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Monthly Archives: January 2013
Ray Pennings  |  January 31, 2013  |  Health, Loves

When surrounded by near-perfection, it is surprising how much can be learned from imperfection. I spent the past week with my wife enjoying as near a “perfect” physical surrounding as I have experienced. Comfortable poolside chairs with an ocean view, surrounded by lush gardens, palm trees, and the invigorating Hawaii climate, freed (even mandated!) me to leave aside the regular worries of daily life—there are … MORE »

Jim Stanford sports an economist’s badge on his white-collar shirt front, yet works for the Canadian Auto Workers. This combination gets him punditry gigs on CBC and in the Globe and Mail. Almost everything he says, of course, turns out to have the predictable burble and sulphur of the primeval class-warrior. You can tell and smell it from three blocks away. There’s no normal need … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  January 28, 2013  |  Death, Health, Parenting, Religion

Almost 14 years have now passed since tragedy struck very close to my home. It was in the spring of 1999 when a reporter from the Calgary Herald, of which I was editor at the time, knocked on my door to inquire about my neighbours—the family that lived behind us across the green belt. It was then that I learned that the two young children … MORE »

Fretting is the hot new side dish, but it’s not healthy. I’m sure there are many in wealthy North America who eat their oatmeal every morning blissfully unaware of the controversies around whether their porridge is fair-trade, organic, local, steel cut or minute, but there are a growing number who, like our friends from Portlandia, fret a great deal about such things. The newest food … MORE »

Can’t begin to understand those who turn their backs on Canada to embrace the death cult of jihadi extremism,eg these 2 — Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) January 21, 2013 The prospect of having harboured terrorists can certainly take the wind out of your sails. With allegations from Algeria that Canadians were part of the band of Islamist militants who attacked a natural gas plant in … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  January 22, 2013  |  Culture, Death, Innovation, Philosophy

Sometimes, someone chances past who brilliantly captures in a handful of words what others spend whole careers trying to express. Such was the case last week when a regular correspondent of mine, a Mr. P.A. George, set out in five easy steps the recipe that activists cooking up all manner of “social progress” have used in Canada during the past 40 years: Find an extreme … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  January 21, 2013  |  Discipline, Elites, Justice

The recent confession of cycling icon Lance Armstrong to a life built on lies, deception, and seven doping-enabled Tour de France victories is notable both for its format and the public’s response. First, Mr. Armstrong’s sins were confessed to Oprah, who next to the Kennedys is pretty much the closest thing to royalty that America can find to fill the 237-year-old void it still seems … MORE »

Julia Nethersole  |  January 18, 2013  |  Arts, Loves, Religion

I was recently asked about the best meal I’ve ever had. Being the daughter of a man who thinks about what he’ll be having for lunch at breakfast, and knows what he’ll be making for Sunday dinner on Tuesday, it is without doubt that I took this question quite seriously. Whilst agonizing over my short list of top three favourite meals, I realized that they … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  January 17, 2013  |  Institutions, Politics

In the next few months, Liberal voters will elect Ontario’s next Premier, Quebec’s Opposition Leader, and the leader of the third party in Canada’s Parliament. The impact of these races amount to more than the sum of their parts. One might argue that the decisions made by Liberal voters in the next few months will, as much as any other factor, shape the ultimate resolution … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  January 16, 2013  |  Politics, Religion

Does theology have anything to say to aboriginal affairs in Canada? No, says Derek Burney in a Canadian Press article. Burney argues that theology gets in the way of resolution of the problems facing aboriginals in Canada: “If one side is approaching it from a practical standpoint, and the other comes at it from a constitutional or what I would call an almost theological standpoint, … MORE »