Category Archives: this & that (English)

Owning our common history

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission produced the final report on the most shameful part of our common, Canadian history. Our treatment of the first, original people of what we call now Canada. On six generations of cultural genocide committed by … Continue reading

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Złe czasy dla konserwatywnej Ottawy

Omar Khadr, bodaj najbardziej głośna postać amerykańskiego więzienia tortur w Guantanamo Bay w końcu na wolności. Kanadyjski sędzia zachowując swoja niezależność i nie uginając się przed bezprecedensową presją rządu Stevena Harpera przyznał Khadrowi tzw. bail, z szerokimi ograniczeniami jego swobody … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo – from Paris to the world

To those, who think that they can silence us. Those, who think that they can scare us. You are wrong. We are millions. I am Charlie. My first name is Humanity. But you can call me Freedom.

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What separates democracy from tyranny?

The boiling racial tension in Ferguson and right across the United States could be explained on many level and it does contain many levels of deep rooted problems. A Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to recommend any criminal … Continue reading

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Mary’s Wedding – a theatrical success

At the age of 33, Calgary-based young actor and playwright Stephen Massicott finished his new work, “Mary’s Wedding”. It was his first full size drama prepared for Alberta Theatre Project. It received enthusiastic reviews and subsequently played on many stages … Continue reading

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Red poppy from field soaked in soldier’s blood

Most of us know the symbolism and history of red poppies. In 1915 John McCrae wrote a poem on his friend’s battlefield grave. The poem had a title “In Flanders Field” The first two rows of first stanza are: In … Continue reading

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The day we lost our innocence

There are moments in every nation’s history that are immense in events. Often these are wars, battles won or lost. Or glorious celebrations of momentous achievements. Then there are moments of silence, somber and sadness at a grave side of … Continue reading

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War

As expected, Canadian Parliament approved new military intervention in Iraq. No, this time it is not a war against Iraq but against ISIS (the new so called Caliphate). So, in a way, it is a war to defend Iraq. Or … Continue reading

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Musical colligations

Many years ago, on the occasion of 200 anniversary of first democratic Constitution in Europe and second in the world (after American Constitution) – the May3rd Constitution of Poland, I was involved in preparing many celebration of this event in … Continue reading

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Art and Life

From time to time I do write here about art. Great and small. Divine and human. So called ‘high culture’, the ultimate achievement of humankind, our highest evolutionary destiny. Art and abstract or intellectual beauty. And yet, now and than, … Continue reading

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