I began to see that the amount of melatonin in my skin might have more to do with my experience as an American than I’d realized.
It’s a good time for Christians to rethink politics. We must recognize that politics is not the ultimate answer for humanity and that seeking the Kingdom of God is. We must seriously consider prayer and thoughtful Christian engagement as ways of being in the world but not of it.
The Problem with Voting for Christian Issues I used to think that staying true to my Christian faith and being involved in the political process was a simple thing to do. All I had to do was tally up all of the issues I cared about most – issues I thought Jesus would care most […]
I have spent a lot of time over the past few months lamenting over what has happened in Ferguson, Missouri. I’ve read news coverage, testimony transcripts, public opinion pieces, and responses from black leaders. And I have watched in horror the video of Eric Garner as he was strangled by a police officer on a […]
An anti-homosexuality bill was signed into law in February by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, but has since been invalidated by a Ugandan court because the bill was signed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. The controversial bill, first introduced in 2009, includes punishing first-time offenders with 14 years in prison, and authorizes life […]
Bias is hard to eliminate for anybody; the Palestine and Israel conflict is no exception. With much of the Bible having its focus on Israel, many Christians feel a natural leaning towards the nation. But when it comes down to it, the sobering news is that there is much more blood on Israel’s hands than […]
A few hours after I was assigned to write about the media’s silence over the Crimea situation, a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine. While the international political scene is still trying to find an explanation for the disaster, the families of the 298 victims will now finally be able to grieve. The initial […]
As I sit down to write this, my Twitter feed constantly updates me with 140 character descriptions from the war zone that is Gaza. I can barely keep up. Truth be told, I don’t even have the ability to compute what I read. As of this moment the figures are as follows: 100,000 Palestinians are now […]
In one of the most embattled regions in the world, Israel and Palestine are ignited once again with more violence. Hamas — which is part of the Palestinian government — and Israel are engaged in what is being called one of the worst flare-ups in this region for years. So what started it this time? It […]
Guess who’s back. Back again. Ford is back. Tell a friend. Toronto’s (perhaps even North America’s?) most interesting politician returned to City Hall on Monday, June 30 after being in a rehabilitation facility for two months. As everyone would expect, Rob Ford gave a speech full of apologies. While he acknowledged his mistakes, he also […]
On Tuesday, three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced up to 10 years in prison in Egypt. The Egyptian government said the trio had aided the Muslim Brotherhood, a group labelled terrorist by the interim government, and had produced false news reports last December. One of the three, Mohamed Fahmy, is an Egyptian-Canadian and ex-CNN journalist. Peter Grest is […]
The federal government of Canada recently approved Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. Its purpose: to transport oil and heavy oil thinner called condensate from Alberta to British Columbia and back, opening up trade with Asia’s emerging markets, creating hundreds of jobs, and generating millions of dollars. Sounds like a good idea right? Well, maybe to a […]
An interesting election result from Ontario, returning absolute power to Kathleen Wynne’s liberals, and leaving the NDP as the biggest loser after a flop of an election campaign. Now, it is up to Wynne to show us how she will play the hand that she has been dealt.
Because we don’t get to choose who to love “Where are you sleeping tonight?” we asked. “Outside” she responded, without blinking. “Is there no room at the shelter?” “Yeah, there probably is … but I don’t wanna go, there’s too many rules at that place.” As volunteers for a street worker outreach program, we offered […]
As a university student, I usually feel optimistic about the development of attitudes promoting racial and gender equality in our society. On campus, the hallways, office doors, and bathroom stalls are filled with posters encouraging us to respect diversity. In my political science classes, we learn about policies, theories, and institutions that address discrimination and […]
My wife and I are currently working on a 10-country documentary on sex trafficking. We’ve interviewed victims, johns, undercover detectives, prosecutors, care workers, and research experts. And the more we learn about sex trafficking — this horrific version of modern-day slavery — the more we realize it’s connected to so many other important issues. The most obvious […]
I, like most of you reading this, watched Zach Galifianakis interview President Obama on Between Two Ferns and had mixed feelings about the political circus act. On the one hand, I laughed. On the other, I felt awkward. To me, it’s such a strange arena for dialogue about a topic as important as health care. […]
OK, I get it. With its proposed values charter, Quebec is attempting to create a neutral public space where all individuals are treated as equals. And for many reasons, that’s a noble goal. The Quebec government doesn’t want to be seen as favouring one religion over another. And they want to maintain that the truth […]
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share (%) CON 167 0 167 39.62 NDP 102 0 102 30.62 LIB 34 0 34 18.91 BQ 4 0 4 6.05 GRN 1 0 1 3.91 IND 0 0 0 0.43 The Conservatives gained their much needed majority in parliament. “We are intensely aware that we are and we must […]
Osama Bin Laden Killed Last night we were all shocked by the news that the world’s most infamous terrorist Osama Bin Laden was killed by the U.S. government. I’m sure it was the last thing any of us thought we’d be watching on T.V. on a Sunday night. Here’s an except of Obama’s speech to […]