Category Society

More Canadian Values

Yesterday’s post on the “Canadian Values” debate prompted an email response from Neil Remington Abramson on the subject. I thought his points were well reasoned, so I asked if I could share them with you, and he graciously consented. Admittedly I haven’t taken the question of immigrants swearing to Canadian values very seriously because we […]

What Are Canadian Values?

There is an ongoing debate in Canada these days over just what constitutes “Canadian values.” The discussion was started by a Conservative Party leadership candidate who suggested potential immigrants be screened with a values test. Needless to say this brought much disdain. There was the suggestion that there was no need to define such values, […]

March For Life 2017 – II

I had this nagging feeling I shouldn’t accept the request to speak to the seniors’ group at church on May 11, but I couldn’t remember why. So I said yes. That was yesterday, the day of the annual March For Life. Because I was speaking in the late morning I didn’t get downtown until after […]

March For Life 2017

They are going to be on Parliament Hill this afternoon, thousands of people with a cause trying to make their voices heard. For the most part, what they are saying will fall on deaf ears. Today is the annual March For Life, a celebration of humanity and a rejection of abortion and euthanasia. It is […]

Up To Date Information

I noticed this notice by the pool (actually it is a splash pad) next to my local library. I’m sure the area was open last summer, so I guess keeping information current isn’t a priority for the City of Ottawa.

Barakah Yoqabil Barakah

Why not I thought? An Arabic-language comedy. It was a long flight, so if it turned out to be horrible I had time to choose something else.  I’d been spending some time with Arabs – and they don’t come with subtitles. The movie did. It’s a pretty simple story, one you’ve seen and read a […]

Tax Time Woes

If you are Canadian, the deadline to file your income tax is this Monday. We get two weeks more than the Americans do. I’m not sure if that is because our government needs the money less or if it is because our system is so complicated it take us longer to figure things out. I […]