The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “innovation

Smart and Caring

Posted on February 7, 2013

This week the Conference Board of Canada published a significant report relating Canada’s standing on things like child poverty, inequality and gender equity. Sadly, our “social score” has been sliding down in recent years, leaving us 7th out of 17 developed countries. For those fighting poverty it is hard to argue with the conclusions drawn up in the report, such as: “Our middle-of-the-pack ranking means we are not living up to our reputation or potential.” It’s true and we’ve felt it for years. By continuing to compare ourselves with other nations in such issues we lull ourselves into a false sense of security. The key for any nation is to compare itself with itself – past promises, commitments, aspirations, investments, its own history. Judged…

Citizen Gifts – Innovation

Posted on December 19, 2012

Difficult economic times have a tendency to get communities to pull into themselves. No light appears at the end of the tunnel, no dawn on the horizon. The longer we remain in such circumstances the easier it becomes to just go along to get along. Citizens pass by and acknowledge one another, but no sparks are kindled, no dreams established. Citizenship, even democracy, often succumbs and “goes dark” for a time. But there are those who refuse to adopt the spirit of such an age and work relentlessly to bring new measures of hope and adaptability to society, ruminating in their minds about how best they can aid humanity. Famed Canadian author, Robertson Davies, wrote stories about such people, saying, “Extraordinary people survive under…

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