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Taking Back the City

Posted on January 30, 2014

THINGS ARE HEATING UP.  WITH CIVIC elections coming in the fall, subtle energies are presently brewing that are destined to come to a head in time for some pivotal elections. In London, Ontario, a number of candidates have already announced they are running.  Most are from the younger generation, inspired by numerous initiatives such as Women and Politics and Pints and Politics.  They are finding energy in their own demographic and they mean business about their intentions.  The pressing consciousness of how our community has suffered under a harsh and dysfunctional City Council has caused many of these grassroots efforts to take wing months in advance of the big date.  I was at City Hall yesterday to accept a donation to the London Food…

Cup-a’ Community

Posted on January 27, 2014

SOME OF MY GREATEST MOMENTS HAPPENED THERE.  When the Little Red Roaster coffee shop closed up for good this past weekend, I realized that the journey of my life in the past 18 years could be traced through the hundreds of meetings I had in that little coffee shop over the years. I remember when I took my Sudanese kids there for their very first hot chocolate.  They didn’t know English very well, but the sheer delight on their faces as their taste buds relished the chocolate and whipping cream could be translated into any language.  I ended up buying them two each.  Everyone in the coffee shop that day knew of their story and gathered around in celebration.  It was my kid’s first…

War and Place

Posted on January 22, 2014

  This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.  I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won.  The richest Nation on earth can afford to win it.  We cannot afford to lose it.  One thousand dollars invested in salvaging an unemployable youth today can return $40,000 or more in his lifetime. Poverty is a national problem, requiring improved national organization and support.  But this attack, to be effective, must also be organized at the State and the local level and must be supported and directed by State…

A Woman’s Place Is In The …

Posted on January 15, 2014

  IN A COUPLE OF DAYS, JANE HEADS TO SOUTH SUDAN with two other formidable women to oversee our projects in that troubled region of Africa.  It happens every year, regardless of circumstances either here at home or over there.  Commitment like Jane’s knows no irregularities. I was asked for coffee by someone last week who wanted me to know that I wasn’t fulfilling my role as a husband because I was letting my wife head into a conflict region.  “She needs you there to take care of her, Glen, in case something happens,” he observed. For the next 30 minutes I took him through Jane’s remarkable exploits around the world, in places like Rwanda, Bosnia and Somalia.  I told him of when she travelled…

Canada Abandons a Former Partner

Posted on January 11, 2014

The following in my Huffington Post piece regarding the news that the Government of Canada has opted to significantly remove its presence in south Sudan during one of that country’s worst crises.  You can view the original article here. In two week’s time, my wife heads to South Sudan to assist in overseeing projects Canadians have been investing in for years — water salvage, education, women’s micro-enterprise initiatives, scholarship programs, and the final phase of construction for a secondary school. In two week’s time, my wife heads to South Sudan to assist in overseeing projects Canadians have been investing in for years — water salvage, education, women’s micro-enterprise initiatives, scholarship programs, and the final phase of construction for a secondary school. In two week’s…

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