We have just passed the ninth anniversary of the world's worst peacetime oil spill and the effects are still being felt. When the Deepwater Horizon drilling unit suffered a catastrophic blowout and explosion in April of 2010, it devastated an area that was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina two years before. Peter … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14
How to have a civil debate online! Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com I am a member and administrator in a Facebook group, and one of the members was kind enough to give me a shout out for my article on Medium.com (which is also on this site). As is somewhat inevitable when you talk about … Continue reading The Importance of Civility and Professionalism
An awesome thing happened this past Saturday night, for the first time in history an NHL game was broadcast in an aboriginal language. The National Hockey League teamed up with aboriginal broadcaster APTN to deliver both play-by-play and colour commentary in Plains Cree. While I am a male of European heritage, I live in Treaty … Continue reading Inclusive Languages
When each day is a struggle to merely do the basics required of us as people, there is no capacity to take on the challenges posed by a disaster or major emergency.
If you are an Emergency Manager and you cannot, with all your heart, believe that each and every person is as valuable as any other, then please reconsider your vocation.
Some of you may have noticed that the tag line on my website changed tonight. Some of you may also know and understand why. Tonight, the United Methodist Church (UMC) voted to exclude LGBTQ+ people from full communion with the church, and from being in pastoral positions. I disagree. I disagree deeply and unabashedly. I … Continue reading Radically Inclusive
Photo by Matt Hardy from Pexels “When one man drinks while another can only watch, Doomsday follows.” – Turkish Proverb I was recently involved in a conversation online where I was accused of making social issues into emergency management issues. My immediate response was "Yup, because they are!" Emergency Management and Social Justice interact in ways that are … Continue reading The Intersection of Emergency Management and Social Justice