How being politically correct can muddy complex waters

U of C's "cultural engagement" guidelines bear little resemblance to the complex relationship that existed between aboriginals and immigrants

How being politically correct can muddy complex watersCALGARY, Alta. Mar. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – A ceremony at the University of Calgary a short while ago invited all faculty members of the Royal Society of Canada to welcome newly-elected fellows into the ranks. It was presided over by one of the university’s vice-presidents. Other members of the senior leadership team were also…

The unavoidable cure to the trust crisis in politics

Listen up politicians, it’s not your abilities that are in question, it's your backbone; it is no longer enough to be polished and politically correct

The unavoidable cure to the trust crisis in politicsCALGARY, Alta. Feb. 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Every once in a while, Preston Manning delivers a morsel of wisdom that changes the way we view politics in Canada. He did it again last week when he spoke about the impact of the Trump phenomenon on our country. Speaking to many of the country’s leading conservatives…

Donald Trump’s words come back to haunt him

What the president said outside the courtroom is now being used to hammer him inside the courtroom

Donald Trump’s words come back to haunt himTORONTO, Ont. Feb. 8, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Right-wing extremists like to bray and screech about “political correctness.” They think it’s a super big deal. U.S. President Donald Trump, in particularly, has been kvetching about “political correctness” for years. Many years ago, I wrote in the National Post about how Stockwell Day, and those like him in the Canadian…

A courageous stand against made-up gender pronouns

Individuals and groups cannot simply force a change in speech, language or perception that hasn’t been recognized by the vast majority of society

TORONTO, Ont. Nov. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ – There have been occasions when seemingly innocuous YouTube videos go viral. The most recent (and unusual) example has been a Canadian academic’s esoteric discussion of a violation of his right to free speech on campus. Yet, there are many logical reasons why Jordan Peterson’s 57 minute, 42…

Putting a muzzle on the right to disagree

Censorship's pure arrogance says: ‘I'm so correct that I can decide on behalf of everyone which ideas may be expressed in public’

Putting a muzzle on the right to disagreeCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Did the Supreme Court of Canada get it wrong in striking down Vancouver’s ban on placing political ads on buses? Vancouver’s policy stated, in part: “No advertisement will be accepted which is likely, in the light of prevailing community standards, to cause offence to any person or group of…

Donald Trump’s dangerous scorched-earth language

His boasting fans the flame of mistrust, anger and hatred, and has galvanized a segment of the American population

Donald Trump’s dangerous scorched-earth languageTRAIL, B.C. Oct. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump has, among other things, implied he is more Christian than Pope Francis. As a self-described good Christian, Trump might heed some advice from an ancient letter attributed to the apostle James. James singles out boasting as dangerous language, comparing it to a small…

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firm

We must be free to think and speak in Canada. If University of Toronto's Jordan Peterson can’t do it with tenure, then who can?

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firmHAMILTON, Ont. Oct. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Freedom of speech and thought are in peril in Canada. The attacks on Jordan Peterson help demonstrate that. Peterson, a psychology professor at University of Toronto, launched himself into the public eye recently by expressing concerns about the growth of state authority and diminishing freedom related to transgender activism. Make no…

Play Ball! Bid to ban Chief Wahoo gets the Tomahawk Chop

A court of law has much better things to do than waste valuable time and resources on these types of frivolous matters

Play Ball! Bid to ban Chief Wahoo gets the Tomahawk ChopTORONTO, Ont. Oct. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The political left occasionally focuses its political radar on the rather tiresome issue of sports teams’ nicknames. The newest target is the Cleveland Indians – and it’s happening in Canada, of all places. The Indians and Toronto Blue Jays are facing off in the American League Championship…

Universities should be a safe place to express ideas

Berating someone for wearing a Donald Trump hat takes us too far along the road to political correctness and endangers honest debate

Universities should be a safe place to express ideasCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The American election campaign has sloshed across the border and washed up on the campus of Calgary's Mount Royal University (MRU), raising issues of political correctness and free speech. The occasion was a confrontation between a female student who strongly disapproved of a male student sporting a baseball…

Read this but prepare to be offended

Nowhere and in no society was anyone ever guaranteed to be free from unfortunate insult or mild offence

Read this but prepare to be offendedNEW YORK May 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Warning: This week’s column is likely to offend . . .  someone. The disclaimer is necessary because it seems that no matter what is written, said, broadcast, uttered or sputtered these days, someone, somewhere takes offence. What’s more, said offended person, group, community, gender, religion or race…