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Will Braun
Will Braun is the former editor of Geez magazine. Based in Winnipeg, Canada, he now writes for a range of religious and irreligious publications in Canada and the U.S.

Entries by Will Braun

Seasonal Farm Workers Pay High Price So We Don't Have To

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 2:38 PM

Near my rural home in southern Manitoba, I walk out to meet 11 Mexican men bent over weeding a large field of organic onions by hand. They make minimum wage and work long hours.

Their employer can send them home at any time or not call them back next...

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Home Sweet Home: Syria Is Not Just a Place to Flee

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 3:27 PM

Most Syrians forced from their homes dream not of going to Europe or Canada, but back home. And Canada's military involvement in the region is not improving their chances. That is the message a Canadian aid agency is conveying from its partners in Syria and surrounding countries.

The Winnipeg-based...

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Canadians Fall For Trump Trap

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 7:10 PM

It doesn't help much to criticize Donald Trump. The best way to counteract him would be to ignore him, but he is frustratingly un-ignorable.

Trump, who blurs the line between reality TV and reality, will continue not to be ignored by media on both sides of the...

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25 Years Since Oka Crisis: Will it Happen Again?

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 1:07 AM

It's been a generation since July 1990, when a SWAT team piled out of a Tilden rental truck and advanced against a small Mohawk protest on a dirt road in the pine forest outside the Quebec village of Oka. What followed was a 78-day armed siege -- the most violent...

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Why Did the Government Cut a Program That Stopped Sex Offenders From Reoffending?

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:51 PM

When a high-risk, low functioning repeat child abuser was released from prison in the Hamilton area in 1994, many locals responded with predictable revulsion. Harry Nigh, a Mennonite pastor, was not among them. He gathered a small group of people who reached out to the man, offering support and accountability....

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Harper, Stop Fighting Aboriginal Peoples and Learn to Share

(31) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 5:23 PM

There were surely no high-fives in the PMO when the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision on aboriginal title last week. The Prime Minister didn't don a traditional head-dress as he did at a 2011 ceremony in Alberta or pose with indigenous elders as...

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Why Is Question Period Full of Fifth Graders?

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:39 PM

"We are assembled before Thee," the Speaker of the House began, to seek "Thy will...for the honour of Thy name and for the welfare of all our people."

With that awkward bit of piety, the daily business of Manitoba's elected leaders commenced. Stragglers trickled in to their seats as routine...

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Sunday Unschooling

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Though my wife and I have chosen to keep our sons, aged 3 and 6, out of school, don't call us homeschoolers. The whole point of what we do is that it is not school and does not rely on the standard school mindset.

Some call it unschooling. Some...

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Why I'm an Olympic Atheist

(8) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Amid the medal counts, terror threats and Norwegian curling flare lies the notion that the Olympics make the world a better place.

The goal of "Olympism," says the Olympic Charter, is to "contribute to building a peaceful and better world." Who could argue?

But what does

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Read Between the Pipelines: Fossil Fuels Ruin the Environment

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 10:42 AM

Every time I drive to town from my small farm in southern Manitoba, I cross right over what Enbridge calls "the largest single conduit of oil into the U.S." A corridor containing seven buried pipelines originates in Alberta, passes 10 kilometers north of my home and crosses into...

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Christians Pray Over Enbridge Pipeline

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 12:23 PM

The liturgy was as peculiar as the location.

Sixty of us stood in a snowy ditch a mile north of North Dakota. We stood next to an Enbridge pumping station, and directly above six buried pipelines that constitute the largest single conduit of crude oil to the...

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The Aboriginal Movement That Trumps Idle No More

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 10:31 PM

Chief Theresa Spence is back in Attawapiskat and Idle No More has faded from the headlines, but another Aboriginal movement continues to build toward the biggest First Nations stand-off in a generation: the fight against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

The contentious project--a 1,170-kilometre...

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A "Yes" to Enbridge's Pipeline is a "No" to Ethics in Canada

(8) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 1:33 PM

Members of the Yinka Dene Alliance, including Chief Jackie Thomas, right, attend the Enbridge AGM in Toronto on May 9, 2012. Photo by Kevin Konnyu

As the battle over Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline plays out, two key questions about...

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Earth Day Revival Amuses and Transforms: Reduce, Reuse, Repent

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 12:46 AM

WINNIPEG, Man., Canada -- We had gathered, the faithful and the curious, 300 strong, for an old-fashioned tent revival meeting with a newfangled "consumption sabbath" twist.

The blue-robed gospel choir -- which had warmed up for the event with a daring (and brief) flash mob...

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Wikileaks "Dam" Manitoba Hydro

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 8:40 AM

Diplomatic cables uncovered by WikiLeaks depict a "decades-old logjam" that has hampered Manitoba's efforts to market its substantial untapped hydropower potential. Three confidential documents, sent from the American Embassy in Ottawa to officials back in Washington between 2003 and 2008, add to the rising doubt about

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Canadian Evangelical School Cancels George W. Bush Visit

(9) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 9:30 AM

After news leaked that Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario was planning an invitation-only fund-raising breakfast with George W. Bush, it only took two days for the Sept. 20 event to be canceled.

The Toronto Star got word of the unpublicized event and...

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Why I Didn't Vote

(23) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 5:31 PM

I have voted in every civic, provincial and federal election I could since my 18th birthday. Not to do so, I thought, would have been to take democratic freedom for granted, to abdicate my responsibility as a citizen. But on Tuesday, as my fellow Manitobans went to the polls, I...

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Will Canada's Hydropower Boom Help Cool the Climate?

(9) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 2:10 PM

Leaders in the Canadian hydropower industry believe North America can dam its way to a cooler climate. The industry plans to spend $55 to $70 billion on hydro-electric dams across the country in the next 10 to 15 years, claiming that the resulting energy -- much of which will...

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Abused Mother Seeks Redress After Government Breaches Her Altered Identity

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 2:47 PM

"Jane Doe" thought she could breathe easy, having finally escaped the fear that came from years of domestic abuse. She had severed all ties to her past and secured new identities for her and her daughter through a secretive federal program that had given them a chance to start a...

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Rupert Murdoch: Bible Mogul

(14) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 2:13 PM

Most people know now that Rupert Murdoch presides over the News Corp media empire, and that he is fighting for his reputation after being forced to sink his scandal-laiden British newspaper News of the World, the most widely read English tabloid in the world. But few...

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