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Archive for March 2017

Helping the homeless helps everyone

Former American president Jimmy Carter said, “The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens.” A new idea is emerging in Canada which is as innovative and revolutionary as public education and socialized medicine were in their day. In 2009, the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta established…

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Meeting the needs of our youth

Children’s rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman said, “The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; the question is whether we can afford not to.” When young people, especially young men, feel like outsiders on a societal level, that their families do not understand them, that they have no future and…

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Standing together to fight racism

The Vancouver Jewish Community Centre experienced two bomb threats, one on March 8 and the other on March 12. This coincides with anti-Semitic and other racist acts happening across Canada, in the United States and around the world in recent months. Just when we thought we had advanced so far as a society, when we…

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Practicing mindfulness can reap benefits

One of the fruits of regular meditation is something called “mindfulness”, meaning basically that we are more aware, aware primarily of our own thoughts and feelings, but also aware of the world around us and the task at hand. A number of leading corporations have begun using mindfulness training with their employees, top athletes use…

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