The First Baby Boomers Turn 65

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This year marked a mile­stone for the boomer gen­er­a­tion in Canada as the first of them turned 65 – a bench­mark that of­fers pause for re­flec­tion. In 2011, Fidel Cas­tro, the Cuban leader who served as a geopo­lit­i­cal wild­card and Cold War an­tag­o­nist dur­ing the boomer co­horts’ for­ma­tive years – most no­tably dur­ing the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis – re­signed af­ter 49 years in power. And Jack Layton, a boomer who pro­pelled the NDP to of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment op­po­si­tion sta­tus for the first time in his­tory, passed away just three months af­ter­ward at age 61. Still, boomers who felt the pangs of the ris­ing mil­len­nial tide could take so­lace in the fact that not only do they re­main a for­mi­da­ble so­cial and cul­tural in­flu­ence but one of their own of­fered a roadmap for­ward. In his fi­nal let­ter to Cana­di­ans, Layton de­clared, “Hope is bet­ter than fear. Op­ti­mism is bet­ter than de­spair. So let us be lov­ing, hope­ful and op­ti­mistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Happy 65th birth­day to the first baby boomers; (op­po­site) the last­ing im­age of an ec­static Sid­ney Crosby fol­low­ing his gold-clinch­ing over­time goal against Team USA at the 2010 Win­ter Olympics in Van­cou­ver

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