It’s been called a “national health crisis” and a “public emergency.” It’s a major issue in next month’s federal election.

Vote for integrity

Canadians are intelligent people. They are highly educated. 

Unlike a year ago, when it signalled all aboard for marijuana, Ottawa needs to derail the toxic and addictive practice of vaping before it becomes a runaway train.

In this federal election, part of me feels like a bystander. If you are like me, an orthodox Christian, someone whose faith is not confined to Sundays, you may feel the same.

On July 7, 2018, in Bari, Italy, at an important ecumenical gathering of all Christian leaders from the Middle East, Pope Francis made a jarring reference to a Middle East without Christians. 

Some questions for the average Catholic in the pews: Do you know what the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is? How about the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops? Have you ever heard of the Social Affairs Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario?

Dignified death

Re: Faith shouldn’t have to bend to survive (Aug. 11-18):

Excellent article by Charles Lewis. But I wonder what euthanasia has to do with palliative care.

In some respects, the Oct. 21 federal election will be a referendum on tolerance.

Early in his book, Biography of Silence, Pablo d’Ors notes some of the many experiences he cultivated in his life as a young adult — travelling, reading voraciously and having numerous romances. “Like many of my contemporaries, I was convinced that the more experiences I had and the more intense and stunning they were, the sooner and better I would become a complete person.”

At Montreal’s Concordia University, where I study the wonders of Ireland north and south for several hours each week, a large sign asks students how they feel about climate change.

There is a truth about great journalists that long after their columns have faded into the ghosts of time, their words still come back to haunt or to comfort.