Kaepernick standing up for the rights of everyone

Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem is an act of conscience and we should respect his right to express his concerns

Kaepernick standing up for the rights of everyoneWhat motivates Colin Kaepernick? What is it about his actions that is so upsetting to so many people? Who is right? Considerable controversy has been stirred up in the sports world and beyond by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the American national anthem. Some people view him as a villain and…

Resetting Canada-China relations

Canada should take steps to build a sustainable trading relationship with China, predicated on advancing the well-being of Canadians

Resetting Canada-China relationsWhat's a self-respecting Canadian prime minister to do with China, a vital partner that's dominating world trade and becoming dangerously belligerent? We will find out soon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in China in preparation for the G20 summit in Hangzhou, where he will meet with other world leaders and business elites. China's rise to superpower status…

The case for human rights in China

Disdain for human rights has institutionalized inequality in the Chinese workplace, with negative consequences for western workers

The case for human rights in ChinaNothing illustrates the vast differences between China and the West like the thorny issue of human rights. Protecting and advancing basic human rights is central to western civilization. In China, individual rights are sacrificed to the imperatives of the state. Canadians were reminded of this sharp divide a few weeks ago when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang…

Canada Post is keeping bad company

Does business with a man who promotes Holocaust denial, racism, homophobia and sexual assault

Canada Post is keeping bad companyDoes Judy Foote care about racism and Holocaust denial? She must. She’s a veteran of politics, and has been in the game for a couple decades, both in Ottawa and in her home province of Newfoundland. She won re-election in 2015 with 82 per cent of the vote. She has clearly been effective, or she…

Ezra, my Ezra, why hast thou forsaken me?

It being Lent and all, I was canvassing Scripture and – bear with me here – I was reminded of Ezra Levant and his Rebels

Ezra, my Ezra, why hast thou forsaken me?It being Lent and all, I was canvassing Scripture and – bear with me here – I was reminded of Ezra Levant and his Rebels. Rona Ambrose may think she is the Leader of the Opposition, but she isn’t. Ezra is. As a lawyer, a political assistant, a magazine publisher, a newspaper columnist, a TV…

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trial

Facebook – and Twitter in particular – facilitate a sort-of mob mentality online

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trialHave you ever worked on a trial, from start to finish? I have. When I did so, I was always amazed about how much information – how much detail – I would miss by simply stepping out of the courtroom to go to the bathroom. And that brings me to the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault…

Every religion has its lunatic fringe

Those of us who are Christians have ours, and the Muslims do, too

Every religion has its lunatic fringeThe familiar refrain of the Right goes something like this: “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” It’s become ubiquitous enough that you can find it on T-shirts and bumper stickers. A more intellectualized version of that is found in a recent Wall Street Journal column, by a member of that paper’s…

China just one of many trade growth opportunities

Concentrating on increasing trade relations with China is certainly relevant, but it's hardly original on Trudeau's part

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to enhance Canada’s role in the global economy has received extensive praise. To be honest, it’s hard to understand why. The federal Liberals have targeted a free trade deal with China as its first priority. A push to finalize a long-awaited trade arrangement with India is also on the agenda.…

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workers

Proposed policies changes strengthen the power of unions

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workersBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Canada’s new federal government campaigned on policies aimed at making labour laws fairer and more balanced, and the prime minister recently confirmed this commitment in his public mandate letter to the minister charged with the labour portfolio. But the proposed labour policies will strengthen the power of unions…

China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviour

Your “credit” score declines if you criticize the government online

China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviourOrwellian may be the most misused adjective in the language. Just about anything qualifies, from security cameras to law-and-order legislation to the bonus scheme for the Pan Am Games (really, see Letters to the Editor, Toronto Star). But nothing has come close to George Orwell’s dystopian technologically-based totalitarianism – until now. The Communist Party of…