From the Ed­i­tor Suzanne Boyd

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Itook it as a sign. Hope was what had driven Terry Fox’s one-man world­chang­ing move­ment – he had named his marathon for it. We al­ready knew we would fea­ture him with the word on the cover to mark the run’s end 40 years ago this month when I saw the pho­to­graph above: hope, fash­ioned out of leaves and fes­tooned on a chain link fence as if cling­ing to it for dear life. It was taken by Ge­orge Pi­mentel at a des­o­late Trin­ity Bell­woods Park in Toronto as, over a pe­riod of months, he doc­u­mented how or­di­nary Cana­di­ans have nav­i­gated the long, strange, dis­rup­tive time the COVID-19 shut­down has been: “We See Thee Rise” (pg. 84). Ec­cle­si­astes says, “To ev­ery thing there is a sea­son, and a time to ev­ery pur­pose un­der the heaven.” We’ve mourned and raged and, as the coun­try gin­gerly re­opens, now it is the time for hope. It has been said that hope is not a strat­egy, but it gives bal­last to ac­tion and change. The power of hope can helpp trans­for­mans­form us, as it did Terry Fox, into some­thing quite ex­tra­or­di­nary. Andd as we fight for our lives and our coun­try in cru­cial and cer­tain over­dueer­due ways – see “No Safe Haven” (pg. 72) – I, for one, am grate­ful for it.

Ge­orge Pi­mentel at his usual haunt in May, the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, took the res­o­nant Hope pho­to­graph (left) at an empty Toronto park.

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