Painting a masterpiece: the art of dissent in search of truth

Freedom of expression in the arts is as fragile as freedom of the press, and it’s just as vital to human rights as freedom of thought

Painting a masterpiece: the art of dissent in search of truthUkrainian businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk said, “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” Art has been a part of the human experience as long as there have been people. It’s served many purposes, from the practical to the philosophical. Great pieces of art offer an expression of beauty and human creativity.…

The Merchant of Venom’s Canadian connection

Don Rickles was a master of insult comedy, making jokes about racial and religious groups that would never survive in today’s politically correct world

The Merchant of Venom’s Canadian connectionDon Rickles passed away at the age of 90 on April 6. Rickles was one of the last remaining links to a golden period in his time-honoured industry. He was a master of improvisation and insult comedy, making jokes about racial and religious groups that would never survive in today’s politically correct world. Nevertheless, he once…