The politics of blame: modern progressives vs old-school liberals

Modern progressives see proof of social oppression around every corner. They believe society in general is to blame

The politics of blame: modern progressives vs old-school liberalsThe breaking point for me was Pittsburgh. This murderous act of anti-Semitic horror, when combined with the relentless breakdown in social civility, has made me face an unpalatable truth: something has gone very wrong with modern society. Our entire civilization is speeding to toward fragmentation and decay – Brexit, Donald Trump, warring political partisanship, rising…

Is intolerance doing permanent damage to artistic integrity?

Special interest groups demanding a say in casting choices flies in the face of diversity and freedom of expression

Is intolerance doing permanent damage to artistic integrity?Visiting the Globe Theatre in London, England, is an unforgettable experience. When viewing the modest grounds and realizing that the ‘groundlings’ – the people in the cheap seats – were sometimes privileged to see original Shakespeare plays, it brings home the long and important history of the performing arts. On our tour of the theatre,…

Diversity in Canada has the capacity to inspire the world

It’s imperative for our political leaders to continue being strong custodians of Canada’s pluralistic identity

Diversity in Canada has the capacity to inspire the worldIt’s a time of reckoning for Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A new poll shows that many among us want to see the number of immigrants coming into our country lowered. According to the Angus Reid Institute, 49 per cent of surveyed Canadians want to see the federal government's 2018 target of 310,000 immigrants…

Has feminism rejected fairness, truth and justice?

The feminist war against men isn't only against bad men. It’s a war is against all men

Has feminism rejected fairness, truth and justice?It’s become a regular experience in Canada and the United States for a man to be accused of sexual misconduct and for an almost immediate pile-on of haters adding every accusation the mind can imagine. Contemporary feminists have done a brilliant job in their war against men. Unsubstantiated accusations are treated as proven guilt. Due…

Whitewashing history fails to serve the common good

Beware the arrogance of the new age. Attempting to cleanse history is a fool’s or, worse, a tyrant’s errand

Whitewashing history fails to serve the common goodIn the interest of righting a genuine and grave historic wrong – the suffering of our Indigenous peoples – the historical hubris of our present Canadian age is distorting history yet again. Enter the City of Victoria and Sir John A. Macdonald. In removing his statue from in front of Victoria City Hall, the denizens…

Polarization is a myth – we just need to break down the barriers

As we interact with those who appear to be different, we realize that much more unites us than separates us

Polarization is a myth – we just need to break down the barriersAmerican actor Alan Alda recently said, “I’m not really listening unless I’m willing to be changed by the other person.” This is a powerful statement and one that could easily be misinterpreted. Alda has created a podcast called Clear + Vivid where he discusses using communication to improve understanding between people. In this context, he’s…

Freedom of religion disappearing in Canada

What we have in its place is a gospel of the secular, as interpreted by unelected judges and a feminist prime minister

Freedom of religion disappearing in CanadaFreedom of religion is guaranteed to all Canadians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter has taken two major blows recently – one from a policy change implemented by the federal government, the second from the Supreme Court of Canada. The first blow came when the government announced that any group wishing to…

Television’s telling trend to female cops

On fictional program after fictional program, women dominate. Now universities reflect that trend in reality. Will the job market follow?

Television’s telling trend to female copsIn contemporary British and Canadian television programs, women are portrayed as the prominent police officers, with men of colour as their main complements, and white men presented in demeaning ways or absent altogether. Scott and Bailey (British) is both produced and directed by women. It features two white female detectives, both constables at first, then…

When an academic debate goes off the rails

Sharing nonconformist ideas shouldn't be cause for censure, but at Wilfrid Laurier University, that seems to be the case

When an academic debate goes off the railsA new episode of The Twilight Zone is playing at Wilfrid Laurier University. It features a young woman charged with spreading sedition. It’s a cliffhanger. Will our heroine genuflect and apologize or will her inquisitors execute her? This little summary of the drama at Laurier isn’t a stretch. The longer version, for those who missed…

It’s the religious who tend most to favour diversity

Non-believers overwhelmingly believe every religious community in Canada, especially Muslims and evangelical Christians, hurt the country

It’s the religious who tend most to favour diversityThroughout autumn, the soup of our multicultural society has almost boiled over with questions about secularism and religion – of what is and isn’t allowed in contemporary public and common Canadian life. Efforts to relegate religious expression and thought to the margins have been ramped up. Those efforts, however, are out of step with broader…

Notley’s use of ‘mansplaining’ slurs all men

The Alberta premier really shouldn't be touted as a role model for young girls

Notley’s use of ‘mansplaining’ slurs all menAlberta Premier Rachel Notley must apologize to all Albertans for engaging in sexist gender stereotyping in the legislature. Instead, she’s taking a page from the state representative who seemed to think it best to make light about the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotyping in the Oklahoma legislature. In 2013, Oklahoma State Rep. Dennis Johnson got into hot water…

Bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice

When we’re able to see beyond the lies of hatred, racism and segregation, we see the enriching power of diversity

Bending the arc of the moral universe toward justiceThe racism and violence in today’s world can be horrifying. So it’s important to look at the wider scope of history. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Perhaps many of us are disturbed by the racist words and actions today because they’re…

Statues tell a story that people need to hear

You could fill volumes with the uncomfortable statements uttered in the past by people whom we now revere, from Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi

Statues tell a story that people need to hearFrantic officials in the American south are joining with the Taliban and Islamic State as the latest group to destroy memorials to the past. Specifically, they are tearing down statues in praise of the Confederacy. We might well examine the racist speech of Civil War-era politicians to see what motivates the iconoclasts of today to…

The age of civility has entered a dangerous time

If you believe our hard-won social norms are worth keeping, you must become truly active to stop this cancer before it metastasizes

The age of civility has entered a dangerous timeCanadians are front-row spectators to the swelling social chaos in the United States, so close that we can feel the heat, sweat and blood. So close, in fact, that we need to worry about collateral damage. Just as the reckless language chosen by that country’s elected leader is – through accident or design – giving…

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed now

Canada needs laws to protect vulnerable transgender youth, who experience bullying at much higher rates than their peers

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed nowBy Kimberley Ens Manning and Elizabeth J. Meyer EvidenceNetwork.ca Conservative Sen. Donald Plett recently said, “I don't think there's any law in the world that will prevent children from bullying.” With all due respect, the Manitoba senator is wrong. He made the comment last week during discussion in the Senate about Bill C-16, which is designed to…