Cathy Majtenyi: Time to crack down on vaping

Following 29 deaths in the U.S. and at least three cases of severe illnesses in Canada, the Canadian government is stepping up efforts to speak out about vaping, defined as “the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by a vaping product, such as an electronic cigarette.”

    Glen Argan: Politicians fail to grasp moral leadership role

    The current federal election campaign is perhaps the saddest in Canada’s 152-year history. With its emphasis on political spectacle, minimal contact with voters and a refusal to look the future in the face, one wonders what democracy has become.

      Peter Stockland: Humanity challenged by partisan rhetoric

      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to change how he campaigned in election 2019 just because he needed paramilitary-style protection from a death threat at a Thanksgiving weekend event.

        Robert Kinghorn: Angelic forces hard at work on the street

        There is a sense that protection is required when we step out into the unknown darkness of life, whether it be the darkness of suffering or of a lifestyle tinged with fear and regret. Traditionally the Church has called upon the angelic hosts for such protection. 

          Bob Brehl: Election sparks social media silliness

          As we near the end of the election campaign, many comments on social media remind me of something Mark Twain wrote 112 years ago: “I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”

            Fr. Raymond de Souza: Heroic cardinals paid dearly for their faith

            Pope Francis reminded the newest cardinals that the “readiness of a cardinal to shed his own blood (is) signified by the scarlet colour of your robes.” For one of them it was not a reminder but a memory.

              Charles Lewis: B.C. man’s death casts a long shadow

              The death of Alan Nichols took several months to make it into the mainstream news. And as of this writing, it is still a blank spot. His case should have been big news because of what it indicates for the future of this country and the safety of our most vulnerable.

                Leah Perrault: Taking time for rest in an overdrawn world

                “Overdrawn,” I thought, as I drove out of the city. “I feel like my whole life is overdrawn.” 

                  Glen Argan: Carter’s legacy shows limits to political power

                  Jimmy Carter, the former U.S. president who turned 95 on Oct. 1, is one of the most decent, self-sacrificing human beings of the 20th (and 21st) century. 

                    Peter Stockland: Leave some energy for our faith issues

                    Somehow in the tsunami of humanity flooding Montreal’s downtown streets for last Friday’s “climate march,” I spotted an elegantly dressed woman wearing a small white lapel button protesting Quebec’s Bill 21.

                      Bob Brehl: ‘Nones’ of a different kind on the rise

                      Church attendance is waning and religious non-affiliation is waxing. That’s hardly news. Observe the empty pews.