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Monthly Archives: February 2012
Richelle Wiseman  |  February 29, 2012  |  Death, Health, Institutions, Justice, Politics

How early does a fetus become a baby become a human being? Our politicians may be loath to debate it, but it seems even our hospitals need more work to get their nomenclature straight. Contradictory practices within single hospitals cannot be serving anyone well. In Calgary’s Foothills Hospital, for instance, the “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program” is described on the website as one which provides … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 28, 2012  |  Journalism, Justice

Rex Murphy makes the point in the first issue of Convivium magazine that we should all breath deep and turn down the rhetorical heat way down. Murphy, famous for his acerbic commentaries on CBC Radio and TV as well as in the National Post, doesn’t suggest for a moment that we become a nation of muffle-mouths. But in the Convivium interview that rolls off the … MORE »

Kyle Bennett  |  February 27, 2012  |  Arts, Death, Loves, Vocation

In the first part of this series on “God for Artists and Artists for God” I suggested that the nature and purpose of art and the vocation of the artist is one that is given by God and is justified in a particular understanding of God’s presence in creation and command to us as co-creators. In this second part, I want to explore the characteristics … MORE »

The talk about last month’s move of the Electro-Motive Diesel plant from London (Ontario) to the United States reveals much about the way we treat economics in Ontario and in Canada. Some see the plant’s closure as just another example of blood-sucking foreign companies who come into Canada, ignore our unions, buy our plants, and leave the workers, the provinces, and the country to clean … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  February 23, 2012  |  Culture, Health, Institutions, Politics, Religion

A few weeks back President Obama announced, and a few days later backtracked on, a policy requiring employers to pay for sterilization services and contraception (including the ‘morning-after’ pill considered by many pro-lifers to be a form of abortion) as part of the minimum provisions of health care services. It isn’t clear whether this was a calculated political move designed to motivate particular constituencies, or … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 22, 2012  |  Business, Death, Journalism

I blogged here recently about the way small magazines are challenging the pusillanimous acquiescence of mainstream media before the Internet onslaught. My post should have acknowledged that some of the big boys of print aren’t going down without a fight, either. A prime example of that fighting spirit is the entry into the North American print market of a magazine called Intelligent Life, a sumptuous, … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  February 21, 2012  |  Civic Core, Culture, Journalism, Media, Politics, Religion

Among the annoying foibles of our era is the tendency to forget the lessons of history. Even more annoying, however, is misusing them. Last week, the CRTC denied a request from Crossroads Television Systems (CTS) to amend its licence. Currently, Crossroads must provide at least 20 hours a week of “balanced programming” between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. CTS sought relief from that provision on … MORE »

Kyle Bennett  |  February 20, 2012  |  Arts, Loves, Vocation

We don’t prize artists like we prize scientists. Or, so it seems for much of society, and for much of the church. It seems that art is expression, but science is knowledge—expression is fun and all, and occasionally worthy of attention or mention, but knowledge is worthy of recognition and funding. Your mother smiles when you tell her you want to be a doctor; she … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 17, 2012  |  Economy, Justice, Markets, Religion

The Vatican is caught between the rock of the rich and the hard place of the poor, and between the work of theology and political advocacy. Its calls for global financial reform are taking on starker, more particular tones, to the unease and dissatisfaction of many, and the growing relief of more. The Vatican’s perspective on the global economy is, in short, exposing the deep … MORE »

Canada’s unions are in trouble, but what is to be done? A discussion paper released by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications Energy and Paper Workers (CEP) suggests that unions are “fac[ing] an enormous and historic moment of truth.” While Canadian unions are known for their overuse of hyperbole, the list of problems they themselves provide suggests the problem is genuine. Here are … MORE »