Canadian evangelical voting trends

By Dennis Gruending

There is much speculation about when we will have a federal election in Canada. Columnist Sheila Copps, a former MP, predicts that it will be before the snow flies. For who will people identifying themselves as belonging to a religion cast their votes? This …

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Canadians oppose Afghan war

By Dennis Gruending

Canada’s eight-year war in Afghanistan is losing support no matter how much money and effort our government and military invest in trying to convince us that it is noble and worthwhile. A growing number of people believe either that the war is a tragic …

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How to Hold a News Conference

Call a news conference only if you have something new or significant to announce — journalists will lose respect for you if you summon them for no important reason.

Choose a time that works best for local media deadlines & a location easily accessible for reporters and television cameras.

Consider choosing a location that is appropriate to …

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Canadian Council of Churches, American health care

By Dennis Gruending

President Barack Obama attempted in a September 10 television appearance to recover lost ground in the debate over his proposed health care reform. In a 46-minute speech to Congress, Obama insisted that …

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Canadian Council of Churches comments on U.S. health care debate

By Dennis Gruending

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has written to three large American religious groups offering positive comments on the value of a publicly financed and administered health care system. Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, the CCC’s general secretary, sent a …

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Shafia deaths stir immigration debate

By Dennis Gruending

Three members of the Shafia family (father, mother and teenaged son) appeared via video conference in a Kingston courtroom on August 6 to face charges of first-degree murder in the mysterious deaths earlier this summer of four female family …

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Some churches oppose Obama on health care

By Dennis Gruending

Some churches oppose President Obama on healthcare

 

President Barack Obama appeared on national television recently to promote his plan for reforming the American  health care system. He is involved in a high stakes contest against the massive American health insurance lobby and its political friends among Republicans, but also some so-called Blue Dog Democrats who are opposed to reform. Obama is not proposing a publicly-administered, single-payer system such as we have in Canada (which, it appears would be too much for Americans to accept) but rather a patchwork of private and public insurance that would assure coverage to everyone, including those 47 million American who lack it entirely. The provision of health care to citizens is an ethical as well as a political issue and one would expect that churches and religious organizations would have something to say about it.

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Bob Carty releases album Desert Eyes

By Dennis Gruending

Bob Carty is an Ottawa-based journalist best known for his consummate radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation but he has another skill as well. He is a fine musician and singer and has released an album called Desert Eyes: Songs of Justice …

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