Masjid Toronto

    Yesterday I attended prayer services at Masjid Mosque in downtown Toronto.  I was there at the invitation of a friend of mine, a newcomer who came to Canada from the Middle East as a refugee. The inspiration for this visit was a chat about Ramadan and...
St. Stephen Church

St. Stephen Church

There’s a big crowd waiting at St. Stephen’s door when I arrive. Before long, the crowd has morphed into a line-up that stretches to the end of the block and around the corner. Most of the people who have come out are private sponsors of Syrian refugees; chatter in...
The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel

“Marhaba,” I say. “Ish mi Craig.” “Is mi,” my teacher corrects me. “Not ish, is.” I say it again – marhaba, hello. Is mi Craig; my name is Craig. My new Arabic teacher is Khaled, a 10 year-old new Canadian with an infectious smile and a great deal of patience....