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The Game of the Name

The two guys ahead of me at the food court counter were discussing a friend of theirs whose name I recognized as that of a local politician (let’s call him Buddy).

By William Bedford - Friday, December 7, 2007 - Full Story

It’s all about me!

It’s entirely possible that the “baby-boom” generation are the worst parents in the history of mankind as a significant percentage of their progeny are growing up to be unfeeling, psychopathic narcissists.  A classic example is “art student” Thorarin Ingi Jonsson whose 15 minutes of fame came about as a result of a fake bomb scare he called in to the Royal Ontario Museum just as an AIDS fundraiser was about to start.  According to Jonsson, this was an “art project” and it resulted in the Aids fundraiser being cancelled as the ROM had to be evacuated.

By Klaus Rohrich - Friday, December 7, 2007 - Full Story

Robert Latimer:  Canada’s Cindy Sheehan

Tracy latimerRobert Latimer was denied day parole earlier this week. The Saskatchewan farmer is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 10 years for the murder of his 12-year-old daughter, Tracy. Latimer and his wife had trouble caring for Tracy who was severely disabled and so in October 1993 he did what any loving parent would have done. He placed his daughter in the cab of his pickup truck and pumped the cab full of exhaust fumes. Shy and not wanting to have to handle the array of accolades that were sure to be bestowed upon him for his brave act, Latimer put the child’s body in her bed and waited for his wife to return from church to discover the death.

By Arthur Weinreb - Friday, December 7, 2007 - Full Story

The Cross of Valour

The Cross of Valour is an award that was created by the Canadian government in 1972. It is only to be awarded to someone who has shown “conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril”. Since its inception 35 years ago, it has only been awarded nineteen times.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - Full Story

Poverty statistics: confusing illusion with reality

For some reason there’s no such thing as good news in Canada.  Even as taxes are being lowered, unemployment is at a 30-year low, the dollar trading at a historic high and all economic indicators pointing upward, the poverty industry tells us that things are worse than ever.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - Full Story

The teddy teacher: why the surprise?

The BBC is reporting today that Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, will pardon 54-year-old British teacher, Gillian Gibbons. As everyone now knows by now, Gibbons was teaching in Sudan when she brought a teddy bear to class and allowed one of her 7-year-old students to name the bear.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, December 3, 2007 - Full Story

Patients Sue for Private Health Insurance in Ontario

Private health insurance exists in Ontario for pets but not people. It makes little sense that as parents we can provide more timely and flexible care for our kittens than our kids. The government should move to end this inequity both to relieve the burden on the existing health care model but, more importantly, to provide patients greater choice and timeliness.

By Kevin Gaudet - Saturday, December 1, 2007 - Full Story

People poaching – it’s the Canadian way

An editorial in the upcoming issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal goes after Shoppers Drug Mart. The Canada-wide drugstore chain is accused by the journal of “poaching” pharmacists from South Africa. According to the editorial, about 75 per cent of pharmacy positions in the province of KwaZulu-Natal remain vacant while the drugstore company actively recruits and helps pharmacists emigrate to Canada. This practice does not bode well for a country where AIDS and other diseases are rampant among the population.

By Arthur Weinreb - Friday, November 30, 2007 - Full Story

The almost politician-free Santa Claus parade

The small town of Milton, just west of Toronto held its annual Santa Claus parade on Saturday. Last week the organizers announced that with the exception of Milton Mayor Gordon Kranz, no politicians would be allowed to march in the parade. No other local politicians; no provincial MPPs; and no federal MPs.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - Full Story

Probes into Taser use:  now there are ten

As pointed out in the National Post last week, there are now 10 reviews or inquiries on the subject matter of the use of Tasers by Canadian police. Attention was focused on the weapon a couple of weeks ago when a video of newly arrived Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, who died shortly after being confronted by four RCMP officers and Tasered in the arrivals section of Vancouver International Airport, became public.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, November 26, 2007 - Full Story

Bangladesh judge suddenly revokes journalist Shoaib Choudhury’s bail

Almost every month, award-winning, Muslim, Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury must stand alone before an Islamist judge in Dhaka.  How far away his friends in Western countries must seem when Choudhury stands before a judge with the power to sentence him to death.

By Judi McLeod - Sunday, November 25, 2007 - Full Story

Mandatory drug sentences may be counterproductive

Earlier this week, the Conservatives announced proposed minimum sentences for certain drug offences. Mandatory minimums would apply to the trafficking, manufacturing and cultivating of drugs as well as special mandatory sentences for selling drugs near schools or other areas where children may congregate, dealing while possessing a weapon and for those who sell drugs while linked to organized crime.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, November 22, 2007 - Full Story

Will the Real Uncle Sam, Please Stand Up?

I wish someone could explain to me just what is happening in America?

Sitting here north of the 49th parallel, in my mind’s eye I look south over the mostly invisible border to the United States with a sense of unease and at times foreboding.

By Bill McIntyre - Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - Full Story

Are police becoming too feminized?

As most people are aware by now, 40-year-old immigrant from Poland, Robert Dziekanski died after being Tasered by the RCMP in the early morning hours of October 14 in the arrivals area of Vancouver International Airport.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - Full Story

When autumn leaves refuse to fall

The city of Toronto announced last week that there would be no change to their leaf collection times. Although the city has reduced the number of pickups this year from six weeks to four, collecting bags of leaves will end as scheduled on December 7.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, November 19, 2007 - Full Story

Coping with the Rat Race

The 50ish looking guy sitting next to me on GO train looked like any other frazzled commuter who had put in a hard day’s work. “If only I could score on the Lotto,” he said to me, “I’d get the hell out of this rat-race so fast they’d never know that I was here in the first place.”

By William Bedford - Friday, November 16, 2007 - Full Story

Charles Smith Inquiry: Let’s not lose sight of the real issue

The Ontario public inquiry into the work of former forensic pathologist, Dr. Charles Smith, got underway this week. In 2005, the province’s chief coroner began a review of several deaths of children that occurred between 1991 and 2001. The cases that were reviewed were all ones that were worked on by Smith and many of them resulted in criminal charges, convictions and imprisonment for those believed to have played a role in the deaths of some of these children. A lot of Smith’s work was found to have been defective and some of the “crimes” that people had been convicted of turned out not even to have been crimes.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - Full Story

Desperately seeking scandal

The Federal Liberals are rooting around like pigs searching the forest floor for truffles, as they attempt to find some scandal, no matter how trite or trivial they can hang on Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.  The hapless and inept Stephane Dion, in an effort to save his flagging leadership, has pressed Stephen Harper to call a public inquiry on the Mulroney/Schreiber Airbus affair.  Some of you may not remember what that was all about, as the events transpired in 1988, which is nearly twenty years ago.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - Full Story

Toronto council comprised of petulant children

In case anyone’s wondering why the City of Toronto’s finances are in such abject disarray, it’s because City Council is largely comprised of petulant, vindictive kids.

By Klaus Rohrich - Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Full Story