Jim Loney receives Chaplin Memorial Award; text of his UTC Convocation Address

Further to my description of some of the events at last week’s Convocation of McGill’s United Theological College, when Craig’s Memorial Award was presented for the first time, click here for the inspiring convocation address of the recipient – Jim Loney of Christian Peacemaker Teams.



“Still Here: A Post-Cocktail AIDS Anthology” released in Toronto

While I was in Montreal last week the anthology containing two of my stories was released in Toronto and can be purchased here.



Montreal Canadiens just squeaked past Boston last night in the first round but…

…the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs went all the way, winning the Stanley Cup, was the year before the assassinations of Martin Luther King Junior and Robert Kennedy – Canada’s Centennial and the year of Montreal’s world fair Expo ’67.

This is where the Leafs played back then. It was 37 years old at the time, built in 1930, is no longer used by the team, and plans for a supermarket to be built within the historic site are still just that – plans.

Royal Ontario Museum’s “Crystal” feted with music, lights


The pictures don’t adequately convey last evening’s opening ceremonies (as reported by cbc.ca) which were held outside the Bloor Street entrance to the new Daniel Libeskind-designed “Crystal”, named for lead benefactor Michael Lee-Chin. An array of talent, headlined by Jann Arden, provided a wide variety of music – from an opera aria to rap to Canadian Idol Eva Avila, Leahy and Natalie MacMaster’s fiddling.

The exterior makes a great projection screen and, by closing off the street, a genuine plaza was created (which I could easily see being repeated for other special occasions).

I will be able to get better pictures of the building when I take a members’ tour on Monday. My vantage point right at the stage did not allow for wider perspectives.

The unusual architecture has sparked quite a lively debate in the city but all I can say is it is quite spectacular!

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