When travel resumes, Canadians should avoid Cuba

A growing number of Cubans are beginning to see through their government's lies. Why don't Canadians?

When travel resumes, Canadians should avoid CubaCanadians have travelled to Cuba as a vacation spot for decades. I doubt most of them ever considered that these excursions have aided its communist government in political and economic terms. CBC News senior reporter Evan Dyer recently pointed out this disturbing fact. “Cuban-Canadian activists say many Canadians are not aware of the extent to…

We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in Canada

The role of government in a democracy isn’t to create barriers to free choice

We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in CanadaAs parts of the world begin to turn the corner with COVID-19, the discussion related to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports has started to intensify. A vaccine passport is a document that confirms an individual’s full immunization against COVID-19. It will contain a proper record of the COVID-19 vaccine doses that a person received and may…

Harry will receive a princely sum for a book about nothing

A profile of someone who has been in the public eye most of his life but achieved little of note isn’t a worthwhile subject

Harry will receive a princely sum for a book about nothingPrince Harry is writing a book. Hmm. The crickets are pretty loud today.  All kidding aside, it’s true. “The Duke of Sussex is to publish an intimate memoir of his life,” the Daily Telegraph’s Victoria Ward wrote on July 19, “which he has vowed will be ‘accurate and wholly truthful.’” The book will be published by…

Assembly Required has that old Home Improvement magic

Tim Allen and Richard Karn return to TV with reality series Assembly Required, where they show they remain a dynamic comedic duo

Assembly Required has that old Home Improvement magicSituation comedies – sitcoms – have been a crucial component of television for decades. Everyone has their favourite shows. My list includes The Jack Benny Program, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, M*A*S*H, All in the Family, Cheers, Night Court, The Cosby Show, Newhart, Frasier, Father Ted and others. In particular, I’ve always had…

A civil libertarian who is neither civil nor libertarian

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association director Harsha Walia reacted to the burning of churches by tweeting ‘Burn it all down’

A civil libertarian who is neither civil nor libertarianBritish Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) executive director Harsha Walia retweeted a Vice News article on June 30 about two Catholic churches being burned down in Canada. These terrible incidents were reportedly related to the discovery of unmarked graves of Indigenous children at three former residential schools. A retweet wouldn’t have been noticed by most…

Breakup of Toronto homeless encampment has national implications

Allowing homeless people to live in city parks is unsafe, unwise and unnecessary

Breakup of Toronto homeless encampment has national implicationsFor the second time in slightly more than a year, Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park is in the news. Roughly 10,000 people rushed into the park in May 2020 to enjoy a few hours of sunshine and socialization. Most of them were in their 20s and 30s and had expressed frustration at having been cooped up…

Uncovering the myths and celebrating the reality of André the Giant

Bertrand Hébert and Pat Laprade’s book, The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant, helped unlock this Giant mystery

Uncovering the myths and celebrating the reality of André the GiantProfessional wrestling has had many great performers with athletic prowess and an ability to engage – or, at times, enrage – audiences. Yet one pro wrestler was always in a class of his own: André René Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant. Inside the ring, André was a massive, near-invincible foe with seemingly unlimited…

Hair today, gone … maybe never

People have worked themselves into a frenzy because they haven’t been able to get a hair cut

Hair today, gone … maybe neverWhat intellectual, hard-hitting and politically-charged topic are we tackling in this week’s column? My hair! That’s an unusual choice. How did it make the (ahem) final cut? Read on, brave and curious souls, and ye shall find out. Many Ontario-based businesses have been closed the past six months during COVID-19. In Toronto, this has included…

The Mayweather-Paul bout was bad for boxing but good for capitalism 

Exhibition matches aren’t a true test of a pro boxer. They are more about showboating

The Mayweather-Paul bout was bad for boxing but good for capitalism Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought YouTube personality Logan Paul in an eight-round exhibition match on Sunday. The public spectacle attracted extensive media attention and, according to early figures, a significant number of buy rates on pay-per-view. To list all the great boxing matches of every weight class in history is impossible. Mayweather-Paul will…

Phil Mickelson wins one for the ages

We have to stop the temptation of writing off athletes due to age or recent performance

Phil Mickelson wins one for the agesAge is but a number, as some like to say. Phil Mickelson proved the validity of that adage when he won one for the ages. Mickelson captured the PGA Championship on Sunday by two strokes over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen. In doing so, he became the oldest golfer to win a major title, at…

Enjoy the great outdoors in Ontario – just not on a golf course

Premier Ford's faith in science doesn't extend to reopening outdoor sports

Enjoy the great outdoors in Ontario – just not on a golf courseThrough all the political and personal inconsistencies we’ve witnessed during COVID-19, there has been some consistent messaging: practise social distancing, wear a mask in public spaces and crowded areas, wash your hands regularly and go outside as much as possible. With nice weather having arrived, this is the perfect opportunity for Canadians to take leisurely…

What you see with Joe Biden is what you get

Author Jon Meacham’s most important insights about U.S. politics and the presidency are intertwined with the current officeholder

What you see with Joe Biden is what you getJon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian. He’s been an executive editor/vice-president at Random House, has worked for the Chattanooga Times, Time and Newsweek, and written for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post and other publications. Several of Meacham’s books, including American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (2009), Thomas…

Liberals must stop their attack on social media free speech

Want the power to direct, regulate and shut down social media platforms

Liberals must stop their attack on social media free speechFreedom of speech has long been a cherished principle in most Western democracies. While Canadians don’t have the same passion for free speech that our American friends do, we’ve always recognized the importance of preserving and protecting this value in times of war and peace. Until recently, that is. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his…

One man’s vaccine experience in the battle to subdue COVID-19

It amounted to short-term pain for long-term gain. A small price to pay when you consider the alternative

One man’s vaccine experience in the battle to subdue COVID-19The number of Canadians who have received a COVID-19 vaccine is slowly increasing but it took a painfully long time to get there. Slightly less than 30 per cent of Canadians have received one COVID-19 dose of a vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca. Only 2.7 per cent, or 1,018,381 people, are fully vaccinated as…

Ontario’s insane three-day COVID-19 roller-coaster ride

Political messages that flip-flopped. Controversial policies announced, modified and removed at a mere snap of the fingers

Ontario’s insane three-day COVID-19 roller-coaster rideSeventy-two hours – 4,320 minutes – three days. Doesn’t sound like an enormous stretch of time. In most cases, it’s not. Yet what Ontario experienced from Friday, April 16, to Sunday, April 18, could easily be described as an insane roller-coaster ride for the ages. Wild highs and lows. Political messages that flip-flopped and flop-flipped. Controversial…

Liberals duck damning defence probe

When the fire gets too hot in the political kitchen, the Trudeau government always looks for an escape hatch

Liberals duck damning defence probeOn Monday afternoon, Global News’s Mercedes Stephenson tweeted out the following: “Liberal motion to shut down the defence committee hearings into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces passes with BQ support.” Did you do a double-take? You weren’t alone. The controversy surrounding retired general Jonathan Vance, the former chief of the defence staff for…

Trudeau needs to honour Easter and his faith

It seems unfathomable he wouldn’t want to address Good Friday and its significance. In fact, he should be relishing the opportunity

Trudeau needs to honour Easter and his faithPrime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out a Twitter thread on April 2 that started off, “It’s the start of a long weekend, and I know that means you’d normally be getting together with your entire family for a few days of fun. But with the number of COVID-19 cases rising across the country, we’re all…

How can Trudeau allow Sajjan to remain in cabinet?

Two explosive military investigations mean the dark clouds of controversy won't soon fade for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan

How can Trudeau allow Sajjan to remain in cabinet?Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government are dealing with two major controversies involving our military. Both situations went from bad to worse in 24 hours. So did the possible fate of a minister of the Crown. The first controversy involves Gen. Jonathan Vance. He served as chief of the defence staff for the…

Trudeau stumbles from one disaster to another

Questions again swirling around the fed's hiring processes, this time in the military

Trudeau stumbles from one disaster to anotherAfter conducting job interviews for prospective employees, private-sector employers go through a vetting process before hiring someone. Vetting an applicant involves (hopefully) a thorough background check to ensure the information provided was accurate and complete. This includes validating previous work experience, contacting references, and perhaps doing criminal record checks and requesting credit history, among other…

Good Seuss, bad Seuss, less Seuss, no Seuss?

Ignoring, desensitizing or eliminating history is the wrong approach. Learning, engaging and explaining will have a more positive effect

Good Seuss, bad Seuss, less Seuss, no Seuss?Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was one of the world’s most influential authors of children’s literature. The talented political cartoonist, illustrator and poet released over 60 memorable and beloved tales. Those tales included The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Green Eggs and…

Get ready for a Trump 2024 campaign

His triumphant keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday opened up some doors, and closed others

Get ready for a Trump 2024 campaignDonald Trump left the White House on the morning of Jan. 20. Since then, many columnists, reporters and political commentators have speculated whether the former president will run in 2024. It’s an unusual hill to climb in United States politics. The only president to serve two non-consecutive terms was Grover Cleveland. He won the popular…

Rush Limbaugh helped break the left’s stranglehold on the media

Canadian talk radio show hosts like Dave Rutherford, Lowell Green, Jerry Agar, Brian Lilley and Charles Adler were all influenced by him

Rush Limbaugh helped break the left’s stranglehold on the mediaRush Limbaugh died on Feb. 17 due to complications from lung cancer. This permanent state of radio silence has caused many U.S. conservatives to mourn his passing. The 70-year-old Limbaugh was a bombastic, outspoken, articulate, controversial and larger-than-life radio personality. He was the father of U.S. conservative talk radio and one of the most influential…

Will there be another chapter in Donald Trump’s political saga?

The upcoming battle within the GOP could tear it apart

Will there be another chapter in Donald Trump’s political saga?Former U.S. president Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial was held from Feb. 9 to 13. He was acquitted on the one article of impeachment (incitement of insurrection) by a vote of 57-43, which was below the two-thirds majority required for a conviction. While this fast-paced impeachment trial is over, there could be long-lasting effects. Congress’s…

In praise of Hee Haw’s old-time country laughs – and music

It’s time to bring back Hee Haw and its successful brand of comedy and country music to a whole new generation of TV viewers

In praise of Hee Haw’s old-time country laughs – and music“SAA-LUTE!” Does that ring a bell? If not, maybe a quick “Howdy!,” “Pfft! You was gone!,” “Uh-huh, oh yeah!” or “Hey Grandpa! What’s for supper?” will bring back fond memories. Perhaps a short visit to Kornfield Kounty and Archie’s Barber Shop would help. Or we could grab a guitar and banjo and start pickin’ and…

COVID-19 vaccine rollout bungled by federal government

If we’re all in this together, what on Earth are the feds doing when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccine rollout bungled by federal government“We are all in this together and we are there for you.” Does this ring a bell? It should. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it during a March 18, 2020, press conference – the week after the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 had become a global pandemic. In the days that followed, Canadian businesses…

Time for a rational approach to environmental issues

Fortunately, some writers and thinkers still believe in healthy debate and intellectual discourse on the environment. One of them is Peter Foster

Time for a rational approach to environmental issuesU.S. President Joe Biden’s first day in the White House included signing 17 executive orders. Three of them related directly to the environment: rejoining the Paris agreement on climate change, revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and reviewing regulatory measures pertaining to industries with high emissions. These executive orders were expected to materialize…

Trump’s final day as president

What does his future hold?

Trump’s final day as presidentOn Wednesday, Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. That means the White House’s 45th occupant, Donald Trump, has only one more day in office. What will happen during his final few hours? Several phone calls of either a personal or political nature seem likely. Brief chats with White House staff…

Impeaching Trump will make a bad situation worse

Things could get far more violent than what we just witnessed if Trump was actually tossed out of office

Impeaching Trump will make a bad situation worseThe United States Capitol was built in 1800 as the political home for members of Congress. It’s a magnificent piece of neoclassical architecture, and a popular destination for historians and tourists. The Capitol has only been attacked on two occasions. The first was during the War of 1812. British forces initiated the burning of Washington…
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