On Advent, John Mason Neale, and a winter hymn

 The period Christians call Advent begins Sunday November 30. In countries with Christian populations pop music increasingly gives way to religious hymns, leading up to Christmas. Michael Sasges gave thought to one of the season’s most evocative pieces, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

Pipeline protest

November, 2014 Throughout the autumn citizens including First Nations peoples, politicians, and visitors from other countries, trekked up Burnaby Mountain to protest a proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. Trans Mountain delivers bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands through British Columbia to a port on

From Lima to Burnaby: the ‘Glocal’ Response to Climate

CHRIS WOOD: NATURAL SECURITY  November, 2014  ‘Glocal’ is an ugly word for an often ugly process. It was coined to capture the way that global dynamics and networks touch down in the intimate spaces of neighbourhoods and family lives, as well as how

One Zimbabwe success story

In great contrast to the Borgia world of Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe — the subject of last week’s column by International Affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe  — is the skill, imagination, talent, determination and sheer hard work that ordinary Africans have to employ to

One man’s thrust for survival in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

  JONATHAN MANTHORPE November 26, 2014  In last week’s column I wrote about the Borgia world of Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe. That column should be read in tandem with this offering, which is about the skill, imagination, talent, determination and sheer hard

Vera Lynn: “It was simply my duty to keep on singing.”

Vera Lynn achieved international fame with the songs she made popular on the radio during the Second World War. Arts columnist Brian Brennan reports in his new time capsule piece that she wanted to try other kinds of music after the war. But the

Black-and-Blues Friday

It seems that “Gray Thursday” is the new name for the fourth Thursday of November each year in the United States. The name marks the re-purposing of a traditional event — from a communal giving of thanks, to shopping. Shopping for sale

UN agency adds cultural treasures to ‘intangibles’ list

  by Anne Tempelman-Kluit, Worldwide, unique cultural traditions are slowly disappearing under the pressure of a more globalized and modern world. As the older generation passes away their knowledge and skills often die with them, their only trace left in anthologies and

On Ferguson, Darren Wilson, and Michael Brown

Ferguson, Missouri, burst into flames after a grand jury found no cause to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 9. Some 700 National Guard troops were immediately summoned, with 2,200 reinforcements added Tuesday, to quell

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