I had opened up the local newspaper to learn that my big multicultural city started every council meeting with a Christian prayer - and worse than that, it had gone on for over 30 years without any complaints. From that point on I couldn’t be silent and am now hooked on keeping an eye out for breakdowns in secularism and getting more involved. Though I am very much on the left, I am watchful for problems of regressiveness on that side, while opposing bigotry against individuals of any belief system. My views are a work in progress and always open to revision.
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BC health facility amalgamation would mean $20M gift to Catholic Church, no access to assisted dying

Looks like a couple of years ago there was concern that the only hospice in the region covered by Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley facility was Catholic-run, and so would not provide medically-assisted dying. There was going to be funding made available for 2 new hospice beds and it wasn’t clear … Continue reading

When Practical Knowledge Meant Power: The Memory Code

Three Part Totem - Martin Lopatka

In her latest book, The Memory Code, science writer Dr. Lynne Kelly details her thesis that the primary purpose of monuments ranging from the statues on Easter Island to Neolithic Stonehenge was not as tributes to the gods but rather as extremely effective memory technologies used by oral cultures to encode many hundreds of … Continue reading

Is Catholic palliative care irreplaceable?

Martin Regg Cohn’s column in Saturday’s Toronto Star is headlined (in the print version) “Assisted death can’t be forced on doctors of faith.” He starts the piece by expressing sympathy for doctors who “entered the medical profession to save lives, not to take them,” then states the obvious point that a doctor’s … Continue reading

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