The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “memory

Community Amnesia – Part 1

Posted on December 8, 2017

Today I lunch with a good friend and committed journalist trying to come to terms with the loss of his job because of the recent Postmedia-TorStar deal that closed a good number of local newspapers across Canada, including London. He is one of those people who is his writing; it’s how he chronicles his aspirations and struggles, his belief in community and his own place within it. There are many like him now wondering how to navigate their future. The communities are still here, but many of their dedicated storytellers are gone. Such thoughts abounded when I came across CBC London’s Kate Dubinsky’s piece on what happens to the archives of such publications when they close down. You can read it here. She rightfully…

Forgetting to Remember

Posted on April 16, 2015

IT’S BEEN A YEAR AND … NOTHING!  It was all the rage back then, nicely summed up in a hashtag – #bringbackourgirls. A year ago this week, April 14th, the sounds of gunfire near a village in northern Nigeria woke hundreds of girls at a boarding school, filling them with fear. Many were spirited away by the militant group Boko Haram. Naturally, they were terrified. A global response quickly developed that channeled the outrage at such an occurrence. News of the girls’ fate was everywhere. The hashtag became universal. Governments promised action, including Nigeria’s, and the media were all over it. Individuals and groups around the world picked up the cause. And then they dropped it. In a world where events are reported by the…

Knowing for the First Time

Posted on January 22, 2013

It was T. S. Eliot who provided one of my favourite quotes of all time: We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. On any journey there are two kinds of exploration – the journey without and the one within.  For our son Ater both melded into one as he returned to the place of his birth and at the same time attempted to piece together in his young mind and heart developments that were bound to drive him into a deeper place of maturity. The picture above is of Ater seeing his grandmother for the first time in seven years. We had only just…

The Real Economy Has A Memory

Posted on October 11, 2011

Governments and financial institutions learn economic lessons all the time, just like we do. This great recession we are still enduring could have brought everything down like a house of cards, but principles learned from earlier eras convinced governments to invest heavily in stimulus financing to keep the various economies from failing, and it worked for a time. But now as we teeter on what appears to be another decline, it’s becoming clearer that something different is required, something more fundamental and reflective of where people really live rather than how investors make their money. Put simply: the sensible economy has a memory. For years now, Canadians have been encouraged to get behind policies that favour capital interests over other alternatives. This led to…


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