Other than passing gravel trucks, seismic helicopters and quads, it’s peaceful here.
International news reports common folk like us in Syria still fight for their lives under a government bent on exterminating them, and that international demonstrations against the makers of that horrible anti-Moslem film now call for the death penalty. Besides offering prayers for peace from where I live, I’ve done little.
Last night I read another email from farming friends also living in Saskatchewan. Their harvest wasn’t peaceful.
“We're finishing up wheat and some green feed. Just letting you know what has been happening our way as we wait for Minister Ken Cheveldayoff to bring in a new law regarding water management... Another neighbour called and threatened us. He was asked politely in July, to deal with beaver on his land. They are building a dam on the fence line and water is flooding back onto ours. Funny thing is, years back he was ordered by the courts to put ditch blocks on an illegal ditch he made to our flooding quarter, and he has opened them up. This person...doesn't back down.
“Another neighbour...has been pulling scraper next to our home quarter to run more water onto us. Yesterday we went to the fence line, where he could see us. We wanted to talk to him and ask him to stop. This fellow would not stop. He pulled his scraper right beside us. He's also running some ditches to the above mentioned neighbour’s land and combining water. It's entering our land and making a new creek.
“What does a person do? Do I ask my husband to stand down? I only want to do what is right and decent. All of you have been so kind to us. We've have been so proud to stand by you and for your issues. We would do it again in a heartbeat.”
No, I don’t want a riot outside the legislature. This family met with politicians months ago but nothing changed. Why? They wonder whether corporate farmers are filling the pockets of the politicians. The slogans many farmers use where they live are 1. "We feed the world." 2. "Water runs down hill." 3. "Ditching doesn't cause flooding."
What would happen, I wonder, if we all just sent Tweets to Brad Wall asking him where justice is kept these days and whether corporations call the shots?