Oh, dear Reader, thereginamom‘s been busy!
She’s not only harvesting produce from her garden and preserving it for winter, but also learning a new song. She hopes you’ll join in on the chorus and belt out “Harperman, it’s time for you to go!” with her on Thursday, September 17 at the Regina edition of the Canada-Wide Harperman Sing-Along. Similar events are taking place in more than 40 communities nationwide.
Meet at Scarth Street & 12th Avenue, near Victoria Park at 12:30 PM to sing Harperman. Arrive at the Making Peace Vigil on Scarth Street at 11th Avenue at noon and hop on the Peace Train of Song to the sing-along.
Why do this? For thereginamom, it is about supporting and defending Tony Turner’s right to freedom of expression as guaranteed in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Tony is a folk singer and songwriter from Ottawa who works as a scientist for the federal government. He has been suspended from his job pending an investigation into allegedly violating the “departmental code of values and ethics” in his writing and performing the song, Harperman.
The messaging trm hears in this is that writing protest songs about the Prime Minister should be illegal. Well, sorry, Harperman, that attitude is right up there with the dumpstering agricultural research materials and books thing.
In the meantime, dear Reader, if you haven’t already done so, please do this, too.
And make sure you’re registered to vote!