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Police won’t charge Marsden with stalking ex-lover

TORONTO - Police have decided not to charge New York-based political pundit Rachel Marsden with stalking a Canadian counterterrorism officer with whom she had an affair.

By Guest Column Stewart Bell- Friday, January 4, 2008 - Full Story

Steyn strikes back: Squashing debate like mosquitoes

Mark Steyn responds to his accusers. “In rebuttal: Squashing debate like mosquitoes,” in the Calgary Herald (thanks to KathyShaidle):

By Guest Column - Friday, January 4, 2008 - Full Story

The West is fooling itself

Following last week’s assassination of Benazir Bhutto,  the silence emanating from most western-based Muslim organizations is deafening.  Where is the outrage that organizations such as the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) or CAIR-Can should be showing over the killing of Bhutto?  In this case they aren’t even bothering with the usual drivel about the assassination being strictly political and having nothing to do with Islam.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Full Story

Yet Another 2007 Year End Review

What can I say, I’m sitting in a hotel room in the center of the Universe tonight and over the past week or so I’ve listened to, or been reading, “year in review” pieces from media outlets and pundits alike.  So I figured I might as well jump right in.

By Myles Higgins - Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Full Story

 Canada readies to give U.S. deserters refuge

Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, U.S. military deserters have been trickling into Canada and seeking refugee status, arguing that they face persecution if returned to the United States.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - Full Story

To a Canadian Muslim

Most Canadian Muslims [i.e. followers of Islam] are people who were raised Muslim. There are also small numbers of converts to Islam from other religions. As with immigrants in general, Muslim immigrants have come to Canada for a variety of reasons.

By Guest Column Mark Harding- Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - Full Story

Drinking, driving and zero tolerance

The Traffic Research Foundation, a Canadian organization, released a report that the percentage of Canadians who drive while exceeding the legal limit of alcohol in their blood is 8.2 per cent; significantly higher than the 5.6 per cent that did so in 2004. According to the Foundation, 90 per cent of people who drink and drive do so regularly.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, December 31, 2007 - Full Story

Canada “Grapples” with Racism

An article in The Canadian Press by Gregory Bonnell announces that one in five Canadians are immigrants, that most immigrants are Asians, and that Canada is “grappling” with racism:

By Guest Column Allan Wall- Saturday, December 29, 2007 - Full Story

Mulroney-Schreiber: Forget the public inquiry

One of these days, Canada will be headed by a really fiscally conservative government. And the first thing that that government will do when they come into office is to have a public inquiry into why we have so many public inquiries.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - Full Story

John Tory:  Why is it even a question?

A recent Nanos Research/Sun Media poll was taken that asked whether Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory should stay or go. The respondents were evenly split; 39 per cent thought Tory should stay on as leader while the same percentage felt he should be replaced. Presumably the remaining 22 per cent; much like the way Tory ran the last election campaign didn’t have a clue.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, December 24, 2007 - Full Story

Is Abolishing Canada’s Human Rights Commissions Necessary?

Mark Steyn possesses a mighty pen.  He writes about the grimmest of subjects namely the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism.  Yet he does so with a wit sharp enough that one nearly forgets what he writes about is no laughing matter.

By Guest Column Aaron Goldstein- Saturday, December 22, 2007 - Full Story

Back Room Politics - A Study in Confusion

Boy would I love to be a fly on the wall inside the Stephen Harper’s, or for that matter Danny Williams’, office these days. Then again in order to know what’s really going on it’s more likley I’d have to get inside the heads of these two men. Now that’s a scary thought. I guess there’ll be no sleep for me tonight.

By Myles Higgins - Saturday, December 22, 2007 - Full Story

 2008:  The year of the nanny state

We are already living in a nanny state where governments at all levels take great delight in forcing people to live the way they want them to live; for their own good, you understand.

By Arthur Weinreb - Friday, December 21, 2007 - Full Story

Mark Steyn Case Wakes Up Canadian Press to Human Rights Tribunals’ Threat to Free Speech

Opposition is growing in the press to the power and boldness of the Canadian Human Rights Commissions (HRC) to suppress freedom of expression and to police what Canadians may say in public. While Christians and social conservatives in Canada have been under attack through the HRC’s for years, it was not until the case against popular columnist Mark Steyn and Maclean’s magazine that the Canadian mainstream media has picked up the scent of a threat to their own freedoms.

By Guest Column Hilary White- Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

Replacing logic with smugness

There’s something about the liberal mindset that doesn’t see the necessity of logic in advancing an agenda.  All that’s really needed in liberal dialectics is moral authority, which is another way of saying, “Don’t try to confuse me with facts, I’m right and you’re wrong.”

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

Dean McDonald Left the Wind Farm - Danny, Danny Oh!

Today Dean McDonald resigned as Chairman of the Board for Newfoundland and Labador Hydro, effective immediately.

By Myles Higgins - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - Full Story

The NDP: Democracy and the transgendered

Micheline Montreuil, a Quebec lawyer and former professor won the NDP nomination earlier this year to be the party’s candidate in a Quebec City riding. But recently, the party’s Quebec election planning committee voted to terminate her candidacy.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - Full Story

Dion a Christmas Character

Now that Christmas season is in full swing, Canadians should focus their attention on festive thoughts instead of politics, right?

By Guest Column Gerry Nichols- Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - Full Story

Outsourcing self-reliance

”Worst Snowstorm in 60 years”, the Toronto Sun’s headline screamed in its Sunday edition.  “Crippling storm!” exclaimed the Weather Network; “travelers stymied”, said the National Post.  “Women, visible minorities and gays hit hardest!” the Toronto Star exclaimed.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - Full Story

Why Canada Should Boycott the Beijing Olympics

In 2010, the world will get together in Vancouver-Whistler for the Olympic Winter Games. We will welcome them to an open society that appreciates different cultures and grants its citizens the freedoms that are so important to living with of dignity. Not so next year, at the Beijing Olympics.

China has been, and still is today, a society that denies these rights and freedoms to its citizens. You may have heard about their killing prisoners to sell the organs to Western customers. Or their disregard of local residents in their rapid expansion of construction, industry and power generation projects.

By Martin Tampier - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - Full Story