welcome/unwelcome new readers

I have a bunch of new readers!

Until very recently, I was keeping this blog private, only sending the link to friends and family who know about our impending BLC. I didn't want anyone at my day-job to know, except for my few friends there who I trust, and in general didn't feel ready to be public.

I'm not sure why, but the election changed that. Now I don't care who knows. Allan saw a thread at DU (his online political home) about moving to Canada, and I gave him permission to post my URL. Since then, several people have written to offer cheers and support, and a few to say my writing has given them hope. That makes me feel great.

You may also have noticed that I've gotten some comments from right-wingers. (I won't even link to them; if you're curious, you'll have to search.) This baffles me. I don't know about you, but I don't have anywhere near enough time to read things that further educate me about the things I believe in. Why waste time reading blather that you totally disagree with and that only makes you angry? I don't mean studying another educated, well-reasoned point of view. I mean the kind of purely personal politics of the sort I'm writing. Why do these people waste their time reading my drivel and then waste even more responding?

Perhaps they think they're gloating. Perhaps they just like to argue. Perhaps they are so deluded and un-self-aware that they think they have something important to say.

Even in my younger, more hotheaded days, when I never passed up a chance to debate, I didn't go out of my way to lock horns with the opposition. These days, I have as much interest in talking to those people as I do in voting for them. I'd like to help educate an open mind. And I'd like to help like-minded people take action. But I have no wish to battle my way through life by arguing with close-minded morons.

Allan wonders why I don't just delete these stupid wingnut comments, and I don't really have a good answer. If they get out of hand or blatantly offensive, I certainly will. For now, though, I'm content to include a stupid rant or two - especially since at this site, I'll always have the last word.


Anonymous said...

Hello. I am also contemplating on moving north. Can you throw some pointers as to how to proceed? Is the immigration process only for professionals? or ordinary folks can immigrate too?

laura k said...

Hi there. There are a few categories you might fall under. We're in the "skilled worker" class. It's not so much professionals as people with work skills and experience, who stand a good chance of finding employment up there. It could be anything from a bricklayer or electrician to a nurse to a teacher.

You also have to show quite a bit of money in the bank, so start saving! They want to guard against people moving there to use their excellent social services.

I would advise two things. One, go the CIC site - the link is on the left at the beginning of this page. Read everything you can.

And two, go to the very beginning of the blog and read the first several posts. I explain how the process works, at least the rough outline.

After you do that, if you have questions or want to talk about it, feel free to email me. Good luck!