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    Getting Along and the Golden Rule

    There is More Good News Than Bad Long before I started writing this GOOD NEWS blog I would marvel at the fact that with approximately 7.5 billion people in the world (and it is increasing at about 1% per year), that we humans get along as well as we do. Some may disagree and point to the wars (the Ukraine, in particular). In fact, in general, wars and casualties are well down.*  They also point to the number of other issues we disagree about which are reported incessantly in the media.  In reality, however, we humans somehow seem to work…

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    How to be On the Right Side of Indigenous History

    There is More Good News than Bad What does being on the right side of Indigenous History mean? I believe it means participating in the process of bringing reconciliation about. This in turn begs the question, “What is reconciliation?” There…

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    There is Progress on Reconciliation

    There is More GOOD  News than BAD  In 2015 the Report on Truth and Reconciliation was released after seven years in the making.    https://nctr.ca/records/reports/ The report contained over 6000 interviews and stories from Indigenous peoples, largely about their Residential School…

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    Good News From the Media

    THERE IS MORE GOOD NEWS IN THE WORLD THAN BAD  I have often commented on the bad news that is regularly reported in the media, most often by the newspapers. This past Saturday, April 9th, however,  there were a number of GOOD NEWS items in the Globe…

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    Canada, Ukrainians and Indigenous Peoples

    There is More Good In the World Than Bad For almost everyone, the news coming out of the Ukraine of late has been terribly disturbing.  We all feel deeply for the Ukrainians and the terrible times they are going through.…

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    Some 2021 Good News Stories

    There is More Good in the World Than Bad January 3, 2002. Marcia was angry. She had just heard Doug Ford’s announcement that he would be following the path of many other governments around the world and return schools to…

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    Dian Fossey, Gorillas and Tourism*

    There is more Good News in the World than Bad Recently there was a good news story on 60 Minutes.  It was about Dian Fossey, Gorillas and Tourism* Dian grew up in California. ** Her parents divorced when she was…

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    Malaria: At last a vaccine

    There is more good news in the world than bad At last a vaccine. Saving thousands of lives and affecting millions.   “If you think you need to be big to make an impact, then you have never spent a…

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    Good News: National Reconciliation Day

    There is More Good in the World Than Bad Rupert slowly lowered the paper to his lap. The headline of the article he had just read screamed, “215 CHILDREN’S GRAVES DISCOVERED AT KAMLOOPS RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL.” The article outlined how Indigenous…

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    Humanitarians Do Good Things

    Are You a Closet Humanitarian? THERE IS MORE GOOD IN THE WORLD THAN BAD The word humanitarian is typically used to describe a person or an organization who assists people suffering from the effects of a calamity, be it a…

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    The Legacy of Good Stories From Tokyo

    There is More Good in the World than Bad My last blog ended with the story of the homeless man asking me if I was going to watch the Olympics. He was going to, and I did. In fact, Pat…

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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…

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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…