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November 10, 2017 | Lest We

A best-selling Canadian author of 14 books on economic trends, real estate, the financial crisis, personal finance strategies, taxation and politics. Nationally-known speaker and lecturer on macroeconomics, the housing market and investment techniques. He is a licensed Investment Advisor with a fee-based, no-commission Toronto-based practice serving clients across Canada.

Morning rush. An old soldier stood by one of the concourse elevator banks in the bowels of the office tower where I sometimes hang out. Millennials blurred past the odd figure in his blue blazer, chest covered in medals, beret, ancient cloudy eyes. All had more time for their iPhones than a human anachronism with a box of poppies. War? A distant, discredited idea in a world more concerned with gender equality, Harvey Weinstein, carbon emissions and new emojis.

Where did you serve, I asked? “Korea,” he replied, coming to attention. Ironic, given the news. Twenty-six thousand Canadians fought there. Five hundred didn’t come back. Turns out he flew a jet fighter 65 years ago, when he was big, and twenty.

He pinned a poppy on my overcoat as if I were receiving the Victoria Cross. Thank you for your service, I whispered. How inadequate and lame that felt.

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November 10th, 2017

Posted In: The Greater Fool

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