Opinion Column

Health care discord

Back in the late 1990s, when I was with the Ontario Medical Association, I took a group of about half a dozen doctors and an equal number of OMA staff to Washington, D.C., where we attended a campaign school organized by Campaigns & Elections magazine.

Electoral reform faces referendum curve

Have you spent your summer stubbornly tuning out earnest entreaties from your MP and/or civic-minded do-gooders to spend an evening poking through the federal electoral system in search of a fairer, more representative alternative?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks on the Ujibashi bridge as he visits at the Ise-Jingu Shrine on May 26, 2016 in Ise, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Suzuki is right about Trudeau

In a recent Huffington Post column, David Suzuki said while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been meeting with the United Nations, the premiers and the leaders of the U.S. and Mexico to talk about climate change, he’s done nothing.

RCMP have closed Park Street in Strathroy after suspected terrorist Aaron Driver was killed Wednesday in the small town west of London, Ont. on Thursday August 11, 2016. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network)

We need an honest talk about terrorism

Wednesday, in the Ontario town of Strathroy, a man known to police for having terrorist connections was killed by security forces after he appeared to explode a device, and had another in his possession.

 A fan holds up a flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Health and terror concerns in Rio are real

The Rio Olympic Games start this weekend, and there are plenty of reasons for Canadians to be excited. Our star athletes are set to win a slew of medals, and many great young Canadians will soon become household names.

Can old fogies bridge gap to Pokemon Go gamers?

Every once in a while, a trend comes along that clearly delineates the generation gap, neatly separating the up-and-comers from the old fogies. Kite surfing. Conversing in emojis. Axe body spray. And now -- in case we didn't feel old enough -- there's Pokémon Go.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a speech during the welcoming ceremony in honour of Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove (out of frame) at the National Palace in Mexico City on August 1, 2016. Cosgrove arrived in Mexico on an official visit. / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Political choices fuelled by startling ignorance

The five most ignorant countries in the world are Mexico, India, Brazil, Peru and New Zealand. And the five best informed are South Korea, Ireland, Poland, China and the United States. Ignorant about what? About the realities in their country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks next to Foreign Affairs minister Stéphane Dion after speaking to media at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis west of Calgary, Alta., on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (Lyle Aspinall/Postmedia Network)

Immigrant 'conversation' designed to boost Grits

Earlier this month the federal government launched a "national conversation" on immigration in which it invites Canadians to tell it what they think immigration means for Canada and how we can continue to grow our nation through immigration.

French President Francois Hollande (L) talks with French Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois (R) after a Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in tribute to the priest Jacques Hamel, killed on July 26 in his church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray during a hostage-taking claimed by Islamic State group, in Paris on July 27, 2016. France probes an attack on a church in which two men described by the Islamic State group as its 'soldiers' slit the throat of a priest. An elderly priest had his throat slit in a church in northern France on July 26 after two men stormed the building and took hostages. The attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray came as France was still coming to terms with the Bastille Day killings in Nice claimed by the Islamic State group. / AFP / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

France declares 'war'

"Our country is at war," said French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, after a priest was murdered near Rouen in front of his congregation by two attackers who claimed to be serving Islamic State. It's the sort of thing leaders feel compelled to say at times like this, but it does send the wrong message.