Jane Philpott was elected to parliament and appointed Health Minister last fall. Prior to that she worked as a family physician in Canada and also Niger from 1989 to 1998. Philpott and her husband Pep have four children and attend Community Mennonite Church in Stouffville, Ont.
It’s been 25 years since the military faced off against Mohawk Warriors in the pine forest between the village of Oka and the community of Kanehsatake, 53 kilometres west of Montreal. The 78-day armed siege was the most violent and consequential clash between Indigenous people and the Canadian state in modern times.
When a high-risk, low functioning repeat child abuser was released from prison in the Hamilton area in 1994, many locals responded with predictable revulsion. Mennonite pastor Harry Nigh was not among them. He gathered a small group of people who reached out to the man. They offered support and accountability. The man never reoffended.
I don’t much like conferences. It is their shape and geography that bother me. Good things happen at conferences but I think a couple relatively simple though profound changes could make them much better. I think these changes would apply well to church conferences.
The story of the Unruhs and of MDC speaks to a lingering history of societal treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. It is a history that is anguished and sometimes awkward. Over its 124-year history, MDC has been called the Home for Incurables, the Manitoba School for Mentally Defective Persons and the Manitoba School for Retardates.
With a federal cabinet decision on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline due by June 19, and a decision by President Obama on Keystone XL still hanging in the balance, pipeline issues loom large on the horizon. . . . Pipelines are no longer just pipelines. They are the focal point for a key challenge facing humanity: