Category Archives: Social Justice

Book Review: Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

I’m wondering if the First World Problems meme owes its genesis to Katherine Boo’s Beyond the Beautiful Forevers — Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Within two chapters, I was immersed in this teeming world, lying awake at night, sifting through the contrasts. Here I am, bitching because I’m scrambling like a madman […]

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Ninety-four years ago, Halifax was a major shipping port in the British war effort. Ships from Canada and the US would steam into Halifax every week, in advance of an Atlantic convoy. The ships would find the world’s second deepest harbour snug, cozy, and crowded, and their sailors would find a few day’s entertainment on […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Grandfather, Look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation Only the human family Has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones Who are divided. And we are the ones Who must come back together To walk in the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One Teach us love, compassion and […]

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I stand with my American brothers and sisters — and my American wife and her family — as we all remember the horrors of 9/11, and the sacrifice of the valiant in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania. I will also remember the many who died in the wars that followed, and keenly feel the […]

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Harper Conservatives, Global Warming, and Muzzled Scientists

Last October, Canada’s government scientists launched the Public Science website to tell people about important scientific issues — like global warming and the cancellation of the long-form census — because the current Conservative government under Stephen Harper has muzzled informed debate. By refusing to consider scientific evidence in making policy, Canada is out-of-step with most […]

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A day late, but the message is relevant all year round. For our mothers, our wives, our daughters. Via Kim Covert.

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The Global Warming Denial Machine

Let’s begin with the preliminaries. The first is that global warming isn’t a scientific theory, it’s a scientific fact. The time for debate has ended. We can still argue over tipping points and the minutia — like when the arctic will become ice free during the summer months, or how much world sea levels will […]

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A Difference of Opinion

Soon after I started blogging, another writer told me that she didn’t want me to read or comment on her site ever again. It’s almost amusing that I could inspire such animosity because for the larger part of my life, I wouldn’t say shit if my mouth was full of it. I walked very softly, […]

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May All Be Fed

It’s funny. I learned more about ethics and social justice in a biology class than any dozen religious sermons that I can remember. Most people are surprised to discover — as I did during an undergraduate lecture — that we can take dramatic steps towards feeding the world’s poor, and it has little to do […]

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The military rulers of Myanmar have jailed thousands of people in their continuing efforts to crush all dissenting views. Most prominent of those detained is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been the beacon of hope and change for nearly two decades in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly […]

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