What Donald Trump, and his supporters, taught us

If we're going to build a better world that's not subject to extremism, we need to really listen to the hopes and fears of our neighbours

What Donald Trump, and his supporters, taught usMuch of the world was shocked when America elected Donald Trump as president. Many reacted with fury. How could a man who spews racist and misogynistic rhetoric be chosen to lead such a powerful country? Not only did it happen, it happened less than six months after the United Kingdom voted to leave the multi-ethnic…

The fine line between liberalism and intolerance

The Law Society of British Columbia crossed the line in its opposition to Trinity Western University's request to establish a faith-based law school

The fine line between liberalism and intoleranceSometimes a well-intentioned defense of one group’s rights becomes an expression of intolerance towards another group. Such is the case with the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) and Trinity Western University. TWU is a privately-funded, evangelical Christian university seeking to establish a faith-based law school. TWU has faced an uphill battle since it first…

Civics courses are something we can’t LIV without

Imagine how things would change if we educated our next generation to ignore the sideshow antics, the social media snapshots, and the meaningless jargon

Civics courses are something we can’t LIV withoutAs the Fraser Institute points out with its Tax Freedom Day, nearly half of your work in a year is spent earning income to meet tax obligations to municipal, provincial and federal governments. Yet despite the taxes we pay, too often Canadians are ill-informed about how governments operate, or what we can do as citizens to…

Looking for answers: energy jingoism vs energy xenophobia

The process to review the NEB's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline proposal takes us into a strange land of negativity

Looking for answers: energy jingoism vs energy xenophobiaYou can please some people all of the time or all people some of the time, but you can't please all people all of the time – so the saying goes. How about pleasing none of the people, none of the time? Ask Kim Baird, Annette Trimbee and Tony Penikett. They are the brave souls who,…

Me and my (carbon) shadow

Canadians have to stop demonizing the energy industry and start to accept responsibility for their carbon consumption

Me and my (carbon) shadowAll Canadians have a carbon shadow. It follows us everywhere. It's with us when we stick our keys into the ignition, when we turn up our thermostats and when the fridge light comes on. It's in the clothes we wear and the food we eat. It's there whenever we do what we do in our lives. This carbon…

Canadians have a duty to truly understand energy issues

Manipulated by politicians and environmental activists, Canadians are often passive rather than pro-active participants in energy policy initiatives

Canadians have a duty to truly understand energy issuesThis nation needs a thoughtful dialogue on energy civics, because Canadians must become far more involved in the way energy policy is shaped and grounded in everyday life. Wikipedia says: “Civics is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members…

Hospitals have no conscience, only the people who work in them do

Publicly-funded Catholic hospitals have no institutional claim to Freedom of Religion

Hospitals have no conscience, only the people who work in them doCanadians are grappling with one of the most difficult legal issues we have faced in decades: our collective responsibility to facilitate medically-assisted death for those who choose it and satisfy the legal criteria. Ever since the Supreme Court decided in Carter v Canada that individuals have a Charter protected right to a dignified death of…

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…

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…