Global cry of the people

Canadian mining industry criticized by civil society

Jennifer Henry, KAIROS, says partners asking about Canadian mining

Recently, I attended a Saint Paul University symposium dealing with environmental and human rights abuses committed by Canadian mining companies — with the knowledge and …

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Snow boating with my dad

Rudy Gruending (1918-1977)

Snowboating with my dad, Rudy Gruending

I am thinking today of my father Rudy Gruending who would have been 96 years old on November 15. He was born on a farm in Saskatchewan in 1918 several years before the …

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Remembrance Day 2014 in Ottawa

Red poppies, white poppies

Heather Menzies (left), Rosalie Reynolds lay wreath of white poppies

There was a little-noticed twist to this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. About an hour after the end of …

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Father Gustavo Gutiérrez receives honorary degree

Saint Paul University lauds liberation theologian

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez (centre) receives honorary doctorate from Saint Paul University in Ottawa

Saint Paul University in Ottawa has conferred an honorary doctorate on the Peruvian theologian Father Gustavo Gutiérrez during a November 7 ceremony in the university’s chapel. …

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Canadians on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims' Progress

Canadians on the Camino de Santiago

For most of September and into early October my wife Martha and I walked the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. I had planned to post occasionally to my Pulpit and Politics blog but …

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Climate Summit 2014   

Faith groups asked to get involved

80% of carbon reserves should stay in the ground

In April 2014, scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued their fourth report, which said more clearly than ever that climate change is occurring …

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Noble Illusions and other summer reading

Stephen Dale, Douglas Roche, Margaret MacMillan, Jimmy Carter

Stephen Dale, Noble Illusions

Early every summer I collect books which I plan to read during the long solstice days that lie ahead but  by late August or early September I find myself feeling frustrated by how much of that list remains …

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Peoples' Social Forum

Indigenous, environmental issues predominate

Drumming ceremony at 2014 Peoples’ Social Forum. Dennis Gruending photo.

Thousands of Canadians converged upon Ottawa earlier in August for a Peoples’ Social Forum that attracted a diverse group of individuals from the Indigenous, labour …

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