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Following the Great Depression and the Second World War, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank were established (at Bretton Woods) to stabilize and encourage economic growth. With the addition of trade agreements and now the World Trade Organization, the three economic institutions aim for a prosperous, just and sustainable world economy that obviously depends upon a healthy global environment. However recent disjoint responses to the climate emergency and the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the need for fundamental reform of these economic institutions.

Peter will review ideas expressed by Gallagher and Kozul-Wright, in their new book The Case for a New Bretton Woods, about the need for sweeping reform to the international financial system, trade and investment, and development finance.

What is the role of such sweeping reform in the emergence of a World Federation? How can the World Federalist Movement Canada – Toronto Branch encourage such reform?

Wednesday, November 16th
7:00 - 8:30 pm Eastern Time

We Remember and Thank May Kersten

November 4, 1932 – August 29, 2021

May Kersten, a long-time member and supporter of WFM-C, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2021 at the age of 88.

May had a strong and independent spirit forged by the challenges of the Second World War. She had powerful memories of the Canadian soldiers who liberated Holland when she was a girl, and perhaps that is when the first kernels of commitments to global democracy, peace and the rule of law took root in her spirit.

In keeping with these beliefs, May made a very generous bequest to the World Federalist Movement – Canada, a donation that will enable our movement to continue its work on our platforms pertaining to global governance, peace building, and the rule of law. The members of the WFM-C Board of Directors hereby take this opportunity to express to May’s family our profound thanks and appreciation.

As a member of the WFM-C’s Montreal branch, May participated actively in events and contributed regularly to branch and national fund-raising campaigns. She cared deeply about social justice and, to that end, also contributed to causes at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, her spiritual community, including taking responsibility for a year’s rent for one of two families sponsored by the Church’s Syrian Refugee Programme in 2016 – 2017.

May was born in Holland, the second youngest of ten children, and immigrated to Montreal in 1965 where she became a successful financial advisor. Among May’s many interests were her love of the outdoors, tennis, photography, and travel. She loved reading about mythology and Indigenous cultures, which fueled her passion for traveling and was fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world. In 2018, May suffered a debilitating stroke that severely curtailed her freedom. She spent her last years receiving gentle and loving care at the Sunrise nursing home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

May is survived by sisters, Yvonne and Anne Marie, and a brother, Ferdinand. She also leaves behind her nephew, Robert, and his wife, Anita, who provided loving and attentive care from the U.S. due to Covid restrictions during that time.

We extend our sincere condolences to May’s family in their time of sorrow. May lived her life according to her values and demonstrated her deep conviction of making a difference in the world. She did so with aplomb.

Patricia Philip
Montreal branch


One World Lecture Series on Global Democracy and Justice AVAILABLE NOW

Humanity is in critical need of a new political system capable of addressing the world's most pressing issues. The new lecture series by One World, featuring Dena Freeman and Oded Gilad, explores an alternative vision of extending democracy from the national to the global level. It describes the rational way to balance the power of global corporations, deal seriously with global crises, and turn nice aspirations like ‘human rights’ into a reality. Hear about the history of this idea, answers to the doubts and misconceptions people have about it, and how it could come about. You can listen in any order you like, and also find the YouTube version for some helpful infographics and translated captions. The series includes four modules that delve into various aspects of globalization, global democracy, and world federalism:

Module I: Developing A Global Framework

Module II: Problems of the Current ‘International’ System

Module III: Key World Federalist Thinkers

Module IV: Ways Forward


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