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Wednesday Mar 5, 2014
The Winter Olympics are now part of the history books. However, while this celebration of global unity was happening, the gruesome civil war in Syria has continued unabated. The civil war in Libya prompted western countries like Canada to provide military support to the rebels, but so far no western country has done the same thing in Syria. Past...
Saturday Mar 1, 2014
As a vast country, Canada has always struggled with the ideal of national unity, which has led to the creation of national symbols to bring us together. The most obvious ones are our flag, our anthem, and, as the Winter Olympics showed, our hockey. They bring us together as Canadians, giving us a sense of “oneness,” yet all of these are relatively new ideals of nationalism.
Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
The first commentary that I penned 11 years ago this month for the St. Albert Gazette was entitled “Marijuana – The Fun Drug”. Except, of course, it wasn’t. At that time I called for the Canadian senate to take on an evaluation of the whole matter. I reckoned that it was a subject worthy of sober thought. It hasn’t taken it up and some may wonder if the House of Senate is capable of having a...
Saturday Feb 22, 2014
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Saturday Feb 15, 2014
Like most newly married couples, in our first year of marriage, my wife and I made many adjustments to our lifestyles, in order to accommodate the other person. We adjusted to a host of new preferences: TV shows, food, furniture styles, recreational activities, holiday celebrations, favourite movies, fashions, friends, and household chores – just to name a few. By the end of our first year...
American entertainer George M. Cohan, known as “the man who owned Broadway,” knew how to rescue an inferior piece that might not go over with an audience. Quoth Cohan, “Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.” In other words – wrap up dross in a patriotic display and it might fly.
Inevitably our lives are painfully interrupted with grief when someone close to us passes away. Death is a topic we avoid, an event we fear, yet a reality we each will experience. When we grieve the passing of someone close, we do so individually and uniquely.