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August 1, 2022 mswartz No Comments

July 31 2022 DemocraCycle Interview eight, Rockland, Ontario

Was in Rockland, Ontario, about 45 km east of Ottawa. Just before I checked into the Airbnb for that evening, a townhouse in a pretty new neighbourhood, these two young men approached me. They were fundraisers for Plan Canada.

I told them that I too was fundraising, in my case for @TheMosaicInstitute and @antihateca, and offered to make a donation. When they heard I was riding in part for anti-racism, each of these pleasant fellows opened up. One is First Nations, the other is Egyptian (and has lived in Saudi Arabia).

The stories they told of raw discrimination against them when they were younger, in smaller towns, made us all bristle. They do feel that things have improved overall, and are thrilled to be living in Canada.

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