Did you hear that story about the firefighters in Ontario having to put out an inter-family fight and literal fire that ignited from an argument over whether the earth is flat? I say it is flat again – the thing has become so small we can fold it up and cut the distance to reach any far-flung corner to a jiffy. People everywhere are very heavily invested in what happens anywhere, you talk to far-away people as if you’re standing in your doorway and saying something to a neighbour across the flat road surface. Famous landmarks anywhere are embraced by everyone. Like the CN Tower in Toronto, which is celebrating its 40th today, while I am writing, sorting, arrange old articles, etc. in a place where I can look out the window and see it. That birthday reminds me of one of my most difficult interviews, to write this profile about a new professor at Western U (London, Ontario): Professor Ning Su at UWO.
The CN Tower was a big influence in his eventual choice of Canada:
Su was born in China’s city of Chengdu province. His journey from his hometown to Canada was influenced by a world-famous landmark he learned about as a youngster.
“I saw a TV program about the CN Tower,” he says. “Back then it was the tallest building in the world, so I really wanted to go there.”