‘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…

Meeting the needs of our youth

By Gerry Chidiac | March 21, 2017

Children’s rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman said, “The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child;…

Standing together to fight racism

By Gerry Chidiac | March 14, 2017

The Vancouver Jewish Community Centre experienced two bomb threats, one on March 8 and the other on March 12. This…

Practicing mindfulness can reap benefits

By Gerry Chidiac | March 7, 2017

One of the fruits of regular meditation is something called “mindfulness”, meaning basically that we are more aware, aware primarily…

Let’s give electoral reform a chance

By Gerry Chidiac | February 21, 2017

In the last federal election, Justin Trudeau expressed the need for electoral reform in Canada. He recently announced, however, that…

Aboriginal pride shining through in school system

By Gerry Chidiac | February 14, 2017

In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to the Aboriginal peoples of Canada for the crimes committed against them in…

Seeing beyond the lies of racism

By Gerry Chidiac | February 7, 2017

In the months before the start of World War II, over 900 Jews boarded the SS St. Louis in Hamburg…

Greatness within the grasp of all of us

By Gerry Chidiac | January 31, 2017

Irena Sendler, when asked about the thousands of Jewish children she had saved during World War II, said, “I was…

Turning anger into purpose

By Gerry Chidiac | January 24, 2017

According to an article published by Greater Good at the University of California Berkeley, those with the best physical and…

Progression a key to happiness

By Gerry Chidiac | January 17, 2017

Miguel de Cervantes, the author of DON QUIXOTE, said, “The road is better than the inn.” This seems counterintuitive. Isn’t…



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