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Glen Pearson

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Election 2015: Is There a Climate for Change?

Posted on September 15, 2015

I WROTE A COLUMN FOR THE London Free Press last weekend about the current refugee situation and its implications. There were a number who wrote in afterwards expressing interest in the following observation from that piece and asked for some additional information on environmental refugees: “How will we handle the rise of climate-change refugees in the coming years? Cutting the UN number projections in half would still see some 100 million refugees a year migrating around the globe over the next decades.  Added to those fleeing their homelands due to conflict and we begin to grasp the seriousness of the task ahead of us.” Many asked why this hasn’t taken higher priority in the federal election campaign, especially in light of the recent crisis.…

Buying Incompetence With Our Own Money

Posted on August 4, 2015

  FORMER AMERICAN PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER spoke out about politics and money last week, primarily about the lack of credibility for the former and too much influence of the latter. According to the International Business Journal, when Carter ran against Gerald Ford in 1976, neither contender raised campaign donations. That seems almost inconceivable, given what we’re observing in recent years. Both Carter and Ford only utilized the public monies allotted for the presidential race. Asked about it, Jimmy Carter acknowledged: “We didn’t raise money, so neither Gerald nor I were obligated to any special interest groups.” It is a sign of just how fervently politics today has grown dependent on wealth that this revelation came as something of a shock when released a few days…

A Lion in Winter

Posted on June 3, 2014

  Below is my new Huffington Post piece on the retirement of Romeo Dallaire and its implications for Canadian politics and the world.  You can go directly to the piece by linking here. IN WHAT ULTIMATELY BECAME THE DEFINING occasion of his life, General Romeo Dallaire knew he was alone – without a clear mandate, sufficient resources, or even a sense of moral responsibility from world leaders. He had journeyed to Rwanda to implement the high ideals of human rights rhetoric in a manner that would protect a nation from destroying itself. We all know what happened – 800,000 killed, genocide on a significant scale, and dreams of international human security lying in ruins. Leading the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), he had…

War and Place

Posted on January 22, 2014

  This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.  I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won.  The richest Nation on earth can afford to win it.  We cannot afford to lose it.  One thousand dollars invested in salvaging an unemployable youth today can return $40,000 or more in his lifetime. Poverty is a national problem, requiring improved national organization and support.  But this attack, to be effective, must also be organized at the State and the local level and must be supported and directed by State…

Canada Abandons a Former Partner

Posted on January 11, 2014

The following in my Huffington Post piece regarding the news that the Government of Canada has opted to significantly remove its presence in south Sudan during one of that country’s worst crises.  You can view the original article here. In two week’s time, my wife heads to South Sudan to assist in overseeing projects Canadians have been investing in for years — water salvage, education, women’s micro-enterprise initiatives, scholarship programs, and the final phase of construction for a secondary school. In two week’s time, my wife heads to South Sudan to assist in overseeing projects Canadians have been investing in for years — water salvage, education, women’s micro-enterprise initiatives, scholarship programs, and the final phase of construction for a secondary school. In two week’s…

  

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