YouTube knocking down Canada’s protective cultural wall

Canada’s creative lobby may have turned its back on the world but that doesn’t mean Canadians are joining them in their quest to hide

YouTube knocking down Canada’s protective cultural wallCanada’s creative lobby may have turned its back on the world but that doesn’t mean Canadians are joining them in their quest to hide behind a big wall of regulations aimed at protecting them from foreigners. A recent study by Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design, entitled  Watchtime Canada: How YouTube Connects Creators and…

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effective

Education schools often tilt from one useless fad to another with little practical use in actual classrooms

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effectiveIn 1933, the retiring president of Harvard University, Lawrence Lowell, famously stated that his university’s school of education was “a kitten that ought to be drowned.” Of course, university presidents wouldn’t talk like this today. But Lowell was far from the only scholar to hold education schools in such low repute – and for good…

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails on

Donald Trump’s vision is myopic and shambolic, but there appears to be only the promise of more of the same in the future

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails onIt’s seven months into the Donald Trump presidency and what have we learned? Are things going as planned? Is there a plan? Does the future augur a new tomorrow or more of the same? There are a few home truths on broad display: our man loves to play golf, on his courses, in states where…

The Canadian who helped tame America’s Wild West

Born in Quebec, Bat Masterson set out to find adventure on America's frontier – and he found plenty, etching his name and deeds in the history books

It was through the cinema of my childhood that I first heard of Bat Masterson. But it wasn’t until I read Tom Clavin’s new book, Dodge City, that I realized Masterson was Canadian. Or at least he was by birth. Masterson entered this world in Henryville, Que., on Nov. 26, 1853, as the second of…

Social media drives a wedge in democracy

In America's coarsened social discourse, expertise is reviled, and researched facts are replaced by fake news and egregious self-promotion

Baby boomers grew up in a world where the principles of democracy were taught in high school by social studies teachers who became misty eyed describing the Athenian Agora. The great public squares in the Greek city states saw the citizens gather to hear reasoned discourse about issues, presented by heroic logicians and statesmen, who…

The technological megashifts reshaping our world

Technology is unleashing dynamic forces, reshaping life and radically reconfiguring the relationship between our past, present and future

The technological megashifts reshaping our worldScience fiction is increasingly science fact and exponential technological changes are rapidly altering our culture, business and society. Much of it is extremely promising – indeed, it has the potential to solve our biggest challenges, such as energy, water, diseases and global warming. But we are also facing myriad unintended consequences, such as the likelihood of…

Silent Night for Christians facing genocide

Christians experience religious persecution more than any other faith group on a global scale and in absolute numbers

Silent Night for Christians facing genocideThere was good news and bad news around an open letter released in Ottawa recently. The bad news was the letter concerned the persecution of about 230 million Christians worldwide faced with “daily threats of murder, beating, imprisonment, and torture.” An estimated 400 million more Christians face appalling discrimination in housing and jobs. The good…
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