Technology a time waster?

It’s hard to believe it was barely 15 years ago when going home still meant most contact with our friends, classmates, and colleagues was cut off for the evening. Unless there were phone calls exchanged or time spent on MSN messenger, our lives at home were separate from those of everyone else. We didn’t know what 500 different people were doing or thinking that evening. Now, I know very few people who do not spend most of their day on[Read more]

Orangeville’s changing culture

Growing up in Orangeville, I never believed it was a place I would call home as an adult. It was charming, comforting, and carried about it a sense of safety and adoration I knew would always resonate within my soul, but at times I felt it was too small. There was a part of me that envied those more cultured. Orangeville was, and still in many ways is, quite white-washed and conservative. Though storefronts, buildings, and landscapes changed, much of[Read more]

Beginning of the end for United?

This week the internet has exploded with video footage of a man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in a brutal manner, leaving him bloodied, dazed, and at one point, potentially unconscious. Without reading any of the backstory or listening to the narrative on some of the videos, one would assume the passenger had caused some kind of massive disturbance, violent act, or otherwise inappropriate flight behaviour. The reality of the situation is much more terrifying. The man[Read more]

Bring on the future: Elon Musk and neural link tech

Imagine a phone rings, but the only person who can hear it is you. A transparent image of the caller pops into your vision, and with a mere thought, you answer it. The phone call ends and you decide you want a coffee – a map pops up in front of you with an arrow highlighting the way to the nearest Starbucks. As you walk, you glance over at an artistic statue mounted on the sidewalk. With the crystal blue[Read more]

Shorter work shifts, better employees?

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In 2015, Sweden made headlines with a pilot program designed to reduce work hours while maintaining the same level of pay, in an effort to increase productivity, work ethics, and improve life for their employees. The official experiment consisted of 68 nurses who worked in a seniors’ home in Gothenburg and saw their shift hours reduced from eight to six per day. The main goals of this experiment were to improve staff satisfaction, health, and patient care. Of course, this[Read more]

Is it time to be worried yet?

The political situation in America was worsening before Donald Trump ever decided to run. It was the mudslide of polarisation and drawing lines in the sand, leading to him being even a semblance of a viable choice. But the political climate now facing the United States is growing darker and heading down a far more slippery slope under his “leadership.” Like many anti-Trump people I know personally, I was waiting for him to prove us wrong, to prove our fears[Read more]

Is a crisis of faith a bad thing?

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At the end of 2015, I made a confession about something that had terrified me to both face and admit. I was having a crisis of faith. Everything I thought I had believed about Christianity and church was flipped on its head. Bitterness from hurts I faced was rearing up and overpowering my drive to live a Christian walk. My foundation shook when I realised I could no longer reconcile the Jesus of the Bible with the church I saw[Read more]

We all have a story to tell

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anaȉs Nin I was six or seven years old when I began writing regularly. Sitting underneath the Christmas tree that year was a beautiful, brightly coloured diary–one of the ones with its own special lock and key. The first entry was silly, as was the next, and the next, and the next. But I filled that diary as often as I could. Most of the time it[Read more]

Gender equality? Still a way to go

“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai This year’s theme for International Women’s Day focused on equality, and how it creates the possibility for the world to thrive in all aspects of life. Male and female do more than just compliment each other – when we work together, we have the opportunity to progress[Read more]

Love thy neighbour

Neighbour

Love thy neighbour. Those of us raised in Christianity are taught this simple statement as one of the fundamentals of the our faith. Its simplicity, however, is limited to its concept. Application of it is far more difficult than we often perceive. This commandment is not limited to Christians, of course. It is echoed in sentiments like the golden rule, while countless other religions have similar statements. It is something, I believe, foundational to achieving not just actual peace, but[Read more]