Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscience

When we consider the source of electricity, the invasive nature of copper mining for batteries and components, and other factors, the jury is out

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscienceIn the push to normalize electric vehicles, many forget it’s not the end of the road as far as environmental impact is concerned. Presumably, those using electric vehicles or hybrids are motivated by a desire to improve the environment, especially by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Many owners of these vehicles derive satisfaction and…

Nowhere to hide from 21st century retribution

Righteous indignation and claims to victimhood are instant and valuable weapons in a world driven by social media

Nowhere to hide from 21st century retributionOnce they were big. Really big. Kings of Hollywood, producers of movies that were nominated for more than 300 Oscars. But when their founder was outed as the captain of the American freestyle groping team, The Weinstein Company’s name became toxic: board members resigned, industry players rushed to disassociate themselves from the firm, and the…

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusive

Fundamental to human rights in Canada is access to a public education system that offers choice and quality to the taxpayers who pay for it

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusiveChoice and opportunity should be fundamental to public education, but sometimes the argument gets muddied by peculiar personal perspectives. We’ve seen an unprecedented movement in Canadian publicly-supported schools to accommodate the needs and rights of minority groups such as LGBTQ, with the introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms and curriculum updates. Social justice issues have taken up…

A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapot

For the CBC and others, a joke about cultural appropriation is more important than, you know, things like real racism

A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapotAll novelists are liars. Thieves, too. So said the late Mordecai Richler. My friend and I were in the dark at the back at the Bovine Sex Club on Queen West, waiting to see the Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads. My friend had just told me the story of how, years ago, he…

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?

If the left is so clever, how come the man they call a moron or a narcissist waxed them in the election against St. Hillary?

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?Consider the George W. Bush paradox. According to the attack strategy employed by Michael Moore and his pals, U.S. president #43 was either capable of the most intricate conspiracies the world has ever known or he was a blithering idiot. How could Bush be both evil genius and town fool? Depending on the day, marshmallow…

Confessions of a progressive: where we got it wrong

Progressives are so isolated in their sense of liberal superiority that they can't appreciate the growing frustration many people feel about the modern progressive agenda

Confessions of a progressive: where we got it wrongI confess! I'm an urban progressive who didn't see the Trump revolution coming. As I watched the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, a giant wall came crashing down in my political worldview. I suddenly realized I'd become so isolated in my sense of liberal superiority that I couldn't (or wouldn't) appreciate the growing frustration…

“Progressives” turn to scare tactics against Trump

When you can’t argue the issues that got you dumped by Trump, then you go scare tactics. That's the progressive way

“Progressives” turn to scare tactics against TrumpAlthough Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, a vocal portion of his electorate has decided it will not be so. “Not my president” say the sociology sophomores at Brandeis. More than 65 Democrats in Congress sat out the ceremony. If you were among those optimists who thought that…

Petroleum products pervade every corner of our lives

If Canadians threw away everything connected to petroleum, they wouldn't have much left in their homes

Petroleum products pervade every corner of our livesCanadians have been told for years that their combs, toothbrushes and hairbrushes are petroleum products. The cold cream used to remove makeup (and the makeup) typically come from petroleum.  We use petroleum products to clean our hair and to cure what ails us, with everything from first-aid salves to medications. Smear Vaseline on dry skin and you're lubricating yourself with good…

Pipeline protests should not overpower good governance

Protesters should understand that good governance requires decisions be made for the good of all Canadians, not just one interest group

Pipeline protests should not overpower good governanceIn November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Canada, and particularly Alberta, not one, but two oil pipeline project approvals – the Trans Mountain expansion and the Line 3 replacement project. The challenge now will be to see things through. Some groups are threatening heavy resistance to the projects, including actions on the ground akin to…

Star power loses its lustre when talking politics

Meryl Streep’s misplaced speech at the Golden Globes demonstrates why most conservatives dislike Hollywood

Star power loses its lustre when talking politicsThanks, Meryl Streep. Your speech at last Sunday’s 74th Golden Globe Awards provided another reason why most conservatives dislike Hollywood. After receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, the talented actress used the forum to express her views on politics and the arts. Many liberals (and a few conservatives) praised Streep’s comments. They…