Gerry Turcotte: Racism protests are a sign of hope

It wasn’t so long ago that many of us were using the COVID-19 virus to argue that our world was more interconnected than we care to admit. Divisions are commonplace and people move through their lives erecting barriers between the haves and have-nots, between the East and the West, between the good and the bad.

  • By Gerry Turcotte

    Charles Lewis: Spirit of St. Joan of Arc badly needed

    In my own life I have often looked for inspiration from great men and women.

    • By Charles Lewis

      Cathy Majtenyi: Battling racism starts with looking in mirror

      The horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer has sparked protests against police brutality and racism in the United States and worldwide.

      • By Cathy Majtenyi

        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.

        • By Glen Argan

          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.

          • By Robert Brehl

            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.

            • By Peter Stockland

              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.

              • By Gerry Turcotte

                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.

                • By Leah Perrault

                  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.

                  • By Charles Lewis

                    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. 

                    • By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

                      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.

                      • By Robert Kinghorn