While our neighbours to the south were experiencing shoot outs and protests on their city streets, here in Canada the Institute for Canadian Citizenship was hosting the Six Degrees-Citizen Space global forum exploring inclusion and citizenship in the 21st century. Following the great humanist traditions of earlier centuries, the Toronto-based conference was about how to open the circle of belonging to newcomers and outsiders rather than shut it down.
The world over, Canadians are famous for their humble, non-showy ways, but I don’t believe I’ve ever interviewed anyone nearly as accomplished and at the same time as modest as the King of the Blades, Don Jackson.
To my surprise, I’ve adopted a rescue dog from the Oakville Humane Society. I should say, my spouse and I have made the huge decision to devote the next ten to 12 years of our life together to training and co-habiting with a Great Pyrenees. He was bred to guard sheep, but now he’s guarding us, two older adults who love dogs and haven’t given up on the idea of having one to call our own and all that that means in terms of our daily routines.