Oh, Canada! let’s stand up for our freedoms

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right,...

Arts funding flip-flop won Harper no friends

Living out of a suitcase can’t be easy, and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has now been criss-crossing the country for almost six weeks in...

Selective concern for academic freedom shows anti-Semitism

Universities are supposed to promote controversial ideas. It’s their proper role to present ideas that push students out of their comfort zone, extend the bounds...

Taxpayers deserve better from their national network

We all know the media is biased. Don’t we? Most of the Canadian media has a distinct slant to the left; the CBC is...

Hardly a prince

Marc Emery peddles a dangerous drug and flouts American laws. Why should Ottawa protect him? Two recent National Post columns have called for Canadians to...

Massaging the science to fit the policy

“I do not agree with what you have to say, so I command you to shut up.” The words aren’t quite as eloquent as those...

Doctors must always have right to follow conscience

Some 2,500 years ago, doctors were both healers and killers. Abortion and euthanasia were commonplace, and the type of medical service rendered depended on...

The big stories that never happened

Without a doubt, the biggest news story of the year comes from Washington, D.C. with the historic inauguration of a woman as the vice-president...

My Three Gifts of Christmas

Apparently I buy really lousy Christmas presents. I had always mildly suspected my shortcomings, but recently economist Joel Waldfogel confirmed them. In his book...

Kids filming gang rape sign of depraved video age

A homecoming dance at a California high school took a horrific turn last Saturday night when a 15-year-old student was gang-raped and beaten. For...

The kids are OK, but they need a road map

Goodness is up, rebellion is down. Tradition is back and teenagers generally seem to be more responsible, thoughtful about their actions and oriented to...

Say you’re sorry—and then fix the system

One year ago, four medical mistakes occurred over 54 days in the same unit at Alberta Children’s Hospital. A four-year-old patient was given a...

Phil Fontaine denying healing to native survivors

Why does Chief Phil Fontaine seem so determined to frustrate the process of healing for residential school survivors and keep at bay reconciliation with...

Harper spinning his wheels in pursuit of elusive majority

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have hit a brick wall in terms of capturing the imagination and support of Canadians. It defies...

Integration, not racism, makes for better education

We’ve heard it all before. A worthy government-First Nations endeavour is in jeopardy; native leaders blatantly refuse to be accountable and any good that...