Farewell to an icon

Fans around the world began to mourn early Monday afternoon when it was announced Marvel Comics co-creator, Stan Lee, had passed away.   For those who are not part of the world of comic books, fantasy, and fandom, it may be difficult to relate to the depth of emotion those of us in that world were overwhelmed by. After all, …

Rot in hell (or at least in prison)

On Tuesday afternoon I opened Twitter to see a name trending that I would be happy to never see or hear again — Paul Bernardo. I’m not ashamed to say part of me was hoping when I clicked on his name, that the trending news would be that the man was dead. That he had finally kicked the bucket and …

Love Wins

Today is National Coming Out Day, a day recognized both to raise awareness for the greater LGBTQI+ community and provide a basic form of activism against homophobia through coming out to family, friends, colleagues, and living life as openly as possible as a member of this community. One of the biggest criticisms I still hear is “I just don’t understand …

Fire and Rage

I spend so much time filled with fire and rage. It burns so hot that it threatens to swallow me whole. This passion inside of me destroys me as much as it drives me. So many of us were raised believing fire and rage were bad. That we needed to put out the flames and fizzle out the fire because …

It’s okay to sit on your pain for a while

Last year at Thanksgiving, I was more grateful than I could remember being in a long time. Despite a very difficult two years, things seemed to finally be looking up.   As those of you who follow my columns know, things kind of went to hell right after. The miscarriage, the loss of a treasured job, and wrapped up with …

Power Corrupts, Especially In Evangelical Leadership

Abusive leadership. This is a staple of many Christian organizations, and it is unfortunate. The cliche phrase “power corrupts” comes to mind. I have witnessed over my years many kind, generous, well-intentioned people fall subject to this. And while, in many ways, they remain kind and generous, in others, they become the abusers themselves. There are often warning signs. In …

#LetGaryGraduate

Christian University holds education hostage: #LetGaryGraduate

The internet is in an uproar (and rightly so) after a gay man has been denied the right to graduate by his university, a school that has decided to hold his education hostage because he would not fall into line with their outdated views. Although by 2018 it was assumed the human race would have progressed to a point where …

Race, paradigms and privilege

Many of us were ashamed, though not surprised, to hear of some of the racial attacks on a local candidate during her campaign. After an article regarding this was shared to one of our local Q&A Facebook groups, an argument broke out over the use of the words “white privilege”. The statement had been used in reference to the number …

A step backwards in Aboriginal affairs

Both federally and locally, there has been a push in recent years to make amends for the horrors done to our aboriginal communities. With the creation of the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle and the many events they have hosted and participated in, efforts continue to be made to make their presence a part of our modern culture. Not only …

This election, educate yourself

When it comes to politics, I realize I have always been an outlier. Even as a young teenager I enjoyed learning about them, and was usually far more invested in elections than my friends were. It seemed natural to me to care about our elected officials and what they were doing, so I never bore second thought to the idea …