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Never in our collective lifetime have we seen such an outpouring, so much emotional intensity, from every corner of this country. There have been occasions, historically, when we've seen respect and admiration but never so much love, never such a shocked sense of personal loss.
Jack was so alive, so much fun, so engaged in daily life with so much gusto, so unpretentious, that it was hard while he lived to focus on how incredibly important that was to us, he was to us. Until he was so suddenly gone, cruelly gone, at the pinnacle of his career.
To hear so many Canadians speak so open-heartedly of love, to see young and old take chalk in hand to write without embarrassment of hope, or hang banners from overpasses to express their grief and loss. It's astonishing.
As we head into a new political season it looks depressingly like the old: a standoff between the malignant minority government of Stephen Harper, and the seriously diminished Liberal Party and its hapless leader Michael Ignatieff.
Both these parties and their leaders are so off the mark in terms of what Canadians want and need that they can't even break through the 30 per cent support mark. Harper seems to have written off Quebec -- a typically petulant response to that province's stubborn attraction to social democracy. The Liberals have lost their ability to connect with Quebec as well, virtually guaranteeing that the Bloc Quebecois will continue to dominate that province and make a majority federal government almost impossible.
Hey, world leaders, I don't need to tell you about the sorry state of the world right now.
Your own communiqués -- a paper trail leading from last year's summit to this one -- outline a lot of the problems pretty clearly.
And they point to a number of potentially powerful solutions that, if actually implemented, could do wonders for our messed-up planet. So it's time to get off your butts and get moving.
People of the Jewish faith around the world are observing Passover, the religious holiday that began at sunset Monday. It celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery, and their deliverance from the reign of the Egyptian Pharaohs. The Book of Exodus in the Old Testament describes Moses and his trials leading his people to the promised land of milk and honey.
Leadership is the first law of politics. The law says the exercise of responsibility and authority is going to take place. Leadership can be assigned by God -- Moses serves as a heroic example -- or by other means. In any event leaders emerge.
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Organized groups are the force behind activism. In the final installment of Harry Potter lessons in social justice organizing, Chris Crass explores what we can learn from Dumbledore’s army.
Dumbledore’s Army and the role of organization
As members of Dumbledore’s Army trained during one of their underground Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, Harry boldly declared, "Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more then what we are now: students. If they can do it, why not us?"
Just how embarrassing is it that Justin Trudeau is about to become leader of Canada's formerly dominant political party? He's been reproached for having a "thin resumé" beyond his family pedigree. Tom Axworthy, who worked for Justin's dad, laments the general absence of big ideas and "thinkers" like those summoned by Liberals to Kingston back in 1960 to "discuss the great issues of the day." From that fount came great policies like medicare. Or maybe not.