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reunion and – at least as ‘older brothers’ - Mel Hurtig and Walter Gordon knew all the family members. A few days later I met Mel Hurtig and he told me that when the meeting finished, he returned to his hotel room to find it had been ransacked and left so he would know it had been ransacked. The Mulroney RCMP, Mel surmised, leaving a calling card. Readers will remember that as prime minister Brian Mulroney was driven in a bullet-proof car – which, upon becoming prime minister, Jean Chrétien laughed at … and removed.

Mel Hurtig received well-deserved honours during his lifetime of tireless work. He will be sorely missed… and sorely needed in the coming years. If he could have a wish fulfilled involving his public life, it might well be that others, young Canadians, will materialize, will take up the task of gaining Canadian independence, and will fight on for it until it is won. Rest in Peace. Mel Hurtig, 24 June 1932 – 3 Aug 2016 – Robin Mathews ♣

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TheTyee’s Farewell to Mel Hurtig, Canada’s Best Friend He stood on guard for the nation’s highest ideals and potential. By David Beers, Vancouver, 5 Aug 2016, founding editor of The Tyee, at theTyee.ca DIRECT LINK: http://tinyurl.com/tyee-0816 [EXTRACT/LINK] Mel

Hurtig’s defence of Canada’s sovereignty, cultural and economic, was smilingly relentless. On Wednesday Canada lost a mighty herald of the nation’s better angels. Mel Hurtig was a huge fan of Canada, a nationalist in the best sense. That is what made him such an incisive critic of leaders who sold short Canada’s potential – the potential to be a land of opportunity for all, and a beacon of tolerance and fairmindedness to the rest of the world. Hurtig could make such a dream seem practical because, in various ways, he lived it. Born of Jewish immigrants, he became a highly successful bookseller, publisher and author, and even sought to lead the country as head of a short-lived experiment aptly named The National Party. Here are some gifts Mel Hurtig gave Canada: At the high-rolling expense of millions of dollars, coordinating 2,500 creative contributors, he published The Canadian Encyclopedia in 1985. This was be-

fore the internet and so weaving a three-volume, information-rich narrative of Canada might be seen as the ultimate gesture of defiance against the U.S. cultural juggernaut. The Canadian Encyclopedia, lives on, by the way, on the internet. Mel Hurtig helped found the Council of Canadians, a non-profit group dedicated to fighting for social and environmental justice. As national chairperson Maude Barlow said yesterday on the COC website: “Mel Hurtig loved this country more than anyone I ever met.” Mel Hurtig wrote eight books. Among the titles: The Betrayal of Canada (in which he lambastes the NAFTA trade treaty with the U.S., 1991); At Twilight in the Country: Memoirs of a Canadian Nationalist (Autobiographical; 1996); Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids (poverty in Canada, 2000); The Vanishing Country (on foreign ownership eroding Canada’s self-sufficiency, 2002); Rushing to Armageddon (on the perils posed by the U.S. missile defence system and Canada’s participation, 2004); The Truth about Canada (on how Canada measures up in social and economic indicators against other OECD nations, 2008). […] Read in full at http://theTyee.ca LINK: http://tinyurl.com/tyee-0816 ♣

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Beautiful Money — Salt Spring Island’s Community Currency VIDEO from Peak Moment Television:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUEcY1ucdXE An island (near Vancouver Island), BC has designed

its own form of currency. Salt Spring Island’s paper dollars and coins look and feel beautiful. For the Island’s tourists, they’re genuine souvenirs….they’re widely accepted by local businesses and banks, and easily redeemed. They’re purchased using national (Canadian) dollars and are spent at many businesses, including grocery and hardware stores. Michael shows 6 dialogue

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Image on P.2 us the intricately-designed multi-color bills featuring local artists’ work on the back, and historical figures and wise quotations on the front. He explains different models of local currency, as well as Bitcoin, an emerging revolutionary decentralized, non-politicized approach to money available via the internet. […] [SEE IMAGE ON P.2] WEBSITE: http://saltspringdollars.com/ ♣

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