– in Calgary, Alberta –
The labour market is hot here, which is good for Alberta workers. Indeed, whenever I come back to visit my hometown, I can visit students of mine from Queen’s who have come west to work. So it is good for workers across Canada. Should it also be good for foreign workers? Continue reading
– in Grand Rapids, Michigan –
As we mark the 25th anniversary this year of the defeat of communism, there are new questions about the unity of liberties. In the 1980s, when in the Gdansk shipyard the workers began to rattle the cage of communism, they demanded economic liberties (free trade unions), personal liberties (speech, the press), political liberties (democracy), legal liberties (against the police state) and religious liberty (the strikers insisted upon public worship in the shipyard itself). Continue reading
– in New Orleans, Louisiana –
Last week was full of history — the 10th anniversary of the death of the man who won the Cold War, Ronald Reagan, and the 25th anniversary of the date it was won, when Solidarity won the first free elections in Poland. Without Reagan and Walesa to inspire, the gathering in Normandy for D-Day’s 70th anniversary was rather flat. Barack Obama and David Cameron and Francoise Hollande are rather a long step down from FDR, Churchill and de Gaulle.
Last week I wrote about ordination of a friend for the Archdiocese of Kingston. Priestly ordinations are joyful occasions. They are not as common as they should be, but they are not rare. This coming Saturday something truly rare will be celebrated when Msgr. Vincent Foy will celebrate the 75th anniversary of his priestly ordination, which took place on June 3, 1939. Continue reading