Remembering Nick Ternette
Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada have lost a strong voice and conscience for social justice and human rights with the passing of Nick Ternette. Nick was indefatigable and completely selfless in his dedication to trying to make democracy work. He spoke up and spoke out at every opportunity, and even made some opportunities for speaking up and speaking out. For over 40 years, Nick organized rallies, protests, demonstrations — it wasn’t a protest march in Winnipeg if Nick was not there with his bullhorn and orange vest. He wrote countless letters to the editor, to politicians and to bureaucrats, and made equally countless presentations to city council and the legislature. In doing so, he raised issues and consciousness and he tried to keep our leaders to their word. Our world needs more people like Nick Ternette. He will be greatly missed.
At the time of his death Nick was in the final stages of working with Fernwood to produce his memoir. Rebel Without a Pause will be published in the fall.