Opinion Column

Debra Vandermeer of Simcoe shows off onions harvested in the summer from one of the community gardens established in the town by the local ecumenical group Church Out Serving. It’s an example of Christians working to reverse divisions in the church that go back hundreds of years. (Monte Sonnenberg/Postmedia File photo)

After 500 years, churches coming together

Some amazing things have been happening in Christianity in the past 50 years. There is now an impressive collection of agreed statements on issues that have historically divided churches. After about 450 years, the Catholic and Protestant churches have started to get back together, along with other major Christian denominations.

A vintage handbill advertises recruits wanted for a lancer regiment headed by Arthur Rankin to fight in the U.S. Civil War.

Man of action, questionable results

Upper Canada, Canada West and Ontario — different names for the same place. It was built by a wide range of characters: surveyors, soldiers, politicians, miners, entrepreneurs, scrappers and showmen.

Open discussion could prevent deaths

We like to think that as a society we have changed, that we are more accepting, more open-minded about certain things, which in some cases we are. But when it comes to discussion of drug use, sometimes I think we aren’t always fair in the way we talk about users, because the term is broad and doesn’t fall on any certain type of person.