Opinion Column

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters during a media availability on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Poor 'energy literacy' biggest pipeline obstacle

The response to last week's approval of two pipelines -- Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge's Line 3 replacement -- has exposed the lack of energy literacy in Canada that's exacerbated by a fragmented media and ignorance of Alberta's climate plan.

A general view shows destruction in the Al-Safa neighbourhood of Aleppo after it was captured by government forces on December 7, 2016. Rebels in Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians after losing more than three quarters of their territory including the Old City to a Syrian army offensive.(GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Aleppo's many 'trapped' raises propaganda issues

Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week to wonder where all of the "250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo" have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled -- by Wednesday morning the Syrian regime's troops had recaptured three-quarters of it -- did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civili

Nineteen-year-old Sam Oosterhoff speaks to members of the media before he is sworn in as the youngest-ever member of the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The Progressive Conservative was elected Nov. 17 in a byelection in Niagara West-Glanbrook, previously held by former party leader Tim Hudak. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Teenaged MPP doomed by liberal intolerance

Poor Sam Oosterhoff. Here he is just 19, a home-schooled farm kid from Ontario wine country, newly landed in the Big Smoke and keen to make his mark as the province's youngest-ever MPP. But his political career is already doomed.

William Lyon Mackenzie King. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Public Archives)

Questions of 'loyalty' hide hatred and bigotry

Seventy-five years ago this week, William Lyon Mackenzie King told his diary, "This is the most crucial moment in all the world's history." On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and the Canadian prime minister, like everyone else, watched the world change overnight.

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Ontario's Gritville wins, while Toryland struggles

Toronto has gotten the vast majority of new jobs in Ontario since the last recession, and in parts of the province the decline that started eight years ago has never ended, says a new report from the Fraser Institute that explains a whole lot about what's going on in our provincial politics.

A triple lutz does not represent human misery

Creating art always involves taking a risk. Art can be a platform to challenge and provoke. It can expose corruption or celebrate achievement. Art can connect audiences emotionally to a past that should not be forgotten. Or it can fall flat on its face.

Universities lose way in quest for real truths

This month, the University of Toronto undertook what should be the norm in all academic environments: It held a debate on gender identity and gender expression in Canadian legislation, and, more specifically, whether or not professors, or any citizen for that matter, should be compelled to use made-up, gender-neutral pronouns.

Fighter jet farce leaves Liberals in awkward spot

You'd think, given the volume of chatter in the House of Commons over the past decade, that RCAF pilots -- one of whom died Monday, tragically, in a training accident in Cold Lake, Alta. -- would be flying X-wing fighters out of Star Wars by now, and not a ragtag fleet of 1980s-vintage refurbs that were new when many members of the current Parliament were children.

U.S. election hacking probe needed

New York magazine reports "Hillary Clinton is being urged by prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump."

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