The art behind making disasters manageable

The book Dull Disasters examines how we can get ahead of the inevitable cataclysmic events, rather than resorting to futile generosity after the fact

The art behind making disasters manageableI don’t know about your city, but everywhere I’ve lived in Canada, it snows. As we get past Halloween, I dig out my snow shovel, so one day I can dig out of the snow. I do this every year. I don’t have to reinvent the wheel or the shovel. Authors Daniel J. Clarke and…

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?

Conservative Arthur Brooks argues people can head off a cultural and political implosion by celebrating the perspective of the other

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?Various commentators have concluded that America is in the throes of its second civil war. Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, has concluded that the political left and right share no common value system (such as respect for freedom of speech), therefore there can be no collaborative coming together over core beliefs. He argues that…

Crossroads: the growing Republican divide

Rather than a positive endorsement of their world view, Republican electoral success comes down to a simple rejection of the Democrats

Crossroads: the growing Republican divideThe U.S. Republicans are at a crossroads. And no, it’s not down to the havoc – real and imagined – being wreaked by President Donald Trump. Or at least it’s not mostly down to that. The problem is more fundamental than one man. At the level of its political and intellectual leadership, the party isn’t…

Elizabeth Middle School students get published

All of the students are in Maureen Dobbin’s Grade 6 class: Danielle LaClare, Benjamin Ortman, Rowan Dimitroff, Riley Becker and Brooklyn Davis

Elizabeth Middle School students get publishedKevin McBain of The Clarion Five Grade 6 students from Elizabeth Middle School have had their short stories published in a new book. The book, named The Surprise, is a collection of short stories written by young Canadians. It’s available for purchase online and in book stores. The stories were to be a maximum of…

School board kills diversity without consultation

There are good reasons not to teach To Kill a Mockingbird, but shielding students from racist language is not one of them

School board kills diversity without consultationIn Ontario’s Durham region, a single complaint is enough to kill a good book. Late last month, the Durham District School Board removed To Kill a Mockingbird from the required curriculum after a complaint about the use of the n-word in the book. Harper Lee’s celebrated novel will still be available for study but only…

Political “wobbles” prove politics really is a blood sport

Theresa May's recent political "wobble" brings to mind Margaret Thatcher and the 1987 British election, which she won in spite of herself

Political “wobbles” prove politics really is a blood sportBritish Prime Minister Theresa May’s hapless performance in the recent United Kingdom election brought to mind another British prime minister’s voting travails. Although her ultimately decisive victory pushed the unpleasantness into the shadows, Margaret Thatcher – the Iron Lady, no less – had a serious wobble en route to winning a third consecutive mandate in…

Big ideas: a guide to developing a more functional world

Oxford Prof. Ian Goldin's 2016 book is an asset for urban development officers and planners, helping to drive prosperity, education and innovation

Big ideas: a guide to developing a more functional worldYou don’t usually read a review of the physical makeup of a book, unless it’s an art book. But Ian Goldin’s book has been standing out on my desk and on my shelf for a while. It demands comment. Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas (2016) is an ambitious title and Oxford Prof.…

A summer reading list to challenge your perspectives

These authors examine death and dying, love and romance, the immigrant experience and cultural chasms, and the heavy burdens family members must often carry

A summer reading list to challenge your perspectivesSummer reading lists abound. From my reading over the last year, I recommend the following. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews is drawn from the author’s life. Her wit sparkles through the sadness of this story of two sisters, Elf and Yoli. Elf suffers from depression and is determined to kill herself.  She repeatedly…

Rural resilience: how the green movement on the farm can help us all

If we protect the food supply, maintain clean water, reduce runoff, and make a nicer looking landscape, we’ll all benefit

Rural resilience: how the green movement on the farm can help us allJust when you thought it was safe to read a book, I found myself reading one documenting new combinations of things to be scared about. Simultaneous climate change and peak oil are the worries in Planning for Rural Resilience: Coping With Climate Change and Energy Futures, edited by Wayne J. Caldwell. More severe weather events…

How the notion of the atheist Muslim can derail intolerance

Author Ali A. Rizvi is dedicated to bringing about an Islamic enlightenment. We must listen if we want to deal with the very real menace of radical Islam

How the notion of the atheist Muslim can derail intoleranceBy Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy Recent criticism of Parliament’s decision to condemn “Islamophobia” has generated many responses. Some argued that criticizing the intolerance within Islam is anti-Muslim bigotry. Some said that criticizing a person’s religion is wrong. Hot off the press comes an important book, written by a Muslim, explaining…