Saturday, July 4, 2015
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RELIGION & POLITICS
Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson and the gun culture

So why, do legislators respond to numbers such as these and the recent deadly shooting spree in Tucson by encouraging people to buy and carry even more guns? Is this attitude something perverse in the American psyche? Or is it driven by money and power? T


  
Roche advances peace and development, has scars to prove it

There is in Doug Roche's latest book an undercurrent of disappointment with the political system. Advancing peace and development issues was not easy.


  
This week's National Prayer Breakfast needs a shake up, should be opened up, says Gruending

The breakfast's message in past years has tended to fit within a religious tradition that focuses upon an individualistic view of faith. The event has done less to reflect the more communal thrust that has been central to both the social gospel and social


  
Getting out the religious conservative vote is becoming an electoral factor in Canada

Sixty-four per cent of weekly Protestant church attendees voted Conservative in the last election, the question is whether such votes are blips or an emerging trend in Canadian politics


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Twitter

On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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