Will Braun
Will Braun is the former editor of Geez magazine. Based in Winnipeg, Canada, he now writes for a range of religious and irreligious publications in Canada and the U.S.

Entries by Will Braun

Why Did the Government Cut a Program That Stopped Sex Offenders From Reoffending?

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 6:51 PM

When a high-risk, low functioning repeat child abuser was released from prison in the Hamilton area in 1994, many locals responded with predictable revulsion. Harry Nigh, a Mennonite pastor, was not among them. He gathered a small group of people who reached out to the man, offering support and accountability....

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Harper, Stop Fighting Aboriginal Peoples and Learn to Share

(31) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 6:23 PM

There were surely no high-fives in the PMO when the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision on aboriginal title last week. The Prime Minister didn't don a traditional head-dress as he did at a 2011 ceremony in Alberta or pose with indigenous elders as...

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Why Is Question Period Full of Fifth Graders?

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:39 PM

"We are assembled before Thee," the Speaker of the House began, to seek "Thy will...for the honour of Thy name and for the welfare of all our people."

With that awkward bit of piety, the daily business of Manitoba's elected leaders commenced. Stragglers trickled in to their seats as routine...

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Why I'm an Olympic Atheist

(8) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Amid the medal counts, terror threats and Norwegian curling flare lies the notion that the Olympics make the world a better place.

The goal of "Olympism," says the Olympic Charter, is to "contribute to building a peaceful and better world." Who could argue?

But what does

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Read Between the Pipelines: Fossil Fuels Ruin the Environment

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Every time I drive to town from my small farm in southern Manitoba, I cross right over what Enbridge calls "the largest single conduit of oil into the U.S." A corridor containing seven buried pipelines originates in Alberta, passes 10 kilometers north of my home and crosses into...

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The Aboriginal Movement That Trumps Idle No More

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:31 PM

Chief Theresa Spence is back in Attawapiskat and Idle No More has faded from the headlines, but another Aboriginal movement continues to build toward the biggest First Nations stand-off in a generation: the fight against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

The contentious project--a 1,170-kilometre...

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A "Yes" to Enbridge's Pipeline is a "No" to Ethics in Canada

(8) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Members of the Yinka Dene Alliance, including Chief Jackie Thomas, right, attend the Enbridge AGM in Toronto on May 9, 2012. Photo by Kevin Konnyu

As the battle over Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline plays out, two key questions about...

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Wikileaks "Dam" Manitoba Hydro

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Diplomatic cables uncovered by WikiLeaks depict a "decades-old logjam" that has hampered Manitoba's efforts to market its substantial untapped hydropower potential. Three confidential documents, sent from the American Embassy in Ottawa to officials back in Washington between 2003 and 2008, add to the rising doubt about

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Why I Didn't Vote

(23) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 6:31 PM

I have voted in every civic, provincial and federal election I could since my 18th birthday. Not to do so, I thought, would have been to take democratic freedom for granted, to abdicate my responsibility as a citizen. But on Tuesday, as my fellow Manitobans went to the polls, I...

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Will Canada's Hydropower Boom Help Cool the Climate?

(9) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 3:10 PM

Leaders in the Canadian hydropower industry believe North America can dam its way to a cooler climate. The industry plans to spend $55 to $70 billion on hydro-electric dams across the country in the next 10 to 15 years, claiming that the resulting energy -- much of which will...

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Abused Mother Seeks Redress After Government Breaches Her Altered Identity

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 3:47 PM

"Jane Doe" thought she could breathe easy, having finally escaped the fear that came from years of domestic abuse. She had severed all ties to her past and secured new identities for her and her daughter through a secretive federal program that had given them a chance to start a...

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