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    A real hockey fan

    My Canadian friends like to tell about a time when the Stanley Cup playoffs were in full swing, and a gentleman took his seat in the front row of the stadium – leaving a seat open next to him. His neighbour asked why such an excellent seat for such an important event was unclaimed, and the man explained that his wife normally sat there but that she had passed away. The neighbour expressed his sympathies, but asked whether a member of the family, or another relative or friend might have been able to use the ticket. “No,” the man replied, “they’re all at the funeral.”

    Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, global philanthropist, whose non-profit Aga Khan Development Network has a global social and economic budget of more than $2 billion a year. He is the founder of the Ottawa-based Global Centre for Pluralism, a think tank financed in part by the Government of Canada. It inspired by his vision of Canada’s multiculturalism as a model for the world. From his LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture, Toronto, October 15, 2010.

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