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One Man’s Initiative in Calgary, Alberta

Posted by Erin Bechtol

by Myles Flaig  // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 

Good intentions might have been the extent of the initiative here in Calgary Alberta Canada. I am not a Type “A” personality. Perhaps I am a Type “Z” if that designates a person who is more inclined to have a nap over doing anything else! But on the second last day of the campaign week I made some signs and told my wife and kids that I am heading downtown to facilitate conversations about Campaign Nonviolence. I told them I was going to set up a television on the street, and they were horrified saying something like, “Don’t be a nut on the corner!” So I left the TV behind.

I shared Pace e Bene and the CNV concept with my Toastmasters Club back in June pledging to “do something”. I also shared it at a meeting of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good. My first “Conversation Station” set up was at the statues, then over to the Tipi in front of the court house which is called the Soaring Eagle Camp. I had an enriching conversation with Arlett Rain of Maskwacis Alberta of Treaty Six. Then I headed to City Hall and chatted with Calgary Bylaw Officers about the campaign. They told me how to get permits if I want to do more than just signs next year!

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