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- Published: Monday, 10 October 2016 21:35
Starting on May 31, 2010 (the World Health Organization's 23rd annual World No Tobacco Day), Errol Povah made his way from Victoria, B.C. to Nanaimo, then Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, then south to New York City... a total distance of about 6,300 kilometres. Doing a marathon a day (mostly walking, but some running), six days a week for six months, it was late October/early November when Povah, making his way along Highway 7 in southeastern Ontario, inadvertently missed Kingston by just 70 kilometres or so.
Little did he know, at that time, that, almost 6 years later, he would miss Kingston again... this time, by about 4,000 km. Why? Well, because his outstanding life-long contribution to tobacco control -- and, most notably, his goal of seeing Big Tobacco out of business -- wasn't considered worthy of an invitation to and/or attendance at the so-called Tobacco Endgame Summit that occurred in Kingston on September 30 and October 1, 2016.