Thunder Bay! Time to take stock…
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.
It was a long day, but it was a great drive from Wawa to Thunder Bay. And the two previous days were phenomenal in their colour, driving north from Toronto to Blind River through rolling farmlands and lakeside resorts, and then from Blind River to Wawa. Why Wawa? Because Wawa is famous: it’s the place where all the hitchhikers in the days of the hippies got stuck. They’d catch rides across the country, and then their drivers would drop them in Wawa – “and like, man, I was two days in Wawa standing on the side of the road with my thumb out.”
The place is legendary. But I wasn’t prepared for its stunning beauty, or for the quiet and comfortable campground tucked away on the Magpie River. And, to be truthful, I wasn’t really prepared for the hard frost that greeted me that morning. Late October, northwestern Ontario: it’s starting to get cold.
The last event in Toronto was exceptionally stimulating — a gathering of the current students and some of the alumni of the Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate program at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Imagine a room full of CSR professionals fastening upon one another — most of them are in moderately lonely circumstances within the organizations they work for — all of them eager to exchange insights, learn, look for fresh ways forward. They loved the Green Rights film, and engaged in a crackling discussion afterwards. It was a grand finale to our ten days in the Toronto area.
And so onward to Thunder Bay, just about half-way between Halifax and Vancouver: 2800 kilometers behind us, 3000 to go. In terms of events, however, it’s well over half-way. Since September, Green Rights has been screened nine times, with three more to go; I’ve done nine seminars and class presentations, with three more to go; Marjorie has done 12 bookstore signings and readings, with two more to go.
Right this minute, Marjorie is signing books at the Chapters store on Memorial Drive in Thunder Bay. We’ll be screening Green Rights in the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay tomorrow evening at 7:00. On Wednesday night, October 26 under the auspices of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, we’ll be screening the film in Room 200, Robson Hall, 224 Dysart Road in Winnipeg.
And after that, Calgary! Stay tuned for more details of the Alberta events. And then we’ll be in BC for the winter, organizing additional events on the west coast.