And so ended, unofficially at least, the summer of 2013.
Another Labour Day parade has marched into memory.
The Snowbirds have drawn a giant heart in the sky and departed.
The boats are going home, the birds are flying south.
But what a day it was eh? Starting with this amazing march.
Union members flooded the streets of Toronto in a spirited Labour Day celebration emboldened by the birth of the country's biggest union for private-sector workers.
Thousands of workers stretched for more than 12 blocks Monday in a parade peppered with steel drum bands and labour flags and banners from more than a dozen unions.
This great message from Jerry Dias the President of Unifor, Canada's newest union.
"Today is really about opportunity, it's about hope. It's about us saying we've had it and it's about us saying we're determined to change the direction of the country," said Dias.
This one from Tom Mulcair.
"We've seen a stabilization in the labour movement after several years of decrease. Stephen Harper is encouraging a lot of people to get back involved in the labour movement," Mulcair said.
And of course, not even a solitary tweet from Stephen Harper.
Because he would salute Independence Day in the Ukraine eh? But not Labour Day in Canada.
And if he had his way, there would be no unions in this country...
No rights for working people, no unemployment insurance, no pensions, no medicare. Just his depraved Con jungle where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. The old are condemned to misery, and the young have no future.
But you know what? Today it didn't seem to matter. Because today I saw what hope can do to re-energize a movement. And I came away convinced that while we must fight Harper and his Cons harder than ever, it is our hope for a better future that will eventually destroy them.
And that instead of just dwelling on the negative, it's time to do more to explain to Canadians why our Canada will be BETTER than Harperland.
Time to inspire them in new and creative ways, and move them like I was moved today. Time to paint a bright shining picture for them as big as the heart the Snowbirds painted in the sky.
Time to encourage Canadians to chase their dreams. Dare to dream about making Canada great again.
And when I saw that young union supporter, and the rainbow version of the Unifor flag...
And this picture in the Toronto Star....
When I felt the joyful energy, and the renewed spirit of resistance, I was even more convinced than I was before, that we can definitely do it eh?
I know the young are ready to dream of a more beautiful future. They're natural born dreamers, all they need is a vision to inspire them. I also know many older Canadians are ready to dream of a post-Harper Canada. No matter how tired and grumpy some of them may feel.
And that when we are we are united, like the colours of the rainbow, we can do ANYTHING.
And how do I know that?
Well, among other things, because of what Diana Nyad did today.
Because she proved that you're never too old to chase a dream AND the amazing power of the rainbow.
You know, I wasn't able to march in the Toronto parade today, as I have every year since I arrived in this city.Two days ago I wiped out on my bike in spectacular fashion, and now one of my ankles is so swollen I can hardly stand on it.
And the idea of being crippled at this time of the year, when every remaining warm day is a precious gift from the God of the Great Frozen North, has me singing the blues. Cursing my tragic fate !@#!!!! And no doubt driving everybody around me CRAAAZY.
Because there's nothing quite as sad as the end of summer in Canada eh? And when you live in Harperland it's WORSE.
But as I limped home today after watching that awesome parade, I felt like I was floating on a cloud.
Or soaring skyward like them...
Because I have seen the future. It doesn't include the Harper Cons.
And although I'm sorry to see the summer go because it was great.
Just too short...
I know that hope can can carry us like the wind.
And that if we chase our dream, we will chase the Cons from power.
Freedom will be our reward.
And our future will be a bright one...
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