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Canadian police officer target of child sex-exploitation

By Monique Tamminga and Martin van den Hemel

LANGLEY, British Columbia — A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer is at the center of a child-exploitation investigation after allegations that he used a teen dating Web site to prey on victims. The investigation has been under way for three months and is being conducted by . . . → Read More: Canadian police officer target of child sex-exploitation

Telus workers reject deal with company

Nearly 14,000 Telus employees will remain on the picket line, after members of the Telecommunications Workers Union narrowly rejected a tentative deal with the company.

The union finished tallying the results Sunday night after a week-long ratification vote by its members, who mostly work in Alberta and British Columbia. Of 9,027 votes cast, 50.3 per . . . → Read More: Telus workers reject deal with company

Remembering the Dead in Community

by M. Macha NightMare

Over the past many years I have had the honor of calling the names of our beloved dead into the Samhain circle at our large community ritual called the Spiral Dance. Over the years the Spiral Dance has evolved and reinvented parts of itself (and changed emphasis and some techniques), but . . . → Read More: Remembering the Dead in Community

On the Road With Hermes

by Baruch

What is it about Hermes? Why does he fascinate me?

I’m a very contradictory person. I live through books but long to live through action. I want to be in here, safely in my room, reading, listening to the radio, watching a classic movie on the VCR; at the same time, I want . . . → Read More: On the Road With Hermes

Three Christian schoolgirls beheaded

Unidentified assailants attacked a group of high school girls Saturday in Indonesia’s tense province Central Sulawesi, beheading three and seriously wounding another, police said. The students from a private Christian high school were ambushed while walking through a cocoa plantation in Poso Kota subdistrict on their way to class, police Maj. Riky Naldo said. The . . . → Read More: Three Christian schoolgirls beheaded

History of Halloween

Halloween is an international celebration1 which occurs on the 31st day of October. In the past it has also been known as All Hallow’s Eve, being the day before All Saint’s Day on 1 November. The holiday evolved from pagan and early Catholic influences in the European continent, and was wondrously perverted and commercialised by . . . → Read More: History of Halloween

Church spooked by Halloween

With hotels and restaurants also cashing in on Halloween this year by offering fright nights and pumpkin feasts, the Catholic Church has spoken out against the American import and its associated commercialism . Top Catholic theologian Giordano Frosini denounced this week what he called the “total emptiness” and “neo-paganism” of Halloween .

“It’s an example . . . → Read More: Church spooked by Halloween

‘Witch’s brew’ was used to keep foot-and-mouth spirits at bay

A bottle more than 200 years old containing a foul-smelling “witch’s brew”? designed to ward off disease in cattle has been analysed after being found at a National Trust estate in Dorset.

There was no trace of tail of newt or eye of bat. Instead, the sludge-like substance appears to be mainly made up of . . . → Read More: ‘Witch’s brew’ was used to keep foot-and-mouth spirits at bay

Halloween… and the Christian parent

By Linda Harvey

Let’s pretend your mom’s name is Annie. Let’s also pretend that in the small community where you grew up, back a few years, a handful of people decided they didn’t like your mom. Didn’t want her around. Even though she was probably the most loved, trusted, reliable, truthful woman in your community, . . . → Read More: Halloween… and the Christian parent

Which is the witch’s house?

By Debra D. Bass

There are lots of misconceptions about witch decor this time of year. t’s fun to imagine dark havens filled with cobwebs, lit by candles that cast long shadows of pointy crooked fingers, but in truth, the typical witch abode bears only the faintest resemblance to that of a stereotypical witch.

“I . . . → Read More: Which is the witch’s house?