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GORD DOWNIE: THE LOOKAHEAD

Every night on The Tragically Hip’s 2016 cross-Canada tour, frontman Gord Downie stood alone at the end of the night looking out at the crowd – waving, blowing kisses, bowing, giving the thumbs up. (more…)
Bob Jones
February 18, 2020
Health MattersLife Stories

I’M A PARENT AND CANCER WON’T CHANGE THAT

My husband and I have two sons, Max and Jacob. It’s late. As I write this, we’ve just returned from a soccer tournament that was a 40-minute drive from home, in a blizzard, and finally they're both in bed. The thing is, being a parent doesn’t stop for anything. Not for blizzards, not for late nights, and not for cancer. (more…)
Bob Jones
February 14, 2020
Life Stories

A HIGHER CALL: MERCY

The pilot and co-pilot of the American B-17 bomber were looking at a gray German Messerschmitt fighter hovering just three feet off their wingtip. It was five days before Christmas 1943, and the fighter had closed in on their crippled bomber for the kill. (more…)
Bob Jones
February 11, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

A SPARROW AT STARBUCKS

John Oaks is a singer/songwriter. John was playing keyboard and singing backup for a friend in a Starbucks in Manhattan just a skip up from Times Square. During a rendition of, If You Don't Know Me by Now, he noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from him. She was swaying to the beat and singing along. (more…)
Bob Jones
January 20, 2020
Life Stories

WIDLENE EARLE: BROKEN PROMISES

Widlene Earle is a teenager. She has seen more atrocities before she became a teen than most of us will ever see with our own eyes. She experienced loss and rejection on a level that is beyond comprehension for a Canadian. (more…)
Bob Jones
January 10, 2020
Life Stories

DEAR CANADA, WHY CAN’T I COME HOME?

I know the whole “I Am Canadian” speech word for word. I’m the first in line to get my face painted red and white on July 1st. I am the girl cheering loud and proud, wearing my hockey jersey, come Boxing Day when our youth step onto that ice to represent our country. (more…)
Bob Jones
January 10, 2020
Life Stories

WIDLENE EARLE: DEAR MR TRUDEAU

Vaden Earle is a patriotic Canadian citizen, a lifetime humanitarian and a loving father. He was forced to hide his twelve year old daughter Widlene to protect her from the police. To protect her safety he had to keep her back from attending school. Vaden first met Widlene and her mother in the Dominican Republic during a humanitarian visit. They were living as refugees from Haiti. Starting in the 1990's, Vaden led short-term missions teams of Canadian youth into the DR. Following her mother's death, Widlene was to be moved from the Dominican Republic to Haiti where orphans in her situation are often sold as slaves. Vaden refused to let this happen. In June, 2009, Vaden took guardianship of Widlene.…
Bob Jones
January 10, 2020