How a Single Gunman Interrupted Ottawa’s Peace

Canada Is Small Enough That One Act of Violence Shook the Nation’s Culture of Openness

Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a Starbucks not far from work texting my boss back and fourth about the upcoming Christmas season. I work as the Music Director in a church, so those conversations become intense in early fall.

I had Twitter open and noticed something about a shooting and our War Memorial. At first glance, I didn’t think much of it. Lately, in North America, shootings have so often happened that I have become sadly somewhat desensitized to it. But then more tweets came, and it went from …

A Flight from Caracas to Exile

We Made It to Montreal, But Can We Leave Venezuela’s Turmoil Behind?

At the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas on March 19, my wife, 8-month-old daughter, and I stopped to take photos of our feet. We were standing over a colorful, …

The Agony of Being Canadian

It’s Not Easy Being Misunderstood By You Americans Down South

My hometown of Vancouver is just 25 miles from the Peace Arch, the crisp white monument on the border that marks the strength and endurance of Canadian-American relations. One of …

Canada’s Fractured Mosaic

Up North, Indigenous People Are Steadily Challenging What Used To Be a Complacent Self-Image

Theresa Spence is a 49-year-old woman with short brown hair, square green glasses, and the soft, clipped cadence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, of which she is …