Welcome

Dennis Gruending.

I am a Canadian writer and blogger, and a former MP. This site reflects my interest in politics, social justice, rhetoric and books.  You will see on the sidebar that I write two Blogs which I invite you to follow.  I have written or edited eight Books, which I would be delighted to have you read. Some of my  Journalism is posted on the site as well. Please check out the selections below to see what I am following and writing in recent days. I refresh this page regularly. You can follow it, but if you prefer to receive an email when I post, please Contact Me and I will add you to the list.

Honouring mosque victims

CBC photos

On Sunday, January 29, an emotional ceremony took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Sainte-Foy, Quebec. It marked the anniversary of a deadly attack there six years ago. On that day six people were killed and five wounded shortly after evening prayers when a gunman opened fire.

Mosque murders: Words are weapons too

Speaking after the Quebec shootings six years ago, an imam said this of the young killer: “Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody planted ideas more dangerous than the bullets in his head.” At the time, I wrote about how words can be weapons too.    

Gratitude to Ukraine

American historian Timothy Snyder says that we owe Ukrainians a huge debt of gratitude for their resistance to Russian aggression. 

From the archive

A gift they gave me along ago

How the sale of my pet pig turned into a typewriter and set me on a path.

Quotable Quote

What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all. To this end, may we take our share in the world’s work and the world’s struggles” -J.S. Woodsworth