Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfires

Fort McMurray fire ignites the wrath of useless idiots from both sides of the ideological divide

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfiresNo one knows what caused the Fort McMurray fire. But that hasn’t stopped too many people – on both sides of the ideological divide – from assigning blame. From pointing fingers, and recklessly accusing others. It’s happened on the ideological left and on the right. Early on, former NDP candidate Tom Moffatt posted this on…

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicide

We need to take extraordinary care in defining the terms of medically-assisted death in Canada

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicideIn a debate as significant to the nation as that about medically-assisted death, every word matters. Bill C-14, introduced in the House of Commons on April 14, is titled “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).” The phrase “medical assistance in dying” is used…

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…
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