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…

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…

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us again

Western values for westerners has a nice ring to it. Let the rest of the world make their own value choices. It sure beats neo-colonial wars in distant lands

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us againIn five short months, Donald Trump has turned the world upside down. So what kind of new world order can we expect? Trump has attacked NATO (questioning its very existence), shredded trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate change…

Civil law under attack from new and powerful enemy

The disproportionate impact of activists through social media could swamp legally-held rights and trample on centuries of legal history

Civil law under attack from new and powerful enemyOf all the great cultures of the world, the West stands out as the only major civilization that established a solid foundation of civil law. Other cultures had rules, of course. All societies establish social order based on codes of behaviour. But in other cultures, these codes were loose and subject to the whims of…

Cultural appropriation controversy is entirely about free speech

The only route to a better appreciation of the cultures in Canada is through exposure, questioning, expressing opinions – even if those opinions are wrong

If there’s ever going to be a watershed moment in protecting free speech in Canada, the recent controversy surrounding cultural appropriation could fit the role. The story began in a rather innocuous manner. Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write magazine (the quarterly publication of the Writers’ Union of Canada), wrote in a column, “I don’t believe…

Getting snowed under in a political Potter’s field

The fault isn’t with Quebec society. It’s with a political world that utterly rejects that it must bear responsibility when hundreds are stranded in a storm

Getting snowed under in a political Potter’s fieldOTTAWA, Ont. Mar. 29, 2017 /Troy Media/ – There are times when timing alone tells you everything you need to know about what’s truly wrong. An example arose last week when the head of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada abruptly resigned because of a highly critical article he’d published about Quebec and Quebecers. Social…