause I can make cartoons with a political side again and here, the situation definetely calls for it now. I went to two protests last week and there is an issue you might not have heard in international media but that’s all over Radio-Canada. Let me explain:

    Everybody knows I’m french canadian, but I’m not a quebecker. I’m from a seperate branch of french canadians called the Acadians. During a little prequel to the American Revolution called the French and Indian wars, the british crown was afraid the acadians, french people who lived in the british-owned Maritimes, would line themselves with New-France (modern day Quebec), so they deported them, scattered them along the east coast of the modern-day US. A decade or two later, they came back to the maritimes but their fields had already been given to english settlers, so they settled along the shores of the gulf of Saint-Lawrence, took the land nobody wanted and became fishermen. It became a cliche that sticks to our backs to this day, even though some acadians, like me, live in cities and have jobs in an office building.

    Over time, we turned into a people that’s ethnically and lingualistically white (our skin is white and we speak french) but very indigenous by its lifestyle. Here, the economy changes with the seasons; people catch lobster, crab, cod, maquerel from april to october and women work at fish processing plants, then they make christmas wreaths. For a long time, people (including my dad and my uncle, sometimes starting as young as twelve) went to cut wood for the paper industry as well. People switch jobs according to the time of the year; the same guy who catches lobster in april may be making wreaths in november.

    That leaves a hole in the year, between january and april, where there is bascially nothing proffitable to do. As an answer to the cripling poverty of the acadians in the 1960s, the government gave them the possibility to contribute money during the months when they worked for the months when they couldn’t. It’s called EI.

    People who live that lifestyle are still pretty poor, though.

    Then along came the tar sands, the industry we all love to hate!

    If you’re wondering what an industry on the other side of the country has to do with a bunch of fishermen on the maritimes, it’s because many, many (in the tens, if not hundreds of thousands) went there to find more stable work. Between 2004 and now, nobody really complained since it was on a voluntary basis and workers made their big money there, came back to Acadie for the beaches and gave us a kick-ass tourist season. They went to work there twenty days, came back for ten days. We call it fly in-fly out. Good for the economy, but on the minus side, you got children here as old as eight who have a dad ten days out of thirty.

    This year, with his oil buddies in need of more workers, Stephen Harper decided to all but scrap the EI program, bascically forcing not only the acadians, but also the english and the mikmaks remaining in the maritimes into exile in Alberta and to remain there on a permanent basis. For acadians, this is bascically a second Great Deportation. It is already hard to have just the father of a family there, there are no schools in french in Alberta. Imagine being twelve and being thrown in a school where classes are given in italian or spanish. That’s basically what it would be for acadian kids moving there.

    To sell his reform to the rest of the country, Harper plays on the prejudice that unemployed or poor people are lazy. Nevermind the fact that to make wreaths, someone has to go get pine branches deep in the woods and sometimes walk knee-deep in the snow or that fishermen can lose their lives in a storm at sea. I dare the average office worker, especially conservative, to walk through a fish processing plant, breathing deeply through his nose and not vomit!

    Conservative politicians may say that because this is not year-round it is not work. That won’t stop them from biting into our lobsters at their fancy fund-raising diners at 500$ a plate. It won’t stop them from putting a christmas wreath on their door either. It’s not that people don’t want to work year-round. There is a demand for the industries Harper’s law is going to crash, it’s just that you can’t squeeze maple syryp out of a tree in august and nobody will buy a wreath in march. It’s just the way nature effin’ works!

    And speaking of maples, maple suger season is just around the corner. Another of those industries that employs “lazy” seasonal workers. Sure, it’s not like it’s a priceless national symbol, it’s just the leaf on the darn flag!

  3. Ryan (Say what now‽)

    Ryan (Say what now‽) GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I live in Edmonton and I think that the “tar sands” project is a big mess. I don’t agree with pipelines, but a line to the east might help.
    Harper is decimating the enviroment to favor industry.
    There are french immersion schools here, but I’m not sure about the smaller cities.

  4. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ryan (Say what now‽)

    Thanks for stepping in. Glad to know that all of the west is not like Harper. In fact, all that many eastern canadians know about the est is oil and the conservatives, and the man symbol of all that, Stephen Harper, a man who knows all of the prejudices Suntv can spit out, but who is cruelly ignorant of the economical, social, historical and cultural realities of trhe country he was elected to rule.

    Conservative policies have very serious social consequences here, but it would be almost heartless not to point out what it does to the environment (lakes of toxic waste are just sitting in the tar sands area, nobody knows what to do with them except wish real hard that they will disappear overnight!) and to the people living downstream from there. I heard the native community of Fort Chippewan has seen cancer rates skyrocket.

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