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August Stargazing

The August star show has once again dazzled.  We shouldn’t be surprised; it is a regular recurring event.  We always know it is coming; we get plenty of reminders, but somehow we always wind up being unexpectedly mesmerized by the spectacle of an array of never before seen stars that briefly and delightfully captivate our attention.  Especially this year, when the Perseid meteor shower placed twice the usual annual number of fireballs into the night sky, the most since the most recent outlier year of 2009. You can be forgiven if you thought I was referring to the Summer Olympics, […]

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THE PROBLEM IS THE GUNS

The past week has been a harrowing one for everyone in North America, and obviously more so for our neighbours to the South.  Two separate and undeniably unnecessary killings of Black men by US law enforcement one day apart and the appalling retaliatory attack by a Black army veteran upon Dallas police officers that left five officers dead have exposed once again the vastness of the continuing racial divide among the world’s most prosperous and well-armed populace. There is of course no shortage of commentators in Canada who have angrily and fairly dismissed the notion that Canadians can regard this […]

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Feeling for the Pulse

I had planned to write on a completely different topic this month. It was reasonably current, and in the context of the day when it first crossed my mind, seemed arguably important. I will probably come back to it next month, or maybe the month after, and by then it might be a little less topical, but I suspect it will seem more important than it would today. There can be no doubt that the senseless slaughter of 49 people and the life-altering wounding of 53 others is the worst kind of elephant in the room. Less than 72 hours […]

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