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Why Is England Called England?

Why is England called England? “England” means “the land of the Angles.” It is not named for the country’s jagged coastline but for some of the people who live there. The original inhabitants were not from England but from central Europe and were called Picts or Celts or Britons. It is probably not fair to […]

An Idiot’s Guide to the National Hockey League Trade Deadline

It is spring. The National Hockey League trade deadline is approaching. And it is clear that my favourite hockey team is not going win the Stanley Cup. Who am I kidding? Barring a miracle on ice, my team is not even going to make the playoffs this year. Again. So, the fans have begun demanding […]

Truth and Terrorism

  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office took decisive action this week to correct a tweet by American news outlet Fox Media. The tweet reported that one of the men arrested in the Quebec City mosque shooting was of Moroccan origin. This created a wonderful image of Canada’s prime minister standing up for tolerance and […]

Medical Care in Its Infancy

  I had an appointment with a doctor today. Apparently, I have dots all over my body, my temperature is 115, my heart is beating very fast, one of my eyes is about to pop out, I have a loose tooth, my stomach hurts, I am having trouble breathing, and I am going to be […]

Canucks Christmas

’Twas the week before Christmas, with the Habs in first place. And the Canucks? They had fallen far out of the race. The sticks were all stacked by the bench with great care, In hopes that some goal-scoring soon would be there. The fans still had hope as they filled up the stands. With visions […]

Snow in the Lower Fraser Valley

Snow in the Lower Fraser Valley

  When I first moved to British Columbia’s “Lower Mainland,” I was surprised by how “a little snow”—something which is accepted as normal in other parts of Canada—brought everything to a standstill here. Now that I have lived here a while, I understand a little better. The “Lower Mainland” or “Lower Fraser Valley” is the […]

Christian Love in a Shoebox

Our local newspaper (The Abbotsford News) has reported that a local public school has decided to stop participating in the Operation Christmas Child program because of “religious concerns.” For those not familiar with the program, Operation Christmas Child is run by a Christian charity called Samaritan’s Purse. Participants pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene […]