BEST EX­PORT TO THE WORLD’S POOR

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Activism -

STEPHEN LEWIS Where do old politi­cians go when they give up the hus­tings? Law firms and golf cour­ses. Not the for­mer head of the On­tario NDP, who took his so­cial democ­rac­tic prin­ci­ples and went to sit by the bed­sides of the sick and dy­ing in the poor­est places on the planet. He may sport out-of-fash­ion specs, but the United Na­tions spe­cial en­voy for HIV/AIDS, who has seen way too much suf­fer­ing, can make a stone weep with his lilt­ing ca­dences and bil­lion-dollar vo­cab­u­lary. Good thing, too. Last year he pushed the feds to al­low drug com­pa­nies to ex­port cheap generic AIDS drugs.“I want some­one to ex­plain to me why it isn’t called mur­der,” he said of Big Pharma’s un­will­ing­ness to share the meds. Send funds to the Stephen Lewis Foun­da­tion (www.stephen­lew­is­foun­da­tion.org).

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