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Glen Pearson

Director, London Food Bank, former Member of Parliament

Glen Pearson is director of the London Food Bank and assists with development projects in Sudan. A father of seven, he is a former member of Parliament and was the critic for international cooperation for the Liberal Party. Pearson lives in
London, Ontario.

George Clooney and al-Bashir 2012

George Clooney reminds the world that the Sudan's Omar al-Bashir is a leopard who spots remain unchanged, a pariah who lives off the devastation of others. He makes Joseph Kony appear like a toy soldier. In this the actor has performed his role with a sense of urgency and acuity.
03/18/2012 09:00 EDT

The Children Kony Left Behind

Achol was tall and attractive, and by the time we initially found her she had been raped and abused over 200 times. Now out of the army, she wanted to marry, but the region knew of her history and kept her at a distance.
03/15/2012 12:06 EDT

Child Soldiers Didn't Start -- and Won't End -- with Joseph Kony

If you were to ask General Romeo Dallaire what he thought of the KONY 2012 video, he would tell you that the scope of Joseph Kony's criminal actions wouldn't have been possible if the world had moved in such a way as to deconstruct the child weapon system before people like Kony could unleash his bloody havoc.
03/14/2012 11:06 EDT

What Matters More than Bagging Kony

Stopping Kony is no longer as important as properly dealing with his tragic legacy. The ultimate way we deal with Joseph Kony is by transforming the tortured souls he left behind. Capturing him won't do that. Making the world aware of him likely won't either. In the end, it's up to you.
03/13/2012 10:42 EDT

Now We Know Kony -- Or Do We?

Watching the Kony 2012 video leaves you with the wrong impression. We now know that Kony only has a few hundred troops at most, that most of the child soldiers are no longer with him, and that international forces are taking the lead in discovering Kony's whereabouts.
03/12/2012 12:09 EDT

Is the GOP Channeling Darwin?

Listening to those Republicans aspiring to the presidency and their view of the free market and society has an eerie similarity to how Darwin observed the natural order. Darwin revealed how plants and animals succeeded on the basis of adaptability. The natural world was dog-eat-dog, with only the strongest able to survive.
02/25/2012 11:31 EST

500 Jobs Lost and Our Government Jumps Ship

When the Caterpillar closure was announced last week there was a lack of attention at the political level, especially from the federal government. In what became something of a sad parody, they spent more time shifting the onus onto other levels of government than in actually speaking directly to community problems.
02/07/2012 06:17 EST

Despite Massacres, South Sudan Grows

Pibor's recent ethnic massacre -- where around 3,000 were killed -- is a reminder that now is not the time for the international community to stop helping the newly independent nation. Yet the road to maturity is still being traveled in the republic, and must be acknowledged in spite of tragic occurrences.
01/24/2012 12:25 EST

Is the Canada-European Trade Agreement Helping or Hurting?

There could be some good aspects of the CETA arrangement, but its negative effects could be so profound. In the rush to bring in foreign investment we could easily be paving the way for the Caterpillars of the world to take away whatever little self-direction is left for our communities.
01/16/2012 03:39 EST

Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" More Timely Than Ever

As the number of those trapped in poverty swell there will be a growing yearning in society to show that poverty is systemic and not personal and one of their main allies will be Charles Dickens. People who refuse to lift themselves from their circumstances are one thing; those trapped in confining events despite all their best efforts are something else entirely and they make up the critical mass of those increasingly on the margins of society.
12/23/2011 12:36 EST

3 Nobels For Women Don't Equal Progress for So Many

Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that our charitable efforts are turning the corner for women globally. There have been certain advances, but with the trend for affluent nations cutting back on development dollars, any gains might be lost due to a lack of international investment in the state of women.
12/15/2011 08:47 EST

The 99% Are the Truly Rich

The 99 per cent built a nation, raised successful families against increasing economic odds, built remarkably successful businesses, sacrificed for their communities and cared for their world. Only a blind ideologue could overlook such important contributions.
12/03/2011 11:47 EST

Rethinking 0.7%

Remember the 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) that the world's riches nations committed to international development? Whatever became of it? Let's have a 0.7 per cent for a new generation, only this time with the concentration on that one part of the world that has lagged behind -- Africa.
11/21/2011 03:44 EST

World's Population Is a Growing Crisis

It's been clear for the last few years that the seven billion mark was imminent, and because we've been inching toward it for some time, many will ignore its larger implications. How will we handle all this extra demand for resources?
10/31/2011 11:33 EDT

Digital Divide Continues for African Women

If the gender dimensions of the digital world -- in terms of access and use, capacity building, employment and potential for empowerment -- are explicitly identified and addressed, the result can be a powerful catalyst for political and social change for women, and the promotion of gender equality.
10/13/2011 12:04 EDT

9/11 -- Lessons Only Partially Learned

Ten years on, there are likely just as many questions as there were when the twin towers fell. Our world doesn't feel safer, and turbulent events, both good and bad, have filled the new millennium. Bu...
09/13/2011 10:54 EDT