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The league has grown and begun a journey that surpasses many
peopleÕs expectations and I am looking forward to watching that continue.
I would like to thank Paul for his unwavering loyalty and
support throughout this year. We began this year with huge dreams and so many
ideas that just starting a few of them seems incredible and he has been a true
Bettina Falloon and Phill Read will be carrying on what we have
begun and I wish them all the best. I know they will do a wonderful job and I
also know the support they receive will be as amazing as what I received.
Aid in perspective
Ms. BartoshÕs article (Are we too late to the table?) in last
weekÕs Pique concerned an issue that is left out of a lot of Canadian
newspapers, so I sincerely thank her for pointing out something far more
important than AraxiÕs newest glowing recommendation. While I certainly agree
with many of her points, she leaves out many others.
It is easy for anyone blessed to live in a ÒhaveÓ country, such
as ours, to scream at the government to increase the amount of foreign aid that
we send to the Òhave nots.Ó What isnÕt easy is to recognize our own personal
responsibility to end poverty and hunger and do our part. IÕm worried that we
think Bob GeldofÕs Live 8 is Òour part.Ó Certainly, our main trepidation
shouldnÕt be that we got, as Ms. Bartosh puts it, Òasked to be a bridesmaid two
days before the wedding.Ó
My real concern is that by turning AfricaÕs desperate condition
into a rock show, and a poor one at that, it dumbs down the issue. It makes it
seem simple: foreign aid = no more hunger. When, in fact, that is just simply
not the case. Foreign aid is a baby step. Oppressive governments, poor
education, and greedy corporations are just a few of the major complexities.