Liverpool FC finally grabs Premier League title

Liverpool FC finally grabs Premier League titleYou’ll forgive me if we take a slight detour from politics this week. An important event in sports just occurred that requires some personal attention. On June 25, Liverpool Football Club broke a 30-year drought and clinched the English Premier League title. Yes, this winless streak pales in comparison to the Chicago Cubs (108-year drought)…

O’Toole versus MacKay: who’s zoomin’ who?

Police must thoroughly investigate the allegations now rocking the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race

O’Toole versus MacKay: who’s zoomin’ who?In 1985, the late soul singer Aretha Franklin released her 13th studio album, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? The album did well on the charts (the title track went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100), with significant crossover appeal due to collaborations with Annie Stewart (Eurythmics) and Peter Wolf (J. Giles Band). It became the…

We need to talk about racism

Racism isn’t easy to discuss, but we shouldn’t shy away from it or we’ll never stop wounds from being inflicted

We need to talk about racismIs our society afraid to discuss the issue of racism?  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest most people would rather not broach this subject. It doesn’t constitute a pleasant conversation at the dinner table or coffee shop, and it can lead to tense moments with family members, friends and loved ones. But while racism…

Political parties shouldn’t take federal funds

Something is terribly wrong when Canada’s political parties start applying for a federal wage subsidy

Political parties shouldn’t take federal fundsCanada, like many other countries, has introduced emergency relief services to help individuals and businesses facing financial hardship during COVID-19. The overall cost will be enormous once everything is said and done. An interesting recent twist with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, however, is making some people wonder if our nation’s generosity is getting out…

Turning protesters into terrorists

Donald Trump wants to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. But how will he do it and will it have any impact?

Turning protesters into terrorists“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” – @realDonaldTrump, May 31, 2020 With that tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump has started the process of changing the narrative about radical left-wing individuals, parties and groups in his country – and around the world. How he’s going to actually do it…

Shedding your COVID-19 skin too early puts us all at risk

Will the gathering at Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park be an isolated incident or a sign of things to come?

Shedding your COVID-19 skin too early puts us all at riskIt was hard not to be caught off guard by the stark images of last Saturday’s massive gathering at Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park. The crowd reportedly reached about 10,000 people. Most of the park visitors appeared to be in their 20s and 30s. Encouraged by the sunshine and an overwhelming desire to be with people,…

Should ex-leaders indulge in political mudslinging?

Former U.S. president Barack Obama has decided to start criticizing Donald Trump. But he’s just trying to protect his legacy

Should ex-leaders indulge in political mudslinging?Should former politicians speak out against current officeholders? This question has nothing to do with a former politician’s democratic right to support or oppose someone or something. Rather, it’s part of a larger debate related to the ex-officeholder’s decision to jump back into the political process, and whether he or she should just resist temptation…

The White House’s internal battle with COVID-19

The positive cases in the White House have far more to do with America’s battle against the virus than Trump’s choices

The White House’s internal battle with COVID-19Governments around the world have dealt with the pandemic not only in terms of policy, but also personal health and well-being. A smattering of cabinet ministers, backbenchers and diplomats have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Iranian Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar, Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Israeli Health Minister Yaakov…

What does the future hold for Canada’s airline industry?

Huge financial losses, massive layoffs and stringent safety protocols for the few remaining passengers sets a dark tone

What does the future hold for Canada’s airline industry?Many Canadians look forward to travelling when the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end (whenever that may be). Unfortunately, flying the friendly skies is quickly becoming far less friendly. Air Canada temporarily suspended all flights to the U.S. on April 26. Passengers are required to wear masks for the entirety of any trip, and flight…

Provinces move to relax economic lockdown

Life has to continue, even though it may end up being a different life than Canadians once had

Provinces move to relax economic lockdownThe slow, gradual process of reopening the Canadian economy has finally begun. Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island announced last week that the economic lockdown in their respective provinces would be relaxed. None of the timelines are fixed, local businesses won’t open up at once, and everything could theoretically change if an unexpected uptick…

Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?

Oil prices have taken a catastrophic drop. Unemployment numbers are through the roof. Bankruptcies are raising their ugly heads

Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?Monday was the equivalent of a major financial nightmare for the U.S. economy. Oil futures for West Texas crude went below zero for the first time in history and finished at US-$37.63 a barrel. Don’t rub your eyes too hard. That’s a minus, not a plus, next to the dollar figure. What does this mean?…

The miraculous recovery of Boris Johnson

On Easter Sunday, appropriately enough, the British PM spoke of his harrowing experience battling COVID-19

The miraculous recovery of Boris JohnsonThere are moments in our world that defy logic and understanding. Quirks of fate that make little to no sense. Positive and negative experiences that often seem out of place in societies based on relative order and precision. That’s why United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recovery from COVID-19 should be viewed as nothing short…

We need clarity in this time of crisis

Politicians and commentators have an important role during COVID-19: deliver simple, effective messaging

We need clarity in this time of crisisDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, medical and health experts have provided us with important statistics, charts and analysis on a near-daily basis. At the same time, politicians and governments have introduced everything from wage subsidies to warnings about social distancing. Some information has been easy to understand. But most of it has been difficult for average…

COVID-19’s elder virus brother, the Spanish flu

An estimated 500 million people contracted the Spanish flu, and the death toll was between 17 million and 50 million

COVID-19’s elder virus brother, the Spanish fluAs our world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, a couple of interesting personal stories came out of Europe on March 29. The Guardian reported that Hilda Churchill, a 108-year-old woman in Salford, England, became (quite likely) the oldest British person to die from COVID-19 symptoms. And Turkey’s Anadolu Agency and Fox News reported that a…

Is Canada heading to a national emergency?

Ignorant, selfish actions by some Canadians put fellow citizens in harm’s way. It must stop now, even if the measures are drastic

Is Canada heading to a national emergency?“We’ve all seen the pictures online of the people who seem to think they’re invincible. Well, you’re not. Enough is enough. Go home and stay home. This is what we all need to be doing. And we’re going to make sure this happens, whether by educating people more on the risks or by enforcing the…
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