The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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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…

Homelessness Without a Home

Posted on June 24, 2013

New data on homelessness emerged last week and immediately competed for front page attention – some 200,000 Canadians every year are affected by homelessness, with a hefty price tag of 7 billion dollars.  This was the first ever national report on homelessness and the findings spell deep trouble for our communities, especially our cities. Perhaps it’s time that we just admit that citizens are expecting this to be an ongoing reality – a troubling shift.  Worse still is the fact that our leaders – political, economic, social – are now planning for poverty – it’s enmeshed in our economic system and there are no plans for alleviation. A proper remedial place for tackling this troubling issue within the realm of public policy goes wanting…

Citizen Gifts – Protection

Posted on December 17, 2012

We’ve all been through enough these past few days to understand what happens when a community that perceived itself to be safe suddenly finds out it isn’t. It’s as John Wyndham says in his, The Day of the Triffids: “It must be, I thought, one of the race’s most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that ‘it can’t happen here’ – that one’s own time and place is beyond cataclysm.” That’s what the people of Newtown, Connecticut must have thought, until that awful day. Admittedly, it was hard to detect what was about to happen. It most often is, when some imbalanced individual decides to break out of societal norms and wreak havoc. But there are other influences that threaten our communities that can…

  

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