Light for Lima

Faith groups call for action on climate change

Faith groups hold climate change vigil in Ottawa

Faith groups continue to call for an international agreement that addresses climate change.  On Dec. 7, groups in nine Canadian cities held vigils that coincided with the latest round …

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Clearing the plains

How John A Macdonald starved Indigenous peoples

James Daschuk, Clearing the Plains

The countdown is on to celebrate the 200th anniversary in 2015 of Sir John A Macdonald’s birth. Author James Daschuk, however, says that Macdonald deliberately used “the politics of famine” to force Indigenous people into submission …

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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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