75 years: Canada, Nuclear Weapons and the UN Ban Treaty

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration with Setsuko Thurlow & FriendsThursday, August 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDTby Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition (Toronto) On August 6th, 1945, 13-year old Setsuko Thurlow gathered with 30 classmates near the centre of Hiroshima, where she had been drafted into the student Mobilization Program. She recalls: “At 8:15 a.m., I saw a bluish-white flash like a magnesium … Continue reading 75 years: Canada, Nuclear Weapons and the UN Ban Treaty

Billions earmarked for fighter jets another strike against climate justice, peace and a Green New Deal

Read the article by rabble blogs here By: Brent Patterson February 19th, 2020 The Trudeau government launched a bidding process last year to purchase 88 new fighter jets to replace the current fleet of CF-18s (that cost $4 billion to purchase in 1982, $2.6 billion to upgrade in 2010, with another $3.8 billion now budgeted to extend their lifespan). The three transnational corporations bidding to win the multi-billion dollar contract are Boeing (with … Continue reading Billions earmarked for fighter jets another strike against climate justice, peace and a Green New Deal

Mary McAleese

This article by The Tablet can be read here People leaving Church in ‘droves’ warns McAleese by Ruth Gledhill , Christa Pongratz-Lippitt 24 SEPTEMBER 2020, THE TABLET Today, Ruth Gledhill writes that the former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, whose book Here’s the Story: A Memoir is just published, warned on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour that people are leaving the Catholic Church “in droves”, tired of “little old … Continue reading Mary McAleese

A Consistent Ethic of Life as a Moral Vision … drawing on the wisdom of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

The election of Pope Francis in 2013 heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic church, but perhaps none so unexpected — and unsettling for conservatives — as his endorsement of the writings of Cardinal Bernardin, who died in 1996. The pope’s remarks repeatedly evoke Bernardin’s signature teachings on the “consistent ethic of life” — the view that church doctrine champions the poor and vulnerable … Continue reading A Consistent Ethic of Life as a Moral Vision … drawing on the wisdom of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

The “Throw Away” Culture and Dictatorship of Relativism

By: Vincent Pham “Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “throw away” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s … Continue reading The “Throw Away” Culture and Dictatorship of Relativism

Commentary on Throw-Away Culture and Relativism- by Greg Gillis

This article by Vincent Pham is a powerful critique of relativism and I like how the author begins with the quote from Pope Francis how people are no longer just to be exploited but are now just discarded if they are in any way deemed not useful.  The author focuses on abortion and euthanasia; however, I feel this is limiting it to a much too … Continue reading Commentary on Throw-Away Culture and Relativism- by Greg Gillis

How the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (and Canada’s Income Assistance Agenda Generally) is Failing the Most Vulnerable Canadians

By: Meaghan Fallak – WinnipegSeptember 1, 2020 The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. In mid-March there was an urgent need for income assistance when entire industries began to shutdown en masse due to the risk of transmission. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is the program designed by the Government of Canada to provide support to Canadians whose incomes were … Continue reading How the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (and Canada’s Income Assistance Agenda Generally) is Failing the Most Vulnerable Canadians

Robin Wall Kimmerer – ‘Mapping A New Geography of Hope – Woman and the Land’

Speaker – Robin Wall Kimmerer This is one of my favourite videos surrounding environmentalism – it is a video of a speaker at the “Mapping A New Geography of Hope – Woman and the Land” convention. This is because there was a lot of content in this video that I found myself strongly agreeing with, but an equal amount of what the speaker said for … Continue reading Robin Wall Kimmerer – ‘Mapping A New Geography of Hope – Woman and the Land’

Islamophobia: A Growing Plague in Today’s Society

Written by: Dania Ahmed It is not new for various religious groups living within a single society to have ideological differences. In the most recent decades, Europe and North America have had questionable associations with Islam and Muslims. The increase in migration rates, the issues of integration of Muslims into the secular Western society, and the 9/11 fear monger assaults have all amplified the current … Continue reading Islamophobia: A Growing Plague in Today’s Society