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Racism by any other name is still....fluffy!

The United Nations has declared that March 21 be recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 when 70 unarmed anti-apartheid protesters were killed by gunfire from So

Hang onto your hat -- it's World Religion Day!

The toughest thing about being Jewish, I told the World Religion Day gathering, is getting your hat to stay on.

Remembering a sack full of pennies

December is a month of mixed messages. For many, it is a season of bright sparkling lights, ribbons and bows, clinking glasses, and glistening brown turkeys.

Remembering those who go before us

It’s the time of year we think of life stopping – leaves have severed their umbilical cords and parachuted slowly down to the ground.

Don't tell me I'm healthy as a horse!

Here’s a medical tip – be wary if anyone tells you that you’re healthy as a horse. That was my family doctor’s prognosis after last year’s physical, and it’s been all downhill ever since.

Hockeyville: What happens after the circus leaves town?

Hockeyville is a lot like the circus coming to town – without the elephants.

Loose change no place for Native insults

The big flap over a new commemorative coin is a good example of how Canadians can’t cope with their country’s past.

Golf: holistic pastime or a good walk spoiled?

Some people think that golf is nothing more than a good walk spoiled. But for an increasing number of First Nations folks, summer means more than the sound of pow-wow drums.

Pope seems to have missed history classes

I hate salesmen. Well, that might be a tad strong – let me re-phrase that. The world would be a better place without them. The notion that we require other people to tell us what we need has always struck me as strange.

Hockeyville: Racism on Ice

“Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you!” At least that’s what they used to tell us when we were little, presumably to make us feel better after some schoolyard bully sent us home in tears.