“Wet’suet’en acts of solidarity by youth give me courage” This has been a week of fury, heartbreak and courage across this land some call Canada. Broadview Magazine, February 12, 2020.
“Rueben George on his sacred duty to nature” He and other members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation are fighting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Broadview Magazine, March 2020.
“The disappearing Arctic” Through so much upheaval, Inuit haven’t lost their spiritual connection to the land, says Sheila Watt-Cloutier. Broadview Magazine, January 2020
“Botanist bridges gap between science and spirituality” Diana Beresford-Kroeger is working to protect the world’s vanishing forests. Broadview Magazine, December 2019
“What the hell?” When I lost my belief in hell, my faith started to unravel. – Broadview Magazine, November 2019
“The earth’s coming crucifixion” Conservationist-turned-priest Stephen Blackmer believes we need to live as if the world were sacred. – Broadview Magazine, November 2019.
“Faith fuels a fight for the climate” Laurel Dykstra, an Anglican priest who did jail time for blocking a pipeline, describes their work as “a spiritual response to ecological grief.” – Broadview Magazine, October 2019.
“One dad’s struggle to get in touch with his emotions” Four new books shed light on fathers and their hidden feelings. – Broadview Magazine, June 2019.
“The power of reconciliation at Indigenous protest camps” In Manitoba, supporters and allies bear witness to the destruction being enacted on the Dakota people and their land. – Broadview Magazine, March/April 2019.
“Thomas Sankara Tried to Liberate His Country from the West. Then He Was Murdered.” Thirty years after the death of a revolutionary president whose brief tenure marked my childhood, I return to Burkina Faso in search of his legacy. – The Walrus, March 1, 2019
“The next pipeline battle” In Manitoba, an issue that’s been underground for half a century is coming to the surface. – The Walrus, July/August 2018
“Invisible survivors” Students who boarded at the Teulon Residence were separated from their families and endured the same cultural whitewashing other residential school survivors experienced. Why should they be denied compensation? – Broadview Magazine (formerly The United Church Observer), May 2018
“The new masculinity” Despite huge strides, gender equality remains elusive. Two recent books urge men to redefine themselves. – The United Church Observer, September 2017
“Cheap Seats” 39 hours on the Greyhound – with a toddler. – Eighteen Bridges, Spring/Summer 2017
“Mennonite Pride” At a time when our culture is fractured along ideological lines, what can Mennonites teach us about how to disagree? – The Walrus, November 2016
“Shunning the technology gods” Scripture guided their forbears to reject electricity and cars, but these modern Mennonites spurn our tech-obsessed culture for other reasons. – The Ottawa Citizen, April 2016
“Hell and High Water” One the shifting shorelines of Bangladesh, tens of millions teeter on the brink of a climate disaster. – The United Church Observer April 2016
“Revolutionary Words” Witnessing the Arab Spring in Cairo inspired Karim Alrawi’s debut novel. – Quill & Quire, November 2015
“Sucked Dry” A First Nation suffers so Winnipeg can have water. – The Walrus, March 2015
“Preparing for a beautiful end” A Canadian couple turns the stereotype of doomsday preppers on its head, and looks for the beauty in armageddon. – Geez, Winter 2014, reprinted in Utne Reader, Fall 2015.
“A coup in Burkina Faso” None of us imagined the strongman could be toppled without blood. – The Globe & Mail, November 2014
“A Quiet Slaughter” On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, a Hutu from Burundi shares his story of surviving President Paul Kagame’s alleged secret war of vengeance. – Hazlitt, April 2014
“The Way We Give” In Burkina Faso, generosity can’t always bridge cultural and economic divides. – The Walrus, December 2013
“The Revolutionary” A short comic about Burkina Faso’s revolutionary president, Thomas Sankara.
“Living with the enemy” A musician and a broadcaster come to grips with depression. – The Vancouver Sun, April 2013
“Waging war on malaria” Life and death in rural Mali. – Childview, Summer 2011
“Do we need the cops?” A few bad apples or a rotten barrel? – Geez, Spring 2011
“I took my wife’s last name” She said it made her feel loved. My mother was upset. – The Globe and Mail, July 2009