Is justice pricing really justice or just plain hate?

This isn’t a time for Canadians to be segregating each other, or rushing to put themselves and their neighbours into hyphenated categories

Is justice pricing really justice or just plain hate?The attempt by a Victoria, B.C., promoter to institute “justice pricing” for a movie series has attracted considerable attention, most of it hostile. The Made You Look Media company had decreed that to view their latest offering at the Roxy Theatre, the “general admission price of $10 (would) be doubled to $20 for all white…

Putting a muzzle on those you disagree with

Mark Kingwell is vexed by the failure of democracy to silence the speech of those he disagrees with

Putting a muzzle on those you disagree withMark Kingwell is what is commonly called an intellectual social critic. He has an impressive list of advanced degrees and has published books on difficult topics such as baseball, cocktails and democracy. He’s paid by the taxpayers of Ontario to teach philosophy to their university-going young people. But a recent article in the Globe and…

Statues tell a story that people need to hear

You could fill volumes with the uncomfortable statements uttered in the past by people whom we now revere, from Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi

Statues tell a story that people need to hearFrantic officials in the American south are joining with the Taliban and Islamic State as the latest group to destroy memorials to the past. Specifically, they are tearing down statues in praise of the Confederacy. We might well examine the racist speech of Civil War-era politicians to see what motivates the iconoclasts of today to…

Cornwallis and Ryerson: heroes or villains?

Recognizing that all of us are an amalgam of good deeds and bad attitudes will save us from a ceaseless round of endless moaning about the sins of our ancestors

Cornwallis and Ryerson: heroes or villains?How much of a hero do you have to be to warrant a statue? How much of a villain do you have to be to have your name stripped from streets, bridges or schools? The brouhaha surrounding the memory of Edward Cornwallis and Egerton Ryerson means that Canadians and their governmental representatives need to seriously…

Canada should be preserving history, not erasing it

We must stop this ridiculous trend of renaming edifices and cleansing evidence of people's existence from history. If not, where will it end?

Canada should be preserving history, not erasing itThe U.S. has frequently faced controversy over renaming buildings and removing monuments in the South due to historical grievances related to slavery and racism. In recent weeks, Canada has seen a flurry of similar activity. First, the federal Liberal government renamed Langevin Block in Ottawa to the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.…

So long Hector-Louis Langevin: erasing a nation’s history

For the crime of being a man of his times, Canadians are being asked to wipe the memory of a Father of Confederation clean

So long Hector-Louis Langevin: erasing a nation’s history“We do not allow the dead to rise up against us. … You will be lifted clean out from the stream of history. Nothing will remain of you, not a name in a register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as well as in the future. You…

Governor General apologizes for telling the truth

David Johnston told the unvarnished truth: all Canadians, including aboriginals, are immigrants from somewhere. No apology necessary

Governor General apologizes for telling the truthCanada’s governor generals have been famous and infamous. They have played large parts in our country’s history. In some cases, the contribution has been dramatic. Where does David Johnston's recent capitulation put him? In 1926, the King-Byng affair kept the country spellbound as it unfolded, after Gov. Gen. Lord Byng refused Prime Minister William Lyon…

Multi-millionaire LeBron James embraces victimhood

The absurdity of a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars playing the race card is truly dismaying

Multi-millionaire LeBron James embraces victimhoodAs Game One of the NBA Finals turned into a runaway, ABC/ESPN (owned by Disney Corp.) decided to liven things up with a teaching moment. The otherwise excellent reporter, Doris Burke, was summoned court-side to remind everyone that LeBron James’s home had been spray-painted with the N word. James had already opined to media: “It goes…

Trans rights are women’s rights

Transgender women face high rates of physical, sexual and fatal violence. To combat that, human rights must be at the heart of contemporary Canadian feminism

Trans rights are women’s rightsBy Kimberley Ens Manning Concordia University and Julie Temple Newhook Memorial University Earlier this month, Sophie Labelle, a Montreal-based, internationally-renowned transgender author and activist, was subject to a violent cyber attack, including death threats and hate speech. The attackers not only temporarily destroyed her popular website, they also published personal details – including her home address. Labelle is now…

A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapot

For the CBC and others, a joke about cultural appropriation is more important than, you know, things like real racism

A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapotAll novelists are liars. Thieves, too. So said the late Mordecai Richler. My friend and I were in the dark at the back at the Bovine Sex Club on Queen West, waiting to see the Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads. My friend had just told me the story of how, years ago, he…