It is with great sorrow that I heard about the death on Friday of Ursula Franklin, one of Canada’s greatest citizens. Ursula, a scientist and Holocaust survivor, was a dear friend of my parents who were also both heavily involved in the peace movement. She was a brilliant woman of enormous warmth, humanity and humour. A school was founded in her name by the Ontario NDP government in the early 80’s and my daughter attended from the first year. The principles were based on social justice – kids wearing uniforms and committed to volunteering. It didn’t quite work out that way, but the ideals were wonderful.
“Peace is not the absence of war—peace is the absence of fear.”
|– Ursula Franklin in The Ursula Franklin Reader.