Assisted suicide not the only response to suffering

It is false to equate suffering arising from disease, illness or disability with a loss of dignity

Assisted suicide not the only response to sufferingIt is eloquent, persuasive and based in law; it almost had me convinced that physician-assisted dying is the correct response to suffering. In the Carter decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a competent adult who consents to death, and has a “grievous and irremediable medical condition (including illness, disease or disability) that causes…

Love wasn’t always in the air on Valentine’s Day

The Roman festival Lupercalia included animal sacrifices and the whipping of young women to ensure fertility

Love wasn’t always in the air on Valentine’s DayPurchase Love wasn’t always in the air on Valentine’s Day TRAIL, BC, Feb 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Love is in the air, and with it, red roses, chocolates in heart shaped boxes and jewelry. But today’s symbols and celebration of the romantic love we associate with Valentine’s Day have little resemblance to its ancient…

The benefits of letting go of stuff

There’s no U-Haul behind the hearse to carry it all anyway

The benefits of letting go of stuffPurchase The benefits of letting go of stuff TRAIL, BC, Feb 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Nearly 20 years ago, I declared a war on stuff. I was helping to clean out the house of a favourite relative who had died and there were moments when the sheer volume of stuff threatened to overwhelm us.…

Pope’s criticism of Curia applicable to everyone

Francis is not asking any more of his cardinals, or us, than he asks of himself

Pope’s criticism of Curia applicable to everyonePurchase this PREMIUM content for your publication or website. TRAIL, BC, Jan 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Christmas greeting that Pope Francis delivered to members of the Roman Curia was anything but “have yourself a merry little Christmas.” Described in the press as a “blistering attack”, a “public rebuke”, and a “scathing critique” of…

Pope Francis’ 3 lessons from the world’s most beautiful game

“By learning the lessons that sports teach us, we will all be winners, strengthening the bonds that tie us together”

Pope Francis’ 3 lessons from the world’s most beautiful gameTRAIL, BC, Jul 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Are the Bishops of Brazil and Pope Francis on the same page when it comes to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, or did the Bishops miss their CEO’s memo? At the start of the tournament the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil added their voice to that…

Law Society of BC oversteps its mandate

No business attempting to regulate beliefs

Law Society of BC oversteps its mandateTRAIL, BC, Jun 19, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Reports that a majority of B.C. lawyers oppose the establishment of a faculty of law at Trinity Western University may be exaggerated. While 3,210 members of the Law Society of British Columbia vote against approval, with only 968 for, that number represents only a fraction of the…

Technology is a double-edged sword

Just as technology can bring us together, it can also separate us

Technology is a double-edged swordTRAIL, BC, Jun 5, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Communication technology has come a long way in a short time. In my lifetime, we have moved from twice daily mail delivery and phones that required the services of an operator to connect callers, to the instantaneous communication of smart phones and text messaging. At the click…

A sign of tolerance in an intolerant society

The approval of the proposed Faculty of Law at TWU provided an example of a principled approach to a thorny problem

A sign of tolerance in an intolerant societyTRAIL, BC, Apr 24, 2014/ Troy Media/ - When equality and religious rights butt heads, as in the controversy over the proposed law school at Trinity Western University, Canadians need thoughtful analysis and informed discussion, not knee jerk reactions. The recent decision of the Law Society of B.C. to approve the proposed Faculty of Law…

The Easter I found heaven in a cap gun

It evoked within me the mysteries of heaven and the realities of human existence

The Easter I found heaven in a cap gunTRAIL, BC, Apr 10, 2014/ Troy Media/ - As a child, I thought that Easter morning was just as exciting as Christmas morning; in some ways, it was even better because Christmas involved an element of doubt that was absent from Easter. Unlike Santa, who was a bit intimidating with his list of naughty and…