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Glen Pearson

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Christmas From Those Who Live It

Posted on December 25, 2011

How do you describe a week in which thousands of Londoners pulled together and donated to the London Food Bank in numbers we hadn’t seen before? Jane and I thought it might be best to let some of our volunteers speak for themselves, their wishes and Christmas and their compassion for those who feel marginalized. What they describe is what we all feel, especially in troubled economic times. To all of you, a deep and abiding Christmas spirit all the year through. Thank you for your friendship and support, and above all for your belief in this country and what citizens can do.

More Than Turkey

Posted on October 10, 2011

Most of us have lots to be thankful for, but for those families facing a shortage of food supplies it remains a little tougher. That’s what the Gobbler Gallop is all about. Started 8 years ago by Barry Smith of the Running Room in London, Ontario, the special run has benefitted the food bank each year at this time. It’s a family event, geared towards getting kids interested in helping those struggling to make ends meet. And it works. Each year families run together and when they’re done they get some special prizes and get to hear what the food bank is about. Events like this are likely going on all across the country because Thanksgiving brings it out of us. We’re still a…

Street-level Politics

Posted on November 15, 2010

This past Saturday evening was our Santa Claus Parade – a London tradition that runs through my riding in its entirety. I put it in the Parallel Parliament on this occasion because it reveals, in microcosm, what good politics should be. Have a look at the video. In it you’ll see a compassionate and celebratory community lining the parade route and passing along non-perishable food items for the London Food Bank. It’s quite an operation. Firefighters, dressed in their bunker gear, move through the crowd accepting the food donations. They then hand them to students, who place the bags of food in grocery carts and wheel them back to the food bank floats for offloading.  All this happens hundreds of times throughout the parade…

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