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Everywhere there was song and celebration: 30,000 Foodstockers fight the mega-quarry

By Meg Borthwick
Rabble.ca

Imagine you are walking through a gold, orange and red canopied autumn woodlot. You’ve got a fragrant, steaming mug of cider to ward off the chill, and as you wander, eating and drinking, local buskers serenade you as you make your way through crowds of friends to a stage where your favourite Canadian musicians are playing live. Nice dream, eh?

Sometimes these dreams become reality. On Sunday, Oct. 16th, more than 28,000 people drove (or were bussed) from all over Ontario, through shifting rain and sun, howling winds and chill air, to a woodlot in the middle of Lennox Farms, about 90 minutes north of Toronto.

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Fair Game: How to survive an irrelevant Congress

By Paul Andersen
The Aspen Times

As Democrats and Republicans jeopardize national security by jockeying toward the next election cycle, Congress has made itself irrelevant to the needs of the American people.

A “corrupt duopoly” is how New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman labeled our paralyzed two-party system at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Our nation,” said Friedman, “is facing the biggest decline in national values since the rise of the Greatest Generation.” Despite enormous geopolitical challenges, national policymakers spurn collective action. “We are in a slow, gradual decline,” concluded Friedman. “And the worst thing? People are getting used to it.”

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