Searching for a needed break from reality?

Canadian mystery drama, from Murdoch to Doyle to 19-2, can help you escape the roller-coaster of life

Searching for a needed break from reality?Many people are consumed with current events, including the U.S. impeachment inquiry, the saga involving Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and the U.K. general election. Yet there are moments when even this enthusiastic political pundit has had enough and needs to briefly escape the roller-coaster of life. So I delve into sports, movies, art, animation…

We shouldn’t be surprised by Trudeau-Ford meeting

The prime minister, Ontario premier and their advisers realize the lines of communication must stay open for the good of the country

We shouldn’t be surprised by Trudeau-Ford meetingWhen Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently went to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, some people assumed the worst would happen. It’s no secret Ford doesn’t care for Trudeau. The former’s disagreement about implementing a national carbon tax has stretched from the political corridors all the way to the Ontario Court of Appeal.…

How Sesame Place is helping children with autism 

The organization has always been strongly committed to the growth, development and education of children from all walks of life

How Sesame Place is helping children with autism If you and your children enjoy watching Sesame Street, the long-running educational children’s television series, here’s some exciting news. SeaWorld Entertainment announced on Oct. 22 that it will be opening a second Sesame Place theme park in San Diego, Calif., in spring 2021. The 17-acre facility will be built adjacent to SeaWorld San Diego and…

Cherry’s rant closes curtain on his career

Cherry was fired for making controversial remarks about immigrants; Trudeau was re-elected after it was revealed he wore blackface 3 times. Ironic?

Cherry’s rant closes curtain on his careerDon Cherry, one of Canada’s best-known media personalities, was fired by Sportsnet after a rant about immigrants, poppies and Remembrance Day. His termination shockingly happened mere hours after the memorial ceremonies had ended. Was it justified? When it comes to this bombastic, politically incorrect and controversial figure affectionately known as “Grapes,” shades of grey barely…

Why Andrew Scheer should remain Tory leader

The federal election results were positive enough that he should get at least one more opportunity to run a winning campaign

Why Andrew Scheer should remain Tory leaderThe Oct. 21 federal election is barely in the history books and a fresh set of newly-sharpened political knives has already come out for Andrew Scheer. The Conservative leader’s chances of winning this election were slim at the beginning of the year. This all changed with a variety of Liberal missteps: the SNC-Lavalin controversy, the…

Dave Chappelle leans left but still makes the right laugh

His mission is to seek the truth at all costs. He refuses to be constrained by political correctness and hurt feelings

Dave Chappelle leans left but still makes the right laughOn Oct. 27, comedian Dave Chappelle was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He’s the 21st recipient of this prestigious honour, joining legends like Carol Burnett, Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner and Jonathan Winters.…

Lessons learned from the 2019 federal election

We must aim to do better in terms of better focus and articulation, reduced amounts of rhetoric and far less finger-pointing

Lessons learned from the 2019 federal electionThis column is being written a few hours before the final votes have been cast in the federal election. Canada’s next prime minister will be announced shortly. Nevertheless, I’m going to offer some personal observations of this nearly completed campaign that was historic, albeit for the wrong reasons. It’s been a pleasure writing about this…

The great Canadian political double standard

Why conservatives like Scheer are held to a different standard than liberals like Trudeau

The great Canadian political double standardLiberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer have both had to deal with some controversial matters during this fall’s federal election. It was revealed that Trudeau appeared in either blackface or brownface on three occasions, the last one at age 29 when he was a teacher at a private school. He and…

The most ridiculous campaign in our political history

Canadians have witnessed major scandals, offensive remarks, daily mud-slinging and policy proposals with big, shiny numbers that are wasteful enough to make adults cry

The most ridiculous campaign in our political historyThe federal election has just passed the halfway mark and many Canadians can’t wait until it’s over. This isn’t related to the usual malaise and frustration we see and hear during election season. Rather, it has everything to do with the fact this has been the most ridiculous political campaign in Canadian history. Where to…

Will blackface controversy destroy Trudeau?

What will it say about our country if Trudeau is re-elected after this latest scandal?

Will blackface controversy destroy Trudeau?Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has experienced one of the most controversial, bizarre and mind-numbing episodes in Canadian political history. It’s damaged his public image and tarnished his reputation. On Sept. 18, Time magazine released a 2001 photo from a school yearbook that showed Trudeau in brownface. He was a 29-year-old teacher at West Point Grey…

Scheer’s take on apologies was spun out of context

Don’t believe everything you hear from the masters of spin. Do your own research using legitimate news sources

Scheer’s take on apologies was spun out of contextPolitical spin and media spin drive some Canadians up the proverbial wall. As a long-time columnist and political pundit who has occasionally utilized both of them (for my own purposes and never for a political party), I can understand why. The real key to understanding spin is there are often kernels of truth in the…

Andreescu poised for even more greatness

Young Canadian tennis phenom’s skill, poise, determination, power and athleticism suggest a bright future awaits

Andreescu poised for even more greatnessCanada has had some great moments in sports, from Tommy Burns winning the heavyweight boxing title in 1906 to the Toronto Raptors winning this year’s National Basketball Association championship. One more name can be added to the list: Bianca Andreescu. The 19-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native’s meteoric rise in tennis has taken the country by storm.…

“Progressives” golden child actually made of Silly Putty

Believed to be the perfect political antidote to Trump, the blows to Trudeau's manufactured reputation just keep coming

“Progressives” golden child actually made of Silly PuttyU.S. President Donald Trump has successfully turned the political narrative toward his general direction since taking office. This includes events he had nothing specifically to do with. When left-wing Democrats like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar make outrageous statements, their defenders often say, “but’s it’s nothing like Trump’s rhetoric.” When celebrities like Bette Midler and…

Andrew Scheer has evolved since 2005 – as we all have

Stalwart "progressives" such as Jean Chretien, Barack Obama and even Ralph Goodale were also once opposed to gay marriage

Andrew Scheer has evolved since 2005 – as we all haveHow many of you remember what you said and did 10 years ago? How about 15 years? How about 20, 25 – or more? Most people would prefer not to revisit these periods of ancient history. Some were silly. Others were embarrassing. Still others were downright awful. Had iPhones and other handheld devices been readily…
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