The Right to Know Plus Canada

No blog today. Instead I will share a painting and important caption from Norman Rockwell from 1968.

Norman Rockwell, “The Right to Know,” 1968

The text which accompanied the illustration in Look magazine read:

“We are the governed, but we govern too. Assume our love of country, for it is only the simplest of self-love. Worry little about our strength, for we have our history to show for it. And because we are strong, there are others who have hope. But watch closely from now on, for those of us who stand here mean to watch those we put in the seats of power. And listen to us, you who lead, for we are listening harder for the truth that you have not always offered us. Your voice must be ours, and ours speaks of cities that are not safe, and of wars we do not want, of poor in a land of plenty, and of a world that will not take the shape our arms would give it. We are not fierce, and the truth will not frighten us. Trust us, for we have given you our trust. We are the governed, remember, but we govern too.”

For the rest, here are pictures of the Canadian Rockies. I find them calming today:


Driving through Fraser Canyon on the way to Kamloops.


Kamloops at dusk in October. The city crosses both sides of the river.


Out the car window on Highway 1A between Chiliwack and Golden.


The village near Lake Louise.


Lake Louise when it’s windy.

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Lake Louise when it’s calm.


Calgary exhibit of the Famous Five who had to get laws changed because the legislature did not interpret the word “person” as applying to women, which denied jobs, civil rights, and the usual.



This is not Canada, but Glacier National Park near the border, in Montana.


This is Max.

0 Replies to “The Right to Know Plus Canada”

  1. Wonderful Rockwell painting and commentary, Maria. Thanks for sharing the fine photos.Yes, they can be calming. That’s what my moments are like today – moments to be grateful, to love people, to contribute wherever I can to uncomfortable life situations, and to remain calm – breathing deeply too.

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