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Glen Pearson

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Rolling the Dice

Posted on May 15, 2018

My city of London, Ontario is in the midst of a gambling debate, with some feeling our collective future could be at risk should a larger casino be built near the centre of town.  That’s likely a little dramatic since a slots casino has been with us for years. But the world itself has changed and key to it all is the difference in attitudes towards gambling inter-generationally.  Regardless of whether the casino is approved, attitudes regarding its presence in our midst are already going through a substantial shift. New research is telling us something important about how gambling is being perceived.  Here’s just a sample of what’s been discovered: While gambling remains popular with older generations, Millennials (1980-2000) take a far dimmer view…

Election 2015: Politicians Should Understand Precarious Work

Posted on October 1, 2015

IT’S A TOPIC THAT SEEMS to be all around us. Economists, social activists, researchers, corporate execs, educators, media commentators, labour researchers – all of these have spent the last few years focusing on “precarious work” as an omnipresent reality in each of our communities. That’s also true for my own city, London. Tomorrow morning, at King’s University College, there is a conference on this very issue featuring two noted Canadian economists. You can find out more about it here. The more people attending events such as these, the quicker we’ll start asking ourselves if temporary or precarious work is the kind of future we want in Canada. The future of work itself is increasingly occupying Canadian conversations, but not in the political realm, even…

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…

“Mistaking Truth for Disenchantment”- Community Engagement Podcast (15)

Posted on July 22, 2013

Our civic duty is to invest and prepare for the next generation.  Yet our present Baby Boom generation has actually taken away opportunities from the future to pay for their lifestyles of the present.  We will be the first generation in the modern age to fail to lift the next generation beyond our own prosperity.  In many ways the young are on their own and growing increasingly skeptical of a world gone mad for materialism. Just click the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

  

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