Darrell on Water Woes
As I was listening to today's episode on water, I reflected on an article that I read in the LA Times the other day. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US and almost since its inception has not had enough water to sustain its population. Heck, right next door in Nevada, they built cities in the middle of a desert and water flows through that state twenty four hours a day: fountains, golf courses, swimming pools... in a desert!
In Canada, every
major (and not so major) city and town has accessible clean drinking and
bathing water. Somehow, in all these
places, the citizens are provided safe water and for the most part
plumbing. The powers that be make it
work. Sure, the amount of water that is
wasted is a matter of opinion and debate but the point is, for the most part
the water is clean. Whenever there is
news of contamination in water supplies throughout North America, usually the
media jumps on it and outrage spreads across the country. So it's not as if clean water is impossible
to achieve in North America. Yet, Native
people have been living with unsafe drinking water almost since the government
placed them on reserves. And that was a
very long time ago. And nobody seems to
I think that a lot of Canadians think of water problems as happening elsewhere in the world and while it is heartwarming that Canadians are quick to jump on relief efforts for third world countries, very few Canadians realize that those same problems exist right in their own backyard. I think it stems from the very commonly held belief "that would never happen in Canada. Canadians would never allow it." Well it does, and we do.
When we are told day in and day out that we
are the world's leading possessor of sustainable resources, it's pretty easy to
sit back and get comfy about our "limitless supply" of nature's goodness. Hopefully, todays episode on water dispelled
some of those myths as well as making people aware that for a large percentage
of Native people in this country, unsafe water does occur in this country and
'yes' the government does allow it to happen and even tries to keep it hush-
I want to applaud our newest producer Rick Harp for putting together a great episode and once again our senior producer Ruth Shead for making it all come together.
Unfortunately on the show, due to time,
some of the sketches and comedy bits have to be cut to fit into the half-hour
time frame. On this episode I wrote a
sketch that didn't make it to air that took place at a band council meeting
which is interrupted by Shaggy and Scooby- Doo.
I'd like to believe that it was cut due to time constraints but I have a
feeling that it was probably just too weird to fit into the Revision Quest
formula. That's okay, my comedic mind
has always been a little askew and there's more bizarre where that sketch came
Also, I want to give major props to regular voice contributor Jane Testar, for singing a stunning version of my, once again, twisted parody of "The Little Mermaid." As well as Dean Jenkinson for writing the very funny water tasting sketch performed by the hilarious Rosanna Deerchild, Craig Lauzon, and yours truly. All in all, I thought it was a great episode and I look forward to hearing next week's offering.
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