The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Third Place (Chapter 10) – The Worst of Times

Posted on August 11, 2018

Aware that the rapid movement of wealth around the globe was slowly stripping the fibre of our community from our midst, along with so many other regions that had depended on basic manufacturing for economic survival, an inevitable sense of decline hovered over our city.  Gloom was everywhere.  It began when a couple of large auto parts suppliers shut down for good but inevitably picked up speed as other businesses first cut down on their services and then closed down altogether.  Social services reported record numbers of people seeking help and even our successful local sports teams succumbed to dispiriting losing streaks.  It was like some kind of emotional plague had infested the populace. In such situations,  communities can start coming apart or drawing…

I’ve Got a City in Me

Posted on December 1, 2014

This past weekend a great group of citizens got together with some of our new city council (they get inaugurated today) to hold Poets-n-Politics, where our new politicians, and a few others, presented poems about themselves and the city.  I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate, writing a special poem for the occasion.  A number have asked for copies and I told them it would be the subject of my next blog post.  So, as promised:   I’ve got a city in me, pushing me forward, setting me free, It contains multitudes; I am not alone, It houses my hopes and has become my home. Yes, it pushes me outward, to a place uncertain, And begs me join it, pulling back the…

“We’re Back”

Posted on November 4, 2014

ONE OF THE CRUCIAL BATTLES OF OUR DAY is being fought in the political arena, but its essence is far deeper than politics. It’s more about whether constructive or destructive tendencies will define our communities than whatever person it is that we choose to lead us. Take London, Ontario’s recent election results as an indication. The winds of change blew so completely through the community that hardly any incumbent was left standing. Citizens came out of the experience sensing it was a new day and that new players would take them in a more positive direction. In a very real sense they were correct and, following months of hard work fighting for change, deserved the opportunity to bask in it. One nagging problem remained, however:…

A Place For Us

Posted on November 11, 2012

How do you write a book about the city in which you live? Seriously. There are so many takes on London from people with countless points of view. In the last year and a half I have had a wealth of conversations with others about how they feel concerning their city. Everyone has an opinion, and a good many put forward solutions that they believe would help our city get its game back. Their energy is inspiring, but it’s also true to say that they are in the minority. While many citizens have an opinion, it doesn’t mean that the majority of them are engaged. This is London’s chief problem at present, and unless we support groups like ReThink London in its efforts to…

  

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