Entries by Bernie Farber from 06/2012

Niagara's (Very, Very) Haunted Past

| Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada Travel

The story of "Sobbing Sophia," a ghost in Niagara-on-the-lake, cannot help but touch your heart. I heard it for the first time when my wife and I decided to take a couple of days and travel there. The town is rich with haunted history, and if you take a look around you might just see something not of this world...

The Eaton Centre Shooting Doesn't Make Toronto Dangerous

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Canada

The Eaton Centre shooting this past weekend is not the first time Toronto has been faced with such angst. Yet despite the latest violent outburst, our city remains a safe place. We're very lucky to live in Toronto; in comparison to many other urban centres in North America, crime and violence rarely touch us.

Peter Lewin: The Canadian Indiana Jones

| Posted 06.15.2012 | Canada

On June 7, 2005, Peter Lewin, a little known doctor and scientist, died all-too-young.Though a pediatrician by trade, he was a pioneer in the field of paleopathology, a field that employs modern medical investigative techniques to unlock secrets within human remains. A pediatrician trusted by his patients, few knew that this kind and genteel man with an old world charm hid an Indiana Jones persona...

Why Our Family Spent Father's Day With the Homeless

| Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada Living

This past Father's Day our family chose to spend Sunday as volunteers with the Jewish humanitarian relief organization Evangel Hall in downtown Toronto serving meals to the homeless. It was an experience we will not soon forget.

Without Section 13, All Hate Crimes Are the Same

| Posted 06.22.2012 | Canada Politics

As a result of MP Brian Storseth's private member's bill to repeal Section 13, consequences and remedies we once had under a civil rule of procedure to deal appropriately with the promulgation of hatred is no longer. Where a complaint under Section 13 could result in cease and desist orders or at most a fine, today the only tool left to guard against hate promotion targeting Jews, LGBTQ, First Nations, Muslims and other faith and ethnic groups are two hate laws.

The Doctor Who Risked His Reputation to Oppose Bill C-31

| Posted 06.26.2012 | Canada Politics

On Monday, Cabinet Minister Joe Oliver made a federal funding announcement at Toronto General Hospital. However, within minutes of Minister Oliver taking the podium, something truly exceptional occurred; emergency room doctor Chris Keefer walked boldly up to the front of the room. Despite attempts by a hospital administrator to shut down Keefer's interruption, he nonetheless persisted.

The "Mensch" I Hope Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

| Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada

Jean Vanier has been nominated to receive the 2012 Nobel Prize for Peace. If there's one man who truly understands the importance of kindness, compassion, understanding, and, it's Jean Vanier, the Founder of L'Arche.