The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Time For Tinkering Is Over

Posted on May 25, 2018

Writing posts like this is never easy.  Partisans of one stripe or the other relentlessly claim that their party’s policies will do the trick, introduce a new era of prosperity, or restore voter confidence in politics and democracy.  We’ve heard all this before, numerous times, and in diverse fashions, but the net result always seems the same – loss of voter confidence that leaves many wondering if anybody can really turn things around. Yesterday I did an interview with our local paper on a Toronto Star story that concerned how government interventions at various levels have helped the city’s food bank – the country’s largest – see their numbers decline somewhat.  It true – all of it.  Remedial efforts through things like tax credits,…

Not What We Achieve, But How

Posted on March 10, 2015

IT’S OFTEN TEMPTING TO THINK that the people who make a real difference in the world are the privileged, the connected, and the wealthy, but that’s merely because the media often seems fixated by such individuals. What frequently goes unnoticed are the countless individuals with an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit who are actually in the process of redefining leadership and contribution for a new generation. They are as different in personality as they are in skin colour or geographical locale. I have met enough of these women and men in the last few years that I’ve spotted a number of things they have in common, despite their other distinctions. They are highly committed to making themselves better people, of refining those better angels of…

Negatives and Positives

Posted on November 15, 2012

Illustration by Jane Roy There are those in London – the city I live in – who say that we should stop speaking so negatively about the city because it just gets to be a downer. And there are others who say to stop pretending things are good because they aren’t and we won’t get anywhere if we can’t address our problems. The reality is that both are right. The trouble is that often those who want to be positive refuse to apply that energy to dealing directly with the city’s problems, and those who wish to have an honest discussion about London’s difficulties often overlook the solutions that already exist among us and which should be liberated from their present confines. My new…

  

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