Millions of lives changed for the better

This past week was a busy one in Canada and around the world, with many events having long-term implications both at home and abroad.
Here is a recap of some of the events and my opinion on how this is likely to affect things moving forward.
The first really big development, and I do mean big, was the announcement of Canada’s largest-ever capital expenditure—the awarding of the $33 billion worth of shipbuilding contracts over the next 30 years.
I would congratulate Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and his New Democrat government on securing $25 billion worth of those contracts for their economy. Mr. Dexter made securing these contracts a focus of much of his work over the past year as he worked very closely with Irving Shipyards on their bid.
He lobbied hard on behalf of their bid in Ottawa to make something happen and it did.
Hard work does pay off and will do so for 30 years, and I congratulate the people of Halifax for their great win.
Also on the home front last week, the “Occupy Wall Street” protest blossomed into somewhat of a global movement, with new sit-ins being organized in several thousand cities around the globe.
With other protests and similar events occurring in the Middle East, Greece, and earlier this year in Britain, it is safe to say that “the people” now have the ear of the elites around the world.
Even the governor of the Bank of Canada called the “Occupy” protests “entirely constructive.” Something positive is happening to be sure.
Some may wonder what exactly the “Occupy” protests, including the Thunder Bay version, are asking for. It’s a valid question.
I am not affiliated with any of these protests or groups, but I have been following the events closely. The narrative I’ve heard emerging from the leaders of these events essentially boils down to: “Our governments have failed us. The gap between the rich and the poor has reached a tipping point where the richest one percent own 20 percent of the wealth while the poorest 20 percent owns one percent.
“We are determined to change this.”
People around the world are waking up to this new reality, and it would seem they are emphatically—but peacefully—demanding action from their governments.
I will be keeping an eye on these “Occupy” protests and hope that anyone who has thoughts on the issue will get in touch with me, one way or way or another, to share them.
Finally, the “Arab Spring” movement also gathered momentum this past week with the toppling of the Libyan government and the death of leader Muammar Gadhafi. There was something strikingly ironic about Libyan rebels finding their billionaire despot leader hiding in a sewer pipe armed with a solid gold gun.
Gadhafi’s life, from start to finish, no doubt will make for a compelling movie.
While the outcome was forgone, I’m still somewhat disturbed about the way it played out in the end. Footage has come to light that shows what appears to be Gadhafi’s execution, or at least near execution at the hands of the rebels.
Gadhafi was wounded in the fight but once the rebels took him into custody, he appeared to be abused. Gunfire was heard all around, and he may have been shot once or more while in custody.
He died a short time later of a wound suffered to the intestines, according to the doctor who examined his body.
Thankfully, I’ve never been in the position of his captors, but I think a far more just conclusion would have been his transfer to the International Criminal Court at The Hague for a fair trial.
Nonetheless, I’m very happy that better days are ahead for all Libyans and I congratulate them on their victory over the despot.
This past week may never be remembered in history books as one that changed the world, but it was a week that changed the course of millions of lives and for the better in my opinion.

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