Monday, March 30, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 Edmonton

"One hour's darkness illuminates our minds"

Although it was only an hour of darkness, it seemed like a beacon lighting our way forward. We have realized that all of us should do something to save the Earth."

I don't think Earth Hour was a huge success, but it planted the seeds of crisis in the minds of Edmontonians. We realize that if we don't take good care of the Earth, then human beings will have to live in harsh conditions beyond our imagination.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Emily Murphy (March 14, 1868 - October 17, 1933) was a Canadian women's rights activist, jurist, and author. In 1916, she became the first woman magistrate in Canada, and in the British Empire. She is best known for her contributions to Canadian feminism, specifically to the question of whether women were "persons" under Canadian law.

In 1927, Murphy and four other women: Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby, who together came to be known as "The Famous Five" (also called "The Valiant Five"), launched the "Persons Case," contending that women could be "qualified persons" eligible to sit in the Senate. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that they were not. However, upon appeal to the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council — the court of last resort for Canada at that time — the women won their case.

This statue is at 98 Street and about 144 Ave on the old Griesbach base. There is another statue of Emily Murphy in Ottawa, honoring the "Famous Five".