Michael Dougherty

the price of poverty

With the well-demonstrated enthusiasm and energy of more than 2,000 young people here before us in Whitehorse competing and performing at the Arctic Winter Games, it is not hard to be optimistic about this coming generation of northern leaders and decisio

apathy is boring and dangerous

Change can bring in its train impressive possibilities. One of our computer-age innovations, Skype, has become the new normal for me.

a lenten rendezvous in an upside down time

On a long car journey some years ago, my wife Eva and I had the reflective time alone for good conversation.

Courage and caring

Guatemala City can be a dangerous place. Back in January of 1971 having just arrived in this highland Central American capital city and found a modest hotel room I decided to go out for a short walk before settling in for the night.

love must trump power and greed

Growing up in a racialized society put real limits on all people living in it. As a kid in 1950s Missouri, it seemed natural that my neighbourhood playmates all shared the same basics: pink-skinned, European and English speaking.

Bananas and dominoes

As our plane approached San Pedro Sula, the second city of the Central American republic of Honduras, the orderly squares of banana plantations dominated the tropical countryside below.

learning the cost of democracy

A week ago Monday, the United States ordered a pullout of its 158 Peace Corps volunteers from Honduras. Surging violence there may have been the cause for this move.

guilt by association

By 1990 the apartheid regime of South Africa, which had institutionalized racism, neared collapse. Internal strife, together with international economic and political pressure, forced the government's hand. F.

unity demands love

Some of the good religious sisters responsible for my parochial elementary education in the United States planted notions in the evolving consciences of their young charges, like me, indicative of the 1950s.

2012: Year of the Protester, Part 2

Ever walk a union picket line, try to get people to sign a petition, held a protest placard or raised your voice in dissent at a curbside rally? If you have, you joined a long, proud line of citizens who trace their lineage through to historical struggles

peace on earth

'Peace on Earth and goodwill toward all" comes down to us as the angelic herald's greeting to those watching shepherds on a Palestinian hillside two millennia ago.

a time to be born

Protests, picket lines, boycotts and occupations sometimes just don't seem to be enough. The powers that be refuse to listen.

southern voices witness to hope

Next Monday hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and pilgrims from around the world will make their way to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the northeastern quarter of Mexico City. In 2009 a record 6.

brother sun who brings the day

Francis of Assisi, proclaimed by Pope John Paul II as the patron saint of ecology, is iconically remembered by most as a simple holy man surrounded by birds.

Buying a different idea

Today marks the 20th Buy Nothing Day. This consciousness raising, protest action initially conceived by a Ted Dave, a social activist artist from Vancouver became a central campaign for the anti-consumerist Adbusters magazine.

occupying the future

The Canadian winter and annoyed city councils have begun to dismantle the physical camps spawned by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

the end of utopia

As Yukoners, we face the first real chill of the winter of 2011-2012 with a certain resignation. We generally know what the inevitable round of the year has in store for us. We are northerners, after all.

Seeing with both eyes

CYO Hall which sits underneath Sacred Heart Cathedral in Whitehorse has hosted an impressive array of speakers over its 60-year history.

face of the future

A local politician passing by the open door of my political science class at Yukon College a couple of nights ago stuck his head in.

mind the gap

Wandering through the remaining cabins, stores and churches at old Fort Selkirk on the Yukon River just north of the mouth of the Pelly River, you can really sense the echoes of the lives lived by the Yukoners of this once thriving river community only a