William Bedford


CFP “Poet in Residence” William Bedford was born in Dublin, Ireland, but has lived in Toronto for most of his life. His poems and articles have been published in many Canadian journals and in some American publications.

Most Recent Articles by William Bedford:

From Oliver Cromwell to scandal-plagued York school board

May 7, 2017 — William Bedford

From Oliver Cromwell to scandal-plagued York school board:

“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”


NEW YEAR DREAMS

Dec 25, 2016 — William Bedford

THE OLD YEAR FADES
AS THE NEW YEAR BLOOMS
GLASSES CLINK AND CHURCH-
BELLS RING
BUT NEW YEAR VOWS,
LIKE NEW YEAR SNOWS
WILL MELT BEFORE THE
RAYS OF SPRING.


Dangerous Times

Dec 23, 2016 — William Bedford

Stephen Hawking is a genius, but doesn’t mean he’s right all the time. Hawking says we are currently living in the most dangerous time in human history. I don’t see how the world is more dangerous now than it was during the cold-war years, especially during the Cuban missile crisis. 


New banknotes for the New Year

Dec 21, 2016 — William Bedford

Leave Sir John alone.

There’s a simple solution to the controversy over replacing Sir John A. Macdonald’s portrait on the $10 bill with a portrait of Viola Desmond: Now that our banknotes are made of plastic instead of paper why not reissue the two dollar bill and put Desmond’s picture on it? And, while we are at it, replace the politicians who grace the $50. &100. bills with pictures of Terry Fox and war hero and Nobel Laureate Dr. Frederick Banting. As for the $20.  bill, it should picture the greatest Canadian of all time, the one-and-only Northern Dancer.


A Free Society

Nov 14, 2016 — William Bedford

Donald Trump’s election victory proves how free American society is. But, sometimes a society can be too free and allow too much free speech. In the 1930’s, German free society allowed Adolph Hitler to attain power and then become an evil dictator. Finding the right balance of freedom is a never ending task.

American freedom gives its citizens the right to slander their neighbours and to arm themselves to the teeth. Canadian freedom allows its citizens to hold well-paid political office while they try to break up the country. It’s well to remember that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.


Free Trade

Oct 1, 2016 — William Bedford

Re “Trudeau and Chinese premier explore possible free trade deal.” (Sept. 1):

“He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.” Likewise, he who sups with China’s Communists should have long chopsticks.


Canadian UN peacekeepers

Aug 17, 2016 — William Bedford

Re “Canada’s return to UN peacekeeping promises little peace.” (Walkom). Aug. 11): Lester Pearson said the UN should have enough military muscle to enforce peace as well as keep it. This has never been the case, so let’s do things differently this time around.

1): Make sure to send our peacekeepers to places where they would be respected by both sides in conflict.
2): have Canada’s elite JTF force ready for rapid deployment if the peacekeepers are under attack.
3): don’t try to keep the peace in too many places at once as was often the case in previous deployments.
4):Don’t get bogged down for years as we have in Cyprus.
5): The government, media and public should honour the peacekeepers, especially those wounded or killed in combat, not ignore them as they disgracefully did in the past.


Naïve people who believed Turkey would become a regular European democracy

Jul 25, 2016 — William Bedford

Those naïve people who believed Turkey would become a regular European democracy if it was allowed to join the EU must be blind not to see that Turkey is a Middle East Muslim nation and, like most Muslim countries, is incompatible with democracy. Furthermore, with today’s high-tech communications and weaponry there is no need to have an unstable Turkey as a NATO member.


Bear baiting

Jun 22, 2016 — William Bedford

Re “Canada should be in new NATO force in Europe.” (Globe & Mail, June 10):

With a few hundred combat troops,leaky submarines and worn out planes ready and willing to confront Russia, you can bet Vladimir Putin is shaking in his boots.


Canadian military

Jun 11, 2016 — William Bedford


Showing mercy to convicted terrorists

Mar 15, 2016 — William Bedford

Ali Hassan’s lawyer says his client is very unhappy and very, very upset. 

My, my. I feel his pain. I suggest his sentence, if he’s found guilty, be reduced from one hundred years to 99. After all, justice must be tempered with mercy. Right?

William Bedford
Newmarket, ON


The U.S.’ right to bear arms

Feb 21, 2016 — William Bedford

Americans may have a Constitutional right to bear arms, but gun ranges are privately owned businesses, and, like private homes that take in boarders, the owners have every right to reject potential customers for any reason they like.


The Cologne incident

Jan 22, 2016 — William Bedford

I find it hard to believe the sexual assaults in Cologne were carried out by drunken, rampaging hoodlums. I think it more likely their actions were intended to create a backlash by Germans against all Muslims, thereby boosting recruitment for the-so called- Islamic State, whose aim is to control the whole Arab world.

William Bedford
Newmarket


The loonie redux

Jan 17, 2016 — William Bedford

THE POOR. BATTERED LOONIE IS FALLING DOWN
BUT DON’T DESPAIR, AND DON’T LEAVE TOWN


THE PRINCE OF “WAILS”

Dec 2, 2015 — William Bedford