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Is There Justice For All?

Context brings you an in-depth look whether the Canadian legal system is in need of repair. Sheldon Neil investigates the barriers that people living in poverty or low-income face in receiving proper access to legal care and justice. Watch the FULL interview with Nancy Doubleday, Lawyer and Professor of Legal Philoso…

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Episode 1610: Age of Anxiety

Is the news making us anxious? What about giving up the news for lent? Is it better for the soul to learn less about the world around you? We discuss news neurosis in the age of anxiety with senior digital strategist Boyd Neil and social media commentator Halee Gray Scott. As well, do we need parliament to study Is…

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The Cost of Free Speech on Campus

There is much to fear and loathe in the latest example of militant and violent campus intolerance. At Middlebury College in Vermont, dozens of furious students (and, likely, others from off campus) shouted down a campus talk by a visiting professor, crushed the subsequent attempt to livestream the lecture, and then has…

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Fighting Our Phobias

While the U. S. President continues to wrestle with the American judiciary over whether people wanting to enter the United States can and should face religious screening—this morning’s story is of Muhammad Ali’s son, an American citizen, being asked at a Florida airport whether he is a Muslim—our Canadian parliamentari…

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Successful—or Merely Popular?

The new season of “Black Mirror,” a “Twilight Zone” TV program now produced by Netflix, opens with an episode nicely terrifying for our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram times. Starring the adorable Bryce Dallas Howard, the show depicts a near-future dystopia in which everyone and everything is evaluated all the time. Peop…

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Episode 1606: Concussions in Sports

Context TV brings you an in-depth look at the impact of concussions in sport – beginning the conversation with a panel from Boston featuring, Tim Fleiszer, former CFL defensive lineman, and four time Grey Cup champion. Tim is now a sports agent and the executive director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada. W…

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Quebec City Shooting and Muslim Ban

6 dead, 19 critically wounded while attending a prayer service in Quebec City. Thousands of refugees and nationals from 7 Muslim-majority countries banned from entering the US. 24 hate crimes were reported in Quebec within a week of the Quebec City attack. And this is just a taste of the conflicts and injustices that a…

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Zombies, Fear, and Hope

We have finally reached “peak zombie.” Popular culture’s fascination with the cannibalistic undead has turned a corner and maybe, as show biz people say, jumped the shark. Netflix brings out “Santa Clarita Diet” this week, a TV series starring two irresistibly charming actors, Drew Barrymore and Timothy (“Justified”…

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Why Doesn’t God Fix Mental Health Problems?

So why doesn’t God fix our mental health problems? I don’t know, but I do know God walks with us through mental health challenges and here’s how; People; they often fail us, but people loving us and just trying to care for us are nearby. Even speaking something to someone in worse shape than yourself helps lift ou…

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Episode 1604: Mental Health

Though Mental health issues were once cloaked in secrecy it seems that we're now "safe" to "talk" about depression and even suicide. But is talking enough? What about the 500,000 youth in Canada that on a waiting list for treatment? And what about our veterans? How do we fix a system intended to help that is a mess…

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Did God Choose President Trump?

The inauguration of President Donald Trump was replete with prayers, scripture readings, exhortations, and benedictions by clergy from various Christian denominations and other religions besides. But the question remains: Did God ordain the Trump Administration? Religious News Service interviewed theologians of d…

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Our Duty to President Trump

President Donald Trump can't really make America great again. But on his inaugural speech, we got a clue for who and what will be needed for the Presidential vision of greatness to unfold.  “January 20th 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of…

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Episode 1602: Opioid Crisis

The season premiere of Context with Lorna Dueck (Context) features host, Lorna Dueck, sitting down with Canada’s Federal Health Minister, the Honorable Jane Philpott, to discuss the opioid crisis facing our nation. The Health Minister has called the increase in opioid overdoses a “national health crisis…we haven…

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Opioid Overdose Leaves Son Quadriplegic

The prescription drug epidemic became personal in 2005 to Sherrie & Michael Rubin when their son Aaron overdosed on OxyContin and a variety of other prescription drugs.  Aaron was in a coma for three and a half weeks and as they began planning his funeral he began opening his eyes.  Aaron survived but he did no…

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Greatest Drug Safety Crisis of Our Time

Health Minister Jane Philpott has called the increase in opioid overdoses a "national health crisis" and says legislative changes are coming soon to Canada. Dr. David Juurlink, head of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre says "It’s the greatest drug safety crisis of our time, and w…

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New Year, New (Media) Diet

A friend reports on Facebook that he has had an extraordinary year in weight loss. Troubled by high cholesterol, pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, and elevated blood pressure, he embarked on a year-long quest to lose weight. It’s an inspiring story, and an instructive one, since it features precisely no magic and zer…

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Love Just After a Time of War

“A good way to tell what is in a cup is to upset it.” In the wake of the American election, a lot of people are upset, and a lot of other people are upset that a lot of other people are upset. Thereby we are finding out a lot about a lot of people. We're finding out that people whose politics are, they say, all abou…

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Can America Recover?

The “return to normalcy,” a return to the way of life before World War I, was candidate Warren G. Harding’s promise in the American presidential campaign of 1920. Many of us hope for such a return after the wildly disquieting campaign of 2016. But many Americans don’t. They have wanted a revolution, whether socialis…

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Baby Lewiston’s Good, Angry Mother

Baby Lewiston is one awfully cute baby. Wow. All babies are special, but this little guy is picture-perfect. He seems to be perfect, that is. But as a recent Context segment shows, he has a terrible neurological problem (SMA Type 1) that almost certainly will take his life before his second birthday. Baby Lew…

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The Shrinking Limits of Medical Conscience

Some well-credentialed professors have recently spoken out against any meaningful rights of conscientious objection in Canadian medicine. Udo Schuklenk, a professor of philosophy and holder of an Ontario research chair in bioethics at Queen’s University, recently co-authored a journal article arguing “that physician…

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Welcome to the Demise of America!

Questions people ask often tell you just as much about a situation as the answers.   So it was that the second of three presidential debates for the most powerful job in the world gave us a glimpse into what Americans are worrying about as they face the November 8 election.   On Sunday’s town hall debate, the issues po…

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Meet Aisha Addo, CEO of DriverHer

Meet Aisha Addo, CEO of DriveHer, an all-women's taxi service with plans to come to a road near you. 1.  What served as the impetus to start the DriveHer ride sharing program?  DriveHER was an idea that came to me after reading an article of a similar service being offered in India. I originally thought that was …

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What’s Wrong With Rev. Vosper’s Stance?

By now, Rev. Gretta Vosper’s notoriety as the atheist seeking to remain a United Church pastor has reached the attention even of the venerable Washington Post. The spectacle is tailor-made for our scandal-oriented media: A confessed disbeliever in all of her church’s major theological tenets—as outlined in that Church’…

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Character, Justice & the Christian Vote

Two themes dominated the discussion at last night’s first US presidential debate:  justice and character.  Both these issues are critical to how Christians should think about voting in this upcoming election. Economic Justice Moderator Lester Holt’s first set of questions concerned issues of economic growth and j…

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Covering Religion As More Than Fringe

The Washington Post recently reported on an academic study that provocatively concludes that “religion contributes more to the U.S. economy than Facebook, Google and Apple combined.” Co-authors Brian and Melissa Grim, a father-daughter team, surveyed all the ways that religiously motivated and funded institutions fi…

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Mother Teresa’s Leadership Lessons

Leadership lessons from Mother Teresa are different than one might expect from someone with a global brand for compassion.  As an aging woman, Mother Teresa attracted youth from all backgrounds, those with Christian faith and those without, who did pilgrimage to her mission in India. I met and interviewed a few of thes…

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6 Ways To Love Your LGBTQ+ Neighbour

Some learned the news as they used their phones to open Bible Gateway in church.  Some were accosted by the images as they woke up and checked Facebook.  Others got a text from concerned friends asking if they were okay.  However it was they heard, it wasn’t long before LGBTQ+ people found themselves united in the terr…

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6 Questions For Doctor-Hastened Death

The House of Commons voted on May 31 to send the government's doctor-hastened death bill to the Senate in the hopes of meeting the Supreme Court's deadline for legislation on June 6. We reached out to three anti-euthanasia organizations for their insights on the debate.  Ian Gentles is the Research Director of the deV…

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Episode 1533: The Power of Story

There is no artistic force more powerful in this world, than story.  Today on Context, we talk to three of Canada's most important authors about the power of story. LORNA'S WRAP Story is, without a doubt, our most powerful tool for communication. Nothing connects us to each other more than a good story wh…

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Episode 1532: Mother’s Day

We're celebrating Mother's Day at Context, we're taking an in-depth look at the Supermom! LORNA'S WRAP As we reflect on Mother's Day—my closing advice on the most important job in the world. The best thing a mother can do for her child, no matter it's age—infant to adult—the best gift is a mother in a vib…

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Rochelle Clarke – YouTube Star

YouTube, recently opened it’s first Canadian studio, YouTube Space Toronto. The facility serves as a hub for YouTube personalities to collaborate and create content. Host, Sheldon Neil caught up with YouTube star, Rochelle Clarke (+155,000 subscribers) to talk all things, vlogging, YouTube, and faith.

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Assisted-Dying Legislation For Minors?

As parliament debates over assisted death legislation, many have voiced their concerns over gateway possibilities, like access for minors. We talked to Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director and International Chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition to learn more. Sheldon Neil: What is your response to the long-…

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Episode 1529: Tough Times

Recession, deficits and thousands of jobs lost. Context explores what it means to find hope while living in tough economic times. LORNA'S WRAP Who can deny that we are in the grip of money? We need it to survive. And into that reality comes a curious task of believing in the God that actually commands peo…

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Spanking and the Bible

What do we make of passages in the Bible that call for spanking? Here's a few of them:  "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them." - Proverbs 13:24 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from h…

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Episode 1524: Spanked or Spoiled

Canada is set to revoke the spanking law, making it illegal for parents or teachers to use physical force, including spanking, on a child. We ask, is spanking okay? And what does the healthy discipline of a child look like? LORNA'S WRAP There are some people watching our look into child discipline who wil…

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Is Cannabis Found in the Bible?

The prospect of marijuana legalization has raised some interesting questions about the presence of cannabis and its use in the Bible. We reached out to two voices, former drug-smuggler Brian O'Dea and Professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Mark Boda. Sheldon@CONTEXT: In the Bible, particularly …

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Episode 1521: Refugee Reality Check

Children in hotels, refugees in Canada asking to return to Jordan—has the Trudeau government bitten off more than it can chew? Is it time for a refugee reality check? LORNA'S WRAP The staggering reality that 60 million people are looking for permanent homes in the refugee and migrant dilemma of 2016 is ov…

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Episode 1519: Responding to Terror

A Christian response to terrorism. Will it be fear or faith? LORNA'S WRAP Live in any large Canadian city and you are mindful of terrorism; Islamic jihadi inspired terrorism. It's threat has deeply damaged the reputation of Islam. So on today's program we asked, how should a Christian mind engage this fea…

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Episode 1518: Politics And Pot

The legalization of marijuana was part of the new PM's throne speech. This new government fully intends to 'legalize, regulate, and restrict' pot. Find out what more about the challenges Prime Minister Trudeau will face and what the implications are for you. LORNA'S WRAP If you go for a walk in my neighbour…

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Episode 1511: Pray for Paris

The November Paris terror attacks rocked the world and left many asking, where is God in this tragedy? Molly Thomas reports on the ground from Paris. LORNA'S WRAP As we leave our look at France, let's continue to pray for Paris. RESOURCES Greater Europe Mission Eglise Protestante Unie de Marais…

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Stephen Colbert: Catholic Superstar

With or without Pope Francis on set, late-night comedian Stephen Colbert is upending what it means to be living and working your profession and your faith. Nothing of the interior self seems off limits for someone whose job it is to make us laugh. The CBS Late Night host, a Catholic superstar, has heralded the Pope’s …

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Episode 1410: Dying to Be Thin

It's about dying to be thin; as millions of young women are struggling with eating disorders, researchers look to pop culture and psychological causes, personality traits and biology. But what about the spiritual dimension? In this episode, Lorna bridges that gap between body and soul, with new insights from medica…