Don’t be surprised if May abandons Greens for the Liberals

The Green Party leader’s opposition to BDS, and frustration with her party’s position against Israel, leaves her with little option

Don’t be surprised if May abandons Greens for the LiberalsIs Elizabeth May going to abandon the Green Party of Canada? Ever since her party adopted the controversial message of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement during its recent policy convention – which she opposed – the longtime leader has been strongly tilting in this direction. May told the CBC on Aug. 12, “I…

Russia’s Olympic pass a blow to IOC’s credibility

The IOC made a spineless decision that could set a bad precedent

Russia’s Olympic pass a blow to IOC’s credibilityIf anyone still has a modicum of respect left for the International Olympic Committee, their blinders must surely be wide and thick. The IOC’s decision to treat Russia with kid gloves at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, after a major doping scandal is, to put it mildly, shameful. Last November’s 323-page World Anti-Doping…

A candidate’s (ghost-written) words are not enough

Ideology and anecdotal content can't save a politician's speech if the candidate doesn't have the oratory skills to sell it all

A candidate’s (ghost-written) words are not enoughCrafting a political speech is a fine art. Many valiantly attempt to conquer the hearts and minds of an audience, but scant few succeed. It’s not simple. The speechwriter has to take himself or herself out of the equation, and create stirring words, sentences and phrases in the voice of the intended orator. This often…

Pokémon Go . . . Away

With so many problems confronting the world, why are so many people obsessing about something as insignificant as Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go . . . AwayOur world has recently experienced some significant tragedies. We’ve witnessed several racially motivated/anti-police shooting deaths in the U.S., a horrific attack in Nice, France, by a rampaging truck driver, and a failed political coup in Turkey that’s led to thousands of arrests. That’s why it’s been frustrating to watch many people spending enormous amounts of…

Raonic has the makings of a tennis champ

Canada is on the cusp of becoming a great tennis nation, but the path to glory needs a champion, not another also-ran

Raonic has the makings of a tennis champCanadians have recently had a great deal to cheer about in – of all sports – tennis. Eugenie Bouchard’s magical run to the 2014 Wimbledon women’s final caught our attention. Meanwhile, Milos Raonic’s surprise appearance in this year’s Wimbledon men’s final took this country by storm. There was hope that Raonic could win the title,…

Could the web give Strombo another shot at hockey fame?

An Internet-based sports show seems like a natural move for this media-savvy individual

Could the web give Strombo another shot at hockey fame?The two-year experiment with media personality George Stroumboulopoulos as the host of Hockey Night in Canada has come to an inglorious end. But don’t count Strombo out, just yet. Rogers Communications, which produces HNIC through a licensing agreement with the NHL (after outbidding the CBC in 2013), had hoped Strombo would bring a modern feel to the…

Brexit places globalization on the line

Globalization is still the best way for individual economies, and a competitive marketplace, to thrive

Brexit places globalization on the lineIs this the beginning of the end for globalization? That’s what some commentators hinted at last week after the stunning result of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, or Brexit. The Leave campaign earned 51.89 per cent support (17,410,742 votes), while Remain finished at 48.11 per cent (16,141,241 votes). This led to an eruption…

Canada Pension Plan expansion huge mistake

The extended CPP proposal should have been rejected as an unnecessary increase in federal spending and government interference

Canada Pension Plan expansion huge mistakeThe federal Liberal government's plan to expand the Canada Pension Plan is a huge mistake. On Monday, the feds and most provinces reached an agreement in principle to revamp CPP. (Quebec and Manitoba have not signed on to the deal.) But it’s not surprising that Finance Minister Bill Morneau made this a topic for discussion…

It’s time for all-out war on Islamic terrorism

All western democracies need to come to the realization that this evil presence must be removed from the face of the Earth

If the worst mass shooting in U.S. history isn’t the wake-up call that western democracies need to bring down radical Islamic terrorism once and for all, I don’t know what is. Sunday’s terrible attack at an Orlando, Fla.-based gay night club, Pulse, left 49 people dead and another 53 people injured. What was their supposed crime?…

Muhammad Ali loved those friendly Canadians

"I’ve never been treated so nice in my life (as in Canada)"

Muhammad Ali loved those friendly CanadiansMuhammad Ali was a larger-than-life figure with masterful oratorical skills, innate intelligence and a quick wit. Still, it’s Ali’s unusual link to Canada that has intrigued me the most. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who died June 3 at age 74, had two epic battles with Canadian George Chuvalo. They went 15 rounds at Toronto’s…