What’s Peter Thinking?

Heat vs. Cold – Different yet the Same

It was quite a hot July to say the least. The “heat dome” that covered much of the eastern part of the North American continent only a short couple of weeks ago was brutally hot in some regions. I don’t think many of us were actually looking forward to that when we were shoveling out

The ball has been rolling for some time.

Government Commissions, royal or otherwise, can be a good thing. Cynics might suggest that the only time we have commissions is when things go so wrong the “powers that be” don’t really know what to do, or that it is a way for the “powers that be” to stall. It makes it look like something

The relationship has been missed

During the last two weeks, there has been a lot of ink devoted to the issue of “panhandlers” in the City of London and a suggested solution of a new city by-law. All of the issues and problems related to panhandlers are not new.  There is no one easy solution because these issues and problems

What do over 3,000,000 people living in poverty in Canada reach on tax freedom day?

A June 4, 2011, the London Free Press headline in the business section reads – “Canadians win their freedom on budget day”. The article beneath the headline was about the dollar amount of total taxes the “average family” will pay in 2011, to all levels of government. We are told that the average family will

What do we really think about poverty?

We have more information available to us on a daily basis via the internet than ever before in our history.  Some of the information is even accurate!  But having information available is not entirely satisfactory unless there is a purpose for it and it is used by someone.  For example, the Canada Mortgage and Housing

Mission Services of London celebrates the life of Fred Hagglund

Fred Hagglund’s life was devoted to his family and his community. He died as he had lived, with quiet strength, faith and surrounded by those he loved and who loved him, on Saturday April 30, 2011 at the age of 56. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to

Let’s Celebrate Together

I finished my January website comments with the sentence – “Celebrate with us throughout the year!”. And in our Christmas newsletter I made reference to singing. Since that time, these two thoughts have intertwined in Spocklike fashion in a mind meld, resulting in a song that I can’t get out of my mind. You may

Another Season of Hope

Jessie De La Cruz, a retired migrant farm worker, is quoted in “Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times” by Studs Terkel as saying “With us, there’s a saying, La esperanza muere ultima. Hope dies last. You can’t lose hope. If you lose hope, you lose everything.” Perhaps hope and despair are closely

If the Shoe Fits

How does a lawyer, accountant and tax specialist find common ground with the homeless, the poor, the addicted and with an organization established to serve them? How do I from “over there”, fit in “over here”? It’s a two part answer. The first is that I believe strongly that we all bear the image of