Points to Ponder
I don’t really believe that anything is ordinary—I think everything is complex and worthy of conjecture and worthy of a close look. I really believe that you could imagine the secrets of the universe by looking at a pile of grapes.
The late still-life painter
The fact that I skated was a reason I got bullied, but at the same time, it was something I loved to do so much. It was an escape. For me it was a safe space. Out on the ice, nothing could reach me.
Figure skater ERIC RADFORD, the first openly gay athlete to take home an Olympic gold medal, to CBC Sports
If you spend all your time thinking about whether something could make a lot of money, you’re going to be in trouble because very few things do. Unless you’re Dwayne Johnson.
Actress NEVE CAMPBELL, to Fashion, on how she chooses roles
Forced celibacy simply doesn’t work. The fact has been amply proved and reproved. Most priests don’t manage to remain chaste. They try and fail. The truth must be confronted and the iniquitous dogma buried once and for all. Given that lives are destroyed wherever it holds sway, it is criminal to prevaricate and procrastinate.
Writer NANCY HUSTON, in an open
letter to Pope Francis in The Globe and Mail
Let’s remember when we see the term “asylum seeker,” that is a fellow human being in terrible distress relying on an ancient right that we deny at great
peril to our own humanity. Former foreign minister LLOYD AXWORTHY and former attorney general ALLAN ROCK,
in The Globe and Mail
I think we tend to only care about the oppression of people when stories of trauma or brutality or violence are exposed, as opposed to when people who are oppressed just want to have a conversation about their oppression.
Author and activist VIVEK SHRAYA, in Fashion
It was perfect…Because if you go into a comedy club wearing a baby, who’s going to tell you to take it off?
Comedian KATHERINE RYAN on what it felt like to take her three-week-old daughter with her
onstage at her first paid comedy gig
Mine is the face of medicine now. When you go to a hospital today, the face you are very likely to see is female and of a different ethnicity.
New Canadian Medical Association president DR. GIGI OSLER, on
the rise of non-white female doctors, in The Globe and Mail
Humour allows you to address taboos. In Quebec the ultimate taboo is identity.
Comedian SUGAR SAMMY
on language laws in Quebec
[Conservative Party leader] Andrew [Scheer] made a clear promise, that people relied upon, that a government of Conservative members would not introduce abortion legislation. Very important to me. And we’re not going to go back on it.
Conservative MP LISA RAITT, after a proposal that could have reopened the abortion
debate failed at the party’s August policy convention
Most companies think they need to be perfectly ready to provide an “accessible” space for disabled workers. The reality is disabled people know what they need to be successful. Companies only need to listen and adjust to those needs.
RICH DONOVAN, author of Unleash Different: Achieving business success through disability