Category Archives: Histories, Commentaries, Commemorations

Wellesley Tudor Pole and the Big Ben Silent Minute

Wellesley Tudor Pole and the Big Ben Silent Minute By PATRICK S. WOLFE On Armistice Sunday, November 10, 1940,[1] during the Blitz, the BBC added its considerable clout to the new practice “of one minute’s silence, to be marked by … Continue reading

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Pastor Martin Niemöller’s confession, heard anew amid climate crisis

Pastor Martin Niemöller’s confession, heard anew amid climate crisis[1] By PATRICK SHANE WOLFE Pastor Martin Niemöller is a complex figure. A German nationalist, militarist, and anti-Semite who voted for the Nazis, he was also the most famous German opponent of … Continue reading

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Conversations about the past can be tricky: More on the Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Victoria, B.C.

Conversations about the past can be tricky: More on the Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Victoria, B.C.[1] By PATRICK SHANE WOLFE It is tempting to observe that by the time the proposed City of Victoria  conversation on the future … Continue reading

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What do Malala, Greta Thunberg, and Alex Trebek have in common?

What do Malala, Greta Thunberg, and Alex Trebek have in common? Compelling voices that galvanize attention[1] PATRICK WOLFE They are a select breed. They often arise out of some combination of personal and socio-political trauma. They are messengers. They speak … Continue reading

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Greta Thunberg and the school strike for climate movement

Greta Thunberg and the school strike for climate movement[1] PATRICK WOLFE April 16, the same day as Alberta’s recent provincial election, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl, addressed the European Union’s parliament. “You need to listen to us, we who … Continue reading

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Emergency of climate change is upon us

Emergency of climate change is upon us[1] By PATRICK SHANE WOLFE Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada, is undoubtedly correct when he says, “a dramatic rise in funding for disaster relief and community tragedies” is threatening “the short … Continue reading

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B.C.’s Proportional Representation Referendum: An opportunity to address polarization and stalemate

B.C.’s Proportional Representation Referendum: An opportunity to address polarization and stalemate[1] By PATRICK S. WOLFE In October 2018, a commentary by Gwyn Morgan, former CEO of Encana, bore the headline: “Courts and inept leaders are failing us.”[2] But I’d suggest … Continue reading

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Etty Hillesum Safeguards God: The Story of Her Spiritual Transformation during the Holocaust

Etty Hillesum Safeguards God: The Story of Her Spiritual Transformation during the Holocaust By PATRICK SHANE WOLFE Murdered at Auschwitz on November 30, 1943, Etty Hillesum is one of the shining personalities of the 20th Century. Seventy years after her … Continue reading

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The Crash of the Hercules at the North Pole: Arthur Black, Robert Manson Lee, and My Favourite Hour of Radio, Ever

The Crash of the Hercules at the North Pole: Arthur Black, Robert Manson Lee, and My Favourite Hour of Radio, Ever. By PATRICK S. WOLFE A devotee of CBC Radio since the early 1970s, I have favourite moments fashioned by … Continue reading

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Henry Adams and T.S. Eliot Together at Armageddon

Henry Adams and T.S. Eliot Together at Armageddon[1] By PATRICK S. WOLFE When Henry Adams died in March of 1918 at the age of eighty, T.S. Eliot, who was not yet thirty, was just beginning to emerge from obscurity. While … Continue reading

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