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A Nobel Cause

Posted on July 27, 2008

  During a three-month period, I have been fortunate enough to spend some remarkable time with three Nobel Prize Winners. Muhammad Yunus was awarded for his work in micro-credit. Gordon McBean, a University of Western Ontario scientist, was awarded for participating in the United Nations Panel on Climate Change. And I don’t need to recount the reasons for awarding Al Gore.   What was remarkable about spending time with these individuals was the full agreement they had reached on the climate change issue. Even Dr. Yunus, whose main claim to fame was his work in assisting with economics in Asia, spent time explaining the importance of addressing climate change during an enlightening intimate dinner in a Toronto restaurant recently. Only one was a Canadian…

Representation by Opinion

Posted on July 20, 2008

The summer moves along and in the process I’ve had opportunity to present the Al Gore “Inconvenient Truth” slideshow on numerous occasions.  The training for it was done in Montreal in April (see earlier blog), but the summer has provided the first real chance to do a series of these presentations. Almost immediately, certain things became clear.  Most striking was that, even in the doldrums of the summer season, citizens are interested in this issue.  They came out, brought their kids, and demonstrated a more intense interest than I imagined. Naturally, some attending were the Liberal faithful but many others had no particular political affiliation.  They were there just to either educate themselves more on what is rapidly becoming the issue of our time,…

A Sad Coincidence

Posted on July 10, 2008

Finally, after two years of struggling to get my thoughts on paper, I finished my book on aid to Africa yesterday.  I first began it two months before I was elected, but with the furious pace of political life, it took far longer than anticipated. Titled Foreign Aid and the Africa Dilemma, it represents my own thoughts concerning the negativity often expressed about humanitarian assistance to Africa by countering with my own “on the ground” experience there and the many successes presently occurring on the continent.  The construction of thousands of new schools in African countries, effective programming on HIV/AIDS prevention, increasing access to markets, and a more progressive political leadership in some countries have some thinking that Africa could be on the verge of…

  

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