Opinion Column

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club in Toronto in this February 12, 2016 file photo. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Canadians handed Grits right to shake up policies

It is messy. It is chaotic. It is inefficient and, quite possibly, doomed to fail. But say what the critics may, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's approach to leadership is precisely what Canadians ordered when they put his Liberal party in power. To constantly affect shocked dismay, as the opposition has been doing in the debate over assisted dying,

Police body-worn video cameras are seen at an Edmonton Police Service news conference at EPS Headquarters in Edmonton in this June 23, 2015 file photo. Police released the results of a three year study to assess the effectiveness of body-worn video at the conference. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/Postmedia Network)

Police body-worn video won't solve everything

A police officer fires his gun. Someone is killed. Independent investigators are called in, against the backdrop of a shattered family and an officer having to exonerate himself. There is public condemnation of the police, and questions about whether or not there was an attempt to calm things down a bit before the trigger was pulled.

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, Iraq, in this June 23, 2014 file photo. To match MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-TURKEY REUTERS/Stringer/Files

West's vigilance vital in hate-fuelled business

Because most think of Islamic State, al-Qaida and their ilk as crazies motivated solely by hatred, they are not puzzled by recent terrorist attacks on the West like those in Paris, Brussels and Los Angeles. Like villains in comic books, the terrorists are simply evil, and no further explanation is needed. But in the real world, being violent and fa

Heavy rain floods a street in Winnipeg in this August 22, 2015 file photo. (Postmedia Network)

Homelessness the crisis that never goes away

Imagine thousands of people losing their homes because a tornado swept through a city and destroyed everything. A flood left a community underwater. Or imagine a hurricane ripped a small town to shreds.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at their joint news conference at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 2016, ahead of the Ise-Shima G7 summit meetings. REUTERS/Toru Yamanaka/Pool

Canada-Japan trade pact more crucial than ever

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government should reconsider Japan's singular focus on finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, the largest such compact in the history of the planet, and move simultaneously toward a bilateral trade pact with Canada.

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada announced new water access points for paddlers at Patterson Creek off Rideau Canal, May 10, 2016. (Ashley Fraser/Ottawa Citizen/Postmedia Network)

Female politicians face attacks on gender issues

Canada's female politicians have been speaking out a great deal lately, in ways that aren't overtly partisan, about their experiences as women and the gendered policy gaps they see. This is heartening, but it is -- and should be -- a careful calculation.

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina (L) talks with Ghana President John Dramani Mahama (C) and Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (R) during the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, March 22, 2016. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)

Ghana's democracy risks losing peaceful standard

On a continent where tyrants rule, civil strife is a fact of life and elections are free only in name, the West African country of Ghana has emerged as an oasis of peace and tranquility and the acknowledged standard-bearer of democratic governance.

Sexual exploitation grows as world gets smaller

It's a small world, we say, when we bump into an old classmate halfway around the world, or reunite with a former neighbour online. The pat phrase is wrapped in a warm blanket of nostalgia. But the things that make it a small world -- cheap air travel and the Internet -- have made it a much more dangerous place for many of the world's children.

Libyan prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attend a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Pool

West plays waiting game in ongoing Libyan mess

When "Prime Minister" Fayez al-Sarraj of the "Government of National Accord" (GNA) arrived in Libya a month ago, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was "not the time for obstructionists to hold back progress." A noble sentiment, but it does make you want to ask Kerry: When would be the right time for obstructionists to hold back progress? N

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