My Christmas Story
by Silver Donald Cameron
What all three boys wanted for Christmas was a dog. Some kind of pet, anyway. No, said their mother. Toys possibly. Books or clothing certainly. But Hazel Cameron had an ailing husband and a home on a 33-foot city lot, and she was a tidy woman.
How green is a motor home? Good question. It arose a few times during our cross-country tour, and I had no time to write about it.After all, we were on the road within Nova Scotia for the last 10 days of September, left for Ottawa on September 30, and arrived in Vancouver November 5.
The rain patters on the roof, slides down the windows, sluices down the drains. Today’s forecast? Rain. Tomorrow? Rain. Three days, five days, ten days? Rain every day.
We must be in Vancouver. And we are.
When I wrote my last blog post we were in Thunder Bay, in late October.
The north shore of Lake Superior is magnificent – great sweeping vistas of water interrupted by majestic islands, endless reaches of yellow and green forest, an aloof northern landscape made for trolls and giants and the music of Sibelius. And then there’s the towering Canada Goose statue at Wawa, an enormous folly asserting the presence of humanity in a terrain as vast and wild as any I’ve ever seen.
A rainy Sunday in Brampton, Ontario – part of a huge sprawl of malls, warehouses, factories and freeways spilling westward from Toronto. We’re in the Indian Line Campground, the closest one to downtown Toronto, but it’s not very close – about half an hour with light traffic, much more in busy periods.
Wow. Just … wow.
That’s the best word I know to describe the splendid audience reaction to the Green Rights film. People love it! They love the stories, love the hopefulness, love the pace, love the use of folk-art and folk-music to mark the transitions from one story to another.
I’m standing in this gorgeous auditorium that seats 350 or 400, and most of the seats are full, climbing up in rows and ranks to the roof. I’m being introduced – very warmly – by Dr. Jonathan Langdon, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership.
Wow! A standing ovation, brisk book sales, strong cash donations and a lively question period – what more could one have asked from our Halifax screening of the Green Rights film last evening at Mount St. Vincent University?
The event was graciously hosted by MSVU President Ramona Lumpkin, and MC’d by Dr.
We’re launched on the tour! And it’s going beautifully.
We showed the Green Rights film at Acadia University in Wolfville on Monday and had a very warm reception. I did a little Facebook Livecast that morning – I intend to use FB Live often as the tour goes on.
Watch the Film
Please click here to view the film. (Members Only).
Please click here to view the 90 min Director’s Cut. (Members Only)
The right to breathe. The right to clean water. The right to wholesome food.