February 2012 Our society defines justice for crimes by having someone put behind bars. We see this idea represented in television, movies, and other cultural media. According to our neoliberal conservative police state, we have somehow drawn a connection between incarceration and closure. This is an extremely problematic way to view a criminal justice system.… Read More Justice in society and justice in the SIU
November 2011 I have to say, after all of those personal attacks, the slights against immigrants and the clever NDP ad involving a pair of bright orange pumps, the outcome of this years provincial election was decidedly anticlimactic. I’ll admit, a small part of me did fear a conservative trifecta, the hat trick of doom.… Read More Keeping politics on the streets: a post-election reflection
October 2011 It’s that time again. It seems like just weeks ago I was trying to decide whether or not to vote strategically the federal election or toss my vote away on the NDP, the party I actually support. Most people that I spoke to agreed; the thing to do was talk NDP but vote… Read More Riding out the Orange Wave: Why you should vote NDP in the provincial election
October 2011 Dear Mr. Harper, What is Islamicism? Is there a Christianityism? Or a Judaismism? What is the difference between Islamicism and Islam? In all my years of studying, exploring and practising my faith, surely I would have come across such a monumental distinction, or potentially relevant offshoot of what I thought was my religion.… Read More IslamoWhat?!
September 2011 At 61, Jack Layton was by no means a young man. He had lead a long and full life compared to most. But as the first NDP leader to make the New Democratic Party official opposition in Canadian history, I would say he still had a lot of life to live. The one… Read More His vision can still be won: A country mourns Jack Layton
June 2011 If you don’t think the world is ending, just flip through the average mainstream newspaper. During the May long weekend, the front page of the Toronto edition of Metro shouted warnings of an impending apocalypse—apparently scheduled for May 21. The coverage focused on the California-based broadcaster Family Radio—the group predicting the end of… Read More Apocalypse now? There is plenty of evidence the world is coming to an end
May 2011 Obsession with celebrities is not something we’re unaccustomed to, but when it comes to the “wedding of the century,” it looks as if people have pulled out all the stops. British people and people on this side of the pond seemed to take the event very seriously. It was all over Canadian news,… Read More Don’t hate on Kate: Why Canadians care about the royal wedding