A nation born out of war and lawlessness, the Netherlands
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A nation born out of war and lawlessness, the Netherlands

Many Dutch towns are celebrating the 450-year anniversary of what happened on April 1, 1572, when a motley crew of seamen (called the Sea Beggars), loyal to William of Orange, were able to capture and hold their first town (Brielle) on the Dutch mainland. The capture of Brielle was an important turning point in the…

Budget 2022 marks transition from old to new economy
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Budget 2022 marks transition from old to new economy

Federal Budget 2022 turned out to be a sober document, contrary to media hype about New Democrats hijacking the agenda, fears of reckless spending and Corporate Canada’s push to return to 1990s-era budgeting. Instead, this budget charts a middle-of-the-road approach, bending over backwards, it seems, to dispel fears that the Liberals have become socialists. It…

“At heart, he’s a Hausa boy” 
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“At heart, he’s a Hausa boy” 

A significant number of students at Calvin University are “third-culture kids” (TCKs). Calvin’s newly-appointed president, Wiebe Boer, is one of them. Boer will be inaugurated this Fall, succeeding Michael le Roy who served as president since 2012. Many TCKs at Calvin are also “missionary kids” (MKs), like Boer who started studies at Calvin in 1992….

The Liberal-New Democrat pact
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The Liberal-New Democrat pact

Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government in Ottawa entered into a supply and confidence agreement with Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party in an effort to prolong the life of the current parliament until September 2024. Although such pacts are unusual in Canada, they are not entirely unprecedented. In 1985, Ontario’s Liberal leader David Peterson made a…

The Abuse of Words
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The Abuse of Words

There are at least three different characterizations of the wrongdoing that has left The Meeting House megachurch without its Teaching Pastors. A three-month third-party investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against pastor Bruxy Cavey has determined that he is guilty of abusing his pastoral power and authority and this misconduct amounted to sexual harassment….

The home(owner) advantage 
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The home(owner) advantage 

CC: How has the pandemic affected income inequality? Is that something Habitat is addressing?  Deans: The pandemic has certainly exacerbated income inequality and, combined with the continued rising cost of housing, put homeownership out of reach for even more families.  Qualifying for a traditional mortgage, saving enough for a down payment and the cost of a…