Category Archives: Histories, Commentaries, Commemorations

Families, homelessness, and a municipal opportunity

Families, homelessness, and a municipal opportunity[1] PATRICK S. WOLFE A commentary by a local resident [of Victoria, B.C.] who is a parent and grandparent and who admits he often gets things wrong before he gets them closer to being right. … Continue reading

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Facing up to crisis PART 2 OF 2 Inaction on global warming is a form of Russian

Facing up to crisis – PART 2 OF 2 Inaction on global warming is a form of Russian roulette[1] PATRICK S. WOLFE Heat records are being broken—in some cases shattered by several degrees—around the world, e.g., in England this summer,[2] … Continue reading

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Facing up to crisis PART 1 OF 2 Winston Churchill and the climate emergency

Facing up to crisis – PART 1 OF 2 Winston Churchill and the climate emergency[1] PATRICK S. WOLFE Winston Churchill’s repeated warnings about Hitler and the Nazi threat during the 1930s mostly fell on deaf ears. “Up till the year … Continue reading

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Protecting our children, seven generations ahead

Protecting our children, seven generations ahead[1] By Patrick Wolfe The sagacity of making decisions based on their impact seven generations into the future is well known. But do you know the source of this wisdom? Given global warming and the … Continue reading

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A New Silent Minute for the 21st-Century: Acknowledging and Holding Humanity’s Uncertain Future

A New Silent Minute for the 21st-Century: Acknowledging and Holding Humanity’s Uncertain Future By PATRICK WOLFE There is no power on earth that can withstand the united cooperation of men and women of goodwill everywhere. It is for this reason … Continue reading

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Living by vow: Where hope meets intention and will

Living by vow: Where hope meets intention and will[1] PATRICK WOLFE You know the world has shifted when the idea of hope has become a widely discussed and contested notion. Prompted by the ever-morphing COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing bite … Continue reading

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Holocaust remembrance: Etty Hillesum’s story in her own words

Holocaust remembrance: Etty Hillesum’s story in her own words By Patrick Wolfe January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Auschwitz was liberated by the Russians on that day in 1945. They arrived fourteen months too late for Etty Hillesum, who … Continue reading

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B.C. forestry practices and “code red for humanity”

B.C. forestry practices and “code red for humanity” PATRICK S. WOLFE Anthony Britneff’s astounding statements (“Move B.C.’s forestry jobs into other sectors,” commentary, Victoria Times Colonist, Aug. 25, 2021) should be shouted from the rooftops: “wildfires … together with logging, … Continue reading

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Visible and invisible: The interlacing of worlds

Visible and invisible: The interlacing of worlds[1] PATRICK S. WOLFE “The invisibility at the heart of things was traditionally named the deus absconditus, the ‘concealed god’,” but ours is “a culture that marginalizes the invisibles.” So says psychologist James Hillman’s … Continue reading

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Old-growth logging and climate change: Tiny B.C. First Nations asked to show great wisdom

Old-growth logging and climate change: Tiny B.C. First Nations asked to show great wisdom PATRICK S. WOLFE   Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we … Continue reading

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