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Conservative Canadian town is ending homelessness

By Cathryn Wellner / June 10, 2015

No one would mistake Medicine Hat, Alberta’s mayor Ted Clugston for any version of a bleeding-heart liberal. He is more in the camp of those who figure people can pull up their bootstraps if they really try. When his province proposed the city adopt a housing-first model for dealing with homelessness, he was more than […]

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Honouring First Nations strengths is the path to reconciliation

By Cathryn Wellner / June 5, 2015

The history of colonialism in Canada is not a pretty picture. The past cannot be changed, but it can be acknowledged, the consequences understood. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has been looking into the impact of one particularly painful part of that history, the effects of removing children from their families with the express […]

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Ireland shows change is possible

By Cathryn Wellner / May 25, 2015

Irish voters have spoken, and 62.1% of them have made clear their support for same-sex marriage. The first country to ask voters to decide on the issue has opted for equity by a comfortable majority. Doing so made them the 20th country to legalize marriage for gays and lesbians. Reacting to the vote, Prime Minister […]

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Holocaust survivor forgives Nazi guard

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2015

Eva Mozes Kor has good reason to despise Oskar Gröning. When she and her twin sister, Miriam, arrived in the Auschwitz death camp, they were met by Josef Mengele and became part of the ruthless scientist’s genetic experiments. Gröning was a junior squad leader at the camp. While he could argue he was not directly […]

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The woman who faced the Ku Klux Klan and won

By Cathryn Wellner / April 10, 2015

  Michael Donald left home the evening of 1981 and never returned. He just wanted a pack of cigarettes. What his murderers wanted was ugly and complex. The young Donald was 19 years old, youngest son of Beulah Mae Donald. He bought his cigarettes at a convenience store, then started for home. That same night, […]

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The immigrant’s choice

By Cathryn Wellner / March 16, 2015

On the 11th of March I went to a ceremony that never fails to leave me in a puddle of tears. In a packed auditorium, 82 people affirmed their allegiance to the country that had welcomed them, Canada. The new citizens came from 20 countries. They were small children and grandparents and people in their […]

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Farewell and thanks to an honest politician

By Cathryn Wellner / March 11, 2015

After five years as president of Uruguay, José “Pepe” Mujica is stepping down. The poorest president in the world served the one, 5-year term allowed. His impact will be felt for a long time. Becoming president did not change the former guerrilla. He gave away 90% of his salary and stayed in his small house. […]

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#1210 Who’s under that turban?

By Cathryn Wellner / March 4, 2015

The guy under that turban could be comedian and writer Narinder Singh. Maybe it is jewelry designer and actor Waris Sing Ahluwalla, the “Chic Sikh”. Maybe it is business developer Sonny Caberwal, creator of (among other things) a robot that can hand write your personal notes. On the other hand, it might just be software […]

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#1207 The unlikely alliance of lesbians, gays and miners

By Cathryn Wellner / February 25, 2015

In the UK of the Margaret Thatcher era, gays and lesbians were dealing with discrimination, barriers, suspicion and the onset of the AIDS crisis. Then On March 6, 1984 the government announced it was closing 20 coal mines immediately and 70 over the long run. Tens of thousands of British miners put down their tools […]

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#1204 We are better than we think we are

By Cathryn Wellner / February 18, 2015

I scratch my head when Stephen Harper, head of state in the country I call home these days, whips up his fellow Conservatives. He urges them to pass bills for more prisons, more anti-terrorism measures, more erosion of privacy. He does that because the story he tells himself and the rest of Canada is that […]

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