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My Graduation

Posted on June 29, 2011

He just turned 14 this past week and last night was his Grade 8 graduation – high school now beckons. LIke every other parent present, I watched as my son Ater strode across the stage to accept his diploma to the cheering of his classmates. Closing in on six feet in height, he beamed from ear to ear. Most of those present understood just how far he had come and what this moment meant. We adopted Ater from Sudan over three years ago. He had received no schooling and knew mostly Arabic, not English. He had been born to a mother trapped in slavery and who was eventually shot attempting to get her children to safety and freedom during Sudan’s brutal and costly civil…

Strawberry Fields

Posted on June 28, 2011

What does a riding association do when its chosen member lost in a recent election? Historically there have been numerous answers – hold fundraisers, find a leader to follow, begin organizing immediately for the next campaign. This list is correct, as far as it goes. Perhaps Liberals, and others, are discovering that times have changed and we’ll never get the votes we need in the next campaign if we can’t prove to our respective communities that we’re worth their trust. There are still many in the party who feel that we just need to choose a new leader, develop some policy, do some fundraising, and, bingo, we’re back in the game. One such individual tried to prove this point with me by holding up…

Strawberry Fields

Posted on June 28, 2011

What does a riding association do when its chosen member lost in a recent election? Historically there have been numerous answers – hold fundraisers, find a leader to follow, begin organizing immediately for the next campaign. This list is correct, as far as it goes. Perhaps Liberals, and others, are discovering that times have changed and we’ll never get the votes we need in the next campaign if we can’t prove to our respective communities that we’re worth their trust. There are still many in the party who feel that we just need to choose a new leader, develop some policy, do some fundraising, and, bingo, we’re back in the game. Once such individual tried to prove this point with me by holding up…

Speciation

Posted on June 27, 2011

Even for someone as brilliant as Charles Darwin, it took a while to figure it out. He had chafed at the iron rules of scientific societies, feeling that they were populated by elite patrons who would only verify certain scientific advancements and discoveries that came through established channels. But he was about to face a new experience that challenged even his own thinking. Sailing on the Beagle in 1835 provided him with an entire new series of revelations. Alighting on the Galapagos Islands broke his thinking wide open, however. The diversity and uniqueness of species he discovered in his brief time there formed the germ for what would later become his Origin of the Species. None of the species he found existed anywhere outside…

Not What, But Why

Posted on June 24, 2011

The flourishing of grassroots activity taking place around the rebuilding of the Liberal Party has produced a multitude of ideas coming from numerous regions of the country. I’ve enjoyed the perspectives and the zeal with which they are brought forth. It seems to me though that we might have the wrong emphasis. The issue isn’t so much what we need to do to discover relevance again but why we are undertaking this exercise in the first place. Things are wrong not just in the party but in politics in general across the land and simplistic answers alone like proportional representation will never provide the ultimate solution. The gap between government and citizens has never been wider. To decipher the best solutions for that reality…

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