Guiding Canada down a multicultural food path, with consequences

The next food guide will make the disconnect between Canadian agricultural policies and food consumption much more obvious

Guiding Canada down a multicultural food path, with consequencesThe new principles Health Canada will use for its next food guide signal a complete revamp of our rainbow of food groups. It appears a plant-based diet will be strongly encouraged. We might even see a focus on more plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, nuts and tofu in the next Canada’s Food Guide. This would…

Canadian citizenship is only 70 years old

Until 1947, Canadians were still considered British subjects, albeit living in an independent, self-governing country

Canadian citizenship is only 70 years oldIt may come as a surprise but Canadian citizenship is just 70 years old. After passing Parliament on June 27, 1946, the Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect on Jan. 1, 1947. The first citizenship ceremony, during which 26 individuals received their certificates, took place in Ottawa two days later. Although the concept of a…

2016 was the year of elite comeuppance

When virtually the entire elite class holds the values of large numbers of people in contempt, something important has been lost

2016 was the year of elite comeuppanceFrom Brexit to the election of Donald Trump, 2016 wasn’t a great year for elite policy-makers, pundits and prognosticators. Despite voluminous quantities of advising, lecturing, hectoring and finger-wagging, the hoi polloi persisted in making up their own minds. Because life is inherently unpredictable, even very smart and informed people can get it wrong sometimes. But…

How the left has ruined multiculturalism

Under the heavy hand of the left, multiculturalism, which was supposed to bind us, is driving us apart

How the left has ruined multiculturalismMulticulturalism is no longer a celebration of the best that each culture offers the human community. Rather, it has become the separateness that defines and categorizes cultures, to the detriment of us all. Technically, multiculturalism means the coexistence, celebration and recognition of the equal worth of diverse cultures; the acceptance that every culture has a contribution…

Anthem debate ignores larger civics concern

Promoting engaged and informed citizenship is a battle all political parties should be fighting

Anthem debate ignores larger civics concernControversy arose this month in Ontario when it was revealed the Ministry of Education was considering making civics an optional course for students. Many Ontarians and residents of other provinces decried the proposed change as a move away from civic and citizenship literacy. Promoting engaged and informed citizenship is a battle Canadian conservatives should be fighting.…

Yes Virginia, values do matter

To live in Canada successfully, the beliefs immigrants bring with them must be secondary to the values enshrined in the Canadian Constitution

Yes Virginia, values do matterThe skies are clear and blue in Lourdes, France, the hordes of tourists have returned to their travails and the breezes carry just a touch of autumn's chill. But the cultural troubles of summer smoulder just below the placid surface. Gazing out at the long stone walls and the equally stony faces of the local…

Integration just isn’t what it used to be

Assimilation has become a dirty word, with anyone who advocates it liable to be accused of promoting cultural genocide

Integration just isn’t what it used to beThe American political commentator Reihan Salam has recently written about the need to create “a new melting-pot nationalism suited to our own time.” The old approach, in his view, doesn’t fit with current socio-economic reality. What worked to integrate, say, Italian-Americans in the 1900s no longer works today. Salam’s essay focuses on the impact of…