Maximum disruption, promise made and promise kept

Trump adviser Steve Bannon wants precisely the kind of chaos we're now witnessing, to bring the establishment crashing down

Maximum disruption, promise made and promise keptLet's make one thing clear: I am not defending Donald Trump. But I've got a couple observations to pass along that may give that impression. If so, my apologies in advance. That's not my intention. First observation: Sorry, folks, but Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do, from the earliest days of his candidacy. The…

Finding, within ourselves, the power to forgive

The new film Hidden Figures goes to the heart of racism in 1960s United States life and illuminates the path to justice through love

Finding, within ourselves, the power to forgiveVisiting Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, I once overheard a black boy ask his mother: “Why were white people so bad to us?” The question was neither surprising nor unreasonable. The King Center’s detailing of racism’s history makes it a place – Yad Vashem memorial to Holocaust victims in Jerusalem is…

Michelle Obama’s lament and the end of ‘hope’

What she's really lamenting is the loss of the guilt card they’ve played in the media to get their way politically and socially since 2008

Michelle Obama’s lament and the end of ‘hope’It’s good to have hope for the holidays. It's harder to define what's meant by hope. There's the theological hope in the trinity of faith, hope and charity – associated with salvation resulting from the Christian grace of God. There's the very human hope of “I hope I get a puppy for Christmas.” Then there’s the…

Kin’s support for Trump makes him a stranger

What propelled a member of my own family into the arms of a monster like Donald Trump?

Kin’s support for Trump makes him a strangerMy family member is pinned to my wall, like an insect. It’s a bit clinical, perhaps, but it’s apt. Ever since Donald Trump shocked the world, and rode a wave of white resentment and rage into the Oval Office, I’ve been thinking a lot about my relative. He used to be a Canadian, and normal.…

Healing the scars left by residential schools

By participating in Orange Shirt Day, we honour the victims of Canada’s residential school system and move toward reconciliation

Healing the scars left by residential schoolsIn the fall of 1973, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad’s grandmother took her to the local general store and bought her an orange shirt for her first day of school. She was proud of this beautiful new shirt and beamed as she wore it. But when Phyllis arrived at St. Joseph Mission Residential School near Williams Lake,…

Kaepernick standing up for the rights of everyone

Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem is an act of conscience and we should respect his right to express his concerns

Kaepernick standing up for the rights of everyoneWhat motivates Colin Kaepernick? What is it about his actions that is so upsetting to so many people? Who is right? Considerable controversy has been stirred up in the sports world and beyond by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the American national anthem. Some people view him as a villain and…

Donald Trump has awoken a beast of racism and hate

Gallup has just released a massive study that makes clear that the No. 1 preoccupation of the Trump vote isn’t the economy – it’s race

Donald Trump has awoken a beast of racism and hateOn a recent journey stateside, we did Trump sightings. Whenever we’d see a Trump bumper sticker, billboard or T-shirt, we’d point it out to each other. “There’s another one,” we’d say. Then we’d lapse into silence. All along Hw 90, we were reminded that we weren’t in Canada anymore. It was weird. And unlike when we…

Your party’s anti-Israeli resolution is aimed at you, Ms. May

There is an argument to be made that the Green Party is anti-Semitic

Your party’s anti-Israeli resolution is aimed at you, Ms. MayDear Green Party leader Elizabeth May: You seem like a good person. You seem to be honest. You are the kind of thoughtful person we need in public life. So, you should quit. Now, that may sound a little contradictory. But it isn't at all. Because the problem with the Green Party of Canada isn't…

How to cope during these emotionally exhausting times

Terrorism, racism, police shootings, climate change, Trump: how much more of this do we have to take?

How to cope during these emotionally exhausting timesIf there is one big theme over this summer’s Facebook posts, coffee discussions, e-mails with friends and family, and media over-exposure, it’s the reality that it’s all becoming too much! Horrific Islamic State attacks, racialized police shootings and revenge ambushes, the consecutive parade of hotter and hotter months as climate change ups the ante against…

Canada Post is keeping bad company

Does business with a man who promotes Holocaust denial, racism, homophobia and sexual assault

Canada Post is keeping bad companyDoes Judy Foote care about racism and Holocaust denial? She must. She’s a veteran of politics, and has been in the game for a couple decades, both in Ottawa and in her home province of Newfoundland. She won re-election in 2015 with 82 per cent of the vote. She has clearly been effective, or she…