Boycott the US

I started my own personal boycott on the United States in November of 2016 by vowing not travel in south of the Canadian border until Donald Trump is no longer in power but now it’s getting more intense after the Trump insult to our Prime Minister and ultimately to all Canadians.

Our countries are so tied together economically and emotionally this is not an option for many.  If your kids live in the US or you own a condo there I’m not suggesting you don’t go there but you might consider a few sanctions.  While I am not convinced that a trade war is the answer to the Canadian difficulties with Trump I can at least make a statement, and so can you buy making sure that you buy Canadian (at least not US) products, as much as possible.  In the season of produce that becomes even easier to do because we have so much food available without even leaving the market.

There are things that might be harder to boycott but some quick glances at labels on products will give you the information you need to make the choice.

I don’t drink orange juice or Coke so that isn’t a problem for me, but they may be non-negotiable for you.  That is fine.  For me Young Living Essential Oils are non-negotiable, and I won’t stop ordering them because of a flawed president.  I will not, however attend conventions in the US and I will put Canadian cranberry in my vodka which will also be Canadian.  (It’s easy to make your own cranberry juice by the way.)

If you decide not to use a product because it is from the US or some of it is from the US, then you might also consider writing letters to the manufacturer.  If you aren’t buying groceries made in the US, you should likely write to the store’s head office to let them know.  Writing letters increases the impact and lets businesses know the mindset of their customers.

It would be very unCanadian to be too radical, but this may be time to make a little more noise than usual.

For more information on how to discover if products are made or grown in Canada visit the Canadian Food Inspection Site.

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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