Canadian News, Politics, Opinion


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harper floats return of death penalty

Last month the Conservative government reversed a long standing policy of requesting clemency for Canadians who are sentenced to death in other countries. Public Safety Minister, Stockwell Day, announced that Canada would not be seeking clemency for Ronald Allen Smith, a 50-year-old Albertan who is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Montana. Smith was convicted in 1982 for the cold blooded killing of two young men in that state. According to the evidence, Smith said that he killed them just to see what it would be like.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Choosing the direction of one’s culture

Motivational speakers never tire of repeating the mantra that the people with whom one associates are a reflection of one’s aspirations.  If you choose to spend your time in the company of individuals whose priorities are conducive to personal growth and financial or spiritual enhancement, then chances are you too will direct your energies in those directions.  If you associate with individuals whose interests fall into dissolute or dishonest pursuits, then it’s a good bet that’s where your energies will go as well.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First Minister’s Photo-Op In the Offing

Canada’s current government has been in office for about two years. Not once in that time has Prime Minister Stephen Harper seen fit to meet with the provincial and territorial leaders at a first minister’s conference. Suddenly with the high Canadian dollar impacting export businesses from east to west,  Harper has agreed to just such a meeting, but only after several premiers demanded it. My question is why. Why now, why not earlier and why this particular issue?

By Myles Higgins - Monday, November 12, 2007

Black segregation seems to be politically correct

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is currently holding meetings in an attempt to start a “blacks’ only school” in Toronto. This is the 21st century, so of course the proposed learning centre cannot be referred to as “blacks’ only”—the fancy politically correct name is an “Afro-centric” school.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, November 12, 2007