This week I have been having a lively discussion with my very distinguished friend of many years, John Polanyi, winner of a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1986, one of Canada’s most respected and sociable academics, and a frequent commentator on arms control and nuclear proliferation issues, about current scenarios with North Korea. 1,388 more words
There is a disturbance in the troposphere, much perturbation. The little Gore molecules that do so much to keep everybody in the climate change industry in a sweat are slacking off. 860 more words
Every era has special words that ignite resentful arguments and reveal difficult emotions. There’s no doubt that Islamophobia is our word, a painful term that’s hard to avoid. 709 more words
Christie Blatchford: Unfashionable as it is to say, Trump spoke the ugly truth in his refreshing UN speech
Unfashionable and hazardous as it is to say this, I’m with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neetanyahu, who tweeted on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech to the United Nations, “In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.” 880 more words
John Ivison: With proposed Liberal reforms impacting less than 10% of small businesses, this tax revolt will fail
The great national tax revolt will fizzle by Christmas.
That may sound a bold prediction, given the way the Liberal small-business tax reforms are dominating the political conversation — but hear me out. 612 more words
It is grimly amusing to read that McMaster will soon be the first entirely smoke-free campus in Ontario, banning lighting soon-to-be-legal joints as well the dreaded cigarettes. 833 more words
It’s beginning to appear that the timing of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s contentious tax changes wasn’t as simple as it initially appeared.
When the changes were first revealed—in mid-July, during the sleepy summer when Parliament wasn’t sitting and Canadians were otherwise engaged—the aim looked straightforward enough: drop a potentially controversial set of rule changes into a dead zone of public attention, the easier to avoid having to answer for them. 989 more words