Category Archives: History and Politics

A COVID Christmas message

This is an unusual Christmas post, but then again this is Christmas in a year like no other. This season is a time that’s meant to bring joy, and this year we have to be especially creative in finding ways … Continue reading

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With freedom comes responsibility … and small Christmas gatherings

In several parts of Canada this year, and in an increasing number of countries and regions around the world, Christmas travel and celebrations are being severely constrained by COVID restrictions. As sad as this is for many, many people, especially … Continue reading

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Add teachers to the “overwhelmed frontline workers” list

There may be a vaccine ready to be rolled out in some places. But it will be a long, slow process, and meanwhile in many, many places – too many places – the healthcare facilities are overflowing and the healthcare … Continue reading

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Map Monday: from Santa to animals to everything in between

In keeping with the season, I tried to find accurate maps of the round-the-world routing of Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve, but that proved very difficult. He is an elusive fellow. However, I did find some links to … Continue reading

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Map Monday: where are our trees and why do they matter?

A few week ago Map Monday featured the challenges humans face in ensuring sufficient fresh water for all our “needs”, including the vital basic need for sources of clean water in developing countries. A critical component of keeping our water … Continue reading

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Why the U.S.-Canada border isn’t going to open any time soon – or the Atlantic Bubble

As this map and graph illustrate so clearly, many parts of the world are experiencing a frighteningly potent new wave of coronavirus cases. Different jurisdictions are trying different strategies to try to contain the spread, from tight lockdowns to government … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day 2020, a year to forget as we remember those who served

As I have written on many Remembrance Days, remembering is something that our town does pretty well.  We live near the largest training base in Canada, with a strong military presence and much pride in that fact. People of all … Continue reading

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Remembering our Indigenous soldiers on the eve of Remembrance Day – a story that needs telling

I will be posting a tribute to all our soldiers on Remembrance Day tomorrow, but when I came across this sobering historical reality and fine tribute I knew I had to share it widely. These words from Ian Anderson speak … Continue reading

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