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What We Read This Week

Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! REMEMBRANCE DAY Canada and the First World War Lest we forget…Remembering and honoring our heroes..Canadians recognize Remembrance Day, originally called Armistice Day, every 11 November at 11 a.m. It marks the end of hostilities during the First […]

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Ten Tips To Make Your Life Better

by Donna Sinclair It’s been over three months since the federal election; one month since Christmas. Partisan sniping in Parliament has recommenced and newspaper columnists are inexplicably (to my mind) arguing for a foolish pipeline.  The festivities are over. As W.H. Auden says, we are now  “back in the moderate Aristotelian city… And the kitchen […]

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We Are Not Alone

by Donna Sinclair There was a time when all my mittens were stiff with candle wax. It was almost a secret signal, a way to discern other protesters. If you hold a vigil for peace outside the office of your Member of Parliament, you are going to drip candle wax on your mitts and down […]

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The Dissenting Churches of Canada

by Donna Sinclair Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been on my mind these days. I think of him with every newscast. Bonhoeffer is the icon of Germany’s Confessing Church, that small band of dissenting German Christians who stood against Hitler. They were imprisoned and often died for their courage. I deeply admire the courage of some Canadian […]

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Burnaby Mountain and the Practice of Satya

by Andy Sinclair Yoga, for me, is a path into spirituality. When I first began to study it, I learned about the eight limbs, or branches, of ashtanga yoga. That was interesting. However, I mostly wanted to learn about the third limb, asana – the postures. I loved being effortful and physical and it was […]

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Connected to the Land

by Donna Sinclair A long long time ago I was a mystic. I remember it well. I was about five years old. We lived on an island in Lake Temagami. My father had placed me in the bow of the rowboat, and I trailed my hand in the water and understood that the lake and […]

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Group of teenagers sitting in classroom with raised hands.

Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Teacher

by Susan McCaslin Some serious teacher bashing is going on in British Columbia right now. Shelly Fralic, a journalist for the Vancouver Sun, recently exploited her personal issue of teachers parking their vehicles on a public street in front of her house as a means of arousing hatred against teachers for their “sense of entitlement.”¹ […]

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A Free and Fair Election

by Jim Sinclair I don’t write to the Conservative Member of Parliament for our riding often. But with the government’s unseemly rush to push the Fair Elections Act through Parliament I felt compelled to lay out these facts for him.   Jay Aspin, MP Nipissing-Temiskaming Dear Jay: As Parliament resumes today, I wanted to offer […]

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Where Have All the Morals Gone, Long Time Passing

by Don Murray As we look around the world today, we can easily become depressed with all the dire happenings that degrade and threaten human life and the welfare of the planet. Governments, obsessed with power, disregard the welfare of their people. Corporations, clouded by greed, continue to pollute the environment, poison us with all […]

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The End of Obedience

by Donna Sinclair I was raised, in the 1940s, to be polite. I was a good child, obedient for the most part, and well-mannered. When I tested raising my voice a bit in the late 1950s, my peers suggested I might want to stop being so loud or I would never get a boyfriend. I […]

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