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hristianWeek began about 50 years later than I wish it had. Between 1988 and 1989, as ChristianWeek was getting off the ground, I
was researching and writing a large essay on the history of Canadian Protestantism since the end of the Second World War. (It became the final chapter of Te Canadian Protestant Experience 1760-1990, edited by the late George Rawlyk.) How helpful it would have been to be able to page through back
numbers of ChristianWeek from 1945 forward, giving me for that period what the newspaper has given us all over the last 25 years: the single best accounting of church life in Canada. When I moved to Winnipeg in 1990 and took up work at the
University of Manitoba, I gladly accepted invitations from Harold Jantz and Doug Koop to contribute to the newspaper both in its pages as columnist and in its direction as editorial board member. Tey encouraged me, as they did scores of other journalists and
professors across Canada, and ChristianWeek moved ahead, gain- ing sophistication and courage to say the hard, true thing without losing its folksy appeal. Like the CN and CP railways, Canada Post, Bell Canada, the CBC, and now the Internet, ChristianWeek has spun threads of communication across this vast country, connecting us so that we can think and act more appropriately as Canadian Christians and not just as duller Americans or rougher Brits. ChristianWeek now faces uncharted challenges, as do other news media, and it deserves all the support we can give it over its next 25 years.
John G. Stackhouse, Jr. Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture Regent College
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elevision personality Lorna Dueck got her start in Christian jour- nalism with ChristianWeek. Her career began to accelerate aſter she
investigated the claims of a celebrated Christian speaker’s bestselling book, and discovered much that wasn’t true. We published that article in 1991. A few years later Lorna moved on to television, and today she writes regu- larly for Te Globe and Mail and produces “Context with Lorna Dueck,” a weekly, half-hour, independently-produced television program.
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ChristianWeek 25 Through the years
bortion restrictions liſted. On January 28, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the law requiring women to gain permis-
sion from a hospital panel before having a therapeutic abortion, and Henry Morgentaler’s lawyer rejoiced that Canada now had unrestricted abortion on demand. ChristianWeek editor Harold Jantz pulled a front- page story and quickly wrote a front-page editorial lamenting the deci- sion. Te following issue of ChristianWeek carried more articles about the shiſt in the legal terrain, and a lengthy analysis that clearly explained technical details to a concerned Canadian public.
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hen ChristianWeek started back in 1987, everything depended on Canada Post. All the newspapers were delivered through
the postal system; all the advertising revenue and all the freelance articles arrived by snail mail. Writers got to stretch the deadlines the next year when fax machines became widely available. Postal strikes were devastating.
or much of its 25-year history, you had to have a subscription to receive ChristianWeek. Today the print edition is available in more than a thousand churches throughout Manitoba and Ontario.
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