On a recent morning, while biking down Garner for an early class, I was hit suddenly with the warm smell of cinnamon and fresh baking wafting through the air. It took me a second to register what I was smelling, but then I realized I had just passed Bennett's Apples, the family-owned market and bakery less than a kilometre down the road from Redeemer.
With both the Democratic and Republican conventions wrapped up and the nominees finally chosen, the U.S. Presidential election is officially underway.The "official" distinction is important because, although the unofficial campaign has been underway for months, the fact that election season has officially started removes most of the remaining restrictions in place to limit spending on behalf of candidates.
A house divide cannot stand. This biblical proverb bears large relevance today in Canada where once again the song of separatism has risen up in Quebec, stirred by the first victory for the Parti Quebecois in nine years. But the proverb has an even deeper significance to Canada than just Anglophone and Francophone differences.
It has undeniably become a hallmark of the changing season. Starting sometime in late August, weekends in Southern Ontario are suddenly fragrant with the smell of manure; stars are dulled next to the lights of The Avalanche; and Grade 4 classes are painstakingly crafting turkeys out of construction paper. It is once again that time of year when agricultural fairs begin cropping up in nearly every small to midsized town in the province.
At the beginning of March, the world was introduced to or re-informed of an abominable act taking place in Africa – the act of kidnapping and training child soldiers to form a terrible and large army. It took about 24 hours to make this army and the leader Joseph Kony famous. But it seems that the world’s mission was discovered just as the army was “dying,” or at least shrinking and weakening from what it was in the past.
If you visit Dr. Mary Ashunʼs website you will see the proverb “It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep for life.” According to her grandma, this proverb means that a short and eventful life, filled with courage to seize the day is better than many days spent being timid and waiting for great things to happen to you. This proverb aptly describes Dr. Ashunʼs approach to life. From teaching education students at Redeemer, to writing childrenʼs books, to building a school in Ghana, Dr. Ashun gives each of her projects her full attention.
On April 26, 2010 there was an open forum held near McMaster University regarding the proposed Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD) or "aerotropolis" across the street from Redeemer. A panel of stakeholders were present to inform those in attendance about the proposal. Seated on the panel were the president and CEO of Hamilton airport, a former city councilor and Hamilton Progressive Development representatives.
Many of us have friends or old classmates who are currently studying at the University of Western Ontario. I would wager that very few of them, either now or in the past, refer to their school as anything other than “Western." This was precisely the reason why the London-based institution recently decided to undergo a full-scale branding overhaul, including a name change. As of late January, the school will now officially be known as Western University.
Sunday morning I met with my weekly running group and we started off on our usual looped path. A few kilometres in, one of the guys said, “Let’s turn here, we’re going down Whitney Avenue today in honour of Whitney Houston.” I was a bit puzzled, not by the new route but more by whomever this Whitney Houston character happened to be. I have to admit, I first thought he was talking about a local running friend or an old relative.
Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s Minister of Finance spoke to the Economics Club of Canada on February 13. He described two diets that are currently happening in Ontario: his own and that of the province of Ontario. Duncan noted that as he has begun to deny himself dessert, fast food and other unhealthy foods, so too must Ontario go on a diet to wean itself from the deficit that has been causing Ontario’s belly to swell.
Redeemer University-College is among the private universities not covered by the new Ontario tuition grants. Opinion on whether it should be covered is varied.
Some, like second-year student Cayley Beitz, are unhappy with the decision. “I’m upset,” said Beitz. “We’re students too, even if we pay more to go to a Christian university, so why shouldn’t the government extend the same benefits to us?”
Redeemer’s students and alumni have a strong presence in the downtown core of Hamilton: many study on a volunteer basis through co-op programs and the like, and many more have made permanent roots by buying homes, creating and occupying careers, and becoming intimately involved in their communities downtown. The culture of the city core has influenced and been influenced by Redeemer’s artists, entrepreneurs, visionaries and business professionals.
Have you recently missed an episode of your favourite show on TV, but were saved from total confusion during the next episode by a quick online viewing? Perhaps you recently had a strong urge to hear a particular song, and YouTube came to the rescue.
I have to be honest: probably the best video I’ve seen all week is a parody of LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem: North Korea Edition. It features Kim Jong ll performing some of his best dance moves yet. If you haven’t seen it, you should head to a computer and watch it with your friends as soon as is humanly possible. It’s priceless.Whenever the fearless leader bellows the call for his people to “Party rock” or stoically declares “Every day I’m shufflin,” I pretty much lose it. “Ain't no party like aPyongyang party!” Classic satire.
In late December of 2011, Ontario’s McGuinty government announced the introduction of the Ontario Tuition Grant. The OTG intended to reduce the financial stress on the province’s undergraduate population and was designed to cover 30% of the average tuition paid by Ontario students. This is great news for undergraduate students in Ontario.
As a pastor, professor and author, Dr. Peter Leithart has been assigned by the Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education to lecture at various reformed colleges and universities. This assignment comes in recognition of the many accomplishments of Leithart, as well as his wide variety of interests and lecture topics.