What the Oscar night slap says about comedy and free speech

The 'Slap Heard ’Round Tinseltown' could end up being the final nail in the coffin for televised awards ceremonies

What the Oscar night slap says about comedy and free speechThe 94th Academy Awards ceremony will always be known for one stunning incident that overshadowed the entire evening – the Slap Heard ’Round Tinseltown. Comedian Chris Rock came on stage to present the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. He’s well known for his sarcastic wit and biting humour. He briefly focused attention on actor Javier…

Why Jean Charest’s new political identity doesn’t fly

The Conservative leadership hopeful is attempting to rewrite history

Why Jean Charest’s new political identity doesn’t flyJean Charest joined the federal Conservative leadership race on Mar. 10. His campaign team immediately began to tout his experience as a former Progressive Conservative leader and cabinet minister, and former Quebec Liberal premier. That’s a predictable strategy. What’s also predictable is that Charest and his team initiated the long, arduous process of attempting to…

Wandering into the world of fantasy for a mental break

Steve Skurka has written an intriguing historical legal thriller intertwined with several real-life people, places and events

Wandering into the world of fantasy for a mental breakI’m regularly inundated with requests for writing, commentary and analysis on a wide variety of topics. This includes domestic and international politics, history, philosophy, military invasions and the ongoing global pandemic. Don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoy what I do. At the same time, taking small breaks from reality and delving into fantasy helps…

Biden’s state of the union address hit the right notes on foreign policy

The speech’s overall tone was positive and upbeat

Biden’s state of the union address hit the right notes on foreign policyU.S. President Joe Biden gave his first state of the union address on Mar. 1. How did he perform overall? Let’s get the obvious analysis out of the way. There were many things in Biden’s address that I disagreed with. His political agenda is left-leaning and focused on increasing the size and involvement of the…

The making of a Ukrainian hero

Zelenskyy’s refusal to give in to Putin’s demands and dreams of rebuilding the Soviet Union is awe-inspiring

The making of a Ukrainian heroDuring times of war and conflict, many memorable lines have been delivered by political and military leaders. A few notable examples include: Pericles’s appeal for war against Sparta, 432 BC: “We must live up to the standard they set: we must resist our enemies in any and every way, and try to leave to those…

Beijing Winter Olympics was a setback for Canadian athletes

A mixed bag performance at best

Beijing Winter Olympics was a setback for Canadian athletesThe 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, concluded on Sunday. The most appropriate term to describe this international sporting event? A mixed bag. The Games were held in a communist country with a long history of authoritarian rule. Most western democracies suggested their athletes take very few personal items to Beijing – or none…

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies Act

An overextension of government powers shot an arrow through the heart of our democracy

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies ActThe Freedom Convoy has dominated the domestic and international news cycle for nearly three weeks. The protest is in the process of coming to a stunning conclusion, based on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act on Monday. Things were gradually winding down in recent days. Protesters were removed from the Ambassador…

Where do the Conservatives go in the wake of Erin O’Toole?

Conservatives must ensure that core values remain permanent components of their ideology

Where do the Conservatives go in the wake of Erin O’Toole?Erin O’Toole was elected Conservative Party leader on Aug. 24, 2020. Less than 18 months later, it’s over. After a disappointing showing in last September’s federal election, the relationship between O’Toole and his Conservative caucus had become strained. Some wanted him to resign immediately. Others, like Sen. Denise Batters, preferred to hold a referendum on…

Danhausen poised to powerslam pro wrestling

The 31-year-old pro wrestler has quickly become one of sports entertainment’s most intriguing phenomena

Danhausen poised to powerslam pro wrestlingWhen it comes to pro wrestling in North America, Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment is the largest and most profitable promotion. But in just three years, Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling has become the second-biggest promotion and is starting to gain ground in popularity, viewing numbers and recognizable names. Established veterans like Adam Cole, Bryan…

Winter tires should be mandatory across Canada

Good judgment on Canada’s streets and highways has gone the way of the dinosaur

Winter tires should be mandatory across CanadaI planned to write about a different issue this week but had a sudden change in plans, thanks to the (ahem) ‘expertise’ of Toronto drivers. Some of them, anyway. After a massive snowstorm last week, the city was hit with another five to 10 cm of snow on Monday. Far less than what we faced…