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Monthly Archives: April 2013
Peter Stockland  |  April 30, 2013  |  Business, Death, Games, Philosophy

It seems the new CEO of Blackberry was being anything but ironic when he declared this week that tablet computing will be all but dead in five years. “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet any more. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model,” … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  April 29, 2013  |  Environment, Health, Vocation

Last weekend, finally, I began this summer’s work in the garden. Winter has been long this year in Alberta—it began the third week in October and the most recent heavy snowfall of 20 cm or so was only two weeks ago. I raked the lawn out, fertilized it, cleared the remnant leaves from the flower beds, put up new netting for my beloved vines, fixed … MORE »

Religious freedom is making bigger and bigger waves in the stormy seas of Canadian politics of late. It’s not just that an Ambassador was appointed in February, although that’s a fair hat tip to certain concerned constituencies. There also seems to be a rise in cases, not only legal but also political, which revolve around this ambiguous, oft-debated right. Just when politics abroad are becoming … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  April 25, 2013  |  Culture, Institutions, Politics, Religion

In the world of parliamentary business, motions of commitment and encouragement can get lost under the weight of debate and controversy surrounding more binding efforts. But in politics, governance culture can be everything, and yesterday in the House of Commons Motion 382 took an important step forward to recognizing not only the high priority of religious freedom in Canadian foreign policy, but also religious literacy … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  April 24, 2013  |  Media, Politics

Complain about attack ads if you like, but we’re only debating them because we deserve them. Last week we were once again exposed to attack ads in Canadian politics. The Conservatives welcomed Justin Trudeau as the new Liberal leader by suggesting he was in over his head. Their attack ad included a bunch of out-of-context quotes and footage of Mr. Trudeau taking off his shirt … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  April 23, 2013  |  Death, Justice

Canada’s airports may not exactly meet all the qualifications of a gulag archipelago, but they are arguably our single most significant institutional reminder of liberty lost. Those who find such a claim slightly excessive should spend extensive time travelling, as I do, by VIA Rail and then return to air travel via one of our major landing strips. The contrast is experienced with particular sharpness … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  April 22, 2013  |  Death, Legacy

The kerfuffles here and there in the days following the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher should prove to each of us the need for civility in “civil” society. Mrs. Thatcher was, in my view, one of Britain’s great figures of the 20th century. Others have a different opinion. Mine is based on the decade I spent living in a Britain that may … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  April 19, 2013  |  Foreign Policy, Games, Philosophy, Politics

“So, can my son, in good Christian conscience, head-shot a zombie to save the town?” You can take that answer to the bank. Kevin Schut, professor at Trinity Western University, has written the book most of us want to read but are usually too embarrassed to write about, Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games. With geek culture gone mainstream, dragons and … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  April 18, 2013  |  Institutions, Philosophy, Politics

If political principle has left the party, where has it gone? We are now well acquainted with the fact that Canadian political parties have drained the clear water of principle from the House of Commons and left it a swampy cesspool of power and pandering. Ray Pennings notes that “Political parties have become marketing machines with the single-minded purpose of protecting and promoting the brand … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  April 16, 2013  |  Death, Discipline, Justice

A running coach I trained with years ago had a wonderful reality check for anyone considering running a marathon. Part one required prospective marathoners to drive exactly 42.1 kilometres from their houses, park safely, get out of the car and start walking—not running—home. Part two required paying attention to the first moment when the thought occurred: “This is crazy. What am I doing out here?” … MORE »