A refugee reaches out to help Fort McMurray’s displaced

Part of Basel Abou Hamrah' desire to help is prompted by a need to give back to Canadians who helped him

A refugee reaches out to help Fort McMurray’s displacedHAMILTON, Ont. May 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - For Basel Abou Hamrah, the difference between an evacuee and a refugee is a simple matter of months and of who is helping whom. Four months ago, on New Year’s Eve, the 27-year-old Syrian accountant arrived in Edmonton as one of the refugees being helped to resettle here…

The slippery slope of physician-assisted suicide

The Supreme Court Carter decision normalized suicide, turned it into a medical treatment and trivialized life

The slippery slope of physician-assisted suicideTRAIL, B.C. May 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The outrage came fast and furious. Within hours of the federal government releasing its draft legislation on assisted suicide, politicians and the public were clamouring for more permissive legislation. A majority of Canadians accept assisted suicide as a national value. This is evident in polls, in the language…

Churches risk losing their moral authority

The decisions of church authorities are out of step with the moral understanding of their parishioners

Churches risk losing their moral authorityRED DEER, Alta. April 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - People join religious organizations for as many reasons as there are people. They decide to leave or ignore religion for just as many reasons. Each decision is personal. Even so, reasons for joining up can be broadly categorized, and one main category is that adhering to…

Social behaviour predicated on biology

Biology – not ethics, religion or philosophy – developed and bound us together as social animals

Social behaviour predicated on biologyQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C./ April 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ - E.O. Wilson is one of the world's most famous biologists, an Alabama boy whose fascination with ants expanded into some remarkable insights about humans. In the process, he invented some new words. In 1986, he coined “biodiversity”, and his earlier notion of “sociobiology” – the scientific…

Sowing a seed, nourishing our spirit

Gardening can be a metaphor for realizing our potential

Sowing a seed, nourishing our spiritTRAIL, B.C. April 9, 2016/Troy Media/ - “Look, Granny. Basil sprouting!” exclaimed my granddaughter as she took me to see the tiny seedlings on the table in her playroom. Earlier that day, we had wandered around my yard, hand in hand, looking for sprouting things. We marvelled at the tulips poking through the leaf mulch,…

Submitting to the pleasures of submission

As Toynbee observed, civilizations are seldom conquered. Mostly they commit suicide

Submitting to the pleasures of submissionCALGARY, Alta. April 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Romantic poets such as Shelley claimed to be the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Shelly exaggerated. But poets and novelists are often in touch with political, intellectual and spiritual currents long before the rest of us are. In the early 1970s, for example, Jean Raspail wrote a…

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is today

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day riot of 1858 began when an Orangeman used his horse-drawn cab to disrupt the parade

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is today[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/1858-toronto-st-patricks-day-riot/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/st-patricks-day/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]St. Patrick's Day[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. March 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Nowadays St. Patrick’s Day is thought of as a social occasion characterised by parades, green beer, celebration and jollity. However, that wasn’t always…

Understanding our deep political differences

Distorting the true religious sense leaves us with sharp social divides and opens the door to politicians like Donald Trump

Understanding our deep political differences//  political differences  political differences [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/understanding-deep-political-differences/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/religion/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]religion[/popup] and political differences [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] HAMILTON, Ont. March 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks roots today’s religious violence in the soil of ancient heresies. By doing so, he gives us fresh…

Of Popes and American politics

If you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent anti-Trump intervention may have rung a bell

Of Popes and American politics//  popes  popes [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/popes-american-politics/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/pope-francis/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Pope Francis [/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/donald-trump/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Donald Trump[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. Mar 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent…

Pope/Trump feud comes down to what it means to be a Christian

The Christian obligation to support the underdog is a biblical imperative that goes back to the ancient Israelites

Pope/Trump feud comes down to what it means to be a Christian//  pope christian trump  pope christian trump [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/pope-trump-feud-about-what-it-means-to-be-a-christian/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/religion/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]religion[/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/donald-trump/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Donald Trump[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TRAIL, B.C. Feb. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The international media was recently abuzz with a “feud” between Pope Francis…
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