Glen Argan: Admission of systemic racism only a start

It’s astonishing that, amidst massive protests across the United States against police racism, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki had to sort through various definitions of systemic racism to determine whether it was endemic to Canada’s national police force. At first, she claimed the RCMP was free of systemic racism before doing an about-face and admitting that racism is indeed entrenched in the Mounties.

    Bob Brehl: Is politics hurting cause of social justice?

    The other day at a neighbourhood “social distancing” soiree, while discussing the protest movement following the brutal killing of George Floyd by a bad cop in Minneapolis, I got lectured by a white women in her early 60s.

      Peter Stockland: PM taking a knee strikes hollow note

      It’s hard to reconcile continued restrictions on kneeling in church and last week’s images of Prime Minister Trudeau kneeling on Parliament Hill to protest racism in Canada.

        Gerry Turcotte: Scratching the surface of cat psychology

        I have been plagued by cats almost my entire adult life. (OK, maybe I like them just a little.) Dogs, I feel I understand. They’re reasonably straightforward. You know when they’re happy, when they’re guilty of chewing your favourite shoe and when they’re sulking.

          Leah Perrault: A time to practise honesty and kindness

          Honest is hard. There is nothing like a season of physical distancing to remind me of that truth.

            Charles Lewis: Conversion therapy bill on a risky path

            In the midst of the COVID-19 virus it is easy to forget what other dangers lurk in our society. We must remember that our government has been involved in a great and destructive program of social engineering — and it is about to get far worse.

              Fr. Jonathan Robinson, longtime head of Toronto Oratory, dies at 91

              The death of Fr. Jonathan Robinson of the Toronto Oratory is a sadness both for those who knew him and those many more who admired him from afar. 

                Robert Kinghorn: The noble journey can be torturous

                I have always wondered about the names they choose for sports teams: the Vikings, the Giants, the Predators. Vicious sounding names that strike fear into the hearts of the opposition.

                  Glen Argan: The beauty of our cosmic symphony

                  Creation is a symphony, a symphony which only God hears in its fullness. I hope God is listening. I hope that in creation’s symphony, my out-of-tune voice will be gathered with the voices of more exquisite singers to sing a song of joy and praise to the beauty of God and the beauty of creation.

                    Bob Brehl: Holy Joe’s principles worth preserving

                    It was sad news to see the once dominant Toronto Star sold for a mere pittance of $52 million. Only 16 years ago, Torstar Corp., the parent company of the newspaper, was trading above $30 a share and worth about $2.4 billion.

                      Fr. Raymond de Souza: The virus, churches and religious liberty

                      Is the closure of churches and the suspension of the public celebration of Holy Mass a religious liberty issue?