How to put the legacy of John Lewis to good use

Seven simple words help to understand the strength of a great man: humility, honesty, respect, courage, truth, wisdom, love

How to put the legacy of John Lewis to good useThe world recently said goodbye to lifetime civil rights activist and long-serving member of the United States House of Representatives, John Lewis. In one of his most famous quotes, Lewis stated, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to do something.” Lewis lived…

We can forgive but we should never forget

Regardless of how a survivor processes their trauma, simply speaking the truth is what’s most important

We can forgive but we should never forgetDuring the 2015 trial of former SS guard Oskar Groning, as presented in the documentary The Accountant of Auschwitz, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor forgave the man she was testifying against. The response to Kor’s statement was extremely varied. Some praised her, others were shocked and some even reacted with scorn. Forgiveness is one of the…

Facing up to racism in Canada and around the world

The whitewashed fences of racist lies, hidden behind the pages of history books, are collapsing when exposed to truth

Facing up to racism in Canada and around the worldOn June 30, the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo, King Philippe of Belgium expressed regret for the “acts of violence and cruelty” committed by his ancestor King Leopold II. The day also saw the state-sanctioned removal of another statue of this forgotten villain of history. Leopold II was the…

Fight, flee or learn to manage stress

It may be that the impact stress has on our health has less to do with its cause and more to do with how we think about it

Fight, flee or learn to manage stressSocial science seems to have found the secret to a long and happy life. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal tells us, “Go after what creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.” In recent years, however, we’ve looked at stress as our enemy, seeking instead to live in complete ease.…

Our job as citizens is to advocate for what we believe is right

Our job as citizens is to advocate for what we believe is right“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority,” Benjamin Franklin said. Canadians may complain that we have a small population and aren’t major players on the global stage. We’re certainly not a superpower but we can be quite influential. In addition, our elected officials on the federal level represent far fewer people…

Canada’s foreign policy isn’t what it used to be

Unfortunately, the list of ethical failures by the current Liberal government is very long

Canada’s foreign policy isn’t what it used to beCanada recently failed in a bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. It’s something neither Stephen Harper’s nor Justin Trudeau’s government has been able to achieve. The last time Canada was on the Security Council was when Jean Chretien was prime minister in 2000. Before that, it was during the…

Do we choose chaos or community?

It takes true courage to hear another person’s point of view, admit we were wrong, shift our beliefs and move forward

Do we choose chaos or community?One of the most important qualities of a good leader is the ability to listen. It’s very easy to jump on a bandwagon and it’s easy to jump to conclusions. It takes true courage to hear another person’s point of view, admit we were wrong, shift our beliefs and move forward. To be honest, my…

Resisting the chaos in search of peace

Just as in his reality show, Trump’s need to crush opponents and win at all costs leads to chaos. History shows us how to defeat him

Resisting the chaos in search of peaceI admit Donald Trump is a lot smarter than I thought he was. In fact, he’s quite cunning. I also once thought that the U.S. president was very unpredictable. I just couldn’t make sense of what he was doing. The guile of Trump came into clear focus in a statement by Michael Nutter, the former…

We all need the moral courage to confront racism

We need to acknowledge the impact of racist myths. There is no good or bad race of people, there are just people

We all need the moral courage to confront racismA video is circulating on social media of a white woman in New York City calling 911 to report being threatened by “an African American man.” The truth is that the woman was allowing her dog to wander in a bird-watching section of Central Park and the man asked her to put her dog on…

Celebrating the human spirit can change the world

The Specials helped calm racial tensions and drew broad attention to the unjust imprisonment of Nelson Mandela

Celebrating the human spirit can change the worldIt has long been debated whether you can change the world with a song. If it’s not possible, one band came incredibly close. The Specials (or The Special AKA) rose to prominence in England in the late 1970s and achieved international fame in the early 1980s.  Their sound fused the music of Jamaican immigrants with…