Why Payette was right – and dead wrong

At the core of both science and religion is the human desire to understand that which eludes us, and to make sense of life

Why Payette was right – and dead wrongCanadian Gov. Gen. Julie Payette recently pitted science and religion against each other when she implied that science is rational and religion irrational. While many share this view, I find it narrow and simplistic. Both science and religion shed meaning on human experience, and both play a role in shaping the world. Both are tools…

Julie Payette crossed the line

Payette’s disrespectful comments tarnish her position as Queen Elizabeth II’s federal viceregal representative

Julie Payette crossed the lineIt only took one speech for new Canadian Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to confirm why some columnists and pundits (including me) were lukewarm about her nomination in the first place. “Oh, but she’s an astronaut and a scientist,” crowed her enthusiastic support base during the dog days of summer. “She’ll bring a fresh new outlook…

The Halloween costume conundrum

With a whole industry made up of people ready to points fingers, it is getting harder and harder to pick one

The Halloween costume conundrumHalloween is fast approaching and it’s time for parents to ask themselves an important question: How offensive do I want my child’s costume to be? As children prepare to take to the streets to beg for obesity-producing and tooth-decaying treats, they should also be prepared to be judged on their political correctness. There’s a whole…

Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American children

Petty Ontario politicians were outraged that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos planned a visit to Ontario to meet with educators

Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American childrenPolitics shouldn't interfere with efforts to improve the education of countless children. But don't try to explain that to a large group of politicians and educators in Ontario. The Program for International  Student Assessment (PISA) gathers data highlighting worldwide test scores of 15-year-old students in math, science and reading. It's a useful tool in assessing…

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…

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?

Conservative Arthur Brooks argues people can head off a cultural and political implosion by celebrating the perspective of the other

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?Various commentators have concluded that America is in the throes of its second civil war. Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, has concluded that the political left and right share no common value system (such as respect for freedom of speech), therefore there can be no collaborative coming together over core beliefs. He argues that…

The Ryerson name dilemma a no-choice, no-win situation

There’s a need for a greater confrontation of ideas, not less. Sameness, groupthink and orthodoxy are killing us

The Ryerson name dilemma a no-choice, no-win situationWhat’s in a name? That old question came up again recently, when rogue members of the Ryerson University’s student union publicly demanded their school drop Ryerson from its name. Egerton Ryerson, namesake of the university and founder of the Ontario public school system, contributed to the development of what eventually became the residential school system,…

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.…

Why even freak shows deserve a spotlight

Broadcasting the Alex Jones interview was the right decision. All points of view, no matter how reprehensible, must be open for debate

Why even freak shows deserve a spotlightMegyn Kelly made a big splash when she left Fox News for NBC in January. Her new show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, which debuted on June 4, has received fairly positive reviews for interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and sportscaster Erin Andrews. The upbeat reception changed in a hurry when it was announced…

Governor General apologizes for telling the truth

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

By Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy Canada’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…