There was a time when I thought that if the media spent as much time looking at the positive things that happen in the world as they do endlessly looping video of a tragedy that the world wouldn’t seem to be so dark and dangerous. I still think that. But a recent column by Emma Teitel about “hate clicking” made me think about something else.Continue reading
Remembrance Day is not only for the fallen. It should remind us of the ongoing obligation we have to support the veterans who have served in all capacities and who continue to bear the physical and psychological scars of their sacrifice for all of us.Continue reading
Stephen Harper could have made sure that the men and women he appointed to the Senate were of the highest calibre; that they represented a broad cross-section of Canadian thought, experience, and character; that, given a position of highest trust, they would conduct themselves by the highest ethical standards.
This is what happens when ideology trumps ethics.
The ticker at the bottom of the CBC News screen read “Harper not swayed by senators’ pleas.” Why should that matter?Continue reading
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about writing this series of articles is that I can do it with a bit of wry humour. But I know that, like Michael J. Fox’s new show, that humour doesn’t always work.
And I was reminded while watching it that that’s okay.
It’s been twelve years since the tragedy of 9/11. Has the world learned anything? Dictators still murder their own people. Tens of thousands still die of the effects of poverty. But … if you give even one extra thought to even one of them, then something has changed, something important. Lets keep that change alive.Continue reading
So here’s the question – As an adult, if pot/marijuana/weed were legal, regulated and sold in the same way that alcohol is, would you buy it? Cast your vote.Continue reading
We’ll never eliminate all crimes. But does that mean we should just label them “evil” and stop looking for the root cause?Continue reading
Sigh. Will people like Kenney never learn that the same old rhetoric has become so threadbare that only their most blind followers think the emperor is actually wearing clothes?Continue reading
In spite of the best efforts of people who would like to change us, we’re not a‘Muricans. I’m happy to consider myself a citizen of the world. I’m aware that no individual, no group, and no country is an island unto itself, isolated or independent.
However, like Stompin’ Tom, like many of you reading this, and like William Shatner … I. Am. Canadian. And proud of it