When political attack ads turn and bite the wrong prey

The Working Families campaign targeting Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is just plain wrong – and stupid – and that means it will fail

When political attack ads turn and bite the wrong preyGo negative, sure. But don’t fib. The Working Families group has a new ad out. If you live in Ontario, you’ve likely seen it. If you don’t, you haven’t. But the ad is worth talking about because of the issues it raises. Working Families describes itself as a group that was “created by members of…

Will Trudeau finally pay the price for his arrogance?

Indigenous leaders were upset about Trudeau's comments about his boxing match with Patrick Brazeau. Some called him arrogant; others, racist

Will Trudeau finally pay the price for his arrogance?Every political hack remembers where they were when the first black man was elected president of the United States, when Nelson Mandela was freed from a South African prison or (more recently, depressingly) when Donald Trump entered the White House. Those were big political events. Some of us even remember where we were when Liberal…

An open government doesn’t close doors to information

The case of Vice-Admiral Norman shouldn't be about disclosing cabinet secrets, it should be about loyalty, ethical behaviour and adhering to codes of conduct

In addressing the issues raised by the situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, some commentators, and the federal cabinet, are confusing the requirements of loyalty and ethical behaviour that apply to federal public officials with the much more limited duty to keep cabinet secrets. Based on the evidence made public, Norman's communication with an executive from the…

Are Canada’s public schools truly for everyone?

The Saskatchewan ruling gives provinces the impetus to explore the alternatives to forcing children into secular public education

Are Canada’s public schools truly for everyone?TORONTO, Ont., May 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It's time to go back to the drawing board on public funding for education. In Saskatchewan, a recent ruling by a Court of Queen's Bench justice was meant to end a 12-year legal battle between public and Catholic school administrations. But Premier Brad Wall’s announcement that the province…

The stone cold truth: marijuana clouds reality

Contrary to decades of marijuana proponent propaganda, it’s not a drug like alcohol or caffeine. It's very purpose is intoxication

The stone cold truth: marijuana clouds realityOTTAWA, Ont., April 16, 2017 /Troy Media/ – There’s something quasi quaint about the federal government introducing legislation to legalize marijuana. News reporting on the budding bill has generously employed terrible puns to create a sense of giggling excitement about it. A Canadian Press story advised that all of Ottawa is “buzzing” at the audacity that dope…

A candid and honest politician. Is that too much to ask?

Trudeau continues to struggle with his facts, telling one part of the country one thing and another part something quite different

A candid and honest politician. Is that too much to ask?CALGARY, Alta. Jan. 18, 2017/ Troy Media/ - In politics, lying is in. I know. I know. You could dig into history and argue that it’s always been in. But, right now, it appears to be front and centre, thanks in large part to that guy in the country south of us whose name I’d…

Is Trudeau’s warranty running out?

The botched electoral reform initiative and the access-for-cash mess highlight a growing disconnect between the voters and the Liberals

Is Trudeau’s warranty running out?CALGARY, Alta. Jan. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Are Liberal voters suffering buyer’s remorse? Is it even possible following Justin Trudeau’s fairy-tale victory just over a year ago? A young and exuberant man with an appealing platform, a charming wife and family, the prime minister made waves during the election campaign and beyond. A refreshing change from his…

The slings and arrows of (political) misfortune

Justin Trudeau’s mistake wasn’t being a passenger on Air Aga Khan. It was hanging out with a billionaire, and then trying to keep it a big secret

The slings and arrows of (political) misfortuneTORONTO, Ont. Jan. 13, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Is Justin Trudeau guilty? Yes he is: of using a dangling preposition. Here’s the relevant news report: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he made use of the private helicopter of the Aga Khan during a family vacation at the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader’s retreat in the Bahamas…

Imagine a day without responsible journalism

As we observe World AIDS Day, a key tool in the ongoing fight against intolerance, bigotry and oppression is under threat

Imagine a day without responsible journalismCALGARY, Alta. Nov. 29, 2016/ Troy Media - Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Tennis great Arthur Ashe. Gunsmoke’s Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty), and Brady Bunch dad Robert Reed. As we pause on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) to remember these and others lost to the insidious disease that was once thought to affect only gay men and IV…

What you can do to keep responsible journalism alive

Think about what a potential “Day Without Responsible Journalism” could mean

What you can do to keep responsible journalism aliveCALGARY, Alta. Nov. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If you value news reported in the public interest, democracy and human rights, and facts that are rigorously reported and verified, then please think about what a potential “Day Without Responsible Journalism” could mean. Thankfully, there are several actions we can each take to ensure that day…