Proud to be Canadian

Canada Day marks the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick became a single Dominion. Continue reading Proud to be Canadian

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Colonialism’s tragic legacy: It’s still with us

Suicides and collective trauma in Australia and Canada. Continue reading Colonialism’s tragic legacy: It’s still with us

The right to remember and not necessarily to forgive

For over a century, Canada tried to assimilate its Aboriginal people, including setting up a system that sanctioned the kidnapping of native children. A reckoning was long overdue. Continue reading The right to remember and not necessarily to forgive

Environmentalism under attack – by order of the government

The Canada Revenue Agency is auditing some of Canada’s most prominent environmental groups to see if they comply with guidelines restricting political advocacy. Charities can use a maximum of 10% of their resources for political activity. Continue reading Environmentalism under attack – by order of the government

Rupert Brooke in exile: “And is there honey still for tea?”

In 1913, after a emotional upset, the English poet Rupert Brooke visited North America. He wrote travel diaries for the Westminster Gazette, an influential Liberal newspaper based in London. Best known for his idealistic poems “The Soldier” and “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester”, he was also a great travel writer. Continue reading Rupert Brooke in exile: “And is there honey still for tea?”

Seize the day, and put no trust in tomorrow

The meteor that streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday 15 February 2013 was a reminder of the fragility of life on Earth. If dinosaurs can be wiped out, so can human beings. Continue reading Seize the day, and put no trust in tomorrow