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In Friday’s Sun: TV killed the radio star (and others, too)

It’s quaint, almost, the notion that other media are more important than television. Watching a CTV helicopter hover over King Street East in Toronto at lunchtime on Wednesday should have dispensed with it, once and for all. The helicopter was there, clattering overhead like a antediluvian bird of prey, for most of the lunch hour. […]

Hey Kathleen Wynne! This is wrong: Catholic school principal shuts down Grade 6 students' project on gay rights

Polly Hamilton, left, and Quinn Maloney-Tavares, both 11, wanted to do a social justice school project on gay rights, but their principal at an Ottawa Catholc Catholic School vetoed the idea. I'm getting really tired of Catholic school...Show More Summary

The sensational 'The Way He Looks' plays at Toronto's Brazil Film Fest this Saturday...

Opening scene from director Daniel Ribeiro's 'The Way He Looks' I sadly missed a previous Toronto screening for Daniel Ribeiro's feature film 'The Way He Looks,' at the Inside Out festival back in May. That's why I was thrilled to learn...Show More Summary

Big vans outside the Moral High Ground this morning

…looks like the NDP is getting ready to move out.  I guess Tom Mulcair’s “very strong desire to keep this confidential” is no longer so “strong.” Thus: Here, Star. Here, Globe. Here, Sun. Here, CBC. Here, CTV. Here, Postmedia. Here, CP. Here, La Presse. I could go on for another half-hour or so, but I […]

Ferguson, right now

Spotted by Michael Bolen. Remind you of anything?

In Tuesday’s Sun: hear both sides, or end it

In Latin, it’s called “audi alteram partem.” That is, “hear the other side.” It’s a principle of what is referred to as natural justice. Put simply, natural justice offers citizens specific procedural rights – the right to be heard, and the right to a hearing free from bias. Natural justice is an important concept, because […]

Rob Ford still lying and delusional to the end...

Simple minds cling to their simple talking points:“These guys are getting fully loaded... It’s nonsense....I’ll be on them. I’ll try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”Despite everything the jackass Rob Ford put Toronto through the...Show More Summary

Eight reasons children of the Seventies should all be dead

This is brilliant. It made me laugh so hard, I fell off my Earth Shoes, knocked over a stack of eight track tapes, and wrecked my Farrah Fawcett poster collection. Brilliant.

And here we thought LSD wasn’t readily available in China

‘Chick Chick’ (natch) by Chinese pop group Wang Rong Rollin. Wow. Just, wow.

Obama just ensured the next occupant of the White House is a Democrat

American conservatives, like some Canadian conservatives, are apparently unaware that the country is changing under their feet.Obama’s move is a masterstroke, and the following paragraphs demonstrate why: “Republicans are in a bind over immigration: the U.S. Show More Summary

“I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away”

From Gatsby, natch. Less figuratively, I have been told it will be “very, very vigorous” in my case. Literally, I welcome that.

In Friday’s Sun: respect

Canada is more than “a confederation of shopping centres,” Pierre Trudeau once said, decrying the narrow agendas of provincial Premiers. It is more than that. It has to be more than that. In Trudeau’s view – and I believe he expressed it this way, once, but the quote remains elusive – Canada is also more […]

Mike Nichols, RIP

As my Calgary high co-conspirators Lee G. Hill and Dan Nearing would tell you, The Graduate was always my favourite.  RIP, a great visionary.

Dennis Mills in the Globe, on that rumour thing

Mr. Kinsella said in an email Wednesday that a number of senior Liberal party members have urged him to seek a nomination and to run in the 2015 election. Among them, he said, is Dennis Mills,who held Toronto-Danforth for the Liberals for 16 years before being defeated by Mr. Layton, the former NDP leader, […]

About that rumour: three questions

1. Have some folks suggested I offer myself up as a Liberal candidate in the next federal dust-up? Yep. 2. Am I a candidate for anything yet? Nope. 3. Should I become a candidate? Well, there’s a few strongly-held opinions on that.  Me, I’m opening up comments for you commenters to comment. Let ‘er rip.  

Campaign for Harper's climate change denier in Whitby-Oshawa now complains about political smears

It's extremely rich of Harper Conservatives to be complaining about political smears coming from their political opponents in the Whitby-Oshawa byelection, which takes place tomorrow to fill the seat formerly held by Jim Flaherty. The...Show More Summary

God Save Justin Trudeau: the fight

I haven’t seen the film, but Ashley Csanady (I love her name, it’s like a Pynchon character’s name) and she has a hilarious review of it, here. Personally, I think the Trudeau-Brazeau match was really, really important.  Inspired by Csanady, here are my numbered reasons why: Boxing is what all sports are, stripped down to […]

Why didn’t the NDP’s Craig Scott, a lawyer, report a crime?

Quote: “Craig Scott, a New Democrat MP and former law professor, said to the Liberals that what he was told happened to one of his female colleagues could be defined as an alleged sexual assault, multiple sources have told The Canadian Press.” Really? Scott is a lawyer. He is an officer of the court. He […]

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