‘Be not afraid.’ Why the words of John Paul II still resonate

By Gerry Chidiac | August 29, 2017

There are many dark pages in the history of the 20th century. Caught between the regimes of Hitler and Stalin…

Bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice

By Gerry Chidiac | August 22, 2017

When looking at events in the world today, we can rightly be horrified by the racism and violence we see.…

Finding grace and hope in the worst of tragedies

By Gerry Chidiac | August 15, 2017

Harold Kushner experienced a parent’s worst nightmare, to see his son Aaron suffer and experience a premature death. Being a…

High grades for Canadian students, high praise for their teachers

By Gerry Chidiac | August 8, 2017

A recent article in the BBC referred to Canada as “An Education Superpower”. They put is in the same echelon…

Love is the most powerful force on Earth

By Gerry Chidiac | August 1, 2017

While struggling to survive in a Nazi death camp, psychologist Victor Frankl began thinking of his wife and came to…

Becoming our best selves a challenge for each of us

By Gerry Chidiac | July 25, 2017

In the film “The Lion King”, young Simba is visited by the spirit of his father Mufasa who tells him,…

An open and shut case: how the backfire effect closes minds

By Gerry Chidiac | July 18, 2017

In the world today, we see conservative news programs where hosts shout down the opposing views of their guests. We…

Satisfaction comes with sharing other people’s joy

By Gerry Chidiac | July 11, 2017

Having worked in education for over 30 years, I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people on the…

Charting an inclusive, nurturing future for all Canadians

By Gerry Chidiac | July 4, 2017

As Canada celebrated 150 years as a country, it became very clear that not everyone believed the festivities were justified.…

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our children

By Gerry Chidiac | June 29, 2017

Technology is everywhere. But is it all good for us and – particularly – is it good for our children?…



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