Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to … Continue reading What are we for?
Ellis Ross is a British Columbia Liberal MLA. He was an elected councillor and, later, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation in the Kitimat region of Northwestern BC. He says, in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, that he "grew up experiencing dismal employment prospects, children being raised in poverty, tragic suicides, and horrific … Continue reading Getting it all wrong
The Gatestone Institute is a strongly conservative, pro-Zionist and some say anti-Muslim, American think tank founded by Nina Rosenwald and headed, for a time, by John Bolton. Ms Rosenwald comes by her Zionism honestly, she is the heiress to the Sears, Roebuck fortune and, equally, heiress to a long tradition of Rosenwald philanthropy that included, … Continue reading Failing the test
That's the question the Globe and Mail's Robyn Urbach asked in an opinion piece last week. The issue is Québec's Loi 21 ~ the bill that forbids public employees, like teachers and police officers from wearing a hijab or a kippah or a turban ~ it's an act which Ms Urbach describes as being "an … Continue reading Will Ottawa ever do the right thing?
Following on from about a week ago ... Two of the Globe and Mail's Parliamentary Bureau reporters, Marieke Walsh and Daniel Leblanc say, in a recent article that "A former Conservative MP says Andrew Scheer shouldn’t stay on as leader after a second-place finish in last week’s federal election, and he’s hoping former Tory cabinet … Continue reading What the CPC didn’t do (2)
... even though I found Ralph Goodale's attack on Andrew Scheer for his (2005) remarks about gay marriage to be hypocritical in the extreme, given that Mr Goodale, too, voted against legalizing gay marriage at that time, and even though I cited a newer and, in my opinion, more damaging comment by Justin Trudeau, I … Continue reading I was not going to address this issue …
I wish I didn't have to raise this issue again, but ... Several months ago I commented on the rise of anti-Semitism in America and Europe, on both the political left and right wings. Now I see, in an Associated Press report that "Jewish leaders in the Lithuanian capital are indefinitely closing the city's sole … Continue reading The everlasting prejudice (2)
The Globe and Mail says, yet again, in an editorial, that "it’s time to look at banning these sorts of guns, which are increasingly employed in violent crime in Canada’s cities, and increasingly involved in homicides ... [and] ... These firearms are small, portable and easily concealed. They’re also relatively inaccurate, and have few legal uses. They’re … Continue reading It’s still nonsense
There is a very useful article in the Financial Times that talks about outgoing Chicago Mayor (and former Obama aide) Ram Emanuel's attempts "to retool the community college system. Since becoming mayor in 2011, Mr Emanuel has demonstrated two things. First, there is a large pent-up demand for technical education among young Americans, particularly in … Continue reading Education
Edit: last paragraph Almost two years ago I wrote that Dr Kellie Leitch, during the Conservative leadership campaign, "took ownership of the “barbaric cultural practices” theme and will take responsibility for proposing that we “screen” immigrant for “misogynist behaviour” out of a very real and deeply held conviction that too many women and girls are … Continue reading Same problem: a failure to enunciate on Twitter