It All Depends On You

A young man in search of truth left his village, saying goodbye to family and all that he knew. Just outside the village he met an old man sitting in the shade of a tree, his back against the trunk. 185 more words


Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker fears reprisals

Pakistani-Canadian Mohammed Naqvi admits he’s going to be “hyper-vigilant” when he returns to Pakistan following the release of his searing film about Muslim extremists, Among the Believers. 801 more words

The Search

B.C. film director digs into reincarnation and crisis of faith

The debut feature film of B.C.’s Connor Gaston, 26, is a crisis-of-faith drama that centres around reincarnation.

After gaining wide attention through his short films, Gaston is looking forward to seeing how audiences respond to the premiere of The Devout, which follows an evangelical Christian schoolteacher who has a crisis when his young daughter, who is dying from cancer, tells him she had a previous life. 867 more words

The Search

Migrant debate rages: Letters

My Saturday column – Tears are not enough: Migrant crisis calls for reality check went against the grain of typical Canadian media coverage.

Nevertheless, I was surprised to receive an overwhelming number of responses, most of them supportive. 2,065 more words

The Search

How to encourage literacy? By discussing big ideas

Is it becoming harder to raise a reader?

Encouraging people to become lifelong readers requires more than sharing bedtime stories with children.

While reading books to youngsters remains a delight for parents and grandparents, the effort to advance literacy calls for a lifelong dedication not only to reading, but to discussing what we read. 800 more words


14. Like Pieces in a Puzzle

When the group returned to town Sunday evening, there were five glowing, healthy faces that greeted their beds. Jamie fell asleep immediately, tuckered out by the day’s adventures. 2,779 more words

The Spell

Tears are not enough: Migrant crisis calls for reality check

Two weeks after the heartbreaking photo of drowned toddler Alan Kurdi exploded onto the global scene, reality has been settling in.

The image of a Syrian boy in blue shorts on a Turkish beach contains an existential truth about the suffering of innocents. 1,353 more words