Netflix next battleground in “protection” of Quebec culture

The protection of Quebec's language and identity is so deeply ingrained in every francophone that nothing as petty as a technology revolution can deter its instincts

Netflix next battleground in “protection” of Quebec cultureAll you need to know about why your Netflix bill will go up sometime in the next couple of years is contained in this paragraph from a recent report in Cartt.ca: “A Quebecor-led coalition of Quebec artists, festivals, production companies, unions, funding agencies and executives at companies including Bell, Cogeco, V, Stingray, Télé-Québec and TV5,…

Don’t be so quick to take offense

A bad joke or inappropriate comment is often just that: a bad joke or inappropriate comment. Calm down, and carry on

Don’t be so quick to take offenseMy old friend and colleague, Postmedia columnist Lorrie Goldstein, recently tweeted out, “The ‘new racism’? Apparently it’s something called ‘microaggressions.’” More specifically, it relates to “racial microaggressions,” a term coined by psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce in the 1970s. It was reintroduced by Columbia University psychologist Derald Wing Sue several years ago, after he and an…

The Halloween costume conundrum

With a whole industry made up of people ready to points fingers, it is getting harder and harder to pick one

The Halloween costume conundrumHalloween is fast approaching and it’s time for parents to ask themselves an important question: How offensive do I want my child’s costume to be? As children prepare to take to the streets to beg for obesity-producing and tooth-decaying treats, they should also be prepared to be judged on their political correctness. There’s a whole…

Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning no

While telling people that they understand the importance of the pipelines, Notley and Trudeau piled up the regulatory bricks to ensure they were not viable

TransCanada’s withdrawal of its proposal to build the Energy East and Eastern Mainline oil pipelines is a huge loss to Canada and Canadian workers – a $16 billion project regulated to death. Let’s get the red herring out of the way up front. Yes, the low world price of oil was surely part of this…

Energy’s uphill battle even tougher in era of willful ignorance

Being energy-ignorant is almost fashionable in certain circles

Energy’s uphill battle even tougher in era of willful ignoranceMost of us have heard of Sisyphus and his struggles. He’s the mythical Greek king doomed for eternity to push a boulder uphill – only to see it roll back down again. To the top. And down again. Kind of like oil-and-gas communications and outreach efforts. There’s never an end in sight; just relentless toil…

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatment

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrique was treated like almost all reporters are treated by most athletes. With disdain

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatmentHe was who we thought he was. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton took up residence in a barrel of his own construction last week. Responding to a postgame question from a female Charlotte Observer reporter about passing routes, Newton responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.” It was the sort…

The death of the carbon tax revenue neutrality myth

Without B.C.'s revenue-neutral tax as a template, other provinces are free to indulge in foolish green fund spending orgies

The death of the carbon tax revenue neutrality mythThe dream of a revenue-neutral carbon tax is over. The notion of carbon tax perfection has always centred on revenue neutrality − whatever governments reaped by taxing carbon dioxide emissions would be returned to taxpayers via tax cuts in other areas. In this way, the overall cost of climate change policy would be nil. Taxpayers…

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy imploding

Canada has a growing global reputation as a place where nothing happens unless it suits a small and clamorous minority

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy implodingHere's a lesson on how to tank an initiative. The head teacher: federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. The initiative: Generation Energy, a conference this week in Carr's hometown of Winnipeg to which his ministry invited individuals and organizations interested in constructive dialogue about Canada's energy future. It’s a sound idea. Tensions around energy are dividing…

Measuring Canada’s history and those who helped make us great

It’s a conceit of every generation that they alone are free from poor judgments, intellectual shortcomings and historical myopia

Measuring Canada’s history and those who helped make us greatShould efforts to exile Canada’s pre-eminent founder, Sir John A. Macdonald, to the scrapheap of history be allowed to succeed? No. Anger at monuments and memorials misunderstands our history and misdirects our energy. The responsibility lies not with the dead but with the living to realize further the promise of Canada. That’s why, for example,…

The waiting is the hardest part, for the hopeful and the pregnant

If abortion is such a hard decision, as even advocates maintain, why aren't women allowed the time to make it?

The waiting is the hardest part, for the hopeful and the pregnantThere are Canadian women whose waiting doesn’t matter. And then there are Canadian women whose waiting is especially terrible and reported on regularly. The Canadian Press reported on Aug. 15 that a 29-year-old whose birth control failed got the abortion she wanted. Except it wasn’t quite fast enough. She waited two months for her abortion…