“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Friday, March 16, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Here then is part 4 of Jesus of Nazareth.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The U.S. based CENTER FOR BIOETHICS AND CULTURE Network is not such a propaganda vehicle. (God bless them.) Jennifer Lahl heads the CBC. She recently had a skype interview with a woman whose surrogacy experience was not rosy. That interview is below.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
My wife was afraid to make too may waves lest Dorothy be the recipient of retaliation. Dorothy had dementia, so she could not tell us if abuse were to occur. Her legs were very weak. Instead of staff helping her to the washroom, they put a lidless commodore beside her bed (near her head). That's where she did her bowel movements. She was supposed to wipe her hands with wipes my wife had to provide. The commode would go days without being emptied. Feces would pile to the lid. Imagine the stench! My wife would have to ask for a new commode and the process would start over.
When somebody bought Dorothy something nice. It was apt to disappear. There was theft, although one couldn't prove it. Dorothy had bed sores. Near the end of her life, she developed an infection. Her doctor recommended she be admitted to an acute care hospital. My wife and her sister were Dorothy's only advocates. They were terrified that if Dorothy was admitted to a hospital, she would not come out alive.
If this is what a Canadian elder suffered with an active, attentive advocates, I can't imagine the treatment (or lack of treatment) elders suffer if they have nobody to advocate on their behalf! No wonder medically assisted suicide can look attractive!
Below is recent program aired across Canada about nursing home abuse. This is indicative of a society that has ceased to embrace a sanctity of human life ethic, and no longer believes that every human life bears the image and likeness of God.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
During some of my
sickest times I have lain in my bed and listened to the works of the great composers' music offerings to the glory of God. The Christian testimony of music and architecture.
Below is a recording of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis, performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis. The performance took place in Gloucester Cathedral where is was first performed and conducted by Vaughan Williams in 1910.
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) was an English composer -- a giant of sacred music. The magnificent Gloucester Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1,300 years. It's roots can be traced back to 689 AD.. (For more history of Gloucester Cathedral, see http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/history-heritage/cathedral-history/)
Listen to the beautiful music. See the beauty of the ancient architecture.
Friday, February 23, 2018
If pornography is an issue in your life, don't keep it a secret, there are resources to help you overcome that addiction. Confess it to your priest or pastor and ask for help. But you must want God more than your choices.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
|Parkland school shooting victim|
I have an abiding love for America. In fact, the day my own country of Canada legalized medically assisting the suicides of sick and disabled people (at tax payer expense) was the day I starting wanting to move to the U.S.. I love everything about America except its obsession with guns. Does the 2nd Constitutional Amendment mean a right to bear assault weapons designed for one reason: Killing people? Don't get me wrong I believe in civil liberty as much as the guy. But for the life of me, I don't understand why ordinary citizens need AK47s, or other automatic weapons. It's simply beyond me.
I've heard the defence that people need a weapon to defend their property and families. That's what police are for. The response may be that some neighborhoods are so violent that people need to keep a pistol in their night-drawer to ward of intruders until the police arrive. Okay, but a pistol is vastly different than an automatic weapon.
The Parkland high school slaughter begs the question that needs to
be answered: Should ordinary citizens have assault weapons designed for military applications? Is it reasonable for someone with a history of mental illness to have any gun? My answer is no.
But then what do I know, I'm a naive Canadian. For the longest time I thought the right to bear arms had something to do with short-sleeved shirts.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
My son is a successful graphic artist in the book publishing industry, but his real love is working with pencil and charcoal. I't a dichotomy about him that I love. He makes his living at two extremes of visual arts: Computer and the original art form. I asked about this. He held up a piece of charcoal and said "It all began here." He is going so far as to make his own charcoal with fire and incomplete combustion of wood.
Dean usually draws the human face and you can see much of his work on Facebook at Dean Pickup art
He completely surprised me with his most recent piece (above). He called it MERCY. I asked him why he chose that title. He said, "Only the powerful can give mercy. The powerless receive it." Good point. This charcoal drawing will mean different things to different people.
To Christians viewing MERCY, they may think of Aslan from C.S. Lewis' Narnia book series. A Muslim may think the lion represents Allah. The secularist will image a lion choosing not to devour it's prey.
Prints of MERCY can be ordered from Dean Pickup art.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The President spoke of hope and change to set free the engines of enterprise from the hobbles of government regulations and disincentives. He spoke of low unemployment and the rising stock market. The President spoke of national security to protect America -- and, by extension, the world. He spoke of faith and family and reminded Congress of the words found on America's currency: "In God We Trust."
|The Democratic Party mood|
I do believe America is seeing the bright and hopeful rays of a new sunrise, after eight disastrous years of the Democrats. It is so important that the American people strengthen the Republican majorities on both the Senate and the House of Representatives in the upcoming mid-term elections. Without decisive majorities, the Democrats will continue to obstruct and stymy legislation of the duly elected Republican government and President. You see, to Democrats it's all about winning and losing not right and wrong.
I was reminded of a blog post I wrote a number of years ago under the title "IS THE SUN RISING OR SETTING FOR AMERICA" SEE
Friday, January 26, 2018
Avenues must be established for healing for victims (and
But the goal must be restoration of everyone involved to view the other as valued, equal and contributing members of our collective human family.
I understand that is not always possible. It takes the wisdom of Job to understand who can be retrieved and regretfully accept who is irretrievable and must remain pariahs. Our human community must remain sensitive and discerning about who is which. There is a time for incarceration for serious or criminal offences or repeat sexual offenders. Always protect the common good even though it can carry a high human cost.
It must be acknowledged that we live in a pornographic culture and that must be changed. Modesty is a virtue. Sexualization of people as objects, outside the bounds of commitment relationships, must cease to be glorified or viewed as healthy. Nobody is an object for the gratuitous gratification of someone else. The arts and media must move toward messaging that embraces the unalienable worth of every human being in their own rite. Entertainment and education have an important role to play in casting our individual and cultural understanding of human nature as possessing a spark of the divine.
If you do not believe that every human life is inalienably endowed with the image and likeness of God, at least behave as though you do. -- MDP
Monday, January 22, 2018
In the early years after this blog was started, very few people read my posts. The numbers began to grow. The blog has now surpassed 700,000 page views from across North America. It seems to be striking a full chord with people.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
David Horowitz is one of America's great citizens. For more than 25 years he has been fighting for foundational freedoms under direct threat of leftist agendas. If freedom and truth prevail in America, a great debt of gratitude will be owed by the nation to David Horowitz. See video below then visit:
Thursday, January 18, 2018
A cynic, agnostic or atheist might respond by saying that what I am describing is just euphoria that can be experienced with neurological diseases like MS. The problem with that explanation is that millions of people throughout the ages have experienced this same peace in even more desperate circumstances. Music and poetry and books have been written about this peace in Christ that passes all understanding.
Above the clamour of the world and agonies chronic illness and disability, Christ's calls to me: "Be not afraid, I am with you." His peace reaches through anguish and calms my soul. And once again, music expresses my heart where words fail. Click on image below. -- Mark
Monday, January 15, 2018
Last fall I have started a second blog called MediaPerspective (http://www.mediaperspective.org/). It is a critique of and for the media. In an era where euthanasia and assisted suicide for the sick and disabled is legal, it is important the media portray life with disability in a positive context. In an era of dominant liberal slanted news reporting, it is important that news outlets be held accountable for what and how they report or withhold from airing. It is important that media employers be an inclusive workforce embracing contributions employees with disabilities have to give.
Recently I challenged the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for failing to be an inclusive employer of people with disabilities.
The CBC receives over $1.4-billion annually of taxpayer funding.
- CBC: FAILING EMPLOYMENT EQUITY FOR 30 YEARS;
- CBC’S FARCICAL INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY PLAN (2015-2018);
- CBC’S PERSISTENT BIGOTRY
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
strategy they refer to as A Space for Us All. They stated the strategy “aims to be the public space at the heart of our conversation and experience as Canadians.” These most senior executives continued:
review and adaptation of the plan has occurred since 2015 to improve this disappointing reality? What response did JEET have to improve recruitment of employees with disabilities?
In this latest document to the federal government, more current information is presented. There’s little improvement, after the smoke and mirrors of the document are cleared away. It’s designed to cast the CBC’s dismal performance in the best possible light. The report stated that CBC/Radio-Canada increased its representation rate in all designated groups during 2016. Wonderful! Then they revealed that the results for the four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act: (Women, visible minorities, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.)
According to the 2016 federal census 16.9% of Canada’s population are 65 or older. If representation and inclusion are as important to the CBC as they claim, they should have about that much programming dedicated to issues impacting seniors – including increasing disability with advancing age.
Mark Davis Pickup
 Women represent 50.4% of Canada’s population (17.2 million);Visible minorities represent 19.1% of Canada’s population (6.2 million), Immigration and Ethnocultural Representation In Canada, Statistics Canada: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-010-x/99-010-x2011001-eng.cfm ; Canada’s indigenous population makes up 4.3% of the population (1.4 million people), http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-011-x/99-011-x2011001-eng.cfm; Canada’s disabled population represents 13.7% of the population (3.8 million), http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-654-x/89-654-x2013002-eng.htm
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
[In terms of on-air disability presence, my previous post did not specifically deal with dramatic and comedy productions such as Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Anne and Schitt's Creek. You will notice they don't have characters with disabilities.]
The CBC has a a glossy INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY PLAN
for 2015- 2018. The document's preamble is written by Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC, Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President, English Services and Louis LaLande, Executive Vice President, French Services. They state they support inclusion and diversity in programming and show cycles "from idea development through production and post-broadcast measurement." They continued:
"Having a diverse workforce, including our management team, allows us to capture the aspirations of all groups that make up our social fabric. We know we still have a lot of work to do, but we are confident that the Inclusion and Diversity Plan 2015-2018 will lay a foundation for our success as Canada's public broadcaster."
Really? Even senior management? In their most up-to-date employment table 2 in the Inclusion and Diversity Plan, entitled "CBC/Radio Canada WORKFORCE
ANALYSIS BY EMPLOYMENT EQUITY OCCUPATIONAL GROUP for 2014, the best they could muster for senior managers and middle managers was 1.3%. The dismal stats and unattained goals for a workforce that includes employees with disabilities makes their hollow words an embarrassment. Apparently the aspirations of people with disabilities are not included in CBC's "social fabric".
Mother Corp's Inclusion and Diversity plan acknowledges that,
"... Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities saw marginal increases in representation. However, important representation gaps remain for those two groups. Barring a concerted recruitment and hiring effort, existing gaps for three out of four groups will remain."
With regards to employees with disabilities, they say employment advances were "marginal"? I prefer the word minuscule. The Inclusion and Diversity Plan shows that as of December 2011, employees with disabilities at CBC was only 1.5% of staff. Three years later the number nudged up ever so slightly to 1.7%. A 0.2% increase over three years is minuscule. The CBC is falling far behind in their goal of 4.6% for that time period. Perhaps it is time for "concerted recruitment and hiring effort" -- there's only one year left in CBC's INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY PLAN.
The Inclusion and diversity plan for 2015-2018 is a farce. The CBC is not attaining their own pathetic goals. They are only half way toward their 2018 goal for the category that includes on-air staff with disabilities and only 1.7% of their total workforce represents employees with disabilities. Their goal is 4.4%. Quite simply, the CBC is not anywhere close to their own goals.
Apparently The Plan is reviewed by the CBC's Vice President of People and Culture, currently Monique Marcotte, and her staff, as
well as what they have dubbed their Joint Employment Equity Committee made up of stakeholders. Their implementation and monitoring strategy is failing.
Things have not improved much since I was involved nearly 30 years ago. The CBC has a very selective and partial version of inclusion and diversity. Actions may speak louder than words -- but so does inaction.
|Hubert T. LaCroix|
CBC's President & CEO
Inclusion and diversity are more than statistics, percentages, and goals which are simple quantitative and hopefully qualitative tools of measurement. Dedication to inclusion and diversity begins in the human heart and works out.
It is a blazing truth that people behave as they think; beliefs should govern their thinking and reflect in their actions. But not to act is to act. It is high time for the CBC to illustrate through hiring, training and retention of employees with disabilities, it's ongoing commitment to the very inclusion and diversity they espouse.
Mark Davis Pickup
Saturday, November 18, 2017
|CBC's new anchors for the|
National News: left - right
Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang,
Adrienne Arsenault, Ian Hanomansiing
The CBC receives well over $1.2-billion annually in federal taxpayers' funding. For many years I have unsuccessfully advocated an increase in disability employment at the CBC — especially with its on-air presence. After all, over 10 percent of working age Canadians (2.3 million) have a disability.
Up until 1991, I worked for the Canadian federal Commission charged with promoting employment equity in the workplace for Canadians with disabilities. One of the worst of offenders of disability employment discrimination was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Every year the federal human rights commission filed its annual report in the Canadian parliament showing the CBC
I could not persuade senior management of the CBC Alberta/NWT region to consider qualified disabled workers for a broad spectrum of employment across the CBC. They were resistant to the point of obstinacy (particularly when it came to the idea of television broadcasters). Never mind broadcasters, they just could not imagine the possibility of including skilled disabled writers, researchers, producers, directors, editors, and particularly NOT television reporters and anchors.
Even after the year's secondment, and glowing performance reviews of my work, senior management remained resistant to the point of defiance to consider employment equity for qualified disabled workers. At the end of the year I met with Alberta/NWT senior management for debriefing. They admitted that I proved to be a valued employee who only required minor workplace accommodation. They admitted their dismal employment record for disability--they could not deny the horrible statistics--particularly with television reporters/anchors. One executive cynically mused about getting employees who wear eyeglasses to identify as disabled to get their numbers up (snicker-snicker).
One manager said, "A reporter in a wheelchair would be distracting to viewers." I responded, "Initially, perhaps, but I think you underestimate your viewers' ability to accept difference.They simply want the news and quality programming." I reminded them there was a time in the 1960s when the same argument was used against women reporters and anchors.
President of CBC
I hope things have changed, although I still do not see a visible disability presence on television. The CBC seems so quick to point out the prejudices and failing of everyone else but loath to admit their own.
Granted, there are exceptions one can point out but they are few and far between. They are the rare exceptions, and everybody knows they are the rare exceptions. Society still sees workers with disabilities as less capable. Employing them is considered a gesture of corporate benevolence. Our culture has yet to understand that a qualified and inclusive workforce, in all its variations, enriches society. Until that really happens, we will all be poorer.