The Sniff Test for Thursday, February 16, 2017

The laughable and largely invented dustup over M-103—the motion in the House of Commons to recognize and quell the “increasing climate of hate and fear”–is invented as a political opportunity on all sides. We already have laws that deal with … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, November 28, 2015- Objections to Refugees

There seem to be four loud objections to the 25,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada: 1) we should be looking after our own homeless people; 2) they’re just ‘migrants’ looking for a better life, not ‘refugees’ fleeing for their lives; … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, November 14, 2015–The Trudeau Win

Weeellll, I didn’t see THAT coming. Watching the pundits and the parties sift through the entrails has been fun, too. Stephen Harper stood up election night, said the loss was his fault, then disappeared.  He resigned the leadership–fair enough–but calls … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, October 17, 2015–Premature Election Dissection

The last gasp of this needlessly long, expensive election begs discussion. If reports are true–that the Lizard of Oz (Australian Lynton Crosby), author of the Niqab Strategy, quit the Slime Train that is the Harper campaign; and that Mr. Trudeau’s … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, June 13, 2015–The Least He Could Do

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recently delivered its final report about Canada’s Indian residential schools. Briefly in the news, it was quickly shoved so far in the back of the bus as to almost be on another bus entirely. Justice … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, April 4, 2015: Message to Young People: Don’t Get Mad, Get Voting

A study by Samara, an organization trying to increase civic engagement, shows that politics is so repellent that young people are disengaging from democracy—they won’t vote now and they possibly never will. The study says young potential voters believe politicians … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, March 21, 2015-Watch Out for the Distraction of Banjo Politics

Nothing stirs up our banjo tendencies like a good, old fashioned mix of craven politics and easy bigotry. This was the order of the day in the recent Israeli election, where Benjamin Netanyahu promised dreadful consequences to those who voted … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday March 7, 2015: Spring Break

The boys in the news have pretty much been waterboarding the Canadian public for the last few weeks. The Harper Conservatives have ramped up their exploitation of Terror, Retribution, Tax Crumbs, the Non-existent Crime Wave, and Corporate Sucking-Up for another … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, January 24, 2015–Multiple Guesses for This Week’s News

1. Two weeks ago the western world carried “Je suis Charlie” signs, marching together and deciding that fundamentalist Islamists were murderous medieval misanthropes. This week, Canada is embracing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, run by a cadre of murderous medieval … Continue reading