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Ben Babcock

2 Articles in November 2016

  1. An Open Letter to My MP Concerning the Pipeline Approval, and Other Matters

    I can’t take it any more. I have to say something, say something more than just tweeting how disappointed I am and retweeting other people. This Kinder Morgan pipeline approval is the final straw.

    So what follows is a letter I am sending to my Member of Parliament, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women.

    Dear Minister Hajdu,

    I am writing to express my unequivocal disappointment in the Government of Canada’s decisions to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Petronas LNG plant, and more generally, its numerous failures to live up to its promises to renew the government’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and take action on climate change. I am writing to you as a constituent of Thunder Bay–Superior North, but more importantly, as a teacher of adult Indigenous students in this city and a young adult myself.

    At 27 years old, I have not had the opportunity to vote in many federal elections. I was not a fan of the previous government, and when the Liberal Party formed the current government, I was cautiously optimistic that for the first time in a decade voices of young people, and for the first time in … well, too long,…

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  2. Sharing the knitting knowledge

    Today I showed someone how to long-tail cast on, and I can’t help but feel like I did a good thing for the world.

    I was working in the evening at the gallery, and had just taken the vacuum cleaner out. Winter is upon us, which means people track salt de-icer from the walkway onto the carpet. Vacuum every day!

    As I came back to the front with the vacuum, I saw a mother sitting there waiting for her child’s art class to finish. She had her knitting needles out and was casting on with some bulky Lion Brand yarn. (I love Lion Brand. It’s so soft, so nice to use.)

    I love talking to knitters in the wild, so I did something unusual for me and struck up a conversation! I asked her what she was knitting (a scarf, with some lacework since she has find a new technique to try). I mentioned that I was a knitter, of course, and we agreed that knitting in front of the TV is about as good as life gets. She also told me that her son, who is probably 11 or 12 years old, knits too, and that she hopes…

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About Me

I’m a 27-year-old math and English teacher back in Canada after two years teaching in England. In my free time, I read books! When I’m not reading, I’m writing, coding, or knitting.

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I started coding websites, in bad HTML on Geocities, in 2004 in a fit of whimsy. Since then I’ve learned PHP/MySQL, coded my own blog software, and rebuilt this site several times. With the exception of the blog, it’s currently running on the exquisite Symphony CMS. This website is hosted by HawkHost

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