The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “democracy

Voices But No Voice

Posted on October 7, 2018

It wasn’t all that long ago when people believed the world was coming together, forming one community premised on human rights, equality, self-determination and the right of every voice to be heard. Helping all that along were technological advancements – economical transportation, the internet, cellphones and social media. But something happened along the way, to the point where it seems most now believe the world is coming apart and the tech tools have just as much alienated us from one another as they have helped us understand one another better. We no longer know what to make of our world. With more money than ever in its history, more exposure to other cultures and ideas, and global communications now possible in a millisecond, we…

Sunny Ways? It’s Up To Us

Posted on September 26, 2018

A lot has changed in the three years since Justin Trudeau’s government came to power, promising to deliver on the “sunny ways” he promoted during the campaign.  A few big things got in the way – a court ruling on Trans Mountain pipeline, struggles with the provinces, including the Doug Ford victory, carbon pricing troubles, Maxime Bernier, and, inevitably, Donald Trump – leaving Trudeau’s re-election chances a year from now in the “unsure” category. The promises of a brighter day now seem almost passéin the turmoil of recent years. But maybe not. Gradually, perhaps inevitably, an increasingly number of citizens in this country, America and Europe are casting a cautious eye on all the chaos fulminating from identity politics, an inflammatory social media, hyper-partisanship, and the…

Capitalism in the Crosshairs

Posted on August 28, 2018

In the midst of what was perhaps Donald Trump’s worst week of his presidency emerged a Gallup poll whose findings got lost in all the political intrigue.  To quote the poll directly: “The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47 percent positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures.  In contrast, 57 percent of Democrats have a positive view of socialism.” This is significant when you think about it.  It’s the first time in over a decade that the favourable view of Democrats concerning capitalism has dipped below 50 percent – lower even than the pessimism that followed the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and Wall Street bailouts. To emphasize…

The Third Place (Chapter 22) – Epilogue

Posted on August 26, 2018

When the story of the Third Place is fully told, it will be what happened in the first twelve months with the Sky Reach collaboration that will be best remembered. The success of the effort was strong enough as to be almost overwhelming.  The community took to the initiative as though they had been waiting for it for years, which I suppose in many ways they had.  The past decade of lost opportunity and sense of hopelessness were quickly being replaced by a firm hope that our city was on its way back. It was shortly after the deal had been struck with Sky Reach that Mrs. Dawson, Finn’s grandmother, died.  It was a sad time for us all.  Though her visits had become increasingly…

The Third Place (Chapter 15) – Insight

Posted on August 18, 2018

Finn and I were at Stacey’s – a trendy bar a few blocks from the restaurant – when Daisy hustled in and placed the HomeComfortmagazine directly in front of us.  There on the glossy cover were the four of us – Mom, Dad, Daisy and me – seated on the side porch swing and obviously comfortable. Daisy sat down beside me so we could look at it together. Alessandra’s photo had captured everything, and perfectly.  The trees, foliage and brook behind us were very slightly blurred, leaving our faces to stand out.  Everything was rich in colour and we remembered Alessandra telling us all about the “golden hour” and how more photos and videos had been taken in that period than any other hour of…

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