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RESPECT & CURIOSITY: On Elephants and Others

By Delphine du Toit | September 30, 2016

<1281 words> I have a great deal of respect for wild elephants and am careful to show that respect by backing out of their way when they come walking down the road towards my car. I believe I’ve learned a thing or two about elephant culture in my multiple trips to various game reserves across Africa…

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Syrian Refugees: Who Helps the Helpers?

By Delphine du Toit | April 1, 2016

<1160 words> The harsh truth about helping Canada’s Syrian refugees is with us now.  The state of their kids’ teeth, our inability to communicate in Arabic, and all that. I’m sure there are many misunderstandings that have the potential to gnaw at the goodwill cloud that swept the Canadian nation when first our new PM…

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I want to live in a good country

By Delphine du Toit | July 7, 2014

A new way of measuring and comparing countries is discussed in a TED talk by Simon Anholt, which triggers for Delphine a series of questions about the choice she made in immigrating to Canada “is Canada a good country?” from South Africa. “Good” in this context is not the opposite of “bad”. Instead, it is juxtaposed against “selfish”, but it isn’t synonymous with “generous”. The blog concludes with the realisation that there is a persona contribution to be made towards “good”. It’s not just up to politicians and big business.

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