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Douglas Budden,
Kyirong Choling Farmstead

6 November 2006

Dear Mr. Rancourt . . .

Please accept my congratulations towards the convening of your
Activism course, which I had the privilege to attend with friends, this
past week. I had heard that this popular offering, at the University of
Ottawa, had been greeted by many as an exciting 'breath of fresh air'
and wished to experience this for myself.

I can only say, as a concerned farmer and individual faced with the
numerous and confusing agendas, which apparently constrain and
obfuscate our economic and political choices within 21st century
'Canada', that to witness first hand, the dynamic quality of your guest
speaker [ Professor Sidney White ] coupled with the spirit of open, honest
and spontaneous debate, which included the dimension of public interest,
all created satisfaction that hope for a better future, for the growing number
of disenfranchised Canadians, may be justified.

I would also like to commend you for the skill with which you moderated
and directed discussion, such that no 'special interest' was able to hijack or
monopolize dialogue. The classroom itself became the curriculum . . . the
medium WAS the message !

Let there be no taboos within dignified academic investigation.

Voilà ! la VRAIE Université !

Please be sure to thank those responsible for enabling this intellectual 'window'
on the 'real' world and continue with this admirable work . . .

very sincerely,

Douglas Budden,
Kyirong Choling Farmstead

Letters of Support for the Activism Class:

Alroy Fonseca, Policy Analyst, 30 Nov 2006

Anna Sundin, LL. B., 18 December 2006

Atiya Hussain, Parent of U. of O. student, 14 November 2006

Claude Haridge, P.Eng., 1 December 2006

Conchita Fonseca, M.D. and Jean-Pierre Thibault, M.Sc.(Eng.) candidate, 15 December 2006

David Mandelzys, Research Analyst, 22 December 2006

Gerald Ohlsen, Retired Senior Diplomat, 15 November 2006

Sabrina Bowman, Intern, Office of Pat Martin, M.P., 5 December 2006