A gentle giant of a man, a larger-than-life icon

A new documentary about pro wrestler André the Giant paints an engrossing portrait

A gentle giant of a man, a larger-than-life iconOver the years, I’ve been fortunate to meet or come across impressive figures from the world of politics, business, journalism, media, sport and entertainment. There’s virtually no photographic evidence of these meetings. It’s never been important to me to prove I was somewhere, met someone, or said something witty and/or relevant. The only camera I…

Does anyone seriously believe Doug Ford is afraid of the media?

There were many expert opinions as to why Ford decided to drop the campaign bus. Many of them were wrong-headed

Does anyone seriously believe Doug Ford is afraid of the media?The word ‘expert’ has broad meaning today. Many people are invited to discuss their experiences in areas like business, labour, medicine, opinion polls, politics and media. Some have a real depth of knowledge, while others engage audiences with tidbits of information. Alas, many so-called experts are severely lacking when it comes to providing expertise. A…

Digital present, paperless future in store for drivers

People are becoming more confident that private information can be used, received and shared electronically

Digital present, paperless future in store for driversIt’s no secret that our world is becoming more digital. Computers and personal devices are important parts of our daily lives. The Internet has become our best friend, tool and resource. Digital media players like Apple TV, and streaming services offered by Netflix, Acorn TV and Amazon Prime are systematically replacing television sets and movie…

Taking aim at pointless anti-gun marches

March as you see fit but gun control isn’t the answer. Democracy will sort out reasonable gun rights changes

Taking aim at pointless anti-gun marchesFor those of us fortunate enough to live in a democracy, there are several important principles we should always cherish and defend. This includes free speech and freedom of assembly. These two principles were prominently on display during the March for Our Lives, an America-wide student-led demonstration against gun violence held in Washington, D.C., on…

Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magic

Elwy Yost turned generations of young people into film buffs through his groundbreaking television programs

Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magicIt’s amazing how a simple word, gesture or sound can instantly bring back a flood of memories. That’s what happened to me recently. I saw a Facebook post in January by writer/blogger Kathy Shaidle containing a short YouTube clip and four little (albeit profound) words, “I still miss Elwy.” For anyone who grew up (particularly…

The resurrection of Ford Nation

Doug Ford overcame the odds to become the new Ontario PC leader. Here’s how he can become the province’s next premier

The resurrection of Ford Nation“I was the only Canadian columnist to endorse Andrew Scheer for Tory leader. I was one of a small handful to endorse Doug Ford for Ontario PC leader. Not bad for an old hack, eh? : )” This was a tweet I sent out at 5:23 p.m. ET on Saturday. Yes, it’s true – and…

The next Ontario Progressive Conservative leader will be …

Doug Ford has shown himself a true champion of fiscal and social conservatism. And his ability to stay on message has been nearly flawless

The next Ontario Progressive Conservative leader will be …The Ontario Progressive Conservatives’ new leader will be revealed on March 10, bringing a merciful end to a short, nasty and brutish period for the party. The four leadership candidates – Christine Elliott, Doug Ford, Tanya Granic Allen and Caroline Mulroney – have had moments of conciliation, goodwill, tough talk and feistiness during this abbreviated…

Patrick Brown roller-coaster comes to a screeching halt

The Ontario PC once and would-be leader finally pulls the plug on his aspirations after a wildly unpredictable ride

Patrick Brown roller-coaster comes to a screeching haltIs he in? Is he out? Welcome to another roller-coaster ride in the Ontario PC Party, courtesy of former leader turned leadership candidate Patrick Brown. Or, as some of us like to call it, “Monday.” After several polls indicated Brown was either ahead or slightly behind in the Progressive Conservative leadership race, news broke that…

The wild Ontario PC roller-coaster ride

Weeks of highs, lows, scandals, ejections, lawsuits and backstabbing from every direction. Other than rape, murder and/or pillaging, what’s left?

The wild Ontario PC roller-coaster rideI often said I’d run for public office before turning 30. I’ve come close to declaring my intentions as a federal, provincial and municipal candidate. Yet, after observing the Ontario PC party tsunami, I don’t even slightly regret being 17 years late in fulfilling this commitment. In fact, I fully intend to add a few…

Chris Stockwell was a breath of fresh air in Canadian politics

Former Ontario MPP Chris Stockwell, who died at age 60 after a battle with cancer, was a political maverick who loved to speak his mind

Chris Stockwell was a breath of fresh air in Canadian politicsWhenever I go to the Ontario legislature, I make a point of stopping at Chris Stockwell’s official portrait. It always brings a smile to my face when I see it. For all the people who’ve served as Speaker of the legislative assembly of Ontario, he was the most unconventional and remarkable choice by a long…
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