Saturday, May 25, 2019

Quasi-religion and the environment

Ah, summer. I am returning from a week of it—during which, as ever on such occasions, I did my best to remain uninformed about...

A 10-step program toward a better life

Because I am a bit of an anomaly in the Canadian “mainstream media”—because I am, to put no finer point upon it, not only...

Failure of nerve

With six days left to voting across Canada, it appears obvious that Stephen Harper’s so-called Conservative Party will be returned to office, with either...

In search of the statesmen

The well-dressed people in Toronto today, with the lights on them when they step from their limousines, are called “world leaders.” Nobody seems to...

When the U.S. was unchallenged

As the year-end approaches it is the tradition among journalists to look backward and forward; mostly backward, over a span of 12 months. Longer...

Unknowable numbers

Winter solstice tomorrow (12:47 p.m. EST). I mention this baldly and up front as a little protest against the contemporary journalistic habit to be...

Pagan savagery in London

Prince Charles, and Camilla, were not the only things under attack in England this week, on the streets of London, as the British government...

Welcome back, Carter

Barack Obama was at his best in Ottawa this week, charming and well-rehearsed through a brief and inconsequential visit, and flattering in the joint...

Poets, monsters and visionaries

Among passages from Ezra Pound that I can never get out of my head is a short stanza from his magnificent suite, Hugh Selwyn...

Images from the Canada we knew

I am often asked, by my younger readers, to recommend books about Canada that will tell them something about our country as it was...

Stupidity is to blame, not devils and spirits

My sermon today will be on “incompetence.” Perhaps I should begin by confessing, that when I typed the word at the top of my...

Scientific horrors

President Barack Obama has now reversed President Bush’s ban on U.S. taxpayer funding for stem cell research with human embryos. “O brave new world,...

Ignatieff of unknown convictions

Did Michael Ignatieff enter Canadian politics to vindicate his books? Or more precisely, to force people to praise them? There is a whispering suggestion...

An untethered Russian bear

It is years since I hauled out my favourite Josef Stalin quote. Time to carry it up from the basement, dust it off, and...

The bonds of motherhood are deep and lasting, and ultimately sacred

I have it on reliable authority that today is Mother’s Day—to say nothing of Pentecost—and I hope to fit in a few words on...