Go deeper into the news and current affair impacting Canada and what it means for Christians trying to make sense of it all with Context Beyond the Headlines podcast.
We sit down with people who have first-hand experiences to get their perspectives on how changes to society will affect Canadians and how the church can play a role in walking alongside the most vulnerable.
Host Maggie John tackles how faith intersects with everything from abortion, decriminalization of drugs, reconciliation, human trafficking and systemic racism.
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Where was God? Canada's Deadliest Mass Shooting
April 18th, 2020, the residents of the small town of Portapique, Nova Scotia, went to sleep that night, not knowing they would wake up to complete mayhem in the middle of the night. Many heard gunshots and saw flames billowing in the night sky. An anonymous alert by the RCMP left many not knowing what was going on. By 11:26 a.m. on April 19th, 23 people were dead, and three people were injured. The man responsible for it all was shot and killed by the police. So many questions remain. How did the shooter get away with this? Why didn't the RCMP warn residents sooner? How could a civilian be dressed as an RCMP officer and drive a replica car and leave so much carnage behind? The Mass Casualty Commission, an inquiry into the actions that took place, found that the RCMP failed to protect the people of Portapique and the surrounding area that day, leaving several neighboring communities destroyed forever. This week on Context, host Maggie John takes us on location to unpack the God story beyond this headline.
The Great Relocation: The Migration to Eastern Canada
This week on Context: Canadians are on the move. In the past five years inter-provincial migration has grown exponentially. Alberta, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia have seen an influx of people moving from neighbouring provinces to start a new life.
Most interprovincial migrants come from Ontario. Between July 1st, 2021, and June 30th, 2022 over 14,000 more people came to Nova Scotia from other provinces or territories than left the area itself. A report from Scotiabank says pandemic restriction severity, housing affordability, and telework adoption all appear to have influenced the trend.
Context travels to Nova Scotia to discover why so many people are making such a big step. YouTuber/Vlogger Reggie from the Road talks about why he moved East to Nova Scotia and found a place to park his beloved trailer. He calls it “Fort Nova.”
We also check in with a couple initially from Ontario who made the big decision to move East, for many reasons, including how COVID affected people and how they acted towards others in society.
Canada’s Forgotten Pioneers : How African Nova Scotians have contributed to the history of Canada
This week on Context we tell the story of African Nova Scotians and how they’ve contributed to the history of Canada. They’ve been in Canada for almost 300 years and yet some of us don’t know their stories and all that they have given us.
Context is on the road as Maggie John travels to Nova Scotia to speak with Isaac Saney, a historian in African Studies at Dalhousie University. We’ll also get a tour of the historic Africville Museum. The original community of Africville was established in the 1700s. As you’ll hear today the museum is a replica of Seaview United Baptist Church - the core of the community, which was razed to the ground in the late 60s and early 70s.
We’ll also hear from two amazing Canadians, the Honourable Mayann Francis who was the first black Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and the first black MLA in Nova Scotia, Yvonne Atwell. Maggie also sits down with Vanessa Fells -- an 8th-generation Canadian who has spoken at the United Nations about legislation and policy regarding African Canadians.
Today on Context: Canada’s Forgotten Pioneers How African Nova Scotians have contributed to the history of Canada.
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Mental Health: A Nation in Crisis
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is calling it a crisis in our country.
After years of campaigns dispelling the stigma around mental health, we are now facing a shortage of mental health care support, with some wait lists a year-long leaving many Canadians with nowhere to turn for help.
Fewer than 1 in 3 Canadians with mental illness can access care.
The pandemic has put pressure on a system that was already fragile.
In a poll conducted by Angus Reid in partnership with the CBC, 54 percent of Canadians felt their mental health had worsened during the past two years.
The Canadian Mental Health Association found that the pandemic made the patchwork system of care more visible.
And while the gov't has committed $50 million to support mental health distress centers, an open letter written by 65 national health associations to Federal Mental Health and Addictions Minister Carolyn Bennett is calling on Ottawa to respond to the crisis with an election promise of $4.5 billion towards mental health services.
Today on Context Mental Health, A Nation in Crisis.
Syria : 11 Years Later
Eleven years of war in Syria -- with devastating consequences. What began as the Arab spring- pro-democracy demonstrations erupting all over the Middle East in 2011 soon turned into war when the Syrian government had enough. Crackdowns intensified; Syrians were killed, as protestors demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. Then, a civil war erupted, accompanied by the factions of fighting also carried out by Isis and Kurdish forces in the region. The number of lives lost will never be known but estimates are that hundreds of thousands of Syrians have perished since 2011. The United Nations estimates almost 6 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries and abroad including here in Canada, while nearly 7 million are internally displaced. The war continues to this day. The situation has been called one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history. The Government of Canada resettled 25,000 Syrian refugees between November 2015 and February 29, 2016. Today on Context, Syria ,11 years later, why is there still unrest and what has happened to the millions who fled?
Rage : Why Are Canadians So Angry?
Anger: we see it in traffic. We hear it on the radio, and we read it online. It’s all around us.
But are Canadians angry?
For many years we have been depicted as one of the nicest- happiest people in the world. Something has changed.
According to the “Rage Index”- a new way to measure our crankiness in this country- unvaccinated Canadians seem more perturbed than the rest- upset with things like their financial situation; the government; societal changes and the economy.
But all of us seem to have a bee in our bonnet when it comes to the pandemic; politics; mandates for vaccines - even the firing of news anchor Lisa LaFlamme appears to have pushed our buttons. What has changed? Why are we angrier now? Can faith be part of the solution?
Today on Context: Rage, Why are Canadians so angry?
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