Gerry Turcotte: Don’t underestimate power of a laugh

COVID-19 has triggered many things, some of them predictable, many not. Who, for example, would have guessed that the first major response to the virus would be panic buying of toilet paper? A rush on cellphone cases and Lego were two other unexpected results of the pandemic. Apparently, our behaviour has become so unusual that it is negatively impacting artificial intelligence algorithms, with one AI consultant claiming that “automation is in a tailspin.”

  • By Gerry Turcotte

    Charles Lewis: Allegations lead us down dangerous path

    The acceptance of serious allegations swallowed up without proof is an age-old problem. It is also dangerous.

    • By Charles Lewis

      Glen Argan: Conscience changes world for the better

      Rosa Parks, a poor, humble black woman, sparked the civil rights movement when she refused to relinquish her seat on a bus to a white person in Birmingham, Ala., in 1955. Moses, another introvert, was led by God to go to the Egyptian pharaoh and seek his people’s freedom. Lech Walesa, an electrician, organized illegal protests in the Gdansk, Poland, shipyard throughout the 1970s. He was arrested numerous times, fired from several jobs and placed under constant surveillance. His efforts bore fruit in the Solidarity trade union which led to the collapse of Eastern European communism.

        Leah Perrault: Making space for love in restless world

        Space was not on my mind when I began a dream job at 23, four months pregnant.

        • By Leah Perrault

          Sr. Helena Burns: Virtual reality and theology of the body

          If you’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time staring into a screen these days … raise your hand. Or, as a gentleman tweeted recently: “How many people want to SCREAM after every Zoom meeting?” (He didn’t mean scream for joy). And, BTW, you can virtually, silently “raise your hand” on Zoom, also!

          • By Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

            Charles Lewis: The power of Christ is found in weakness

            Like many of you I have been addicted to the U.S. presidential election and the strange aftermath of accusations and recriminations about the vote count.

            • By Charles Lewis

              Peter Stockland: What’s the rush on Bill C-7?

              A mad push appears to be on to get the federal government’s MAiD legislation out of committee and into the House of Commons for rapid passage.

                Robert Kinghorn: Walking down the lane called hope

                There are some sounds you just don’t expect to hear downtown. Police and ambulance sirens intermingled with fights and screaming are commonplace, but as I passed a darkened lane, I heard the soothing sound of someone singing the 1929 chart topper, “Tiptoe through the tulips.”

                  Cathy Majtenyi: We must open doors wide to strangers

                  Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship delivered some great news in Parliament Oct. 30, a win-win for both the country and those coming to Canada to build a better life.

                    Peter Stockland: Little holding power in state secularism

                    The old saw says nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of being hanged in the morning. I can personally attest that having a child living in a country of double beheadings runs a very close second.

                      Glen Argan: Our strength lies in helping each other

                      It’s been 42 years since I emigrated from Saskatchewan to Alberta, but I still have a place in my heart for the old country. Although I don’t have any stake in what happens there and can’t name the mayor of either Regina or Saskatoon, I did check in to see the Saskatchewan election results on Oct. 26.