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85th Cape Breton Highlandes, WWI. (Source Beaton Institute https://www.cbu.ca/campus/beaton-institute/)

Give Peace A Chance: An Experiment in War Remembrance

October 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm

When you see millions of the mouthless dead Across your dreams in pale battalions go, Say not soft things as other men have said, That you’ll remember. For you need not so. Charles Sorley (1895-1915)   On Friday, September 21 – United Nations International Day of Peace – Cape BretonRead More

By Milliped [CC BY 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Confronting a Culture of Secrecy — and Worse

September 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Nobody denies anymore the culture of secrecy and cover-up in the Catholic Church, but what if it is simply part and parcel of an even worse culture, one of pedophilia? How else to explain what has been revealed again and again as common practice among clergy? Especially as, hard onRead More

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

September 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

“No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral. Or insane. … Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. IRead More

Hiroshima Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome (“Genbaku Dome”). An exhibition hall, it was the only thing left standing in the area after the bomb.. (Photo by Kiyokun [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Escaping the Nuclear Neither-Land

August 22, 2018 at 9:02 am

On 27 July 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed, suspending hostilities (after 4 million deaths, mostly civilian, in three years) “until a final peaceful settlement” was “achieved at a political conference” to be convened “within three months.” Sure enough, less than 90 days later, a treaty was concluded: theRead...

For Catholics, Truth Often Stranger than Fiction

For Catholics, Truth Often Stranger than Fiction

August 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

Summer is considered the best time for light reading, not for serious books that could actually destroy a beautiful sunny day on the beach or the deck, but I recently dove into Crimes of the Father, the 2015 novel by the prolific Irish-Australian author Thomas Keneally. Right off the bat,Read More

Transforming Nova Scotia’s Social Assistance Program

Transforming Nova Scotia’s Social Assistance Program

July 25, 2018 at 11:40 am

I’ve been trying to think of an analogy for Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) program and so far this is the best I’ve come up with: The government decides that while 13 years of public school is optimal for Nova Scotian students, it is only going toRead More

Woman shopping for baby formula, Singapore. (By ProjectManhattan. CC0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Ethical Shopping: Spending Money, Making Change

July 25, 2018 at 11:34 am

My neighbor and I recently paid a visit to a new distillery that has just opened up in Sudbury. The distillery, called Crosscut, is located in a very industrial part of an already industrial city and has tried to capture this industrial element in its tasting room: the floor isRead More

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Singapore Summit, 12 June 2018. (Source: NBC News video https://www.nbcnews.com/video/trump-and-kim-meet-at-historic-singapore-summit-1253541443746?cid=par-sy-embarqmailcom)

Image Shift or Sea Change? US Response to Singapore Summit

July 11, 2018 at 11:37 am

In every cry of every Man, In every Infant’s cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear William Blake   Was the June 12 Singapore Summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a breakthrough or a let-down, a successRead More

Anthony Housefather, Bill C-404

Surrogacy: A Conversation Whose Time Has Come

June 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm

‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,’ is a line from Alexander Pope’s 1711 poem, “An Essay on Criticism,” although I first heard it as a line in a Johnny Mercer song recorded by Frank Sinatra. Perhaps I risk identifying myself as a fool by discussing a topic likeRead More

Izumi Nakamitsu

Sean Howard Speaks with the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

June 20, 2018 at 12:12 pm

In a speech at the University of Geneva on May 24, UN Secretary-General (SG) António Guterres launched a new ‘Agenda for Disarmament’ – Securing Our Common Future – designed to revitalize and refocus efforts to achieve the core objective the UN Charter to “save succeeding generations from the scourge ofRead More