Where:  Cook Street Activity Centre, 380 Cook St. (Cook St. Village), Victoria, BC

“Ten Rules for Being a Good Person in the 21st Century: Are you being a good person?  Are you really?” -Author and Presenter, Michael Doherty

A Presentation followed by Q&A

Good and evil, right and wrong, are these concepts that still mean something in the modern age? The answer is an emphatic “yes”, more than ever! In an age in which humanity has gained the ability to destroy all life on Earth, actions that threaten the existence and quality of life itself are evil, and those that seek to protect life or make it better are good. And each one of us, every day, in every decision we make as a citizen and a consumer, is making the choice between good and evil.

This is the ethical starting point for the book Ten: Rules for Being a Good Person in the 21st Century.  In it, author Michael Doherty asks whether it would be possible for us to do what was done for a much simpler society three thousand years ago, namely, to come up with ten simple rules by which to live our lives as good people. Finding the answer leads through topics as diverse as climate change and overpopulation, nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors, artificial intelligence and space exploration, religious wars and plastics. Step-by-step, in plain language, the most complex, existential issues of our day are explored and dissected, and the inevitable consequences of our choices are laid bare.
As a prescription for humanity as a whole and for each of us individually, the ten rules that result are a prescription for human survival and for individual redemption, if we choose to follow them. But whether we each decide to follow the rules or to break them, first we have to know what they are!

The book is available on Amazon; here’s the link:  https://www.amazon.ca/TEN-Rules-Being-Person-Century/dp/098114571X/ref=sr_1_1  Anyone who might be interested can read the first chapter online at that page.

About Michael Doherty 

Michael Doherty began working to protect the environment in the late 1970s and has continued in one way or another ever since.  About half of his career has been spent working for non-profit groups that have included the Sierra Club, the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and Ecojustice, while the other half was spent in public service, working for the governments of Canada and British Columbia.  He holds degrees in political science from the University of Victoria (BA) and Carleton University (MA), and degrees in law from the University of Victoria (LLB), Durham University (MJur), and the University of Aberdeen (PhD).  He has taught environmental law and Aboriginal law at the post-secondary level, and will be teaching evidence law at the University of Victoria in 2024.  In addition to Ten, his publications include books on environmental law and evidence law.  He is currently the President of a Canadian branch of the Japan Karate Association, and continues to practice and teach karate-dō.  He lives in Victoria.


































































































Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning have all
sacrificed their freedom for a cause. 

Snowden is in asylum in
Russia, but still active (and influential) on social media. 

Julian Assange lived in exile
at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years, and has
had his internet access jammed and visitors disallowed.  He
was finally evicted from the embassy by the newly elected
Ecuadorian government.  He was then arrested, and is in jail
in London in apparent bad health waiting for trial for
possible deportation to the U.S.. 

Chelsea Manning was sentenced
to serve 35 years in a maximum security facility, but it was
commuted by Obama.  She is back in jail after refusing
to answer questions
from the grand jury about
conversations she allegedly had with Assange at the time of
her illegal disclosures.  She is now running for the US Senate
in Maryland.

Also, you may remember we
had a similar Cafe in April last year when our City of
Victoria made the international news when Christopher
, who worked for AggregateIQ in Victoria, blew the
whistle on the company Cambridge Analytica that he claimed had
used mined personal data from Facebook without consent to
influence democracy.  He specifically mentioned the Brexit
“Leave” campaign
in the UK, and other national and local
elections that may have been affected by these tactics.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/world/canada/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-canadian-liberal-party-canada-letter.html

Contrasting opinions:

Whistleblowers are patriots: “We
need whistleblowers as a form of checks and balances within
our society. We need to look up to these individuals, and
call them patriots of our, so called, free world.”  Read

Whistleblowers are traitors: “Stealing
classified information to systematically undermine U.S.
alliances across the world, while aiding U.S. adversaries, is
practically the definition of treason.”  Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2013/12/yes-edward-snowden-is-a-traitor/

Canadian Legislation:

Here’s what the revamping of the federal whistleblower law
would look like if implemented (Jun. 2017):http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/whistleblower-report-law-canada-1.4167847


Is Assange an activist, or a
How does this matter to the courts?

What justification did the
Ecuadorean government’s President Moreno have to evict Assange
from their embassy in London?  “The patience of Ecuador has
reached its limit on the behaviour of Mr Assange.”  -Lenin
Moreno  Did it have anything to do with the $4.2 billion IMF
loan to Ecuador endorsed by Trump?  

Will Julian Assange ever be

[Your question here]


“Just as we do not allow police officers to enter every
home to fish around for evidence of undiscovered crimes,
we must not allow spies to rummage through our every
communication for indications of disfavored activities.”

-Edward Snowden

“One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose

“I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United
States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. When I
chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of
a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.”
-Chelsea Manning

“I used to work for the government.
Now I work for the public.”
-Edward Snowden































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