Robert Brehl is a writer in Port Credit, Ont.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s historic decision on assisted dying immediately took me back 15 years to the longest week of my life.

Each family has its differences

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When the U.S. Supreme Court declared it will rule in the coming weeks whether same-sex marriage will be extended nationwide, the esteemed New York Times and others called the issue “one of the great civil rights questions of the age.”

Praying good for the brain, not just the spirit

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A friend popped by the other day while I was working on a Sudoku puzzle.

Forgiveness comes in different ways, times

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The other day a real-life discussion between pals reminded me of Unbroken, a movie opening on Christmas Day and based on the best-selling book and true story of a courageous American airman during the Second World War.

Non-celebrity is worth celebrating

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So often we hear and read about the lives of the rich, powerful and famous. Celebrity seems to rule our culture. 

But reflection on the lives of the ordinary, the everyday, the taken-for-granted, is often far more illuminating. If we look beyond the glitz we can see the real stars, the real world, and answers to some of the real questions. 

NFL is little more than the National Felons League

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Ten years ago, a friend took his then eight-year-old son to Buffalo to see their favourite football team, the St. Louis Rams, play the Bills. Both father and son are diehard Rams fans and the son wore a Rams jersey to the game. 

Thankful for Canada, warts and all

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As we celebrate Canada Day we may not have a team in the exciting World Cup soccer tournament this month, but events surrounding it remind us that we’re so fortunate to live here. One news story really drove this point home: people in soccer-mad Africa are being killed by Islamist extremists for watching the games on television. 

No place for state in personal beliefs of nation

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Just before Christmas, 1967, then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau famously said: “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”

PQ’s star candidate a Harper ally?

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A friend in Montreal — I’ll call her Sassy Knoll for her love of conspiracy theories — thinks Pierre-Karl Peladeau and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are in league to torpedo the Parti Quebecois’ chances in the crucial April 7 Quebec election.

Rolling Stone and the Pope: what a shame

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It is official: Pope Francis is a rock star. Or, at least that is what Rolling Stone magazine is announcing to the world by putting the Pontiff on its current cover.

Restoring my faith in media balance

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As a young lad, I remember coming home after being teased at school and my mother immediately asking me what was wrong.