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2022

Watching corporate executives squirm

Author: Jim Taylor

Sunday October 16, 2022 

 

It was painful, watching Andrea Skinner, the interim chair of Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors, as the Parliamentary Committee on Canadian Heritage grilled her mercilessly about charges that Hockey Canada had covered up a gang rape.

            Skinner squirmed like a worm impaled on a hook as she tried to defend the indefensible.

            I don’t need to go into the details. In broad terms, as everyone now knows, Hockey Canada paid out $8.9 million as hush money for 21 sexual assault accusations since 1989. 


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18

Oct

2022

Where did that memory come from?

Author: Jim Taylor

Thursday October 13, 2022

 

I can picture it clearly. A heavy wood picnic table, cut from raw logs, varnished, perched on a point of land sticking out into the Skeena river. Four of us eat ham-and-lettuce sandwiches – me and my wife and our two children, both under six years age. 

            I can’t remember exactly when this happened. But I can date it fairly accurately. Because our car is a bright yellow 1962 Plymouth Valiant. 

            Why do I remember that? It has no relevance to anything in my current life. It simply exists in the hard drive of my mind. 


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18

Oct

2022

I rather Jesus be wrong than Trump right

Author: Jim Taylor

unday October 9, 2022 

 

Could Jesus have been wrong? This is not a hypothetical question. It bears strongly on how we can – or should, or might – respond to a variety of current controversies. 

            Could Jesus be wrong? The mind boggles. Christian faith worldwide is founded on the conviction that Jesus must have been right, regardless. 

            Now, there are certainly things that Jesus said and did that stretch our credulity. Walking on water, for example. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work. But we rationalize away that experimental failure, by arguing either that it’s a skill limited to the divine, or that it proves our lack of faith. 

            But then there are those troublesome parables. 


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18

Oct

2022

The value of going on retreat

Author: Jim Taylor

Thursday September 28, 2022

 

There was a fad, a few years ago – maybe there still is – about going on silent retreat. Spending an hour, a day, or a week, alone, in silence. To get in touch with yourself.

            I’m not sure what that would do for me.

            I live in silent retreat. I live alone, since Joan died. I don’t have the radio or TV on during the day – I don’t like disembodied voices nattering away in the background. I don’t wear earbuds. I don’t sink into my cellphone. 

            How would a silent retreat differ? 


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18

Oct

2022

The apology that changed Canadian history

Author: Jim Taylor

Sunday October 2, 2022

 

Friday September 30 was Orange Shirt Day, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

            Forty years ago, such an event would have been unthinkable. 

            And then, in March 1985, a woman named Alberta Billie did the unthinkable. She told a meeting of the United Church of Canada’s Executive that the church should apologize for its role in running “Indian” residential schools. 

            A little more than a year later, on August 15, 1986, the church’s moderator, the Rev. Bob Smith, led the church in Canada’s first-ever apology to Canada’s indigenous peoples. 


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18

Oct

2022

When invasive species prove irresistible

Author: Jim Taylor

Thursday September 28, 2022

 

I took my kitten out for a walk, for him to discover the world outdoors. Something launched a filibuster at us out of the catalpa tree. 

            It took me a while to discern the source. A squirrel. It leaped effortlessly from branch to branch, uttering a stream of profanities that would make a teenager blush.


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18

Oct

2022

The promises no one made

Author: Jim Taylor

Sunday September 18, 2022

 

Municipal elections are held every four years in B.C. The next election is coming up fast – October 15. 

            On the political spectrum, municipal elections are the poor cousins, the runt of electoral litters. You don’t think so? Consider at the emotions they arouse. Federal politicians get hated. Provincial politicians, ridiculed. Municipal politicians? Mostly a shrug. 

            Especially, in a rural municipality sandwiched halfway between two much larger cities. 

            I attended an all-candidates’ meeting for the District of Lake Country. Out of curiosity, mainly. 

            To their credit, no one attacked any other candidate. 


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Oct

2022

Help! I’m trapped in a business meeting!

Author: Jim Taylor

Thursday September 21, 2022

 

Municipal elections are coming up. “Why don’t put your name in?” a friend asked the other day. “You’ve always got a lot to say.”

            I hope he was kidding. Because politics already has too many people in love with the sound of their own voice.

            Besides, if I got elected, I would have to attend meetings. I’ve missed four meetings in the last two weeks, unfortunately. I suspect that my forgetter is telling me that I don’t like meetings. 

            Perhaps I never did like them. 

            In the past, I tended to resent meetings. They took a block of time when I could have been doing something productive. I felt obligated to attend because feared the organization might do something catastrophic without me.


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