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    There is More Good in the World Than Bad

    Sports and Athletes Inspire Us and Bring Us All Together Gagnon’s hands were thrashing through the air in all directions. His beloved Montreal Canadians were only one game away from making it into the Stanley Cup Finals. “If Montreal makes it into the Stanley Cup finals, it will make me forget COVID!” Gagnon’s reaction is typical of many sports fans everywhere. Sports have many attributes, including the power to pull people and countries together, especially if it is a team or high-end athletic event such as the Olympics. Athletes are also great sources of inspiration. Think of the Montreal Canadians.…

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    Guardians

    There is More Good in the World than Bad Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples Working Together on the Environment It seems as if these days we hear mainly bad news stories about things that have happened to Indigenous Peoples, some many…

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    Volunteering: Good News for All

    There is More Good in the World Than Bad On October 13, 2020, 69-year-old Marion (Marnie) was retired, living alone and 7 months into coping with COVID. While she had given Thanksgiving thanks online with her family the day before,…

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    People and Animals

    There is more good in the world than bad. As part of our COVID TV watching, Pat and I have started to watch a number of animal and nature related programs. These include All Creatures Great and Small. Arctic Vet…

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    Climate Change

    Good Things Are Happening  There is More Good in the World than Bad A Feb 13th article in the Globe and Mail told the story of Lisedi, an 18-month-old South African girl who came in very sick with pneumonia to…

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    Good News: The Value of One, The Power of Many

    There is more Good News in The World than Bad Volunteer Canada’s theme this year for National Volunteer week is The Value of ONE, The Power of Many. There is no doubt in the right situation one’s actions combined with…

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    Good News: Indigenous Peoples

    There is more good in the world than bad. World news these past few weeks has been dominated by images of COVID-19, particularly old people in long term care homes, waving to their families or with needles sticking in their…

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    2021 Will be a Good Year… Here’s Hoping

    There is more good in the world than bad. There is good reason to Hope and expect 2021 will be a better year than 2020. Two major events – the arrival of COVID vaccines and in spite of many ongoing…

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    Vaccines… Not just for COVID

    There is more good in the world than bad Everyone was crying inside the big, poorly lit room in the village of Hope in Burkina Faso.*  Children, who were being vaccinated against a multitude of diseases, were shedding tears of…

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    Laughter: Have you heard the joke about?

    There is more good in the world than bad These past few weeks have been extremely tense, partly because of the U.S. election.  These weeks have been filled with much emotion, giving rise to anger, despair, frustration, disbelief, fear and disgust. …

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    Nobel Peace Prize Feeding the Hungry

    There is more good in the world than bad Like all the children in line beside him, Richard* was eagerly awaiting his only meal of the day, a porridge-like serving called ugali. Ugali is tasteless and so stiff a spoon…

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    GIVING 2: How to Choose a Charity

    There is more Good News in the World than bad I recently had a telephone call from Freda and Ernesto (not their real names) a couple in their early 60s. They had read my July blog about GIVING and had…

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    Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

    There is more good news in the world than bad. Being literate is generally defined as having the ability to read and write. However, the definition sometimes includes having numeracy skills and knowledge in specific fields such as computers or…

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    There is More Good in the World Than Bad

    Giving: Can You Spare Some More? There are two big stories in the giving world these days: 1. As a result of COVID and ensuing uncertainty about money, charitable donations in general are down and needs have increased.2. The WE/government…

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    Good News and Happenings

    There is more good news in the world than bad Building Homes: Habitat for Humanity Many people have heard of the organization Habitat for Humanity. but know little else about them. Habitat is an organization that recruits volunteers to build…

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    Good News and Happenings

    There is More Good in the World Than Bad: COVID 19 Graduations  The past three months had been pretty much of a drag for Emmanuel (known as Manny to his friends).  As a result of COVID he had had little…