Islam’s perspective on political development begins with the spiritual concept of the community of believers (the umma), their individual responsibility to community and to God. With this, other faith groups are not in dispute concerning their own spiritual communities.

In turn, the spiritual community of believers takes precedence over institutional structure within the Christian community. It is understood that the Holy Spirit– God’s breath and power– is upon all followers of Jesus and joins them together. The Passover Feast was Jesus’ last meal, emphasizing the scapegoat motif. Followers of Jesus ritually partake of that communal feast, and despite the Reformation of some 500 years ago that led to institutional splits, believers are still spiritually united in communion and identify with one another.

In antiquity it was the responsibility of the community to hand out justice. The five centuries up to now slowly evolved as there were attempts to put Godly principles into play politically, but the respective faith institutions became private personal affairs of conscience. The Holy Roman Empire had finally lost its grip.

The political Islamic perspective is that it is the responsibility of the state as the organizer of the community to promote and facilitate ethical behaviour prescribed in the Quran. It is a moral mission and activist posture to build with a divine role in the world.1

It has been said the Western perspective is that “political development is inversely related to religion in politics because secularism is a fundamental criterion of political development.”2 Mackenzie King might have disagreed. King started out longing to put an end to class conflict with a growing idea that the union of “religion, politics, and education” would best deliver reform. Ramsay Cook wrote that in the late nineteenth century King, shunning laissez-faire orthodoxy, had blended Calvinism [indicating the hand to the plow and not quitting?] and social reform producing a ‘religious liberalism.’ King’s aim for the Kingdom of God on earth ironically saw the development of the secular city.3 Industrialization and urbanization brought the end of many of the old ways of life and livelihood.

Cultures organize themselves with mores and routines; at a sophisticated level, we have political-civil society expressed by John Locke (1632-1704) as a tool for interpreting political behaviour, affected by beliefs, social forces, material traits of a social group. National identity might be associated with tribal, or clan structures or sects, carrying a collective awareness of a common history. Historically we have been limited by affectations of distinctive language and culture, and seeing differences in spiritualities instead of discovering similarities once weeding through dialects and customs. We need common identifiers in a transient world. Everyone needs to know at their core that they are a vital part of the community or we become as lost ships at sea.

1. Esposito, John L., ed. (1980). Islam and Development: Religion and Sociopolitical Change. Syracuse, Syracuse University Press, pp. 3,4.

2. Ibid, p. 3.

3. Wardhaugh, Robert A., (2000). Mackenzie King and the Prairie West. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, p.9.; George Ramsay Cook (1985). The Regenerators: Social Criticism in Late Victorian English Canada, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, p. 169.

I wish it weren’t true, but Canada has such a homeless problem that the average person just tunes it out like too much noise or too many signs and advertisements that one stops listening or reading. Prostitution is a big survival business.

When enough individuals choose to make a difference, change is possible.


UVic rabbits were in all the news in 2010. These once-loved pets were abandoned by their student owners after their study terms were over thinking it natural to put these animals into the wild. The universityrabbits eventually hired a company to cull the rabbits which were destroying trees and such outside the university ring. Those inside the ring were adopted throughout North America. They are a metaphor for Canada’s homeless.

under the open sky

uvic rabbits





no regular meals

suddenly homeless


timmy'sTimmy’s was 24 hour…

two year wait

once upon a time

Be Prepared to Diffuse the Homeless Time Bomb:
A Reference Page to Use Before, and When an Event Happens

Here are resources in the community for you to actively become acquainted with:

Ø Drop-in centre, kitchen, shower rooms. 250-220-4026
Ø Resources, education, employment and support. 250-595-8619
Ø 250-385-2131
Ø The Mustard Seed Street Ministry,
Ø Vancouver Island Crisis Line, 24/7. Telephone 1-888-494-3888

There are scores of reasons why you may end up homeless. Stress can play havoc on out mental, spiritual and physical selves. Here are resources you need to review and possibly pursue before you are on the street:

Ø Victoria Mental Health Centre. Andrew, Early Psychosis Intervention 250-888-0601
Ø Vancouver Island Health Authority. EPI Clinician 250-889-4284
Ø Canadian Mental Health Association,
Ø , 1824 Store Street (2nd floor). 250-383-4821

“We are like tea bags—we don’t know our own strength until we are in hot water.” Sister Busche

Ø UVic Sexual Assault Centre, 250-472-4388.
Ø Men’s Trauma Centre, 102-1022 Pandora Avenue. 250-381-MENS (6367)

“As many as 30% of males report having experienced traumatic abuse as children.” Brochure

Ø Citizens Counselling Centre, 941 Kings’ Road. Sliding fee scale. 250-384-9934
Ø Friends of Music Society, 2328 Trent Street. 250-592-5114
Ø Suicide Awareness for Youth (SAY). Kristin 250-386-6328 ext 223,
Ø British Columbia Schizophrenia Society, 250-384-4225
Ø Victoria Native Friendship Centre. Shonia Collison, Health Team Leader, 250-384-3211
Ø The next step in your recovery process:
Ø Chat online, e-counselling, peer support forums
Ø Equity & Human Rights 250-721-8488
Ø Pandora Arts Collective, 1923 Fernwood Road. Drop-in: T, Th 12—4 p.m. 250-920-7227

Be proactive. Get involved.
Homelessness is a symptom of many problems.
You are a vital part of the solution—if you choose.

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I just want to put paddles to the health care system in Canada. We are in cardiac arrest! The Canadian Press (Ottawa) stated a new study predicts health-care spending will continue to outpace inflation this year, similar to growth rates acording to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The spectre looms in at a predictive 10.7 per cent of the gross domestic product.

Well, that just goes to show. I very much doubt that the gross domestic product will be as generous as they were calculating.

Now if we would look into the quality of our nutrition and lack thereof which causes much of the burden on the health care system, we can dig ourselves out of this hole and be healthier for it.

Agriculture, fitness, trade and health portfolios need to become an integrated whole in the area of enhanced wellness. Add to the uniqueness of our political territorial possessiveness provincially, and the autonomy of hospital governances from the government, we need to put out a 9-1-1 call for our Canadian Federalism. After all, my kidney (for example) doesn’t make the distinction between Regina, Hull, Halifax, Yellowknife, or Esquimault.

Janet A Wiebe

As countries go, Canada is pretty small, population speaking. Geographically it is rather large with many natural resources which we have used as a major economic base.

Recently we have cause to worry about the Prime Minister’s Office, actually about Prime Minister Harper himself. He has a great financial backing from the “right”, those people we may consider to be of enlightened self-interest (what is good for me ought to be good enough for you).

It was bad enough the other week when the news informed the public that he had pulled Canada out of managing the software we had spent 30 years in developing to monitor and hopefully manage the current and growing water crisis throughout the world. Considering Canada has the largest amount of fresh water in the world, it was appropriate that we lead the way, cooperating globally as is our want. It was enough to want to, to feel the need to, run for office myself.

But now our very democratic process is under attack as Harper and his friends work, not to find economic solutions to the current crisis (anybody else out there not able to sell their home?), but to gut the opposition parties’ ability to effectively fund-raise. Admittedly, I do not know the details. However, let us look at what money actually does to keep democracy alive.

We initially think it is to “get out the vote” so one’s party can get as many seats as possible in parliament to speak out, pass bills and be on long detailed discussions in committees.  The core of all the busy-ness is to amass information, “intelligence” if you will, about the dynamics of a multiple score of issues. The lack of money limits your ability to effectively be the watch-dog on the ruling party. Lack of funds cripples efficiency and throws you out of the game…It ceases then to be a true democracy–you have a virtual one party system.

As I said, I haven’t read the details. It may even “sound” intelligent. But intent and effect of an action must needs be addressed in all situations or the whole process is tainted and we have an ungodly stench. Such an excellent example of the need for “sober second thought”!

Janet A. Wiebe