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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.

Jack Layton's Legacy Isn't What You Think

Go for power all you want, but Canadian citizens are smart enough to discern the difference between power and public service and Jack Layton had turned that into an art form.
09/01/2011 09:00 EDT

East Africa Famine: Time for a Co-ordinated Appeal in Canada

Since appeals first went out for donations to the east African famine, relief agencies have reported that approximately $16 million has come in from Canada. The figure for Britain, however, stands at £45 million in public donations. Why? It is our lack of organizational ability to combine our efforts that fails.
08/17/2011 02:50 EDT

East African Famine: From Britain, a Model of Response

The Humanitarian Coalition, which I believe to be inspired by a similar British organization, is a group of seasoned NGO organizations who think that by working together on issues, they can get more done. But it's what they offer to confused Canadian donors that might well prove their most pivotal contribution.
08/16/2011 11:38 EDT

We Need Aid Effectiveness to Beat Donation Frustration

The crisis in East Africa has prompted Canadians to open their wallets and their hearts, but with the sheer number of government agencies, NGOs and private sector organizations responding to humanitarian crises, it remains difficult to know who to support and how much of the money will actually get there.
08/14/2011 10:24 EDT
Courtesy of Bev Oda

African Famine: "I See You"

One of Bev Oda's enduring memories was the leathery and cracked feet of the children who had walked for kilometres and the stunned look on the faces as their bodies struggled to survive.
08/09/2011 05:03 EDT

Time to Celebrate the UN's Hidden Victories

The real success of the United Nations can never be measured by what it's done or failed to do. I hearken back to former Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold's observation: "The UN was not created in order to bring us to heaven, but in order to save us from hell."
08/01/2011 12:39 EDT

Two Great Disappearing Acts

Most don't know it, but the world is about to witness the disappearance of two great scourges -- one a microscopic disease, the other a disease that can be measured by a ruler.
07/26/2011 03:21 EDT

No Vacancy in Somalia

The Dadaab refugee camp is an ongoing saga of desperate human need. And with the $50 million Canada recently pledged being only a beginning to address the needs of the region, we must find other ways to leverage more support. Opening another camp would be a good place to start.
07/25/2011 09:36 EDT

Sudan Independence Day: Hold the Line

Sudan is either a phoenix rising or Icarus crashing for flying too high. I was there when the peace accord was negotiated and I recall the pessimism in Western officials. But they underestimated the resolve of Sudan's people. Hold the line on hope and a successful outcome.
07/09/2011 08:59 EDT

The Scramble for Africa... Again

Stephen Harper's government appears at last to be interested in getting back on track with this country's historic relations with the African continent. But the problem with this development is that it reintroduces the old "trade" versus "aid" argument that has been going on for decades.
06/22/2011 11:27 EDT

What Would Jesus Cut from Canada's Budget?

I wonder if my Conservative friends of the Christian persuasion would even have the courage to approach the prime minister and state: "The best way to help the poor is to keep helping the rich."
06/17/2011 09:07 EDT

Some Advice For Sarah Palin on Sudan

As someone who visits Sudan frequently, here's some advice for Sarah Palin as she plans her visit. Don't be another one of those politicians who did what was trendy and then never returned. Promise the people of Sudan that you're with them, come what may.
06/11/2011 09:47 EDT

Peace on the Cheap

Now that the exit from Afghanistan is in sight, how have Canadians upheld the other end of our military activity in maintaining peace in the troubled regions of the world? In two words: we haven't.
06/06/2011 10:20 EDT

The Defiant Ones

Liberals of all ages are on the hunt for a relevant liberalism once again, subscribing to Einstein's view that "we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
05/26/2011 08:09 EDT