Left-wing social justice warriors rewriting history

It is important that we understand history as it was, and not how some of us wish it would be

Left-wing social justice warriors rewriting historyThe philosopher George Santayana famously wrote in The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  This statement makes sense, especially in light of our society’s recent trials of history – and the accuracy of history being placed on trial. The first example involves Scott…

John Tory deserves a second term as Toronto’s mayor

Tory has managed the city with grace and dignity. And he has kept the lid on taxes

John Tory deserves a second term as Toronto’s mayorMunicipal elections throughout Ontario will be held on Oct. 22. As a resident of Toronto, I’ll be casting my vote for school trustee, city councillor and mayor. With respect to the latter position, the top two candidates are John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat. Tory is the city’s incumbent mayor. He’s had a successful career as…

The new NAFTA isn’t perfect but we all win

Finally, the U.S., Canada and Mexico are back on the same free trade page

The new NAFTA isn’t perfect but we all winLate Sunday eve, ye modern-day Paul (or Paula?) Revere took thy faithful steed through th’ cobblestone road of Ottawa’s dark ’n’ gloomy Byward Market. A glorious message was spread o’er hill ’n’ dale, rising to the heavens above, “The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming! And we saved NAFTA, eh?” It’s done, ladies and…

Revisiting The Boondocks in the Trump era

The comic strip turned TV show didn't just raise eyebrows, it raised blood pressure by poking aggressively at race relations

Revisiting The Boondocks in the Trump eraIt’s interesting how the smallest of events can sometimes trigger a significant flood of memories. That happened to me recently when my eyes gazed over a DVD box set of Season 1 of The Boondocks in a remainder bin. The Boondocks was based on Aaron McGruder’s controversial comic strip of the same name, which ran…

The People’s Party of the left … right … whatever

This new party has a leader who wasn't elected and few members. It appears intended simply to soothe Bernier’s fragile ego

The People’s Party of the left … right … whateverWhen Maxime Bernier, a former Conservative cabinet minister and federal leadership candidate, abruptly quit the party last month, he announced he would be starting a new political party. Well, the nameless entity with one public face was finally given an identity on Sept. 14: the People’s Party of Canada. He couldn’t have made a worse…

Ford’s notwithstanding clause gamble

The Ontario premier set a milestone precedent by invoking the clause in relation to Toronto city council. The fallout could be huge

Ford’s notwithstanding clause gambleThe Ontario government’s legislation to cut the number of Toronto city council seats from 47 to 25 was scuttled on Monday by a court ruling. While the general feeling had been that Premier Doug Ford would appeal this decision, he opted for a nuclear option that will be discussed for generations. The Progressive Conservative premier…

John McCain stayed true to his beliefs to the end

No shows: Trump or Palin; but plenty of others on all sides of the political spectrum at senator's funeral

John McCain stayed true to his beliefs to the endMany people were saddened by John McCain’s death on Aug. 25 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. The 81-year-old military hero and former Republican presidential candidate honourably served Arizona both in the U.S. House of Representatives (1983-1987) and in the Senate (1987-2018). McCain was generally onside with fiscal and social conservative ideas. Nevertheless, he…

The Tories are better off without Maxime Bernier

The rebel Quebec MP may have satisfied his fragile ego by starting a no-name party, but the risk is far greater than the reward

The Tories are better off without Maxime BernierQuebec MP Maxime Bernier’s decision to bolt from the federal Conservatives last week surprised some political observers. But based on what’s known about “Mad Max,” as he’s often called, they shouldn’t have been. Bernier has long been an enfant terrible in Tory circles. While he has good economic ideas, including his support for abolishing supply…

Ontario News Now sparks a silly political firefight

The Ontario PCs's Twitter channel is hardly without precedent: both the provincial Liberals and NDP have created their own "news" channels in the past

Ontario News Now sparks a silly political firefightWhy are some people so worked up about Ontario News Now? The Twitter account was started by the Ontario Progressive Conservatives on July 31. It’s being used as a political branding tool to promote Premier Doug Ford and his government’s programs and policies. The host is Lyndsey Vanstone, a former radio/TV producer and current deputy…

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…
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