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…

Students should be challenged, and humbled, by knowledge

The education system has an obligation to put typically arrogant and ignorant students on a collision course with hard truths

Students should be challenged, and humbled, by knowledgeYouth is arrogant. The photograph on my phone is proof. In the photo, a young man hangs by one hand off the side of a skyscraper. He’s using his other hand to take a selfie. This is called roof-topping. It’s a kind of sports photography that encourages adrenalin junkies to climb skyscrapers and take photos…

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government help

Notorious art thief John Mark Tillmann managed to get two levels of government to rename a waterway just to torment Jewish neighbours

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government helpShould the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S., (pop. 11,526) is a community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s a lovely spot and the locals are nice. If you go hiking on a trail in the area, you may spot…

Tackling conflict in the Middle East cauldron

The importance of human dignity, forgiveness of our enemies, destroying prejudice and living together in peace

Tackling conflict in the Middle East cauldronAs a third-generation Arab-Canadian, I’ve long been troubled by the conflicts in the Middle East. When I read about riots, fighting, hatred and killing in the land of my ancestors, I experience an odd mix of emotions. Sadness, anger and love all broil inside me, demanding to be heard. My Syrian grandfather left Aleppo and…

The lasting – and troubling – legacy of Martin Luther

It’s now 500 years since Luther threw down the gauntlet, taking on the power of the papacy in an era predating the separation of church and state

The lasting – and troubling – legacy of Martin LutherWhen I was a child in 1950s Catholic Ireland, Martin Luther had a nasty reputation. If not viewed as the devil incarnate, he was certainly seen as a deeply dodgy fellow. And it wasn’t uncommon to hear the tale of his alleged “bad death” put forward as proof of his iniquity. The whole story, of…

Zundel’s foul legacy of persistent, organized hatred

We must never forget. We must never falter. We must never stop fighting the purveyors of hate and lies

Zundel’s foul legacy of persistent, organized hatredHell just got a little more crowded. Some might consider that inappropriate. “About the dead, nothing but good should be said,” goes the Yiddish proverb. But when the deceased in question is Ernst Zundel, a distinction needs to be made. Because when the list of monsters is drawn up one day, Zundel will have achieved…