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Religious freedom and gender equality at York University

When a male student at York University recently requested — for religious reasons — that he be excused from interacting with female classmates, it led to an intense debate over competing rights and religious accommodation.

The school’s sociology professor, Paul Grayson, denied the request because he says it infringed upon the rights of his female students …

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Big Brother and spying on Tommy Douglas

RCMP spied on Tommy Douglas, Photo courtesy Canadian Health Coalition

In 2011, the Canadian Press reported that the RCMP security service spied on CCF-NDP icon Tommy Douglas from the 1930s until shortly before he died in 1986. But the file on …

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The Christmas Concert (Prairie fiction)

The Christmas Concert, Courtesy Minona Library

The school Christmas concert is on in the town hall tonight and Dale has a big part in it. When they pull back the curtain on the stage and fourteen kids stand there holding …

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Nelson Mandela's good work continues

Nelson Mandela launches The EldersPhoto courtesy Creative Commons

Nelson Mandela is being remembered as a beacon for democracy, peace and decency in political life. But he also used his retirement well. In 2007, Mandela and a group …

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Israel’s false logic on Iran nuclear deal

Secretary of State John Kerry with other diplomats in Geneva on Nov. 22. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of State

The big powers, …

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Pacifism in Canada, a debate

Canadian war graves near Vimy, France

On November 8, I published a blog piece that provided a description of Christian pacifism and some arguments on its behalf.  I wrote it intentionally to appear prior to Remembrance Day. I wrote that …

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Pacifism and Remembrance Day 2013

Pacifist Fr. Daniel Berrigan being arrested, Wikipedia

A friend and I taught a night course at the Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality in 2012 about Christian pacifism. Had you asked me when I began if I was a …

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Navy Yard shooting and U.S. gun culture

Obama can’t pass gun safety measures

The recent shooting death of 13 Americans at the Navy Yard military centre in Washington D.C. is a tragic but commonplace occurrence. Mother Jones magazine says that there have now been …

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