Hospitals have no conscience, only the people who work in them do

Publicly-funded Catholic hospitals have no institutional claim to Freedom of Religion

Hospitals have no conscience, only the people who work in them doOTTAWA, Ont. Oct. 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canadians are grappling with one of the most difficult legal issues we have faced in decades: our collective responsibility to facilitate medically-assisted death for those who choose it and satisfy the legal criteria. Ever since the Supreme Court decided in Carter v Canada that individuals have a…

Hunter Tootoo came clean about sin in a very public way

The story of MP Hunter Tootoo is about one man’s struggle to understand himself and to come to grips with, and then transcend, a troubled past

Hunter Tootoo came clean about sin in a very public wayTRAIL, B.C. Sept. 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The introduction to a CBC interview with Hunter Tootoo, the Nunavut MP who voluntarily resigned his cabinet post and left the Liberal caucus, set the stage for a multifaceted scandal. “The Hunter Tootoo story turned into a disaster. … What really happened? Was it alcoholism or an inappropriate…

Yes Virginia, values do matter

To live in Canada successfully, the beliefs immigrants bring with them must be secondary to the values enshrined in the Canadian Constitution

Yes Virginia, values do matterLOURDES, France Sept. 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The skies are clear and blue, the hordes of tourists have returned to their travails and the breezes carry just a touch of autumn's chill. But the cultural troubles of summer smoulder just below the placid surface. Gazing out at the long stone walls and the equally stony faces…

B.C. author takes a different approach to spirituality

Paul Crawford draws on the wisdom of major religions to illustrate that spirituality is a natural human capacity for finding meaning in life

B.C. author takes a different approach to spiritualityTRAIL, B.C. Sept. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Take a look at the self-help section in any online or bricks and mortar bookstore. In the spirituality category, you will find loads of how-to books. These recommend techniques or, in some cases, promote a specific spiritual practice to help you live a more fulfilling life. A new…

On burkinis, burkas and Halloween masks

While the burkini may offend the fashion sensibilities of some French mayors, it doesn't pose a threat to public safety

On burkinis, burkas and Halloween masksPORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The burkini ban has taken the movement to ensure public safety a step too far. In late July, Cannes Mayor David Lisnard banned wearing burkinis on public beaches, calling them “the uniform of extremist Islamism.” More than 30 other French municipalities, many along the French Riviera, have since followed suit.…

Volunteerism sets us up for professional success

We feel good by doing good, making us realize we are a part of something much greater than ourselves

Volunteerism sets us up for professional successPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Aug. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ – American radio personality, writer, speaker and author Earl Nightingale once said, “Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” I recently attended an event where I saw evidence of this in every person present. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of one…

Celebrating an extraordinary ordinary person

My aunt taught me to embrace each moment, faith and family, and make each person you meet feel like the most important person in the world

Celebrating an extraordinary ordinary personPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Aug. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ – My family recently said goodbye to our 92-year-old Aunt Mary. She had a profound impact on me, and on my wife and children. I hope every family has at least one Aunt Mary. On the surface, she seemed quite ordinary. She had four children and was a…

Nice attack symptomatic of an evolving Islamic State

With the tide turning against it on the battlefield, ISIS is returning to a campaign of indiscriminate urban violence

Nice attack symptomatic of an evolving Islamic StatePORTLAND, Ore. July 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ – For the first time since the Islamic State (ISIS) announced its worldwide caliphate on June 30, 2014, it appears that the tide is finally starting to turn against it. Already, however, there are growing signs of how the Islamic State will adapt should it lose control of…

Berlin’s House of One celebrates our common spirituality

Christians, Muslims and Jews come together to celebrate our common spirituality

Berlin’s House of One celebrates our common spiritualityPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. July 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Religion, intended to guide humans on the road to spiritual enlightenment, has instead often been a source of division and even a justification for violence. In recent years, however, there has been a significant shift, with religious leaders and their followers coming together to celebrate commonalities. Nowhere…

Punishing someone for who they are perverse

Religion implicated in homophobia that led to the killings in Orlando

Punishing someone for who they are perverseLEICESTER, England July 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Sexuality is not a matter of choice. One's sexual orientation is decided by nature. Punishing someone for something they have no control over is perverse. So why do so many hold homophobic views, and why do some, like the Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, act on those…