A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the Congo

In a male-dominated, corrupt and violent political climate, Congolese women stand together to be heard as they change their country from within

A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the CongoCivil war has been going on since the mid-1990s in the Congolese region and as many as six million people may have died in the conflict. The rape of women, children and even men is common. The United Nations has a peacekeeping force on the ground and foreign aid workers are present. International consumer advocacy…

On your next trip, bring a bag of goodwill

A grassroots Canadian movement called Not Just Tourists encourages you to take suitcases filled with medical supplies to needy countries

On your next trip, bring a bag of goodwillWhen we think of helping people in impoverished parts of the world, we often think of signing online petitions, making cash donations or volunteering. But bringing about meaningful change can be as simple as carrying an extra suitcase on your next overseas trip. Avi D’Souza has been doing that for about four years, since he…

We can’t afford to take charities for granted

Many forms of caring and cultural enrichment need lots of dedicated people to be fully realized and charities multiply the common good

We can’t afford to take charities for grantedHAMILTON, Ont. Nov. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Imagine you're the crew of a ship sailing from Italy to Canada. You arrive in Hamilton, Ont., only to discover that complications related to the sale of your vessel means it's in limbo in the harbour, you with it. Who will look after you? This happened to the…

We can all help the healing in Fort McMurray

Canadians are among the most generous people in the world but we can give even more

We can all help the healing in Fort McMurrayRED DEER, Alta. May 11, 2016/Troy Media/ - Astonishing cataclysmic events happen around the world so regularly – but so far from our doorsteps – that Canadians often feel insulated and immune. Fort McMurray’s extraordinary disaster should change that. In this case, the tragedy feels so personal – and cuts so deep – that it…

The real work of Christmas begins after Christmas

The season of giving should remind us how to live the rest of the year

The real work of Christmas begins after ChristmasThe company has gone. The tree flops sadly at the curbside. The decorations are stowed away for another year. As we resume our normal activities, the feel-good generosity and goodwill of Christmas fade. With the Salvation Army kettles out of sight, the needs of others are out of mind. Howard Thurman, an African American whose…

Trudeau’s tax the wealthy election promise bad news for charities

The Trudeau government's election promise to add a new tax bracket for the wealthy could hurt donations this Christmas

Trudeau’s tax the wealthy election promise bad news for charitiesDownload this column on the Trudeau government's tax the wealthy promise Terms and Conditions of use RED DEER, Alta. Dec. 7, 2015/ Troy Media/ - There was a time in my life when I felt I was rich. My wife and I had paid off the mortgage, we had no car or credit card debt, our…