On The Ukraine Conflict

Like many around the world, I am watching the events related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with trepidation, fear, despair and outrage. I am hoping for a quick resolution and for justice to prevail. I do not have the words to salve anyone’s fears over this, or provide reasons for hope. What I canContinue reading “On The Ukraine Conflict”

When You Cast Your Vote: A Reminder of the Human Impact of the Electoral Process

As the Canadian federal election quickly approaches, and advance polls open in a few short weeks, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the impact decisions at the polls have on the people around you–friends, family, neighbours–often in ways you least expect. I will not tell you who to vote for, butContinue reading “When You Cast Your Vote: A Reminder of the Human Impact of the Electoral Process”

Canadian Federal Election 2021: Resources & Reflections

It’s official–Canadians are going to the polls on September 20, 2021. As a former political science student and as a current Christian, politics remains an area I follow closely and think of as extremely important. Following is a guide to help get you started in this important part of the democratic process. Reflections On FaithContinue reading “Canadian Federal Election 2021: Resources & Reflections”

Lessons From Cuomo: On Sexual Assault, Allyship, and Peformative Progressiveness

Today, after weeks of resisting calls to resign, Andrew Cuomo has officially announced his resignation as Governor of New York. Yet one notable feature of this announcement is a lack of repentance. Since the allegations first broke, Cuomo has been defending himself, stating that they are untrue, and he only ever had good attentions. This,Continue reading “Lessons From Cuomo: On Sexual Assault, Allyship, and Peformative Progressiveness”

On COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Why Justice and Truth Are More Important Than Peacemaking

I’ve been seeing a growing number of social media posts that are arguing for non-judgment over decisions whether or not to vaccinate. While I think that these posts are coming from a well-intentioned place, I’m concerned about the harm that may be done by taking such a stance. I thought I’d tackle some of theseContinue reading “On COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Why Justice and Truth Are More Important Than Peacemaking”

Polarization on Social Media: A Personal Testimony and Call To Account

I am a prolific user of Facebook, and am starting to catch-up in the Twitter and Instagram realm as well. However, Facebook remains the most useful for me, because of the length of posts it allows. I like to share news items that catch my interest, as well as my thoughts on everything and anythingContinue reading “Polarization on Social Media: A Personal Testimony and Call To Account”

On Alternatives to Monarchy: Why It’s Harder Than You May Think

This past weekend, there was a widely broadcast interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, hosted by Oprah Winfrey. The interview accused the institution of the British monarchy of being mentally and emotionally toxic, racist, and a form of imprisonment. I won’t go into a full breakdown of the interview–frankly, theContinue reading “On Alternatives to Monarchy: Why It’s Harder Than You May Think”

Real Allyship or Cynical Ploy: On Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm’s Modern Politics

During the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the spring and summer of 2020, actor John Boyega made headlines by bluntly stating that Lucasfilm and Disney mismanaged the Star Wars sequel trilogy, especially in its portrayal of actors of colour like Boyega himself and his co-star Kelly Marie Tran. More recently, the news broke thatContinue reading “Real Allyship or Cynical Ploy: On Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm’s Modern Politics”

The Toronto Van Attack Trial: Why The Stories we Tell Matter

This week, the trial begins for Alek Minassian who infamously murdered several people and injured several more using by intentionally driving a rented van on a sidewalk in Toronto in April 2018. Since the facts of the crime and the identity of the perpetrator is beyond question, the defense counsel has decided to go theContinue reading “The Toronto Van Attack Trial: Why The Stories we Tell Matter”

Tearing Tyrants From The Their Thrones: A Reflection on Trump & COVID-19

“From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a Stone will be left on stone. Let the king beware for yourJustice tears ev’ry tyrant from his throne”–from “The Canticle of the Turning” by Rory Cooney. The news is spreading around the world that Donald Trump, perhaps one of the most polarizing figures ofContinue reading “Tearing Tyrants From The Their Thrones: A Reflection on Trump & COVID-19”