Friday, October 17, 2008

On to Ottawa...

Another lovely day in the country. We reached a sign announcing our arrival in Ottawa shortly after 9 am, then continued to walk through wooded countryside.

It's gotten a lot cooler now, so we were all bundled up in bulky sweaters and gloves, Rita and I in knitted caps. We had to spend time in the morning waiting for the car to warm up, while Rene scraped the ice off the windows.

The kind lady who let Rita leave her bike overnight on her property made a batch of muffins for us. Thank you so much.

It was our last full day of walking. Tomorrow's walk will bring us to Parliament Hill in slightly less than the 30 km we're used to. We're all looking forward to Sunday's rest.

This evening we went to a fundraiser for the Ardoch Algonquin which featured David Suzuki. Mr. Suzuki was brilliant as always, but I was more interested in the first nations representatives, notably Leeanne Simpson, who spoke so passionately and sensibly about respectful and enduring relationships and first nations ideas about connectedness. Also, the Unity Singers were very powerful. There was a reception following with delicious snacks.

We saw Mayor John Fenik of Perth, Anne and Eric from near Godfrey, Ken of ActCity Ottawa and Jeff of Frontenac News, which put our story in their paper. And, of course, the Ardoch Algonquin and other organizers. Good people all.

Rita spoke to Dr. Suzuki about building large coalitions and they both latched onto an idea of joining elders and youth in a coalition demanding a future for the planet.

We have a great deal of work to do.

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