Behind the extraordinary art of the ‘Walt Disney of Japan’

Hayao Miyazaki is brilliant, inspired, outspoken and unconventional. It's a combination that makes for remarkable films

Behind the extraordinary art of the ‘Walt Disney of Japan’The summer months are an enjoyable time for professional writers. Political leaders are moving at a slower pace, which gives us an opportunity to tackle some more creative topics. Such as Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is a legendary figure in anime, or Japanese animation. Often described as the “Walt Disney of Japan,” the 77-year-old has continually…

Mister Rogers’ well-lived life in the neighbourhood

A new documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, examines the extraordinary life and career of Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers’ well-lived life in the neighbourhoodGrowing up in the 1970s, I was fortunate enough to have been exposed to some exceptional children’s television programs. My memories of Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Dressup and Vegetable Soup are as vivid now as they were then. But there will always be a special place for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Fred…

The high-stakes battle between Doug Ford and Toronto city council

It's entirely possible that the federal government could wade into the pitched fight between the new Ontario premier and Canada's largest city

The high-stakes battle between Doug Ford and Toronto city councilWhen the Ontario provincial government fights city hall, no-one expects the House of Commons to join in. Yet it’s not out of the realm of possibility that all three levels of government could get involved in one testy issue. This scenario started taking shape last week when Premier Doug Ford announced his plan to cut…

Lawlessness and shootings on the rise in Toronto

There’s been a significant amount of violence in Toronto since the vehicle-ramming attack in April. And too little information from police

Lawlessness and shootings on the rise in TorontoFor the second time this year, tragedy has struck the streets of Toronto. A lone gunman opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown district on Sunday. Some reports suggest it could have been 15 to 20 rounds in total, including at least one reload of the weapon. Three people are dead, including the gunman. Twelve people were injured.…

Why Ontario’s controversial sex-ed curriculum had to go

The process of drafting the Liberal curriculum looked, smelled and felt politicized at its very core

Why Ontario’s controversial sex-ed curriculum had to goOntario Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative government announced last week that the controversial sex-ed curriculum, rolled out in 2015 by the previous Liberal government, would be repealed. It’s a good decision. Elementary schools will revert back to the old sex-ed curriculum in the fall, and parents will be consulted and provide recommendations to…

Banksy, and art’s uneasy alliance with capitalism

The gift shop at the Toronto exhibit offers a swath of overpriced items. What would the ultra left-wing artist think of that?

Banksy, and art’s uneasy alliance with capitalismThere’s always been an understood link between art and capitalism. Even artists who reject the very nature of capitalism will still be part of this process, whether they like it or not. This includes the popular, controversial and mysterious graffiti artist known as Banksy. A product of Bristol, England’s underground scene, this person’s name and…

A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin Trudeau

Allegations of a groping incident 18 years ago won't go away. The prime minister needs to be more definitive in his response

A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin TrudeauIs Justin Trudeau telling the truth about an alleged groping incident with a female reporter 18 years ago, or is the prime minister lying through his teeth? Yes, that’s a harsh way of laying it out. But there’s no point in sugarcoating this unusual story any longer, as some media organizations were doing up until…

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracy

The Supreme Court decision reeks of judicial activism and defies liberty and freedom

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracyThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University’s proposed new law school. The majority opinion believed it was “proportionate and reasonable” for TWU to limit religious rights and values, so that potential LGBT students could have open access to study law on the campus. With all due respect to the highest…

Why Roseanne shouldn’t have been cancelled

Pulling the plug on a successful product to curry favour in a politically correct environment is all too common today

Why Roseanne shouldn’t have been cancelledDid ABC make a mistake last month in cancelling Roseanne? Few people would disagree that lead star/co-executive producer Roseanne Barr’s May 29 tweet about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett (“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj”) was incredibly offensive. Yet many don’t understand why the show’s entire cast and…

What will Doug Ford’s Ontario look like?

There will be immediate tax relief. The size and scope of government will decrease. The CEO of Hydro One will be fired

What will Doug Ford’s Ontario look like?Ontarians have been ready for a while to turf out Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, after 15 years of ineffective political rule and economic mismanagement. The only uncertainty was whether they would choose Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford or New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath to lead the province in a new direction. After an…

Why Doug Ford should be Ontario’s next premier

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are finished. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath proposes a host of nightmarish left-wing changes

Why Doug Ford should be Ontario’s next premierWith two days to go in the Ontario election, there’s only one certainty for election night – and that’s uncertainty. Most political analysts, pundits and columnists believe Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals will be defeated on June 7. The question is by how much. Some believe they’ll be crushed and others think Wynne’s decision…

Did Canada expel Russian diplomats for a false reason?

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland plays fast and loose with the facts if she believes her grandfather wasn't a Nazi collaborator

Did Canada expel Russian diplomats for a false reason?We live in a world where “fake news” is used with near-reckless abandon. But there are moments when real news gets lumped into this category. It blurs fact and fiction, and changes a narrative not for the better but for the worse. Here’s a recent example. Canada recently tossed out four Russian diplomats and refused…

Are the Golden Knights the greatest sports story of all time?

It’s a mug’s game to select one great sports moment over another. But that doesn't make Vegas’s success any less remarkable

Are the Golden Knights the greatest sports story of all time?When a sports team is starting out, most observers set a very low bar for expectations. The hope is the first season isn’t too disastrous, there’s gradual improvement over the next five to 10 years, and the team eventually becomes a playoff contender. There are rare exceptions to this rule. Consider the Vegas Golden Knights,…

Why people are becoming fed up with smug liberals   

It’s possible to favour conservative ideas without being depicted as bigoted, racist, intolerant, elitist and out-of-touch with reality

Why people are becoming fed up with smug liberals   There’s long been a sense (or, in some camps, understanding) that the progressive movement suffers from continual bouts of smugness. Liberals have often dismissed this criticism as something akin to conservative kvetching. Nevertheless, they were forced to look in the proverbial mirror once more in, of all places, one of America’s foremost liberal publications. Gerard…

Why Doug Ford had to drop Tanya Granic Allen

The Ontario PC leader once opened his arms to the controversial candidate. Now dumping her is the only choice

Why Doug Ford had to drop Tanya Granic AllenDid Ontario PC leader Doug Ford make the right decision in removing Tanya Granic Allen as a party candidate in the upcoming provincial election? It’s a question some Ontario conservatives have been asking for a few days. While there’s no easy answer, let’s see if we can reach a conclusion. Granic Allen is the 37-year-old…
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