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When the Truth Can’t Set Us Free

Posted on September 28, 2012

Yesterday was our press conference for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. We had talked about this as a food bank board a year ago, realizing that this year would be a special occasion – the closing drive of our 25th year as an organization. We had then talked about holding some kind of celebration, but following the news that we had to share yesterday we opted to put aside any festivities. We discovered that our numbers are up 19% over this time last year. Our highest month ever was just last month, where we assisted 3840 families during that period. At what point will we admit to ourselves that we might be in the beginnings of structural failure as a society? These kinds of…

How To Lose One’s Voice

Posted on September 26, 2012

The following is my recent Huffington Post piece on the loss of Canada’s international voice. The direct link can be found here –   He pulled his broad-brimmed hat lower over his eyes to block out the setting sun and said, “We in this place have always respected Canada because you were never a colonial empire or part of the slave trade. It is why we want to work with you; why I wanted to bring you to this village.” That was in 2000, in the midst of some of the worst years of Sudan’s civil war. The speaker was known then as Salva Kiir, the leader of the military wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Today he stands as the popular president…

Living In A Post-Political World

Posted on September 24, 2012

We have lived as a species in times of kings and despots and decided we had experienced enough. The majority of us were still poor, died too young, had no real rights to speak of, and seemed powerless to change our fate. It had been like that for millennia, so why should we have accepted anything else? The point is that we didn’t. Despite our, at times, inertia and lack of direction, something had changed within us. We didn’t turn ourselves into political and economic reformers, but some did – and we listened to them. At times we were foolish and hearkened to the voice of others who were just as despotic as those they were fighting to replace. But then there were those authentic…

A Dance For the Generations

Posted on September 14, 2012

Today’s the big day, as I head in shortly for the six-hour operation to have half of my stomach removed. It could have happened a couple of weeks ago except that an issue of vital concern preempted it – the wedding of my daughter Kimberly. I’d asked the surgeons if we could postpone the procedure so that I could be there for the big day. They graciously relented and it became one of the great events of my life. In so many ways it’s doubtful that a father ever stands as tall in accomplishment as the occasion when he walks his daughter down the aisle. There’s simply little else to compare with that moment. She was radiant, excited, and absolutely wanting to get on…

Dog Gone

Posted on September 10, 2012

Sometimes, big things in our lives come in threes. That was my experience in the last couple of weeks. First there was the discovery of the tumour in my stomach that has to be removed. Then it was my daughter Kimberly’s wedding last weekend – a perfect day and a beautiful bride. But then on the phone came the voice of Kathy, my oldest daughter who lives near North Bay, telling me that their beloved dog, Wookiee, had just been run over by a school bus and killed. Something churns inside you when you hear one of your kids express deep grief, coupled with tears, in moments like that. I got to meet Wookiee when she was but a pup, as you’ll see in…