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Letter to the Editor: COVID ‘What Ifs?’

Letter to the Editor: COVID ‘What Ifs?’

June 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Historians will tell us that major social change is often the result of tragedy or catastrophe. As we struggle to overcome the ravages of the COVID virus and the resulting adjustments to our normal social interaction, what if it all could result in some real long-term benefit? Social media andRead More

Virtual Church-Going

Virtual Church-Going

May 13, 2020 at 12:19 pm

While much has been written about the many ways in which COVID-19 has changed our lives over the past few months, little has been said about how those who are regular church-goers have been affected as a result of being deprived of the spiritual support of weekly attendance at Mass.Read More

Drone shot of RCGS Resolute. Image credit: Island Aerial Media

OOE’s Sea of Troubles

January 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm

The voyage is apparently over for One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). The Polar cruise specialist founded by Westmount native Andrew Prossin, which had been canceling this season’s voyages one by one, has sent a letter to passengers stating it “will enter a formal process of business re-structure in accordance with CanadianRead More

Toronto's Eaton Centre, facing south. (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Acedia and Consumerism

September 4, 2019 at 10:04 am

I am sitting in a board game café as I write this month’s column. I have my phone on the table in front of me, and I am surrounded by young people, most of whom are using computers and/or are holding phones in their hands. Our phones and our computersRead More

Acedia and Political Polarization

Acedia and Political Polarization

July 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Politics today is strikingly polarized in both Canada and the United States (and, of course, in other parts of the world). People who call themselves “conservative” and those who call themselves “liberal” or “progressive” not only disagree with one another about almost everything, they seem to be inhabiting such differentRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

July 10, 2019 at 11:17 am

Donkin The Donkin Mine saga took an unexpected turn last week with the sudden death of coal baron (and Kameron Collieries owner) Chris Cline in a helicopter crash. Weirdly, this was followed almost immediately by (yet another) rock fall in the mine itself. Fortunately — yet again — nobody wasRead More

Sam  Wolff from Phoenix, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Everyone’s Lonely on Facebook

May 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Last month, I considered the anxiety and other forms of emotional distress that many students seem to be experiencing at North American universities. I also suggested that I think it would be wrong to attribute these mental and emotional health issues to simple inadequacy or weakness on the part ofRead More