Tag: Canadian

Book Review: My Name is Revenge by Ashley Kalagian Blunt

If you’re looking for a good read that’s quick and simple on the surface and leaves you contemplating deeper underlying issues, this book is for you.

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Sweet is Remembrance of the Righteous

On anniversaries of destructive events, such as wars and genocide, we remember the victims and survivors, but it’s important to remember the often-forgotten helpers, too.

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Remembering 100 Years Ago Today

World War I officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Ten million soldiers died. Countless millions of civilians died. Lest we forget.

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Toronto in Trouble II: Guns, Gangs and Poor Mental Health

Toronto skyline with gun and chain

Violence in Toronto is on the rise. The city needs a three-pronged approach to deal with its three interrelated problems of guns, gangs, and mental health issues.

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Toronto in Trouble I: Onward to the Past!

Toronto city skyline with councillors

When an electorate votes for radical change without knowing any details of a platform, they usually get results they hadn’t counted on. Onward to the past!

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Reconciliation Canadian-Style: In a Canoe!

handshake and Canadian voyageurs in a canoe

A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe, but apparently we can begin reconciliation in one, too. Unity through united effort!

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Real Truth and Reconciliation Takes Courageous Individuals—on Both Sides

reconciliation in Canada

This story gives me hope, and reminds me that people can change their attitudes and behaviours—if they have courage.

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Truth and Reconciliation: My Impressions of Apartheid South Africa

White-Black Handshake and flag of RSA

Living during apartheid was like time travelling back to the 1950’s segregated southern USA… but with an Afrikaans accent.

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Truth and Reconciliation: Is It Possible with Turkey?

Handshake with Turkish flag

Is it possible for Turkey to have its own truth and reconciliation commission regarding the genocide of the early 20th century? Maybe yes.

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Canada’s Sesquicentennial: A Celebration of Survival and Hope

Canada Day 2017

Canada has survived 150 years. Let us celebrate the end of our growing pains, hope for maturity and take action toward reconciliation.

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Kindergarten: Germany’s Gift to the World

kindergarten: children in a garden with a teacher

The idea of children as plants to be nurtured and teachers as gardeners turns out to be an old idea, but one that spread quickly and firmly around the world.

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Assumption-based Fear of Violence

fear with eagle talons

Violence is legitimate cause for fear, but what if the reports of crime aren’t legitimate or are exaggerated or assumed? e.g., villages in Turkey 1909 and my Mom in Canada 1999.

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Meet the Newest Canadians: Kamo Mailyan and Mary Hovhannisyan

Newest Canadians Kamo and Mary

Yesterday I was honoured to be guest at the citizenship ceremony of my dear friends. They are officially the newest Canadians.

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History is Written by the Victors

an open book

Large chunks of history are missing from textbooks and national conversations, because all countries have an Official Version of history. What’s yours?

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April 24: The Importance of Remembrance

forget-me-not symbol of Armenian Genocide

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

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The Terrible Heartbreak of War: Syria April 2017 and Vimy April 1917

Mother Canada at Vimy

War never occurs without heartbreak. In April 2017 it was the terrible gas attack on civilians in Syria. In April 1917 it was the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers at Vimy.

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