Women in trade: support group formed

April 16, 2018

When I was going to school at the University of Winnipeg and writing for The Uniter, the student newspaper in the late 1978s, it was still very unusual for the mainstream press and media to write about women’s equality issues such as women making inroads into the traditionally male dominated trades.

The student press  ‘ took-up-the-slack’ and wrote about these things in the 1970s and still does even to this day.

Here is one story, I wrote:

The Uniter

Wednesday, October 18, 1978

Women in trade: Support group formed

by Tanya Lester

If you are a woman having trouble finding a job in the trades, W.I.T. is what you need.

Acccording to Shirley Walker, Women In Trades (W.I.T.) president, the group is for women who encounter difficulties in “just getting hired.” It acts as a support system where women can air their problems.

Problems range from discrimination to traditional myths, Sandi Somerville, W.I.T. member, thinks women must stop feeling guilty because they do not want to “stay in the goddamn home.”

W.I.T. was organized in June, 1977 by a group of women who had taken pre-trades courses at Red River Community College (R.R.C.C.). None of the women could even hope to enter a trades course at R.R.C.C. until September, 1977. Employers would not agree to hire them as apprentices. Through grants from the Secretary of State, W.I.T. was formed.

In the future, Walker hopes to see co-ops formed by W.I.T. members. Presently, W.I.T. members Somerville and Jeanne Lyons are share holders in their own renovating carpentry business.

To increase support, W.I.T. members speak at public events like the 1978 “Festival of Life and Learning” at the University of Manitoba. They also are working on an audio-visual kit to aid them in speaking at high schools.

Like any other group, W.I.T. has organizational problems. It is difficult to contact members for meetings. Questionaires sent to members in an attempt to start a job bank were not returned. W.I.T. member Louella Lester feels discussions about relating to men on the job might be helpful at the meetings.

W.I.T. is just over a year old, but already boasts fifty-three regular members and twenty-seven associate members in Winnipeg. It also has members in Ontario and Saskatchewan, and a sister group in Saskatoon will soon be formed. Walker hopes W.I.T will become a national organization to help women in trades across Canada.


Tanya is a psychic with over two decades (at time of this post entry in 2018) of giving 1000s of readings mostly in Canada but also in the USA and in Europe. She is also a Reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. For more go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and to her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. To book a reading or arrange a housesit,  text/call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

Tanya’s books are: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. The first two books — non-fiction and a novel of inter-linked stories respectively, can be purchased from the author or from amazon.ca All books are available in some library systems and/or can be transferred to the public library you frequent.

To read more posts in this blog of eclectic themes and genres, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com






Friends I Never Knew

April 16, 2018

My book, Friends I Never Knew, my novel which went on book store and library shelves in 1993, was published by Ragweed/Gynergy Books, a feisty little publishing house in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

I have always been lucky when it comes to islands. I grew up on an almost-island, called a peninsula at Victoria Beach, Manitoba, Canada on Lake Winnipeg. My wonderful son Luke was conceived on an island country called Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea in the Middle East as well as writing the manuscript for my Friends novel.  Then, Friends was the only book of my four titles that was published by a publishing house.

I also lived on Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada for 16 years. Besides this, among the many countries to which I have travelled, including Cyprus, are Cuba (I later travelFiled on the Caravan to Cuba to collect money and goods for the people of the island-country who have suffered long and hard due to the decades-long USA embargo against them), The Bahamas and Jersey in the Channel Islands as well as Canada’s province of Newfoundland and most of the Gulf Islands on the West Coast of Canada on which I have housesat in some of them. Vancouver Island has been a base for me during my several years of housesitting.

Here is the ‘blurb’ for Friends I Never Knew that ran in the Ragweed/Gynergy Books catalogue of the titles they released in 1992/93:

Friends I Never Knew by Tanya Lester

Tara has exiled herself on a Greek Island (note: Cyprus is actually a place in which many Greeks live but is separate from Greece) to write about the friends she has made through her work in the women`s movement. Out of the fragments and sketches, she has jotted down in her notebook, emerge four extraordinary women. Unexpectedly, Tara finds herself weaving another story between the lines of theirs: her own. 5.5×8.5, 160pp. 0921881 18 5 (pb) $10.95 Ragweed/Gynergy Books.

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Tanya`s books are: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams & Tricksters and Women Rights/Writes. Both Confessions and Friends can be purchased from the author and from amazon.ca   All four books are available in some library systems. (note: Public libraries can order books from other libraries so you can borrow them from your local library.)

To read more pieces by and about Tanya Lester in this blog of eclectic writings and themes, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

Tanya has worked for many years as a psychic counsellor specializing in tea leaf reading, tarot, psychic channellings, mediumship and gypsy readings. She is a third generation tea leaf reader on the Lebanese side of her family. She is also a Reiki master and fulltime housesitter. To read more about her work, go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. To book a reading, learn Reiki or arrange a housesit, text or call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com






Intuitive creations on tap in parlour quilts display

April 13, 2018

More than 12 years after I wrote the following article, the Wet Coast is still — surprise! surprise — providing us with many days of  “last-leg-of-winter blues” and I am writing this in April.

Here is the cover-up on woolly cover ups:

Gulf islands Driftwood

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Intuitive creations on tap in parlour quilts display

by Tanya Lester

Cozying up to an eclectic sample from one of the largest Canadian quilt collections at ArtSpring this weekend could be the answer for those last-leg-of-winter blues.

The Family Jewels: Parlour Quilts of the 19th Century exhibit, presented by Stitches Quilt Shop in association with collector Jim Erickson, provides a rare opportunity to view a variety of stunning decorative styles, including crazy quilts, silk log cabin and mosaic quilts.

Erickson chose the ArtSpring galleries in which to display his quilts because it is the biggest island venue. Still, it will hold only a fraction of the 300 quilts he has in his possession in storage trunks, which he call s the “Florence Erickson Collection”, in honour of his mother who occasionally quilted herself.

Erickson said 40 per cent of his collection is Canadian, with most originating in the country’s oldest provinces — Quebec and Ontario — where quilting has been established for the longest time period.

The decorative quilts collected by this south-end Salt Spring resident were never intended to be used on a bed to provide warmth. Instead, he said , it was the fashion in the past to drape them over furniture in the parlours or middle and upper-middle-class homes.

Erickson said the invention of the sewing machine in the 1870s allowed women to produce clothing more quickly, which gave them time to explore their creativity. Beautiful quilts were sometimes made by groups of women working in “bees” but were more often produced by an individual.

Quilts tell numerous visual stories. The square blocks might depict a pattern from one decate while the backing is of a style popular many years later. Erickston explained that this suggests someone made the blocks, but never got around to finishing the quilt, so it was left for someone else’s hands to do years later.

Other quilts emphasize the colours of the Depression ear: a medium green and pink.

Erickson marvels at these “intuitive creations” put together by ordinary people with no design or artistic training. He buys some quilts for their technical excellence, but most often he is interested in the visual quality.

Erickson remembers the first quilt he owned was given to him by an aunt when he left his small Minnesota farm community to attend university. He came to truly appreciate these quilts years later when he began hanging them in his office for his work on film shoots as a set decorator creating authentic period sets.

His work in movies such as Seven Years in Tibet, Mississippi Burning and Snow Falling on Cedars drew him to antique shops and markets all over the world in search of props. Quilts were among his discoveries.

This weekend’s show will appeal to those who quilt, other artists, historians, collectors or anyone who enjoys looking at beauty, as well as those seeking temporary asylum from the winter blahs…

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To read most posts in this blog of eclectic topics of writings by and about Tanya Lester, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

Tanya Lester is a psychic counsellor specializing in tea leaf reading, tarot, psychic channeling, mediumship and gypsy cards. She is also a Reiki master and fulltime housesitter.  For more information go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Goggle.  To book a reading or to arrange a housesit, text/message or call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

Tanya’s books are: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. The first two titles can be purchased from the author or amazon.ca All titles are available in some library systems.



April 12, 2018

As I write this, I have got the protests against Kinder Morgan pipeline going into the ground in British Columbia, Canada, on my mind.

What often come with protests are fund raisers to support or maintain the environment or whatever else is threatened.

The following is a report I did on a dance fund raiser at Beaver Point Hall in the south end of Salt Spring Island, BC.  It was to raise money to maintain the land that was threatened to be clear cut  on the island around the turn of the century:

Spotlight : a weekly supplement to the Gulf Islands Driftwood

Wednesday, March 1, 2000


by Tanya Lester

By 1:30 a.m. last Sunday morning, Woodstop had raised close to $6000 for Texada land acquisition. Everywhere there was song and celebration while Beaver Point Hall floor shook under the feet of those dancing on a pulsing musical energy wave created by the Carrot Revolution.

Described as a community music festival, there could have been little doubt to approximately 500 people attending that it lived up to its publicity with 28 performances by mostly local musicians and actors.

First up on the dance floor just after 4 p.m. Saturday were three pre-schoolers, who did an impromptu butterfly to Stone Circle’s fiddle music.

These wee ones first focussed their interest on the performers, when big people pretending to be little people raucously danced out onto the floor.

There big hairy unruly fellows turned out to be none other than the “dwarves”, still hanging out on Salt Spring long after they made their debut in the Christmas pantomime, Sleeping Beauty and the Eight Dwarves.

Maybe they were enticed by Susheela, who directed the pantomime and hosted Woodstop. The dwarves would have to wander a long time in any forest to find a willow more wispy than the one Susheela portrayed.

Whatever their motivation for being there, the dwarves were shocked when they ran across only stumps where their forest once had been. Momentarily dismayed, they soon recovered and proved themselves to be men of action as they encouraged everyone to write letters to those in power about clear-cutting and handed out pine cones to all the kids and adults within arm’s reach.

Then, the performers kept on coming.

There was Mary Applegate singing about those who don’t feel they need to answer to anyone when they cut down trees.

The duo called North and South sany about touching the “sacred tree” without cutting it down and reminding everyone that you cannot eat money.

James Wilkinson and Arvid Chalmers proved they were as comfortable with musical instruments as they are on stage acting. “The only thing people should cut down on Salt Spring is their smoking,” Wilkinson quipped.

By the time tantalizing aromas began wafting out of the kitchen in preparation for the potluck feast, people were starting to chat.

One talked about artist Leslie Corry’s beautiful stage backdrop displaying the artistic version of a forest with a naked woman dancing in it.

“We see (the beauty) every day when we look around us,” reminded another who has been camping at the site off Musgrave Road which started in protest against Texada Land Corporation (TLC) loggers’ use of Crown land without an access permit.

Dick Willmott, a retired math professor from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and his wife Jill Willmott, sat on one of the benches as the entertaining night was warming up.

They said they moved to Salt Spring half a year ago because of the island’s beauty, its caring sense of community and its slower pace.

Fearing their reasons for re-locating here might be jeopardized if clear-cutting continues on TLC property and perhaps spreads to Channel Ridge which is near their home, they have signed the petition asking the provincial government for stronger environmental legislation.

They also quickly attend land acquisition fundraising events such as Woodstop. They plan on becoming Salt Spring Land Conservancy members, too.

The evening turned into night. People came, went and returned.

Chalmers led the auction. As well, Robert Bateman posters adorning the walls near the

hall entrance were donated for the silent auction.

Deb Toole performed an operatic treat that compelled one man to marvel out loud about the evening’s wonderful musical variety and a community that can provide all these innovative variations.

Robert Osborne, who has worked hard as a facilitator and spokesman for those opposed to the clear-cutting , got on stage to present Susheela with flowers for her contribution to the evening’s success. Osborne went on to thank all the women who have expended and will continue to expend energy to this cause, including Devon Guest, Sandra Hunter and Aylwin.

Then, everyone got down to serious dancing with one tight band after another, starting with Simone Grasky belting it out in juxtaposition with the nice little hand movements and mike handling that goes with every song she sings.

The Escape Goats did an excellent set, too, with the super voices of Tonya Horoky and Sarah Morris blending rock, folk and blues.

(It would be a good thing to hear them around more often.)

Earthmen were tight and bright with a lot of orange and a drummer who imitated Arvid Chalmers imitating a hippie rock musician when Chalmers did the Hysterical Society’s Paradise Lots play last summer.

These boys with Gulf Islands roots have really got it together. Their music penetrated the dance floor and everyone was up moving and grooving.

By the time Carrot Revolution tuned up, most of the middle-aged rockers had drifted off but there was still a large group of dancers determined not to miss the ethereal rock of this fabulous Vancouver band with its roots deep in Salt Spring soil.

A quibble about the event: once the serious dance music got going, it would have been preferable for it to stay that way. To intersperse the bands with more introspective artists towards the end of the night was probably not the best way to do things.

There was a real mix of talent at Woodstop. Some were obviously not as far along in their artistic careers as others, but Woodstop had an incredible energy flow created by Salt Spring people both on and off stage.

It’s a good bet that Woodstop was a lot more fun than running up your gambling debts in Las Vegas could ever be.


Tanya Lester, BA and master tea leaf reader, has been doing tea leaf reading, tarot readings, psychic channeling, mediumship and gypsy readings for more than one decade in Canada, the USA and Europe. She is also a Reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. For more information go to her web site: teareading.wordpress.com or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google.  To book an appointment for a reading or a housesit, text/message or call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

Tanya’s books are : Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes.

To read my posts on this blog of eclectic writings on a wide range of topics by and about Tanya, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com






Story project offers healing through play

April 11, 2018

Naturally beautiful places attract all kinds of teachers who offer workshops and courses in these places. What they teach is often about healing/balancing your life. They are often the best in their fields.

Salt Spring Island is one of those places that attracts these stellar teachers. Here is an article I wrote about one:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

Story project offers healing through play

by  Tanya Lester

Anyone who has experienced Robert Osborne’s theatrical facilitation techniques knows the Salt Spring-based globetrotter is no stranger to healing through play.

His Ancestral Story Project (ASP): Reclaiming Our Past, Healing Our Future offering at Beaver Point Hall later this month is no exception.

“We will be using a very gentle and playful kind of story telling, one that returns us to the very beginnings of the storytelling tradition,” said Osborne, who is facilitating the ASP in Japan for the first week in November.

“Imagine the first hunters and gatherers listening to the tales of their time, eager faces and toothless smiles dancing in the firelight, songs chanted in tribute to the extraordinary feats that culminated in our evolution as a species. Storytelling is the glue that binds us as people together, whatever our race or creed.”

Participants will be creating what Osborne calls a “performance ritual and story quilt” fuelled by memories about their ancestors.

The ASP is for those who have done some personal healing work and are ready to go to a new level of transformational growth. It began in 2000 when Osborne and Mexican director Alberto Ruiz envisioned a creative space where those involved would feel comfortable sharing their family stories, foods and traditions.

“Some of these were precious, some painful, all of them were beautiful — even the simplest stories,” recalled Osborne. “Once inside the project we eventually found ourselves in a place of ‘no story’ where we could travel unencumbered into the underworld and rediscover who new realms of possibility. This is where the alchemical healing process begins. This almost always occurs when openhearted people come together to play and weave themselves into the larger fabric of the human story.”

Now in his 30s, Osborne had built one of the most dynamic youth-run Canadian theatres by the time he was 15. In his early 20s, he had already travelled the world; taught theatre in high schools, colleges and served as the Peterborough Board of Education youth drama consultant.

He is a Ryerson University Theatre School graduate and a pagan who has lived for several years with his partner Mark on a Salt Spring organic farm….


Tanya Lester also teaches tea leaf reading and tarot workshops but more frequently does tea leaf readings, tarot, psychic channeling and mediumship herself. She also enhances her reading with healing energy call Reiki and is a Reiki master as well as a fulltime housesitter giving Reiki to the animals for which she cares. For more information go to her website at teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. To book a reading or housesit with her, text/call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

Tanya’s books are: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. Her first two books can be purchased from her or from amazon.ca  All of her books are in various library systems.

To read more of Tanya’s writings in many genres and on a wide range of topics on posts in this blog , go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com


Saving ecosystems nets tax reductions

April 8, 2018

I really think it must be lovely to think, at the end of one`s life, that the beautiful surroundings you lived in will be enjoyed by many, many people for the unforeseeable future.

When I was housesitting in Europe in 2015, I did a sit in Torquay which is a town by the sea that has been nicknamed the English Riviera.

It was also the birthplace of Agatha Christie, the extremely famous and prolific murder mystery author. When she became famous, she owned a house there by the river. The nature surrounding it is stunning English countryside. She bequeathed this and her family home filled with a wide range of antiques to the British Trust who operate it as a Christie family museum.

Scores and scores of people have enjoyed it and breathe in the natural beauty over the years.

This is the kind of thing that happens to property when it is given in trust.

And you can also get tax reductions while you are still living:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

Wednesday, February 25, 2000

Saving ecosystems nets tax reductions : Federal and islands Trust programs explained at SSI Conservancy evening

by Tanya Lester

Most Salt Spring Island land owners could be eligible for property and income tax breaks because they are located in the unique Canadian Douglas fir eco-system, while residents living at higher elevation levels are in the Coastal Western Hemlock ecosystem, those attending a mid-February presentation were told at Lions Hall.

Called Tax Benefits for Conservation, the 25-member audience at the Salt Spring Island Conservancy (SSIC) event was told that living in these ecosystems means property owners can have conservation covenants placed on their land that will result in tax reductions. Both local and federal government representatives stressed, however, that motivation to do so should be the desire to leave a wildlife legacy for future generations.

Robin Annschild, a SSIC staff biologist, said that only two percent of the Coastal Douglas fir remaining in a minute segment of the Vancouver Island southeastern coasts and on the Gulf Islands is presently protected.

She showed a computer photograph of Salt Spring resident Art Morton’s property and pointed out the Douglas fir trees are guaranteed to grow to maturity because…. with SSIC.

Rodney Polden told those attending that much of his 10-acre property on Sky Valley Road, north of Cusheon Lake, is under covenant.

Having bought the land in then 1980s, he said he and his partner Penny had talked about conserving it over the years because they repeatedly heard the power saws being used to fell trees in the area.

Polden said he and his family (two daughters now in their 30s) have always been involved with nature. As part of the Islands Trust’s Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP), a baseline property study must be done at the time of covenant registration. He enjoyed discovering the numbers of plant and animal species that live there.

By getting “down to the grassroots,” it helped Polden realize how “extraordinarily precious these set of ecosystems are.” These included six species of reptiles and amphibians, royal orchids, lichens and mosses.

Polden said through the property tax benefits, he recouped his application fees, and the survey and legal expenses needed to apply for the covenant in three years. He continues to get the tax reduction each year.

Polden did exempt the area where his house is located and a couple of other pieces on the property from the covenant. Islands Trust regulations allow the exclusion of land segments.

NAPTEP literature indicates that a covenant prevents current or future landowners from harming special values of the land through activities such as native plant removal, herbicide and pesticide use; alteration of natural water courses or water bodies, grazing of animals; and modification of the soil of geological features.

Kate Emmings, an Islands Trust staff person who assists residents interested in NAPTEP, pointed out that those who have a covenant on their land receive a 65 per cent property tax exemption on the land value (not the buildings) of part of their assessment. Larger properties are preferred from an ecological standpoint because they obtain a larger variety of species, said Emmings.

Smaller-sized land will mean, of course, less tax exemption but these properties might still be of value if, for example, species like the ecologically at risk sharp-tailed snake, found in only a few coastal areas, inhabit the property.

Besides Salt Spring, NAPTEP is presently available on Galiana, Gambier, Mayne, North Pender, South Pender, Saturna and Thetis island….

David Cunnington of the Canadian Wildlife Service discussed Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (CEGP) that provides income tax incentives for any private land owner in the country who is willing to donate or sell land to the federal government if it is ecologically sensitive. Conservation covenants would be put on the property. The SSIC is one of 160 non-profit organizations eligible as recipients in Canada.

The CEGP was established in the late 1990s and 93 eco-gifts have been arranged so far in British Columbia, Cunnington said. Anyone accepted for the program does not pay federal income tax for six years.

During the discussion that followed, an audience member, who is a farmer, indicated that his property was purchased by CEGP and believed, based on his annual income of under $40,000, that he should get additional years of tax exemption.

Christine Torgrimson, a Salt Spring Island trustee for the Islands Trust, who was attending the event, said in the United States the tax exemption for eco-gifts is 15 years.

Cunnington said he would pass this information on to his director.

Both NAPTEP and CEGP have scenarios in their literature to help those interested to better understand financial savings of placing convenants on one’s land…

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To read more posts in this blog of writings by Tanya Lester on a wide variety of topics go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

Tanya’s books are Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters, and Women Rights/Writes.  The first two books listed here are available from the author and from amazon.ca  All these books are in the Legislative Library of Manitoba and in some other library systems.

Tanya is a psychic counsellor who specializes in tea leaf reading, tarot, psychic channeling and other types of psychic readings. She is also a Reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. For more on her professional life go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. To arrange an appointment with her,  text or call her at 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com










Cash for safety doled out

April 3, 2018

I guess I was meant to write and speak out in this lifetime.

Maybe this is why, in recent years, I have taken to Facebook and other social media outlets like a duck to water.

Not only have I had many pieces of writing — in almost all genres — published but I have sometimes written letters to the editor and have been sought out to comment on many topics by journalists all forms of print and electronic media.

Part of it was, I think, because the reporters were aware of me and new I am articulate so, in some ways, instead of having to hunt around, they could go straight to me. This happened particularly in Winnipeg, Manitoba where I lived for a couple of decades after growing up in rural Manitoba at Victoria Beach for the most part.

Here of is an example of the type of article in which I was quoted:

Winnipeg Free Press

July 3, 1996

Cash for safety doled out

by Stevens Wild

The provincial government will spend $105,800 to improve safety in Winnipeg, Urban Affairs Minister Jack Reimer announced yesterday.

Reimer said three programs would receive the funding under the $3.5-million block for urban safety in the Winnipeg Development Agreement.

But some critics and urban activists said the money would do little to combat growing concerns about crime in the city.

At a lunchtime announcement at Rossbrook House, Reimer said the youth drop-in centre would receive $87,800 over the next four years to offer an outreach program during school holidays , to expand programming in the evening and at night, and to provide part-time work at the centre for youths at risk.

The North Main Business Improvement Zone will receive $3,000 to install additional lighting in back lanes along Main Street from Sutherland Avenue to Selkirk Avenue.

The Manitoba Housing Authority will receive $15,000 to beef up security at the Lord Selkirk housing complex.

“I believe these three projects represent a significant step forward in addressing Winnipeggers’ concerns about safety,” Reimer said.

Except for just over $500,000 previously allocated for the Downtown Watch program, these are the only programs to be funded so far under the $3.5-million urban safety program, signed by the three levels of government almost a year ago.

But Reimer promised that more funding announcements would be coming soon.

Reimer, who said yesterday’s announcement was not timed to coincide with the recent spate of murders in the city, insisted the solutions to urban crime do not lie just with government.

“There’s a responsibility by communities, and by the people involved and the parents and the churches and the social organizations, so that everybody takes a hand,” he said.

Community activist Walter Gunn said that while he appreciated the efforts of Rossbrook House, the announcements would do little to assuage concerns of inner-city residents.

“The biggest problem in our neighbourhood is kids running around all night, breaking windows, breaking into cars,” Gunn said.

Tanya Lester said there needs to be reaction to address the crime problem.

“I feel the series of murders in the last few days and the street gangs to be very scary,” Lester said. “They can’t expect to drop a few thousand dollars in a particular area and think this is enough.”

Coun. Glen Murray (Fort Rouge) said the announcement means little in an era of government cuts to social programs.

“When you are seeing huge cuts , you are seeing small amounts of money being recycled at press conferences,” Murray said.


Tanya has worked for decades as a psychic counsellor specializing in tea leaf reading and tarot. She is also a Reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. For more about her services go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. To book a reading or arrange for a housesit, contact Tanya by texting or calling her at 250-538-0086 or email: teareading.wordpress.com

Tanya’s books include Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader and Friends I Never Knew. These can be purchased from the author or from amazon.ca  Her other two books are Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. All of these books are available in some library systems including in Winnipeg, Man. and Salt Spring Island, BC besides the Legislative Library of Manitoba.

To read more pieces of writing in this blog of eclectic topics and writing styles by and about Tanya Lester, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com




This is blog of the many articles published by and about me over several decades as a freelance writer and a tealeafreader/tarot reader/psychic.