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…

What happens if America stops underwriting world order?

Because there are bad guys and bullies out there, a muscular cop – however imperfect – brings a degree of reassurance

What happens if America stops underwriting world order?Pax Americana is the Latin term for the idea that American power underwrites the post-1945 world order. If there’s a major international problem, the underlying assumption is that the United States needs to take the lead in resolving or containing it. Other countries may play a supporting role but the Americans need to do the…

The Marshall Plan wasn’t a silver bullet

Called ‘the most generous act of any people, anytime, anywhere, to another people,‘ the post-war economic boost still had flaws

The Marshall Plan wasn’t a silver bulletU.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan into law 70 years ago this month. Named after then-U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall, the plan was aimed at the economic reconstruction of Europe in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. It got rave reviews. Its own chief administrator characterized it as “the most…

Legion branch pays tribute

Full house at the annual awards night and banquet, where several people were honoured for their service

Legion branch pays tributeKevin McBain of The Clarion The Kindersley Legion Branch #57 held their annual awards night and banquet Saturday with a full house in attendance. New president of the Legion, Patrick Brick, was the emcee for the event. Following a delicious meal, many people were recognized through different programs. Service pins were presented to: Associates -…

Second line of O Canada should read “Our home on native land”

One small change to the words of O Canada will remind us of our historic debt and help facilitate broader knowledge of Indigenous issues

Second line of O Canada should read “Our home on native land”The catalogue of injustices experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people is long and tragic: residential schools, missing and murdered women, and high incarceration rates, to name just a few. Reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on residential schools is a gut-wrenching reminder of just one of the catastrophes they have survived. Against this backdrop, the…

The business was in his blood

Lorne Staples reflects on 70 years of serving the Kindersley community as Staples Apparel Company closes its doors for good

The business was in his bloodJoan Janzen of The Clarion Staples Apparel Company in Kindersley conducted its final day of sales on Feb. 10. Owner Lorne Staples recalls the origins of this family business, which began 70 years ago at its present location at 209 Main Street. “My dad, Don Staples, and my uncle, John Staples, started the business 70…

Theatre group’s return a rousing success

After a five-year hiatus, the Eatonia Oasis Players return with Suite Surrender, a play full of hilarity

Theatre group’s return a rousing successKenneth Brown of The Clarion A celebrity quarrel the tabloids would salivate over has played out on stage in Eatonia and the community’s theatre group knocked the performance out of the park. The Eatonia Oasis Players theatre group presented its version of a play Suite Surrender, written by Michael McKeever, over three nights from Jan.…

Heroes and villains: how history picks the winners

The Second World War movie Darkest Hour raises questions about perspective and reality

Heroes and villains: how history picks the winnersGary Oldman’s riveting portrayal of Winston Churchill leaves no doubt as to who is the hero of the new film Darkest Hour. But apart from the off-screen Adolf Hitler, does the movie really have a villain? Thanks to the way the narrative unfolds and the carefully-chosen camera shots, casual viewers might be tempted to ascribe…

Poland’s 20th century tragedy

Stuck between Germany and the Soviet Union didn't stop thousands of Poles from contributing to the war effort in the 1940s

Poland’s 20th century tragedyCanadians who grouse about living next door to the American elephant should consider the situation of Poland, particularly in the mid-20th century. With Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union on one side and Adolf Hitler’s Germany on the other, Poles must have occasionally wondered just what they had done to merit this unfortunate geography. English journalist Max Hastings…

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistake

If Hitler had declared war on Japan in support of the U.S., he might have kept the U.S. out of the European war. And that would have changed history

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistakeAdolf Hitler began 1941 in a commanding position. He had 10 European conquests under his belt and just one active foe – beleaguered Britain and the members of the Commonwealth, like Canada. But by year-end, he’d added the Soviet Union and the United States to his slate of antagonists. And the declaration of war against…

Raphael Lemkin: the man who coined the word genocide

Lemkin lobbied tirelessly for the United Nations to adopt a definition of the word genocide

Raphael Lemkin: the man who coined the word genocideI recently asked my Grade 12 students if Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term “genocide”, was a great man. What I got in response from my students was quite thought provoking. Everyone seemed to agree that Lemkin was a noble man with a noble cause. He was a Polish Jew, born in 1900.…

Dunkirk and the maligned Belgians

When disaster comes calling, shifting the blame is generally not too far behind, and war is the perfect setting for laying blame

Dunkirk and the maligned BelgiansThree things happened at Dunkirk, France, between May 26 and June 4, 1940, during the early days of the Second World War. First, the evacuation of more than 300,000 British and Allied troops made it possible to believe that Germany might be denied ultimate triumph. And that was an unambiguously good thing. Second, the British…

Members of local family join overseas Legion pilgrimage

‘The rain at Vimy Ridge was like the tears of the soldiers thanking us for being there’

Members of local family join overseas Legion pilgrimageKenneth Brown of The Clarion Every two years, a Saskatchewan resident is chosen to make a Royal Canadian Legion pilgrimage in Europe. This year, the pilgrim for was a former Kindersley resident. Dwane Burke, 34, us a former member of the Kindersley Legion who transferred to the Legion branch in Star City. He was raised…

Mystery still swirls around Hitler’s death 72 years later

Barring the release of some smoking gun document buried in intelligence archives, the question of whether Hitler died in his bunker will probably never be settled

Mystery still swirls around Hitler’s death 72 years laterThe Second World War ended 72 years ago. Historians have produced a voluminous history chronicling its course. Yet almost three-quarters of a century later, there are still many unanswered questions about the war, and there is considerable material about wartime military and intelligence operations that, inexplicably, remains classified. Not surprisingly, those unanswered questions have given…

Winston Churchill and the villainous ‘Guilty Men’

An influential book from 1940 laid the guilt of appeasing Nazi Germany at the feet of 15 public figures

Winston Churchill and the villainous ‘Guilty Men’While writing a recent column on Winston Churchill, I thought about the so-called Guilty Men, that being the title of a hugely influential polemic first published in the summer of 1940. The book’s thesis was simple: Britain’s dire straits could be laid at the door of 15 public figures who were deemed guilty of having…