The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “legacy

Life Among the Stones – Epilogue

Posted on February 1, 2019

The funeral had been an unexpected affair.  The length of the nave at St. James was like a busy roadway, people coming and going in all directions, seeking seats to park themselves in.  Standing off to the side from where the choir sang, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Robin had a direct line of vision on those in attendance. “My goodness, it appears as though all of Fleet Street has come to show their respects,” noted Elizabeth, her keen eye and connections to London’s elite apparent.  Fleet Street had been the home of England’s great publishing houses that had planted themselves there since the 16thcentury.  The name itself had become synonymous with the country’s newspaper industry. Elizabeth then noted the forlorn, but well-fashioned figure of Amit Laghari, Alberta’s only superior…

The Legacy Lingers. Its Effect Uncertain

Posted on July 18, 2018

Today would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. Hard to believe that he’s been gone from among us for five years already and questions continue to linger about his abiding influence.  Some of it is easy to figure.  As a person of moral stature, it is likely that no one from this present generation will stand as such a colossus of meaning and integrity.  As a family man, his life was mixed – as one would expect from someone so fully dedicated to a cause of freedom and having to spend almost 30 years in prison as a result of that commitment.  As a leader for human rights, his practices were varied, but the ultimate outcomes of his efforts are now beyond dispute.  And…

Identity – Posterity

Posted on March 19, 2013

These recent posts have been about how we define and protect our collective identity – in our communities, country and the world.  But what about in centuries to come?  It’s an intriguing question. If in our efforts we fail to embed our narrative in history, what’s to become of our story, our exploits in improving our lives?  Will we be viewed as the generation that ultimately lost control of the delicate eco-balance of our planet? Will future historians write about how we defeated the tentacles of poverty through the revitalization of our communities?  The answer to those questions will determine how the future identifies us and whether we were the people who overcame tremendous challenges or, instead, just floated with the current into historical…


Posted on February 25, 2012

It’s finally over. What had begun as a labour dispute ended this week in sad resignation.  The workers at ElectroMotive finally reached a severance deal with Caterpillar Inc. There was a touch of grace at the end as the union negotiating team successfully wrestled some benefit from a company that in the end didn’t buckle so much to worker demands as it did to the realization that a community stood behind its own. For those of our beleaguered city who stood with the workers on the line for weeks there is sense of deep and abiding loss that only comes from sharing hardship with others. The workers themselves seized the most opportune of moments and chose to fill it with a kind of dignified…