Not too little and not too late
This is a clipping of an article we submitted to The Toronto Star last evening.
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~Original front page article
Tories deliver on AIDS pledge Nov. 30.Kudos to International Co-operation Minister Josée Verner for finally coming through and "politicizing" World AIDS Day with a Canadian commitment of $50 million. It could have happened back in August and comes as small consolation to the roughly 657,000 people who have died of HIV/AIDS in Africa since the meeting in Toronto this past summer.
Stephen Lewis has been such an outspoken advocate on a global level and his undying dedication to this cause has not been missed by this reader. I continue to be inspired by his work and writings.
Although the money comes too late for many, let us hope that it will quickly make it to its intended targets. The eyes of the World Bank, the WHO, the UN and many countries have been on Canada for some time now to strike ahead with a groundbreaking financial commitment that would have a serious impact on the pandemic that affects us all.
I hope that World AIDS Day sparks us all to jump to action to donate or get involved. Through small but significant individual actions, we can all make the world a better place.
Michelle Shaw and Brad Arsenault, Toronto